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RIBA London mystery deepens

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More issues have emerged involving the running of the RIBA’s London Regional Council (LRC)

Last week, the AJ revealed that the Charity Commission was investigating a complaint by an institute member surrounding ‘concerns’ related to ‘the governance of the RIBA’ (AJ 08.04.10).

Now, the AJ has uncovered an attempt to oust LRC chair Azar Djamali and has also discovered that some members have written to her calling for her resignation.

The exact basis for the demands remains unclear, though her fate may be decided on 29 April, when the LRC next meets.

The link between the Charity Commission investigation and the bid to remove Djamali also remains uncertain.

However, a RIBA spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to comment on the latest revelations while the investigation remained a ‘live issue’.

The Charity Commission has confirmed the RIBA is to take the inquiry ‘in-house’. A spokesperson said: ‘The [RIBA] is conducting an internal investigation into this matter and we have requested that it shares its findings with the commission.’

It is not the first time the RIBA has carried out an inquiry into the region. It is understood that RIBA president Ruth Reed previously asked John Devlin to look into the election process of the current chair of LRC, as well as investigating Djamali’s abilities in that role, and the behaviours of members of council towards her between the election and when she took up office.

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