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RIBA president to meet 'anti-architect' Gove

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Outgoing RIBA president Ruth Reed has been granted a face-to-face meeting with controversial education secretary Michael Gove

Just three weeks after the RIBA slammed the Conservative Party for ‘wildly inaccurate’ BSF slurs, Reed has been invited to meet with Tory MP Gove to discuss her views.

Reed – who makes way for her successor Angela Brady in September – revealed details of the high-profile meeting at RIBA council last week.

‘It is a constructive opportunity to broker our position’, said the RIBA president.

The meeting was initiated by architecture minister John Penrose and comes almost six months after Gove’s most recent unprovoked tirade against the profession.

In February, the education secretary singled out Richard Rogers and other ‘award-winning architects’, vowing to deny them any role in the growing, government-backed Free School movement.

Earlier this month the Conservatives fed information to the press which claimed architects has made £198 million out of BSF work done for 21 local authorities.

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