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ARB elections: The RIBA endorsed candidates

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The RIBA has endorsed four candidates for election to the ARB’s board

The RIBA is encouraging architects to support a four-strong bloc of candidates who all sign up to the institute’s belief in a ‘minimalist’ ARB operating strictly within the Architects Act’s remit and scope. Seven seats for architects are up for grabs.

Collectively the candidates think the ARB should actively protect the proper use of the title ‘architect’ and take effective action against non-architects purporting to offer services as an architect.

They also believe the organisation should work jointly with the RIBA to jointly validate and prescribe architecture courses in the UK and internationally to commonly held standards.

The RIBA is urging all members to vote for these people in the first four places of the single transferable voting list. Polls close on 1 March and the victorious candidates will be named on 10 March.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘I am delighted that John Assael, Alan Cook, Roger Shrimplin and Susan Ware have been endorsed by the RIBA’s Practice and Profession Committee for election to the ARB board. They represent a mixed group of independent and individual architects, well known to the RIBA.

‘I believe that we need a stronger relationship between elected architect members of the ARB and the RIBA, and I am confident that these candidates will work hard to achieve positive changes at the ARB, not just over international validation and effective protection of title, but in limiting duplication of activities whilst still promoting the importance of a Register.’

The candidates are:

Jon Assael

Jon Assael

John Assael DiplArch GradDip(CONSV)AA MSc RIBA
Assael Architecture director and co-founder, RIBA council member, Architects Benevolent Society board member and trustee

He stands for a ‘lighter touch’ ARB with ‘much less duplication between it and the RIBA’.

He argues his ‘close links’ with the RIBA and experience of running a medium sized practice means he will be an ‘effective voice’ within the ARB.

He says he will use ‘negotiation and persuasion rather than confrontation’ to achieve his aims if elected.


Alan Cook Dip Arch RIBA
Consultant architect

Cook wants to see relationships between ARB and the RIBA ‘continue to improve with clearer definition of roles.’ He also wants a ‘transparent appeal system’ for ARB disciplinary decisions and is campaigning for a ‘level playing field’ with two-stage registration for both UK and EU graduates.

He worked for local authorities in London and Devon and has spent 23 as a principal architect in industry and the past 14 years in small private practice.


Roger Shrimplin

Roger Shrimplin

Roger Shrimplin MA(Cantab) RIBA FRTPI FCIArb
Principal at CW and RC Shrimplin, Architects & Town Planners

Shrimplin says the ‘temptation’ for ARB to expand ‘must be resisted’ and the organisation should be run ‘as efficiently and as economically as possible.’

He thinks a ‘better working relationship between the RIBA and ARB, especially in joint validation and prescription’ will be good for architects and the public.

He argues he can ‘do the ARB job’ because he has been in practice since the 1970s and has been ‘deeply involved in professional matters at the RIBA’. He also represented the profession in Europe and helped draft codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures.

He says: ‘Co-operation is best achieved by voting for the candidates who are supported by the RIBA.’


Susan Ware Dip Arch RIBA
UCL Bartlett School of Architecture tutor, and private practice

Ware seeks to support architects by ‘increasing ARB’s presence, alerting and informing consumers of the value of appointing an architect.’

She argues that as an academic of more than 20 years experience she can make sure the ARB is aware of ‘the impact of changes taking place in higher education affecting architectural education.’

She says she will also consider ‘how the qualifications of those educated in architecture internationally can contribute to the UK economy through recognition of their academic and practise achievements.’

She adds: ‘The ARB survived the ‘cull of quangos’ following the change of government, I will ensure that ARBcontinue to deliver its responsibilities efficiently and economically.’



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