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Rock reminds rsaw that there's strength in numbers

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RIBA president David Rock has warned that architects may lose out if the Royal Society of Architects in Wales splits from the riba and goes it alone.

Rock was retorting to 'Welsh uprising' reports of the rsaw pressing for more independence. He warned his members this week that 'you always get strength in numbers'.

Rock said: 'My own view is that the smaller you divide up groups and services, the less members get. There are some services that are cheaper to provide nationally and it is always a matter of providing services at the cheapest price. There are some that can be bought in bulk.'

He said the regional structure of the riba was being looked at but it was more about services, not about power and bylaws. 'I do not see a split at all in the future. I don't think the rias or the rsaw want to split. When I talk to Richard Parnaby, the rsaw president, and others they are looking for services to be reconsidered.' The riba had been drawing closer to the rias in recent years and 'political devolution has been around all that time.'

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