The current RIBA presidential election is extraordinary in that one of the candidates is not only not registered as an architect, but also, by his own admission has never practised as an architect or designed a building. As far as I am aware no other unregistered candidate has ever put themselves forward since the 1931 Registration Act.
Despite these circumstances, and the extraordinary controversy that surrounds his name, Alex Reid persists with his bid to secure a job in which his function will be to represent both architecture and architects - a job for which he must be fundamentally inadequately qualified.
As an administrator and major shareholder in an architectural company, I find it extraordinary that Reid persists with his claim, that despite having recently held the post of director general, he can work effectively with his successor, Richard Hastilow. Surely any reasonable manager would see such an arrangement as both highly insensitive and potentially damaging to the prospects of Hastilow and the council developing policy appropriate to future needs.
Reid has surely had his day.
What he couldn't achieve as director-general over some eight years should not be attempted as president. The RIBA needs to move on - and so does Reid.
Jan Hale, London SE1