Why address moral and aesthetic codes - if such exist? Why not address economic and legal codes - beginning with the chronic housing shortage and extending to Building Regulations and Planning Law? Banging on about aesthetics at this time of crisis is distasteful and unintelligent.
Comment on: ‘First we storm the building, then we take back the asylum’: Allford slams ‘irrelevant’ RIBA
Having spent 25 years actively trying to improve the RIBA and represent members views on Council I finally gave up and withdrew my fees and my support. It wasn’t that the RIBA covered up my complaint to the Charity Commission about systemic corruption that, no the final straw came after lobbying and campaigning to set up an International Conference which instead of delivering a global opportunity for the membership became a PR opportunity for large corporate practice. RIBA has been dead for a long time - it’s now time to bury it.
I am hopeful Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party will be elected with a working majority and the country begin's a social housing revolution. This will present the RIBA with a dilemma. As an elected RIBA Council member within Jeremy Corbyn's constituency, I was paired with Jeremy as his RIBA architectural advisor. As a local community and labour party activist I was well known to Jeremy and with Jeremy's support successfully campaigned to prevent the demolition of Archway's landmark towers. We both attended each and every RIBA reception at the House of Commons, but shockingly we were both "blacklisted" from attending events by a former RIBA chief executive who did not share our political views. Jeremy Corbyn was also critical of the RIBA during the RIBA London episode, when the elected Chair was deselected on grounds of race and gender. No doubt RIBA will want to re-write history.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the design and procurement of this exemplary social housing scheme. The decision to reward socially responsive schemes on a modest budget, and in particular to shine a light on the transformative nature of well designed public housing is long over due. Perhaps RIBA could now start lobbying the government to address Britain's housing crisis. The judges also deserve credit for having the courage to look beyond the usual round up of "A" list architects for a winner.
Comment on: Alan Jones: the RIBA’s promo president
I have read between the lines of this disappointing interview in the hope of finding what this President stands for. However this interview, not unlike Jones' speech to an invited professional audience in Manchester last year speaks volumes about, not just Jones' lack of vision, but also of the lack of direction of RIBA, if not the wider profession. Society is facing a multitude of critical issues at present - environment, internationalism; homelessness; safety; equality of opportunity, etc. Maybe if he were to focus on his one truth in the interview, he may find a solution worth talking about - ‘I think you could argue that just being an architect is a problem.’