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Manchester’s Nick Moss joins RIBA presidency race

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Manchester-based architect Nick Moss has become the latest contender to make a bid for the RIBA presidency

The director of Sixtwo Architects joins Glasgow’s Jude Barber of Collective Architecture, AHMM’s Simon Allford, and architect, academic and author Sumita Singha in declaring his intention to stand in the institute’s forthcoming presidential election.

Moss, 42, is currently the president of the Manchester Society of Architects and set up his practice with Andrew Edmunds in 2012 after stints at Stephenson Bell and Hodder + Partners.

He told the AJ: ‘I want a future where architects can thrive. I aim to use the resources of the RIBA to drive procurement reform to make sure we do. If we don’t reform procurement, we’re marginalised.

If we don’t reform procurement, we’re marginalised

’If we’re marginalised, we’ll struggle to be effective at addressing all the issues that matter to us, like the quality of our built environment, climate change, equality, diversity and fees and salaries.’

Four architects have now revealed they plan to stand to replace the insititute’s current president, Alan Jones, whose term officially ends in August 2021. The final line-up of contenders and their manifestos are expected to be announced tomorrow (1 July).

Jones, who stood down in March over allegations linked to an extramarital affair, recently returned to his post after giving a ‘sincere and unqualified apology’ to members.

The successful candidate will take up office as president elect on 1 September 2020 and will then serve as RIBA President for a two-year term, beginning on 1 September 2021.

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RIBA presidential candidates (from left to right): Jude Barber, Sumita Singha, Simon Allford

RIBA presidential candidates (from left to right): Jude Barber, Sumita Singha, Simon Allford

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  • ** Isn't announcing your policies the start of campaigning; a clear breech of RIBA rules before tomorrow's official statement regarding the accepted candidates and the start of the campaign period.**

    I think it is interesting that only the two male potential candidates have felt it acceptable to publish their manifesto pledges before the 1st July. #whitemaleprivilege

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  • Chris have you just assumed the gender of the candidates? Not very 2020 #dontassumemygender

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  • Nick Moss' argument about procurement is spot on. Getting the talent of architects taken seriously through the procurement process is essential if the profession is to thrive. Practices have been excluded because of size, previous experience of completed similar jobs and on financial grounds unrelated to the task in hand.The relationship in weighting between design attributes and cost is also often an obstacle.
    At the heart of the next President's manifesto must be getting the wider community to understand that"architects matter". Unless this is achieved so that architects are not marginalised, all the other objectives which we value will not, as Nick suggests, move forward.

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  • BEARCHITECT - Perhaps you should take that up with the author of the article that assumes his gender for me!

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  • CORRECTION... I should have said:

    BEARCHITECT - Perhaps you should take that up with the author of the article that assumes Nick's gender for me!

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