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Departing Ferguson pours cold water on 'architectural egos'

Outgoing RIBA president George Ferguson is to issue a rallying cry to architects to become more involved in the public arena.

At an event at the RIBA's Portland Place headquarters tonight (31 August), Ferguson will issue a stark warning to the profession aimed to stem the rise of 'architectural egos'.

In his departing speech, he will also lay into the 'small band of critics who seem to see architecture as an exclusive gallery art', instead championing those who can engage with the public.

The transcript of the address, which was made public this morning, continues: 'Unlike the other arts, we have no choice, architecture is for all. What we do has a massive impact on our wellbeing, our performance and the future of the planet.'

Ferguson states his belief that there remains 'a steep hill to climb to free us from the worst and the less than good'. He continues to say that it is important to 'transform our undoubted talents for the making of beautiful objects to leading design teams to make beautiful and sustainable places'.

The outgoing president will end on a positive note, however. 'I believe that we have turned a corner in both public perception and in the quality of what we do and are producing great things,' he concludes.

by Rob Sharp

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