The ARB Reform Group has called on architects to vote its seven candidates onto the ARB board
The ARB Reform Group, which has held five out of seven seats available to architects on the board since 2006, was established to support the RIBA and ACA in their attempts to ‘define and restrict’ the ARB’s powers.
The group claims it has reduced expenditure and made the organisation more ‘open and accountable’ over the past six years. It says this led to a reduced registration fee for architects ‘in these difficult times’.
In the future the group wants to maintain ‘economy, efficiency and effectiveness’ at the ARB and to agree more areas in which the ARB and RIBA can work closely to ‘further improve efficiency’.
The group collected 70 per cent of the votes in 2006 and 75 per cent in 2009. At the time it was supported by many leading including architects including David Adjaye, Norman Foster, Terry Farrell and former ARB board member Amanda Levete.
Polls close on 1 March and the victorious candidates will be named on 10 March.
The ARB Reform Group candidates are:
Rob Tate DIP.ARCH(OXFORD) DIP.T.P FCIArb RIBA
R.L. Tate Associates architect and construction adjudicator/arbitrator
Tate wants to maintain ‘efficiency and effectiveness’ at the ARB and ensure policies ‘do not overburden the profession with regulation’.
He says: ‘A Past President of [The Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities (SCALA)], an active member of RIBA and supporter of ACA, I believe mutual support within the profession is essential to promote the value and protect the interests of architects, particularly in the current harsh economic climate.’
Tate has been a registered architect since 1974. He spent 24 years in the public sector and 13 in the private sector.
He argues his experience will enable him to ‘make a valuable contribution to the ARB, building on [the ARB Reform Group’s] achievements to date’.
Bernard Stewart Wyld B.ARCH (WALES)
SCALA News editor and web manager
Wyld is standing for election to a second term on the ARB board and says he wants to continue the Reform Group’s policy of ‘holding ARB to its statutory functions as prescribed by parliament and to assist the board in conducting these activities.’
He says he will use his links with SCALA and the ACA in the ‘interests of all architects’ to curb ‘unnecessary bureaucracy and cost’ and make the board more ‘open and accountable’.
Andrew Mortimer BA (HONS) DIP ARCH RIBA
RMA Architects partner
Mortimer – also standing for election to a second term – claims his primary objective will be to hold ARB to its ‘statutory functions only’.
He said he represents practising architects ‘day to day, under 40 [and] running a small business.’
He argues ‘continuity is important’ to achieve consolidation of ARB Reform Group ‘achievements to date’
He says: ‘ARB, RIBA, ACA and other bodies should be complementary; they should reinforce notduplicate each other.’
Hans G. Eisner BA(hons arch)Manc RIBA ACArch
Eisner worked in the public sector and as a sole practitioner.
He says he wishes to represent architects working in provincial areas plus ‘those still in the public sector.’
He says: ‘The maintenance of the Register for those qualified as architects is essential to protect the public from unqualified “plan-drawers”.’
He argues more effort is needed to maintain architectural standards and ensure the profession is not ‘over-regulated’.
Patrick Inglis MA(CANTAB) DIP ARCH RIBA ACARCH
Inglis Badrashi Loddo director
Inglis says that running his own practice for more than 10 years and sitting on the ACA council has given him ‘considerable experience of the pressures that architects face, particularly in these difficult times.’
He refers to a ‘significant increase’ in ARB activities beyond the protection of title which have lead to a greater burden on architects.
He says the reform group worked with the board in ‘limiting the retention fee, reducing misuse of title, achieving more open and accountable processes, and encouraging closer cooperation with the RIBA, the ACA and others’, adding that ‘much remains to be done’.
Ruth Brennan RIBA MCIAT AABC EASA
Ruth Brennan Architects, director
Brennan, who is standing for election to a second term, claims to have ‘lengthy’ experience of working in large and small practices and familiarity with the ‘difficulties facing the profession in these harsh times’.
She says: ‘During my three years on the ARB board, I have made my views very clear on matters which directly affect architects, especially where costs are concerned’.
If elected, she will ensure the profession is ‘not overburdened by regulation and bureaucracy, enabling architects to become more competitive in a very difficult economic climate’.
Michael Cummings ACArch B.Phil Dip.Arch Cert.T.P
Cummings says he has a ‘wide experience’ in large, medium, and small practices and is familiar with the ‘difficulties facing all the professions and those affecting architects particularly, during this downturn in the economy.’
He notes the ARB’s role in maintaining a distinction between architects and ‘unqualified plan drawers’. With regard to the latter, he says: ‘They continue to undermine our profession by undercutting fees, making the delivery of a proper service to the client body unsustainable.’
He wants to at least maintain ARB’s retention fee at its current cost and, if possible, reduce it further.