According to RIBA president Jack Pringle, the current industry target of 200,000 new houses a year is failing to meet demand and he is urging that figure to be significantly increased - ideally to nearer 300,000.
Pringle, who spoke candidly about the RIBA's need to enhance its campaigning role, also revealed that the institute was setting up a specialist housing committee to address the 'extreme importance' of the issue.
At the same meeting the president mooted the possibility of setting up a branch of the RIBA in Dubai.
At the moment there is no representative society or institute for architects working in the emirate.
Pringle said the RIBA was in talks with a 'major player' to set up a Dubai RIBA chapter 'open to all other institutes'.