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Some success

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As George Ferguson takes over as RIBA president this week, how should one assess the presidency of Paul Hyett? For the most part a success, with a number of longrunning problems resolved. These include relationships with the RIAS, now on a rational and sensible footing which is fair to the Scots (for the first time in living memory); a definite decision on the new partnership with the V&A over the Drawings Collection and the Architecture for All programme; satisfactory resolution of outstanding matters on the collection's lease in Portman Square (negotiated successfully courtesy of Roger Zogolovitch); and a better relationship with the AIA. It is an irony that Hyett, who was a stern critic of the regulatory bureaucracy which governed the ability of overseas architects to work in America, should now find himself as chairman of RyderHKS, the UK arm of the mighty American firm. Anyway, he was highly involved in the negotiations which have led to an easing of the workload restrictions, so well done.

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