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Reid's bad report on railroading education

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Alex Reid claims to want to establish a listening institute, but his style of management when director-general showed no capacity or desire for listening, quite the reverse.

One illustration of this was that in July 1998, during the absence of the president, he made an unauthorised written offer to Andrew Finch (then registrar) to relocate the post of secretary and coordinator of the education joint validation panel within the ARB. If this move had not been intercepted and thwarted by David Rock the RIBA would have been on the slippery slope of losing control of education. Reid's intention without a doubt was that the ARB (on which non-architects hold a majority) should take over control of the validation process. He attempted to railroad the institute's policy in this area without the consent or even knowledge of the vice-president for education.

If he had succeeded, the current constructive relationship between the RIBA and the ARB in the field of education would not have been achieved, and the bickering would have continued indefinitely to the overall detriment of the profession.

Kate Macintosh, Finch Macintosh Architects, Hampshire

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