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Hodder in one horse race for RIBA presidency

Stephen Hodder could be appointed the next RIBA president, without an election, if no other candidates enter the race before 5pm today

The winner of the inaugural Stirling Prize is the only person to have stepped forward for the Portland Place top job.

The deadline for candidates to submit applications for the presidency is 5pm (15 May).

According to the RIBA’s application guidance, candidates are ‘strongly advised to submit their nomination papers well in advance of the deadline’ and must have the signed backing of 60 RIBA chartered members to be eligible.

RIBA chartered members and honorary fellows may stand for the presidency.

Current president Angela Brady was challenged at the polls by Roger Shrimplin and University of the West of England architecture professor Richard Parnaby.

With no opponents, Hodder of Manchester-based Hodder + Partners would formally become RIBA president elect in September this year and stand as president for two years starting in 2013.  

Steven Harding of Goodfellow Communications said Hodder would make a ‘great’ institute chief.

He said: ‘As a very strong and very effective voice from outside London, he’d be a very powerful advocate for the regions within the RIBA and an ambassador for the institute as a truly national organisation with international reach to its external audiences. I’m not sure what the lack of a challenger says - it could simply be a reflection of Stephen’s outstanding candidacy.’

Martin Knight of Knight Architects said: ‘My experience of [Hodder] both within RIBA Council and also London region has shown him to be a hardworking, creative and diplomatic advocate of the RIBA in its various forms, as well as being a highly respected architect (and passionate Mancunian!). 

‘Although it may be preferable to have multiple candidates in order to raise the profile of the election and to generate debate, I would have thought he is both well qualified and suited to the role of President.’

Associate representative on RIBA Council Alex Scott-Whitby said: ‘For deomcracy’s sake someone should challenge Hodder for this role, I’m suprised no one has but I do think he will be a fantastic president.’

Scott-Whitby added RIBA associate members should also be allowed to vote in the election.

Nominations for election to serve three-year terms on RIBA council are also open.

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