Cambridge-based RIBA presidential candidate Alex Reid has labelled the RIBA 'a strange, closed world, a long way away'and called for at least 60 per cent of the institute's decision-making power to be held by architects outside the capital.
On a new website setting out his policies, Reid attacked the fact that only three of the 12 members of the institute's powerful policy management board are from outside London. The attack on London bias came after rival candidate Brian Godfrey - with his policies to break up the domination of the RIBA by London architects - topped an AJ website poll of who should be the next RIBA president.
'I have sympathy with what he is saying but I hope to represent both sides of architecture, 'said Reid.'For him to say I'm just fighting for the little man outside London is just the problem in reverse.' Reid's website, www. alexreidwebsite. com, is peppered with pictures of schemes by one of his favourite architects, Alvar Aalto, and also reveals his list of 77 nominators.They include Ted Cullinan and past presidents Richard MacCormac and Frank Duffy.Reid said a feedback section illustrates his attempt to be 'a listening candidate'.