RIBA has inked a deal with two Libyan architectural groups that it hopes will ‘support the development of the architecture profession in Libya’
The Memorandums of Understanding were signed by RIBA President Stephen Hodder, Ghaleb Gheblawi, Chairman of the Libyan Board of Architecture (LBA) and Hakeem Bader, President of the Libyan Institute of Architects (LIA).
RIBA vice president, International Peter Oborn told the AJ that the primary reason for the deal was not to help RIBA members to secure work in the country: ‘RIBA’s role is very much one of encouraging high standards of architecture throughout the world,’ he said.
‘In Libya, and in many Middle East countries, architecture has no visibility as engineers tend to lead.
‘The Libyans have a transition government and things are still very fragile and as a profession we need to show whatever support we can to help build the peace,’ said Oborn.
‘One does hope when things pick up they will remember us,’ he added.