RIBA council members are frantically seeking another candidate for the RIBA presidency after Brian Godfrey pledged to try again for the post, writes Zoë Blackler.Vicepresident for international affairs John Wright told the AJ he was being 'urged' to stand; Roger Shrimplin has been suggested as another alternative. Potential candidates have until the New Year to declare their intention to stand.
With fewer prominent practices involving themselves with council, potential candidates are thin on the ground. Members such as Richard Murphy, Robert Adam and Elspeth Clements have all ruled themselves out, citing cost and time pressures. Godfrey failed to win the presidency against Paul Hyett last time with a campaign described as 'negative', 'limited' and 'lacking in charisma'. Hyett refused to comment but has told Godfrey he opposes his bid.