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Put your questions to the RIBA's next president Jane Duncan


What would you like to ask the next RIBA president Jane Duncan? Tell us your questions and we’ll put the best ones to her during an exclusive interview next week

Jane Duncan is set to take over the two-year RIBA presidency from Stephen Hodder on 1 September, becoming the third female president in the role’s 75-term history.

The Buckinghamshire-based architect stood for the role on a three-point plan focused on ‘pride, profit, and people’.

She has said she will better communicate the value of the RIBA to its members, address the pay disparity between men and women, and promote the leadership of architects in the construction industry.

What questions would you like answered by the incoming president? Tell us in the comment box below or email laura.mark@emap.com.


Readers' comments (15)

  • Chris Roche

    10 years ago whilst on RIBA Council I proposed free subscriptions for women on maternity leave. The RIBA would not support this and proposed a "Hardship Rate" which I insisted be re-named a Reduced Rate. Given your commitment to help retain women within the profession will you propose to RIBA Council Free Subscriptions for all parents on maternity leave?
    Chris Roche
    Founder 11.04 Architects

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  • What do you think about the Garden Bridge and its procurement process?

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  • What steps will you take to curtail the unwelcome encroachment of the ARB into areas beyond its remit ?

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  • The title “Architect” is not really protected.

    Many clients and often many other members of the construction profession still do not understand or realise the difference between an architect and architectural designer - especially for smaller projects such as domestic work, one off houses, extensions etc. so this message should be made clearer.

    The purpose of the full course (seven years minimum) is to provide a level of confidence for the client and the industry that an architect should have a base level of competency that those less trained are unlikely to have. It is unacceptable that untrained, uneducated people can be regarded by the general public as being similar/ the same. It is that association which is threatening and devaluing the profession. If clients do not know the difference, why bother to spend the huge amount of time and expense to become qualified?

    I believe something drastic must be done to combat this. Either mass education of the terms- or the simpler solution of completely protecting the title that “architect” in any form e.g. “architect”ural designer. Unless ARB registered if you do use the term architect in any form it must be attached to the words Junior or amateur and only if you have completed an aspect of the full qualification i.e. Part 1 or Part 2.

    I believe this should be the responsibility of the RIBA to fight for the value in the profession- do you agree?

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  • What strategies and significant budget commitment is RIBA going to urgently prioritise in the specific promotion of architects rather than generic promotion of architecture?

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  • J Burden

    How many Part II women Architects has Jane mentored through Part III in her own practice over the years?
    How many women Architects with children under 5 has the practice employed over the years?
    What challenges have the issues of lack of experience and the need for flexible working brought? What has Jane's practice been doing differently to other practices in overcoming these challenges over the years?

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  • When is RIBA going to actively stand up to and demand higher standards in Architect education - act as a counterweight to the universities' flood the market with ill prepared graduate' model?

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  • J Burden

    What has Jane found to be workable with regard to the full inclusion of disabled staff and clients?
    Is the office fully wheechair accessible and what adaptions needed to be made? If so, were the implications of costs and disruption on the business manageable?

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  • Given the predicted rates of Global Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity, as well as the soon to be adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Do you think the current architectural education curriculum and various pathways through are sufficiently weighted so that students can connect with, understand and find solutions to these significant social urban challenges ?

    Similarly the continuing professional development and understanding within Architectural practices ?

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  • Only 19% of the membership voted in the Presidential elections, of which approx. 9% was for you. More recently only 14% voted in the national council elections. What evidence does the RIBA possess to believe it is actually carrying out the wishes and demands of its members?

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