Relations between the RIBA and the Architects Pictures from an exhibition: Millennium dome attractions unveiled by Tony Blair this week include (top) a central piazza to showcase a music and light extravaganza by Mark Fisher and Peter Gabriel. 'Spirit Level' (middle), by Eva Jiricna explores 'the values that underpin our society' and feature 'oases of calm' within a garden inspired by Christian monastic cloisters and Zen and Muslim gardens. The androgynous human complete with baby, by HP: ICM, will be covered with a million childrens' drawings. Yet to be unveiled are designs by Zaha Hadid (the Mind Zone) and MUF.
Registration Board cooled this week over the board's plans for £100,000 compulsory professional indemnity insurance, and the status of joint validation boards.
On PII, institute president David Rock has described the ARB proposal that all architects should have cover of £100,000 as 'extremely odd'.
He said this would reduce safeguards for the public because architects who did small amounts of work would deregister rather than pay for excessive cover. The institute would like a scheme which involved cover for work producing up to £10,000 in fees.
On validation boards, AJ understands that a QC's opinion obtained by the RIBA is unequivocal that the existing arrangements are legally valid, contrary to the ARB view. Moreover, it states that any attempt to change them would be a breach of contract because Arcuk, the body which preceded ARB, signed a binding agreement with RIBA.