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The RIBA is out there fighting for architects

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Letters

We welcome Greg Lomas' wish to 'become part of a professional body that is not afraid of political dialogue and fearlessly fights for the needs of its members' (Letters, AJ 23.5.02).

But come on Greg, get yourself involved! The RIBA is its membership up and down the country, not just at Portland Place or in London.

Thankfully, many are already active, as I discover during my regular visits around the country.

There are some 90 branches, chapters and societies throughout the UK. Their 850 elected members and 150 staff tackle a wide range of issues on behalf of the RIBA on a day-to-day basis.

Recently I have been to branches in Sheffield, Derry, Norwich, Hereford, Leicester and Poole. To suggest these people are not actively promoting the interests and complexities of the profession on behalf of architects, the RIBA and the construction industry as a whole, is fundamentally wrong and disrespectful.

RIBA members, including student and graduate members (and I hope to encourage Greg to become one of them), can next take up the opportunity of political dialogue at the RIBA Conference in June, when minister for construction Brian Wilson addresses delegates.

The existence and relevance of the RIBA depends upon its membership. Greg, the RIBA is you and people like you. Get in touch so we can discuss your ideas on how to develop the RIBA's position as a political voice for the profession.

Paul Hyett, president, RIBA

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