The spat between Kate Macintosh and Presidential candidate Elsie Owusu is sad and only explicable if Owusu is too young to know about Kate’s long history of battling against social injustice. One would have expected them to be natural allies but Owusu’s outrageous suggestion that the RIBA is “Institutionally Racist and Sexist” is to dismiss the changes in attitudes and policies at Portland Place that Kate has contributed to over her long professional career. Now in her eighties she continues to pursue these causes with unabated commitment and enthusiasm. As a prominent campaigner against Apartheid, leading to the RIBA withdrawing recognition of the South African Schools, and herself having non-white Caribbean members of her close family, Kate is well qualified to recognise institutionalised racism.
While prejudice still exists widely in society and there is no reason for complacency the Profession and more significantly the RIBA demonstrate admirably liberal views.
David Chipperfield’s identification of the Institute’s weak response to the disastrous consequences of leaving the EU is a more relevant and critical platform for a Presidential campaign.
A mealy mouthed response from the President, to say the least.
Could we ask that all candidates standing for the next Presidency identify clearly how they voted and where they currently stand on the disastrous policy of leaving the EU. - no nonsense about the democratic wish of the people. What are your beliefs on the merits of the EU and the damage leaving will do to the profession.
What is ouragious about the RIBA visit is that the delegation consisted of two people who did not support Council's Resolution to suspend Israel from the UIA - carried by a substantial majority. Neither Angela Brady who proposed the Motion nor George Oldham who seconded the Motion were consulted about the visit yet alone considered for inclusion in the delegation. It is now clear that the President (Stephen Hodder) has spent the last 8 months, including an attendance at the UIA Congress, bowing to Israeli pressure to bury the Resolution, in flagrent disregard of Council's wishes. As someone who has spent over ten years on Council this behaviour is unheard of. Council should consider an immediate vote of no confidence in Hodder and if carried he shouild resign his position, another first in Council's history.
Past Council Member and Vice President of the RIBA