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Ben Derbyshire throws hat in ring for next RIBA presidency

Ben Derbyshire
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HTA partner Ben Derbyshire has revealed he plans to stand in the elections to replace current RIBA president Jane Duncan 

In an email seen by the AJ, Derbyshire announced his intention to run by asking other members of the profession to nominate him for the role, which would begin in September 2017.

Derbyshire, who has stood on RIBA council for the past two years, wrote: ‘I would like to throw my hat into the ring as a prospective RIBA Presidential candidate. I am not permitted to campaign before the end of the nominations period on 25 May, but once the starting gun is fired, I will publish a website for the duration of the campaign.’

He also began to set out his plans for the institute, writing: ’I am concerned about the future of the profession of architecture and I have been particularly interested in the role that the RIBA might play in improving the influence of architects.’

Derbyshire had earlier revealed a ten-point plan of how the RIBA could tackle the decline of the architect.

He called for the institute to improve its value for members, reform education, introduce and ethical code, and turn its Portland Place HQ into an international centre for architecture.

Further candidates could still come forward before the end of the nomination period which closes on 25 May.

The AJ understands that ex-Feilden + Mawson partner Elsie Owusu may also be set to stand.

Each of the candidates must receive 60 nominations from RIBA chartered members or honorary fellows to be able to stand in the elections.

The elections come at a troubled time for the institute. In recent months RIBA HQ has also seen the departure of several senior figures, including its chief executive Harry Rich – leaving a ‘strategic vacuum’ which has yet to be filled. While in a recent AJ survey 45 per cent of architects said they were pessimistic about the future of the institute.

RIBA elections: key timings

  • 13 April Nominations open
  • 25 May Deadline for the submission of nomination papers
  • Summer Election to take place over two weeks, exact dates to be confirmed
  • August 2016 Election results announced
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  • Chris Roche

    The timescale for nominations has yet to commence so surely this is not the time to be discussing potential candidates, rather we should be looking critically at the role of President and the process of selection. Members have made it unequivocally clear in the recent AJ Survey that real change is required and in my view that change needs to begin now with an intelligent debate about Democracy and Leadership. The previous model for selecting a president isn't working, and in my view it is premature to be discussing candidates.

    Chris Roche / Founder 11.04
    X- RIBA Council

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