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Future prospects

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Hyett also championed a mindset change over new attitudes to procurement, a good example of which has been the recent decision of five good practices to join forces to pursue schools PFI projects. This was surely sensible, if controversial.

The profession cannot divorce itself from the main procurement method for all future public buildings - unless it wants to find itself completely marginalised. It needs to be in there and fighting.

Fighting is not the word one would want to use about the relationship between the institute and the ARB. Squabbling would be more accurate, and here the Hyett presidency can be said to have promised much, but in the end resolution of the differences between the two bodies has proved intractable. The election to the board of Hyett's former partner, Ian Salisbury, on a major reform ticket, should provide a wake-up call to the ARB and its cavalier attitude to a profession which invented and supported architectural education at home and abroad. George Ferguson has a chance to build bridges, but the seemingly widening gap between the bodies was not of his predecessor's making.

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