Yet another poorly conceived PR disaster from RIBA. The institute should be looking to nurture and support students not for students to be supporting RIBA financially.
Roger Scruton's appointment was a surprise, whereas his sacking for expressing inappropriate views was not.
No doubt ARB did not hold him accountable for describing himself as an Architect, and no doubt the minister responsible for his appointment, is no longer defending the indefensible.
Maybe the RIBA needs a crash course in avoiding PR disasters which appear to be increasing in frequency.
The RIBA continues to make fundamental errors in their steps to support women in Architecture. Whilst a member of RIBA Council I introduced a motion that RIBA provide free membership for women members on maternity leave in an attempt to offer practical support. RIBA's response was to offer women a reduced fee "Hardship Rate" whilst on maternity leave. Needless to say this was rejected, and I succeeded in introducing a "Reduced Rate" for all members on maternity leave irrespective of gender. I still think there is value in RIBA offering free subscriptions for all non-practicing architects whilst on maternity leave but despite 3 recent women Presidents the issue has not been revisited.
I am a big fan of Grimshaw's work in general, and this group of buildings in particular, not least as a regular user of the Supermarket over 20 years.
There is however a need to address the Kentish Town Road frontage, which I suspect has contributed to anti-social behaviour, drug dealing, and knife attacks in the area. The concept of "defensible space", together with "passive over-looking" contributing to enhanced security of the public realm are issues that can and do need to be addressed in any review of this building. This is a societal issue, and this is not a criticism of the architect or the form of the building as originally conceived. Camden has changed dramatically since the time the building was conceived and public safety and security is now a critical issue locally.