I would have thought that the pay threshold for repayment would have been the key factor in forming a meaningful new policy - and in the analysis.
Comment on: Row over RIBA decision to honour UAE ruler
I won't bite my tounge on this one - This really does come under the category of 'Lost The Plot'. In my view the Honorary Fellowship is about acknowledgeing and promoting 'shared values' in the built environment. This is an alienating decision promoting patronage over our much vaunted sense of social responsibility. Danni Kerr RIBA Role Model
I find it very disappointing that you weren't able to have a balanced conversation with a practice which should be (needs to be) an exemplorary leader on this critical issue of retaining women in architecture. A large practice often builds an tranche of unpaid overtime into an employees profile eg 37.5 hours in the contract but 45 hours expected ie +20%. If you do 4 days work within 3 or 3.5 days attendance they don't get their assumed 20% extra. This assumed unpaid overtime needs to acknowledged, debated and disposed of.
I was at the husting in Leeds, were you? When Architects' income was discussed, Elsie was simply highlighting the difference between an architect's income and that of other professions - Elsie very reasonbly cited an example close to home, the income info I think based on an AJ article not disclosure and in no way was an attack.
That this has been blown up into a gagging order is beyond anything a professional would recognise as reasonable. What is worse is that some very vaulable points are missed here:-
Consider for one moment that the CEO if the RIBA was an architect - that would be valuing ourselves !!
Elsie spoke very eloquently earlier in the day in Manchester about practical ways to end mental health stigma and helped debate a concensus about prevention such as collaborative ways of working starting in our schools of Architecture.
Elsie's hustings presentation centred on the need for more diverse types of practice particularly medium sizes practices contrary to to the increasingly polarised demographic of very arge and very small practices driven by insurance costs and procurement structures.
The best question of the Leeds hustings came from a student who suggested asked if we should cut out the middle man - take our professionalism to the banks and be our own developers. But because of this massive red herring you are missing the vital content of this critical debate.
No one is openly discussing the serious asysmetry in our economy, its effects on the demographic and distribution of our work. Things that matter to us in the North.
Finally, all the presidential candidates are excellent and a credit to our profession - judge this for yourselves first hand and ask them difficult questions for yourselves rather than being hysterical. I've had the opportunity to meet Elsie personally three times now and make my own assessment. There is briefing against Elsie which I have witnessed first hand. The distortion between what Elsie says which again, I hear first hand and albiet challenging - the reaction is simply not warrented.
Mx Danni Kerr
This is old account it has my old name on :-)