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Year of shambles

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The failure of the Architects Registration Board to appoint the best candidate as its new chief executive raises interesting questions as to how the profession will respond in the forthcoming elections. Those architects who have resigned from the board, or at least some of them, could well stand again on a 'no confidence' ticket. A vote for them would be seen as a vote against the incumbent chair, Barbara Kelly, and vice-chair Owen Luder. The latter emerged as a key opponent of the appointment of Francis Golding, who has just completed a five-year stint with the rfac/cabe. The idea that Golding would have been 'too pro-architect' is mysterious, given that for five years he has spent much of his time criticising their work. Clearly what some on the board want is someone who is anti-architect, and who can keep up the brilliant work of the board so far in demonstrating incompetence (remember the code of professional conduct?), bluster ('We cannot work in our existing premises - oh all right then, yes we can!'), harassment (Ron Baden Hellard), inaction (American 'architects') and secrecy (press never allowed into council meetings of this so-called public interest body). You, dear uk architects, are paying for all this nonsense through your compulsory annual levies. Elections will at least give a chance for some sign of dissatisfaction.

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