The RIBA has drafted in a former Millennium Dome manager to revive the fortunes of its architect and client matchmaking service, the Clients' Advisory Service (CAS).
Paul Newman, a senior operations manager responsible for the fit-out and construction of the zones, started the £25,000 a year job at RIBA headquarters on Monday.
'It's a time of major change at the RIBA and following a review, there is a clear mandate for the CAS to become a client-led service, ' Newman, aged 30, said. 'Before the opening of the Dome there was a very infectious atmosphere and everyone was working long hours. The same will be needed here if we are to see change. I'm not one for the quiet life.'
The CAS has been without a head since the departure of Caroline Cole about a year ago. The service has been criticised for recommending architects on an ad hoc basis and succumbing to London bias. It receives around 4,500 enquiries a year.
The institute's new chief executive, Richard Hastilow, also started work this week (AJ 25.5.00).