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Final seven line up for electoral revolution at ARB

The list of ARB revolutionaries preparing a bid to take control of the organisation's board has been finalised.

The group of seven architects - styled the ARB Reform Group - aims to win all the seats reserved for members of the profession on the board at the forthcoming election.

Mark Benzie, Peter Phillips, Nicholas Tweddell, Derek Salter, Alfred Munkenbeck, Colin Brock, John Griffiths and George Oldham have all put their names forward under the reform banner.

The most interesting of the seven is American-born Munkenbeck ( pictured), who runs a high-profile design-led practice in east London.

If the group is successful, and can remain united, it will represent a far greater threat to the board than Ian Salisbury was able to maintain, because the Oxford paractitioner was seen as something of a maverick.

Munkenbeck, along with his six comrades, will argue in the election that ARB's remit needs to be severely pared back for the good of the profession.

'I believe that, if the public needs to be protected, the function of an architect should be regulated,' Munkenbeck stated in his election statement. 'Failing that, the protection of title should be carried out in an efficient and unintrusive manner.

'That is the purpose we expect of ARB. There are many other important issues at stake in the development of our built environment at all scales and the RIBA does not need a competitor to shadow it.

'It is unproductive to replicate functions like education, CPD, professional promotion and the like.

'The ARB should focus on its fundamentals and work in a complimentary fashion to strengthen the profession,' he added.

For more information on the ARB Reform Group, visit

by Ed Dorrell

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