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ARB elections: The other candidates

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There are 13 candidates standing for election to the ARB board who are neither endorsed by the RIBA nor part of the ARB Reform Group

Prof. Richard Parnaby BArch MCD MArch RIBA
University of the West of England, professor of architecture

Parnaby says he supports statutory registration and wants to make sure ARB focuses on its ‘core business’ on ‘maintaining the register in an efficient and economical manner.’

He would like the ARB to pioneer new models of architectural training that are ‘closely integrated with practice’ and recognise the ‘changing patterns of architects’ work and offer less expensive routes to qualification.’

He claims to have a ‘good understanding of challenges facing the profession’, having been an architect for nearly 40 years and also a recent member of RIBA council and a current institute trustee. Parnaby was president of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales from 1997 to 1999.


Alun Reginald Nicholas B.Sc (hons) B.Arch RIBA
Amcanu’n Uchel managing director

Nicholas argues that ARB registration entails certain obligations – such as PII and CPD – which cost architects ‘far greater’ than the registration fee alone.

He says small practice is in direct competition with ‘the unregulated’ who may not promote similar services.

He notes: ‘We often read of Architects, usually those in small Practice being so disciplined, but rarely of the unregulated purporting licence of the title architect.’

‘I support protection of function, but for the time being will stand for small practice, regional practice and the promotion of greater awareness in the public realm of who we are.’


Godfrey Architects, director

Godfrey was a partner in London before setting up practice in Devon. He is both an RIBA associate and RICS fellow and was previously a district councillor and a prospective parliamentary candidate.

He has been elected to the RIBA council three times, and argues that he has ‘considerable experience’ and ‘acute awareness of the standards of Public life gained through my many years at the RIBA.’

He says he is committed to the ARB strategic aims and cores and seeks to protect the ‘title’ and improve the public perception of architects.


Pam Cole

Pam Cole

University of Portsmouth principal lecturer

Cole says ARB’s regulatory role is valued but ‘must be tightly held and also limited to its statutory function.’

She is a member of the RIBA’s education committee and claims to have experience of how co-operation between the ARB and RIBA can enable ‘common criteria for education and training to be implemented’.

She says: ‘I believe that we must continually strive to maintain the level of competence and reputation of architects, and address the declining status of architects by encouraging new areas of expertise. Education has a key task in moving the profession forward, and ARB has a role in developing the scope of education to reflect the changing demands of the industry.’ 


Kirk Ray Morrison

Kirk Ray Morrison

Kirk Ray Morrison

Morrison says he is ‘passionate about people’ and is setting up his own studio having worked in practices of varying sizes during his career. He says his experiences mean he has a ‘good understanding of issues that architects face’.

Morrison wants to see the ARB strengthen its ‘strategic aims’ by ‘underpinning our business with regulation that enables us to contract effectively with clients [and] protecting our title from misuse and communicating the unique and lasting value that we as architects bring to the built environment sector’.

He adds: ‘I believe the ARB has a practical role to play in making our work life more secure and our stakeholder relationships less adversarial.’

Morrison says that, if elected, he will use his seat to ‘address the particular issue of job insecurity, including the negative impact this often has on diversity and representation within our profession’.


Simon Potter

Simon Potter

Simon Jonathan Potter BA DIPARCH RIBA

Potter has spent 26 years experience in both large and small practices and 18 years arranging CPD seminars and claims to be ‘aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our profession, particularly in this economy.’

He says: ‘The profession must continue to develop and expand its skills and strengths to ensure a continuing role for itself. Part of that process is to ensure our prospective clients appreciate clearly the unique skills architects alone can bring to designing solutions to problems. The ARB therefore plays a significant role for all architects: in recent years it has focused its attention more closely upon its original role, with considerable success.’

He says he would bring his experience of the problems architects face with clients, and the problems clients face with architects, to the board.


Gordon Gibb

Gordon Gibb

Gordon Alexander Gibb LLM FRIAS RIBA MCIArb
Gibb Architects practice owner, Mackintosh School director of professional studies

Gibb is standing for re-election to the board following three years as vice chair.

He calls for the ARB to encourage ‘new approaches from architecture schools and practitioners’ and to avoid creating ‘artificial barriers.’

He says: ‘I believe a stable, knowledgeable, confident ARB working effectively with our membership organisations, supporting the profession, presents a solid foundation for improvement of our fortunes.’


Manos Stellakis

Manos Stellakis

Manos Stellakis BSc DipArch MSc RIBA
Lupton Stellakis partner, Welsh School of Architecture distinguished visiting fellow

Stellakis has been partner at Lupton Stellakis since 1984 and taught at UCL, Oxford Brookes and the Welsh School of Architecture.

He supports the protection of title and says he is keen to ensure the ARB ‘continues to support the profession by efficiently delivering its statutory obligations.’

He says: ‘My research has given me an insight into the drivers behind changes in the industry, whilst teaching alerts me to the issues faced by the newly qualified. I would seek to encourage ARB’s work in raising the visibility of registered architects.

‘Having handled projects in a number of other European countries, I understand the implications of cross border provision of services as well as the opportunities afforded to architects due to their multi-facetted skills. I can therefore contribute usefully to ARB’s work on mutual recognition of qualifications, and on related EU directives, and also to ARB’s Prescription Committee, which deals with education.’


Lisa Basu

Lisa Basu

Lisa Manidipa Basu BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

Basu has been practising for eight years focusing on transportation, schools and social housing projects.

She says: ‘The reputation, survival and enhancement of our profession is dependent on a solid educational system and effective professional body.’

‘We need to support new talented people with fresh ideas and original insights to enter and sustain careers within the profession.

‘We need to create better alignment between education and the working world and to better prepare the next generation of architects to shine.’

She says she will use her voice on the board to ‘support the strengthening of our European partnerships and presence’.

Basu argues that she is ‘passionate’ about supporting newly qualified because she herself benefitted from financial and mentoring support provided by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

She says: ‘I have mentored a number of newly qualified architects and students and will use my voice on the ARB board to promote professional development within architecture.’


Mark Westcott

Mark Westcott

Mark Westcott DipLA(Leeds) BArch(Glas) DipArch(Mac) CMLI
Architect and landscape architect

Mark Westcott set up his practice in 1989 and currently operates a small rural practice in Farnham.

He was previously on the external affairs committees of both RIBA London and the Landscape Institute.

If elected, he says he will provide a ‘Watch and Listen’ role at a ‘macro-management and strategic level’.

His aims are to: ‘Maintain a constructive and balanced relationship with the RIBA, work positively with the ARB executive to prevent inappropriate “Mission Creep” of the ARB in exceeding the powers granted by Parliament; and constructively challenge the executive as a critical friend whenever necessary through a fair and common sense’.


Tom Young FRIAS
Self-employed sole practitioner

Young trained part time at the Glasgow School of Art while working as an apprentice in private practice and later worked for the Scottish Special Housing Association and on a medical school building for the University of Edinburgh.

I was educated in the part time course at the Glasgow School of Art while working as an apprentice in private practice subsequently joining the Property Service Agency to work on abroad range of building types.

He is a founder member of the Edinburgh Chartered Architects and an Architects Benevolent Society trustee.

He says: ‘If elected I would hope to support the interests of SME’s of which there are many in our profession.’


Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Alex Wright BSc(Hons) DipArch MDes
Principal architect in private practice and University of Bath head of architecture

Wright argues that university fee hikes will create an ‘unprecedented period of change in architectural education’ which means there is an ‘urgent need to update our policy frameworks to ensure high professional standards in education’.

He says: ‘If elected to the Board I would use my experience in UK & European education to seek the removal of the unnecessary barriers which currently prevent the creation of a flexible environment in which professionally orientated architectural education can develop and thrive.

‘The competition faced by architecture as a viable discipline in Higher Education is overshadowed by the competition faced by architects in private practice. Having worked in a small practice for twenty years I understand the extremely competitive environment in which we have to survive.

‘As a Board member I would support the active enforcement of the legal protection provided to the title of Architect, and I would oppose any unnecessary obligations or expenses being placed on practice.’


Azar Djamali

Azar Djamali

Azar Djamali MBA MA RIBA APM
Azar Djamali Consultancy owner and South Bank University part-time tutor

Djamali says she is ‘dedicated’ to the protection of the title. She says: ‘If ARB is abolished RIBA is extremely unlikely to take over ARB’s regulation responsibilities. The result would almost inevitably ensue in the loss of protection of title that would be disastrous for architects, and architectural education. Self-regulation is not politically obtainable.’

Djamali argues that the registration fee should be kept as low as possible ‘to maintain registrations in difficult times’.

She says: ‘I will use my leadership and management skills from MBA Executive training and years in professional practice to support ARB delivering its responsibilities regulating UK Registered Architects.’ She also seeks a ‘closer and better relationship’ between the ARB and RIBA.



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