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Saxon attacks RIBA's lack of interest in industry changes

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Richard Saxon, head of bdp, the country's largest employer of architects, has publicly criticised the riba for lack of involvement in the changes taking place as a result of the Latham report and the forthcoming report under Sir John Egan.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the Construction Industry Board, Saxon said, 'I am very pleased with what the Scottish architects have been doing to make the whole subject known. I am not as electrified by what the riba has done.'

Saxon chairs the cib's good-practice panel, as a nominee of the riba. Nevertheless, he argued, 'the riba has not come forward with any answer to what we have been doing'.

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