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Parnaby and Mortimer to fight for ARB vice chair

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Richard Parnaby and Andrew Mortimer have gone head to head in the race to become the next ARB vice chair

The registration body’s 15 board members will vote for the vice chair on 21 June. Util then both candidates are forbidden to make public statements relating to the election.

University of West England architecture professor Richard Parnaby was elected to the board for the first time earlier this year following a fiercely contested campaign in which two existing board members resigned over leaked emails criticising the RIBA president.

Parnaby is backed by Bartlett School of Architecture director of professional studies Susan Ware and University of Bath head of architecture Alex Wright.

Andrew Mortimer, director at RMA Architects, was recently re-elected to the board for a second, three-year term. He stood with the backing of the ARB Reform Group which was set up in 2006 to ‘define and restrict’ the ARB’s powers.

Mortimer is backed by Peter Coe and Neil Watts who are both non-architect members of the ARB board.

The ARB board elects its chair and vice chair annually. Beatrice Fraenkel was re-elected to the chair in March.


The committee has 15 members, comprising seven architects elected by the profession and eight members of the public appointed by the Privy Council.

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