Jon Rouse deserves many plaudits for CABE's success and action on so many fronts since it was set up five years ago. But he says (AJ 26.2.04) that 'a big underdeveloped area is? training professionals to become project managers', that he'd 'hoped to see the creation of a generation of 200-400 existing professionals? equipped to lead regeneration projects from a design approach', and that he'd 'hoped to have it set up by 2003/04 but the government decided we were not ready'.
I'm surprised that he does not know that the RIBA set up such courses six years ago. After much excellent work by Peter Lord, RIBA adviser on project management, as RIBA president I signed an agreement with the Association of Project Management in 1998 for it to run courses for architects to obtain a professional qualification. Since then 50 or more UK architects have completed such courses each year.An opportunity for the RIBA to obtain the government resources CABE expected for this? Following demand from overseas members the RIBA is exporting these courses to the US and the Far East.
On another matter: now that Jon is moving to head the Housing Corporation, I'm sending him the research I commissioned from Wright and Wright in 1998, as one of my President's Initiatives, on how the housing association sector could be improved. Many of the recommendations in that booklet are still relevant.
David Rock, RIBA past president