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Ferguson recruits starchitects to fly the flag for the profession

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RIBA president-elect George Ferguson (pictured) has lined up a kitchen cabinet of hard-hitting special advisers to become spokesmen for the profession.

Ferguson will reveal the identities of the unelected advisers, who he promised will include 'some significant names', once he takes over the presidency on 1 July.

All are leading members of the profession with 'a particular expertise, a high profile and authority', who would normally shy away from involvement with the institute and its committees.

Ferguson has also picked out a dream team from candidates in the current council elections (see below).

The president-in-waiting approached five of the 11 candidates now standing for national seats to pledge his support. Clare Wright, John Assael, John Pringle, Valerie Owen and Richard Saxon will all be invited to become vice-presidents, if successfully elected. Ferguson hopes his top table will provide him with more active, cohesive, cabinet-style support.

All five candidates are respected for their architecture and their standing was a 'very positive move', Ferguson said.

'My aim is to attract more and more who are highly respected within the profession to council, ' he added.

However, he refused to say who else would join the top table. 'It's like asking the prime minister to say in advance who he is going to shuffle, ' he said.

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