As the presidential campaign hots up it is worth remembering that the new president will have to continue Marco Goldschmied's work on sustainable design.Without policy continuity the profession may lose credibility with government, clients and the construction industry which the RIBA still aspires to lead.
When an industry uses 60 per cent of the world's material resources, half of fossil fuel energy and half of global water supplies, you cannot relegate sustainability to a secondary concern. Goldschmied brought the green agenda to the fore - only one candidate appears to want to run with the baton. Paul Hyett has written countless columns on green issues, bedded sustainability into the education curricula, and built a green office in London Docklands.
He has the credibility to talk and act green: the RIBA needs that message more than ever.
Professor Brian Edwards, University of Huddersfield