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Valerie Owen makes second bid for RIBA's top job

Valerie Owen, who came second in the 2004 election for the RIBA presidency, has joined the growing band of architects vying to succeed Jack Pringle for the top post.

The former London First boss is the first candidate to emerge who could seriously challenge the seemingly unstoppable momentum behind Sunand Prasad.

Owen came very close to defeating Pringle last time and will be seen as an extremely strong candidate.

In her last tilt at the job, Owen attracted a host of high-profile backers, including London Eye designer Marks Barfield.

In her 2004 election statement, Owen set out a 10-point delivery plan, which included creating a client champions panel to develop performance-related fee structures, and proposals to help improve architects' pay, working conditions and profit margins.

She also expressed her commitment to fostering good relations between the ARB and the RIBA, and to coming up with new systems of PI cover to better manage risk/reward for customers and architects.

She has yet to make public her manifesto for this year's election.

by Ed Dorrell

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