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Paul Finch appointed as new CABE Chair

Paul Finch will be the new Chair of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has announced

Finch, who is Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival and a former editor of the AJ, will take over from outgoing Chair Sir John Sorrell. The appointment is for four years, starting on 14 December 2009.

Ben Bradshaw said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Paul Finch who brings a wealth of experience and a formidable understanding of the world of architecture and the built environment to the role. I look forward to working with him.

‘I would also like to thank the outgoing Chair Sir John Sorrell, under whose assured leadership CABE has gone from strength to strength. I’m sure John will continue to be a passionate and persuasive advocate for great design through his many other interests.’

Paul Finch said: ‘I am delighted to be rejoining CABE, especially given its increasingly important role in promoting quality of architecture and place-making. I look forward to working with commissioners and the wider built environment community in the common cause of creating decent places to live, work and play.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • Thw worst possible choice. Finch's blog, Letter from London, says so much about the ignorance of the man, and his views, based on little other than his arrogance and prejudice.

    What CABE needed was someone who could bring a fresh approach, and was willing to engage with all views on the built environment. What a lost opportunity.

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  • 'Anonymous' Hmmm?
    Always did admire courageous commentators.

    Sutherland Lyall

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  • I very much agree with Sutherland Lyall. Anonimity is a device to protect freedom of speech from someone who may in some way be disadvantaged by the expression of their opinion. That shield should be used cautiously to allow a well-reasoned position to be articulated. It should not be used for the kind of 4th form name-calling that so frequently graces this part of the journal.
    That said, I think Paul Finch's appointment is extraordinarily good news. I can think of no-one with more experience, ability and sheer wisdom to build on Stuart Lipton's and John Sorrel's strong contributions. That Paul Finch is prepared to take on this lead is good news for our environment, our culture, and all those dedicated to improving the standard of design of our buildings and our public spaces. And I hope this includes your anonymous commentator. He or she is mistaken.

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  • Lipton's lackey. Not a great choice.

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  • Sadly Graham, a website comment page is not the place for well reasoned positions to be articulated, it could be. Instead it exists for the aggrieved and disaffected to vent their spleen and for the rabid to mouth off, both anonymously of course.

    Beings Scots based, we have not yet presented to Cabe, so don't have much first hand knowledge of Paul Finch but good friends in London who have and other architects we know well rate him very highly, so good news.

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  • Mr Dunlop, of course, is given space to vent his spleen and mouth off, at times displaying appalling ignorance, in the pages of the architecture press.

    Mr Finch is not a man who commands respect on all sides of the built environment debate. CABE should be about so much more than simply the promotion of new architecture.




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