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AA council faces vote of no confidence

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The governing council of the Architectural Association (AA) faces a vote of no confidence at a special general meeting of members scheduled to take place in Bloomsbury, London, tomorrow night (3 March)

AA members will be asked to consider the future of the council that controversially appointed school head Brett Steele on a new ‘dual’ contract two weeks ago.

The move prompted an outcry from students and staff, and in the wake of the protests Steele pledged to petition his employers – the AA council – to tear up the contract and replace it with his old one.

If successful, the vote of no confidence would allow the association’s estimated 3,000 members to elect a new council and president.

Opposition to the current council centres on its decision to appoint Steele, who has been at the AA since 2005, as both ‘director of school’ and ‘director of association’, which, it is claimed, took place without the membership’s consultation.

Mike Weinstock, AA director of research and development and director of emergent technologies and design, who tabled the vote of no confidence, said in a letter that ‘significant changes – of constitutional and legal importance for the school community’ had taken place.

Weinstock said he ‘feared for the consequences’ of the changes which he claimed have ‘polarised’ the school, creating ‘hostility’ and ‘open opposition’.

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