Jack Pringle has won the race to become the next president of the RIBA.
The founding director of Pringle Brandon Architects and current vice-president for education only just edged out Valerie Owen, the chief executive of inward investment agency London First.
After transferable votes were taken into account, Pringle received 2,998 votes and Owen picked up 2,518. Brian Godfrey came in third, Richard Saxon fourth, Ian Salisbury fifth and Simon Foxell sixth.
However, there will be concern over the reduced voter turnout of 22 per cent, a drop on the 25 per cent who voted in 2002.
Speaking in the aftermath of the announcement, Pringle said he was excited to be taking over from George Ferguson.
'I am delighted and flattered to have won in such a strong field. I am not at all surprised that Valerie came in second as she is extremely capable and fought a very strong campaign, ' he said. 'My immediate priorities will be to support George Ferguson for his remaining year in office, and to prepare for some hard work.'
Fellow presidential candidate Ian Salisbury - who was also the first architect to sign Pringle's nomination form - said the result was justified.
'He has all the right ideas and there is no doubt of the justice of seeing someone elected who has devoted a great deal of his professional time to the service of the institute, ' he said.
'I wish him and the institute the very best of good fortune during his period of office, ' he added.
Jack Pringle, who first served on the RIBA Council in 1981, is currently chair of the Professional Services Board and sits on the Holdings Board. He also chairs the Education and Validation Committees.
Pringle Brandon Architects specialises in office and hotel projects, including commissions such as data centres for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Grenfell, London Underground offices at Canary Wharf and Customs and Excise offices nationwide.
Pringle has also led the fit-out for Barclays' new headquarters and is currently working with MacCormac Jamieson Prichard on the new BBC headquarters at Broadcasting House in London.
Pringle will become president elect immediately and will take up the presidency on 1 September 2005.