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Institute accused of Maggie-style European isolationism

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John Bartlett accused the RIBA of having an isolationist policy towards Europe, despite Marco Goldschmied's inaugural speech - which advocated greater openness and communication.

'RIBA pol icy is more Magg ie than Marco, ' he said. 'The vision of our president swinging a handbag in Europe isn't a pretty sight.' This was his disappointed reaction to the answers to questions he had tabled about RIBA penetration and activity in mainland Europe.

Bartlett was shocked to discover that there were no figures available for the workload of RIBA members within Europe, and no policy to increase membership, which is currently 589.

Although many UK practices are seeking work elsewhere in Europe, and many architects from other European countries are working here, the RIBA seemed to have no direct policy.'An increase of 1000 members would more than fund a major initiative in Europe, ' Bartlett said.

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