A letter from the arb, dated 10 January, informed me that the current riba president, a past president and Gold Medalist and the current winner of the riba Stirling Prize, had resigned from the arb board. By any standards, this is very serious stuff.
Although the letter sought to counter 'press speculation' and 'clarify the situation', it told me nothing. Your journal arrived the following day and told me all I needed to know. It is most distressing to find that these distinguished and responsible board members should have had to resign. It is distressing, too, to learn that the board is not accountable and to hear that a Part 3 student wishing to register, got nowhere. Apart from my name on a register and a flashy annual report, I begin to wonder what I am getting for my £55.
For just more than four times the amount (and at the cost of a daily and Sunday newspaper for a year), my membership of the riba gives unbelieveable value for money. As a past member of riba Council, I know only too well how accountable it is. And I have choice in being a member or not. I would clearly love to resign from arb, but have no choice. Not yet.