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Ruth Reed elected president of the RIBA

Ruth Reed has been elected as the next president of the RIBA – the first time a woman has ever been appointed to the role.

Reed, who is currently course director of Birmingham University’s School of Architecture, beat RIBA London’s Andrew Hanson in the race to succeed incumbent RIBA president Sunand Prasad.

This morning Reed, who has received the backing of ex-RIBA Presidents Max Hutchinson and George Ferguson, said:‘This is a huge honour and responsibility and I am very excited about the prospect of becoming president.

'Andrew was a great opponent and we had a constructive debate about the future of the profession with the membership. I am looking forward to working with Sunand, I have great respect for him.'

In a manifesto that declared that the Reed fought her election battle on the grounds that RIBA should be more inclusive and effective, claiming the Institute needed to be ‘as effective for a member in Ipswich as they are for one in Islington.’

In addition to Hanson, Reed was originally also up against former president of the Association of Consultant Architects, Paul Davis. However, Davis pulled out of the race in May, citing work commitments.

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