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Parnaby bags ARB vice chair role

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Richard Parnaby has been elected as ARB’s new vice chair

The University of the West of England architecture professor defeated rival Andrew Mortimer to win the job.

Parnaby said: ‘I thank my colleagues for expressing their confidence in me to take on the role of vice chair and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Board during the coming year, which promises to present us with a number of challenges.’

ARB chair Beatrice Fraenkel added: ‘I am delighted that Richard has been elected as vice chair. He brings to the role a level of expertise and experience from an architect’s viewpoint, and I am greatly looking forward to working with him and the Board over the coming year as we both strengthen the ties with our stakeholders and deliver the statutory responsibilities given to us by the 1997 Architects Act.’

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

The election was open to the registration body’s 15 board members. 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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