The four members of the arb who have resigned have demonstrated commitment and achievement in serving the needs of the public through furthering the cause and creation of good architecture at the highest level. They are the most prominent and successful of the members of the board in this way and that is why I voted for them. I do not need to be told in the information release to all architects from the chairwoman and vice chairman posted to all registered architects that 'it is important that [I] should use [my] vote to ensure the board is representative of the profession.' It is a disingenuous exhortation. The current board was democratically elected and therefore representative but is no longer. What confidence can I now have that my vote is worthwhile? None.
I know these people well. They have nothing but the good of architecture and therefore the public at heart and no other motive. They are not the kind of people who resign. The fact that they have finally felt compelled to do so reflects inevitably on the chairwoman, Barbara Kelly, and the vice chairman, Owen Luder; and sadly, there can be no further confidence in the future conduct of arb in the fulfilment of its purpose while either of them remain in post. Accordingly on this basis I have written to both of them, calling on them to resign.
I would encourage all others who share my views to do likewise and, those who have a vote in the forthcoming election, to ensure that those who have had the conviction to resign are returned to office.
Professor Roger Stonehouse,