The final instalment of the AJ’s look at the architects who have made the headlines in 2015. Next up: Jane Duncan
As Stephen Hodder stepped down after a turbulent two years as RIBA president, September saw Jane Duncan take up the post at 66 Portland Place.
With just nine per cent of RIBA members backing her some wondered whether she would be able to lead the profession. But Duncan, who is the third female president at the institution since 2009, promised to make sure RIBA’s council is effective.
She began by opening up the presidential office offering a space for council members to work at the Portland Place HQ, launching a new campaign entitled ‘#SeeMeJoinMe’ and opening up council for a discussion on research and practice.
But no sooner had Duncan taken her seat in the revamped office than problems were once again afoot at the RIBA, with architect Elsie Owusu accusing the organisation of ‘institutionalised racism’. This one looks set to rumble on into 2016…