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Four line up for RIBA presidency contest

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With the deadline for nominations less than a week away four candidates are battling for the next RIBA presidency: Angela Brady, George Oldham, Richard Parnaby and Roger Shrimplin

The new president is expected to face a difficult term in office with the crisis at RIBA London set to dominate the campaigns. The chair of the region, Azar Djamali, was forced to resign last month (AJ 06.05.10) ahead of an unprecedented vote of no confidence in her leadership.

So far, candidate Brady is believed to have secured the most support, with more than 100 nominations.

The AJ understands Richard Parnaby, a professor of architecture, is a close second, having gathered more than 80 nominations from RIBA members.

As well as making the organisation more transparent, the candidates have focused on the general well-being of architects.

Oldham, ex-honorary treasurer of the RIBA, intends to approach the new government in order to re-establish advisory fee scales, a goal which he believes is ‘achievable’.

‘I expect employer architect members of council to support at least minimum pay and conditions as being in their own interests,’ he said.

Terry Farrell has publicly backed Brady – whose slogan is ‘action not words’ – for the role, saying that she was a ‘natural for the job’.

Meanwhile, Russell Brown, founder of Hawkins\Brown has declared his support to Shrimplin.

Populous’ Geraint John and RIBA veteran Sam Webb have declared themselves out of the running.

Webb, who called on current president Ruth Reed to support Djamali publicly (AJ 29.04.10), described the presidency as ‘like putting your head on the railway lines and listening for the train with your eyes closed’.

All current chartered members and honorary fellows are eligible to stand for the presidency of the RIBA.

When elected, the president elect will take office in September 2010 and will then serve as president for a two-year term beginning a year later.

The RIBA expects to have a result for the presidency in the third week of July.

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