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Revealed: RIBA Council election results


The RIBA has revealed the results of this year’s council elections

Feilden and Mawson partner Elsie Owusu has returned to council and is joined by Scott Brownrigg practice director Helen Taylor and Lisa Raynes who previously represented the North West on the solo practitioners group.

The student seat went to Sheffield School of Architecture’s Lillian Ingleby who was a finalist in the AJ Hoare Lea bursary and last week picked up a RIBA Wren Insurance scholarship.

Current councillors who have lost their seat after failing to get re-elected include Dale Sinclair, Elena Tsolakis, Roz Barr, Dan Benham, and Satwinder Samra.

New members will take up their seat on council from 1 September when Jane Duncan takes over from Stephen Hodder as RIBA president.

The RIBA election results

National council members

  • Jonathan Ball
  • Alan Jones
  • Elsie Owusu
  • Mark Percival
  • Lisa Raynes
  • Helen Taylor

Regional council members

  • Ruth Donnelly (Yorkshire)
  • Mark Hodson (Yorkshire)
  • Richard Parnaby (RSAW)
  • Timothy Bailey (North East)
  • Andrew Bourne (South West)
  • Jennifer Forakis (South)
  • Mark Jermy (East Midlands)
  • Dominic Kramer (East Midlands)
  • Ewen Miller (North West)
  • Nicola Watson (North East)
  • Richard Wooldridge (North West)

Student council member

  • Lillan Ingleby

Associate council member

  • Albena Atanassova

Readers' comments (5)

  • It would be interesting to see the number of votes as a percentage of membership, and per candidate.

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  • Just had this in from the RIBA [votes as percentage of membership]

    National council seats – 14.1%
    Wales – 18%
    Yorks – 20.3%
    Associate – 16.7%
    Student – 4%

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  • Richard Saxon

    Astonishing that Dale Sinclair's enormous contribution has gone unrewarded! The new Plan of Work and associated BIM stuff is down to Dale. But then the 14% of the electorate who voted probably don't know that.

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  • 14%...ye gods. That is truly awful.

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  • Ben Derbyshire

    The RIBA needs to become Members’ Institute for the Advancement of Architecture.

    If the institute fails to adopt a strategy of change over the next five years in response to members concern to see a focus on the future of architecture the membership will dwindle by comparison with the burgeoning ARB and elections to council and presidency will continue to seem irrelevant.

    The changes should be aimed at increasing the number and diversity of our members. The focus of this effort must be on younger entrants to the profession, as representing its future.

    We should place ethics and social purpose of architecture and the profession at the heart of the debate, recognising the growing concern amongst young professionals and activists that not enough is being done to secure a fair, equitable and sustainable future through the creation of the built environment.

    We must seek greater diversity not only in race, gender and sexual orientation, but geographically, and also in the ways and circumstances in which architects practice and contribute their skills and knowledge to commerce and society.

    The institute must do more to promote and facilitate the involvement of this diverse membership in its work and its communications both to the profession and to the laity.

    The ambition is to attract architects, their collaborators and clients from all walks and persuasions to debate and exchange ideas, knowledge and information both on line and at the institute and its branches.

    We should bring together the resources of the institute, the Journal, RIBA Enterprises and an upgraded website in order to represent and communicate the nature of the resulting debate and discourse.

    The result will be a rejuvenation of the institute and ultimately of the profession in terms of its membership, its ideas and its governance - members should clamour for council places and to vote for those whose views they share.

    We can easily measure the success of this enterprise in the usage of the physical and virtual space provided by the institute, in the diversity of the discourse generated and by the attendance and readership of output.

    RIBA should restate its purpose:

    Advancing architecture by supporting and developing the profession; in society, by its members and with its clients and collaborators.

    In other words, the RIBA exists to advance architecture and recognises it can't do it alone! And I'd say a summary of our vision for the profession over the next five years would be:

    A demonstrable increase in the role and influence of the profession in the built environment, improving its design, its equity and sustainability, and a commensurate increase in the membership of the RIBA and the strength of its representation on council.

    Ben Derbyshire
    Managing Partner HTA Design LLP
    Chair, The Housing Forum.

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