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RIBA president denies 'faction' reports

RIBA president, Sunand Prasad has slammed media reports of a ‘faction’ emerging with RIBA over how the institute should deal with the financial recession

The reports claimed a ‘radical restructuring’ was taking place, which will lead to a number of job losses.

Prasad denied this, however, telling the AJ the: ‘This is a very surprising appearance…in a normally reliable organ.’

‘There have been job cuts. In tight times, one of the measures may well lead to job losses, everyone knows that. It is nonsense to imagine such a thing [as a faction]. It takes the biscuit.’

RIBA also confirmed that it will shortly be recruiting a new Chief Executive, who is likely to be in place by autumn 2009.

Richard Hastilow will take on an active advisory and ambassadorial role for the RIBA helping to build international chapters and partnerships and forging collaborations and joint initiatives with other institutes until he retires from the Institute in spring 2010.

Prasad said: ‘Richard Hastilow has revolutionised the way the RIBA works.  As a result, the Institute has become truly outward-facing as befits its charter obligations and carries far more weight in public life.’ 

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