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Who is backing the presidential candidates?

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Last week Andrew Salter, Alan Jones and Ben Derbyshire were confirmed as the three official candidates in the race to become the next RIBA president. But who nominated them?

Ben Derbyshire

Alan Shingler • Alex Ely • Alexander Winter • Paul Galle • Alison Brooks • Andrew Beharrell • Andrew John Wright • Andy Von Bradsky • Barry Munday • Brian Waters • Clare Wright • Sandy Wright • Clive Chapman • Daniel Leon • David Birkbeck • David Cash • Dhruv Adam Sookhoo • Duncan Baker-Brown • Ian McKay • Stuart Paine • Elspeth Clements • Felicie Krikler • Mike De’Ath • Simon Toplis • John Gray • Paul Maddock • Ana McMillin • Caroline Dove • Rory Bergin • Jelena Tomic • Joanna Bacon • Bob Allies • Graham Morrison • Chris Bearman • John Assael • John Prevc • Jonathan Falkingham • Luke Tozer • Tim Pitman • Malcolm McGowan • David Taylor • Adrian Tanner • Rafi Check • Lee Bennett • Mark Jermy • Mary Plowman • Anthony Michael Olliff • Ming Cheng • Neil Bennett • Nela De Zoysa • Nicola de Quincey • Nigel Ostime • Oliver Morgan • Patricia Woodward • Peter Studdert • Richard Parnaby • Richard Saxon • Robert Firth • Robin Nicholson • Roddy Langmuir • Philip Graham • Rupert Cook • Russell Edwards • Russell Curtis • Russell Pedley • Shahriar Nasser • Simon Agate • Peter Short • Simon Allford • Peter Morris • Jonathan Hall • Paul Monaghan • Simon Foxell • Simon Henley • Sunand Prasad • Greg Penoyre • Susan Pasint-Magyar • Tryfon Kalyvides • Yasmin Shariff • Mark Prizeman • Murray Kerr • Peter Chlapowski • Andrzej Ogorzalek • Elsie Owusu • Ewen Miller • Jeremy Till • John Bennett • Karl Smith • Onur Osman • Alan Wright • Justin Kelly • Andrew French • Andrea Hilton • Mark Jefferson • Mark Percival • Patrick Massey • Stephen Hodder • Andrew Matthews • Stephen Proctor • Teresa Borsuk • Tom Fitzsimmons • Lisa Raynes • Mark Kemp • Matt Yeoman • Paul White • Richard Lavington 

Alan Jones

Andrew Ardill • Alison Austin • Lewis Bailie • Jonathan Ball • Julia Barfield • Denise Bennetts • Dagmar Binsted • Ian Bott • Andrew Bourne • Keith Bradley • Darren Bray • Stephen Brookhouse • James Brown • Robert Brown • Caroline Buckingham • Cathy Buckley • Rick Burgess • Robert Burton • Paul Cahillane • Stephen Gareth Callen • Susie Carson • Adam Caruso • Bhupinder Singh Chawla • Alessandra Cianchetta • Anthony Clerici • Michal Cohen • John Cole • Charles Collett • Gemma Collins • Paul Crowe • Paul Crowther • Joyce B Deans • Nicholas Deeming • Tom Dollard • Richard Dougherty • Alex Durie • Kris Eley • Laura Evans • David Evans • Yvonne Farrell • Lena Feindt • Benjamin Fereday • Peter Fisher • Tom Ford • Simon Fraser • Gordon Gibb • Aine Glackin • Simon Gould • Don Gray • Emma Gribble • Alastair Hall • Ian Halliday • Robert Martin Hare • Nick Hayhurst • Michael Hopkins • Lee Hosking • David Howarth • Stephen Hughes • Norman Hutchinson • Graeme Hutton • Carol James • Tom Jefferies • Brendan Kilpatrick • Henry Kong • Trevor Leaker • Seamus Lennon • Claudia Lynch • Patrick Lynch • Gerard Maccreanor • Claude Maguire • Elena Marco • Anne Markey • Laura Marr • Claire McAteer • Frank McCloskey • Joan McCoy • Ronnie McDaniel • Luke Mcdonald • Michael McGarry • Sarah McGonigle • Kieran McGonigle • Aidan McGrath • Ian McKnight • Julia McLoughlin • Arif Mehmood • Walter Menteth • Peter Minnis • Robert Mitchell • Niall Monaghan • David Morley • Stephen Morris • Peter Mouncey • Andrew Mowat • Valerie Mulvin • Gordon Murray • Emma Murtagh • Zeke Osho • Eric Parry • Richard Partington • Manisha Patel • Fiona Patterson • Guy Pearson • Sophie Pelsmakers • Vinesh Pomal • Paul Richardson • Kerr Robertson • Flora Samuel • Scott Sanderson • Graham Saunders • David Saxby • Vishal Shah • Emma Smart • Gordon Smith • Carl Southern • Peter St John • Peter St Julien • Michael Stacey • Stephen Taylor • Neil Taylor • Bronwen Thomas • Ambrose Tohill • Peter Trebilcock • Sean Tunney • Cindy Walters • Susan Ware • Willie Watt • Gary White • Joel Wildgoose • Sim Boon Yang • Dan Benham • Roger Hawkins • Glenn Howells • Tarla MacGabhann

Andrew Salter

Peter Holden • Eleanor Egan • Jenny Humphreys • Adrian Roberts • Ewan Lawson • Sue Whittle • Richard Gallie • James Simpson • Douglas Forrest • Stephen Carr • Linda Jones • Mark Vines • Jason Yates • Robert Hutson • Peter Heather • Charlotte Wright • Robert DiCarlo • Patrick Thirlwall • David Spragg • Andrew Postings • Robert Franklin • Colin James • Darren Bray • David Caird • David Falla • Dawson Stelfox • Hilary Bell • Ingval Maxwell • Jane-Jones Warner • John Fidler • John Hickey • Mark Shipton • Michael Carden • Michael Watkins • Richard Kenneth Brook • Richard Spencer Dean • Robin Haddow • Rod Hackney • Sarah Khan • Sean Albuquerque • Stuart Page • Nora Ekelund • Tina Roscoe • Philip Knudsen • David Finlay • Steven Myhill

See supporting statements from the nominees attached.

The presidential elections will be conducted independently by the Electoral Reform Services and and voting will open on 4 July.

At that point voting information – including formal candidate statements and instructions on how to vote – will be sent to members via email or by post.

Balloting will end on 8 August, and the result will be announced on 11 August.

Take the AJ’s online poll to vote for your favourite.

For more information visit:

Statements on the presidential bids

Andrew Salter

With substantial RIBA Board level experience covering a period of six consecutive years, I am familiar with the breadth and depth of the institute, having held the posts of regional chairman RIBA South, chairman of RIBA Nations and Regions, RIBA vice president membership 2007-2009, RIBA honorary secretary 2009-2013 and currently a member of the Conservation Accreditation Steering Group.

As president my emphasis will be on connection with our members, nations and regions

As RIBA president my emphasis will be on connection with our members, nations and regions and on the importance of their contribution regionally, nationally and internationally, including direct access by the membership to influence policy matters using digital means and to reinvigorate discussion in innovation.

We need to expand our outreach to the profession, the construction industry and the public, in the promotion of the measurable value of good design, increasing engagement with government, national and local as a reliable source for solutions. 

Most of all this is about you, that as a vibrant community we can do more together than as individuals, and that this is the strength of an institute, its members and its staff – to construct joint ventures and initiatives that articulate what is unique about our profession and its valuable contribution to society.

Alan Jones

The RIBA has the potential to be more nimble, relevant and engaging. My nominators believe I have the skills, enthusiasm and experience to lead the RIBA toward a better future; to be the inclusive, relevant institute we need it to be. 

Who am I? I was a member of RIBA Council 2008-14 and received a strong national vote for 2015-18. I appreciate practice and education, and the differences between London and elsewhere. Ten years in practice in London, now in the RIBA Ulster region – teaching and practising. Member and chair of many visiting boards to schools of architecture – UK and worldwide. Seven years with Michael Hopkins & Partners and three years with David Morley Architects. Immediate past president of the RSUA and member of RSUA Council since 1998. Previously a judge of RIAS, RSUA and RIBA awards and the RIAS Doolan prize. Currently RIBA vice-president education 2015-17 and a member of RIBA Board 2015-17.

What do I stand for? Thought, debate, innovation and critical discourse. The RIBA must: become a focus for discourse, research and innovation around the core subject of architecture and the changing nature of how it is created; inform and inspire current and future members and supporters beyond 66 Portland Place; incorporate leading contributors from other institutes; engage actively with politics, setting up a system of RIBA spokespersons and experts; continue to develop the RIBA’s role by developing a critical publishing house.

Representing architects and promoting architecture and architects: improve the opportunities for good architecture, regionally, nationally and internationally; demonstrate the evidence of the value of architects and the benefits of good fee levels; serve the needs of members in established and new enterprises, and throughout working practice; acknowledging, understanding and celebrating different forms of success; ensure the RIBA becomes more representative, aware of why some choose not to join.

Understanding the needs of the profession: engaging with, and learning from, changes in practice across the diverse range of practices and practitioners, as more architects locate themselves outside traditional practice and within other bodies.

Leading regionally, nationally, internationally, utilising the strengths of the RIBA network to empower and support its network of members globally; and by reviewing funding of the network, to allow medium-term financial planning.

Educating architects of the future - future architects and future architecture: drive forward the Review of Architectural Education; ensure that an architect’s education, expertise and passion places them within practice; promote the relationship between excellence in architectural education and the success of the profession; engage with leading practice and trends in environmental design, business skills, entrepreneurship, fostering greater professionalism; stimulate debate on the attributes of ‘the new architect’ in conjunction with schools of architecture; explore the possibilities of combining work and study/apprenticeships as a low-cost alternative to full-time study at university.

I want less autonomy, more transparency and to review the RIBA awards to protect their continued relevance

Reviewing and improving: less autonomy, more transparency; review the RIBA awards to protect their continued relevance across the globe; review other aspects of management and leadership.

Our institute, our profession: inspire staff and members to realise the potential of the new agreed 2016-2020 vision; forge new connections and alliances between practice, research and education.

Ben Derbyshire

I want to put architects back at the heart of the RIBA.

According to our recently announced five-year strategy, the RIBA is ‘a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture’. But how? I believe the RIBA should champion the people behind excellence in architecture. I believe it should champion you.

Our profession needs a more efficient, more direct RIBA. One able to champion both architects and the architecture we create, with the courage to use our subscriptions to deliver real value. An RIBA driven by our needs, equipped to lead us into a more prosperous future.

This means the RIBA needs to change. To bring through the most highly trained architects, it must demand more from the universities that supply them. To encourage a fairer environment for practising architects, it must redefine what we represent. But to do any of this, it first of all needs you.

This is your chance put the RIBA back in the hands of architects

This is your chance to put the RIBA back in the hands of architects. A vote for me is a vote for an experienced, practising architect with 30 years at the coalface of the industry. An architect who shares your commitment, drive and passion for the profession, and can now use that as a force for real change.

Find out more by visiting my campaign website www.FutuRIBA.co.uk and watch out for the hashtag: #VoteForBen! My campaign website lists over 100 chartered members including past presidents, leading practitioners and academics who share my vision and have nominated me. See what many members, clients, critics and commentators say about me and why they believe I am up to the job. Visit www.futuRIBA.co.uk and #VoteForBen.

My policy agenda: We must rebalance the RIBA’s work between promoting architecture and promoting architects.

A high priority is to improve equality, diversity and inclusivity in the profession. A more open and more highly valued profession will attract a younger and more diverse membership. We must improve the value of the membership package.

We will have to make more efficient use of resources and restore our finances. We must get rid of institutional silo structure, so that the organisation is fit for purpose in the 21st century. This requires excellent management and leadership.

We should accelerate change in the quality control of education and professional practice. We need to introduce a new, better, cross-industry, internationally recognised code of ethics.

We can only effect the outcomes we seek by collaborating with other professionals, with the constructors, with our clients and with the public. We must focus with them on research and building a valuable body of knowledge.

We must build on the excellent start made by Jane Duncan and see through the changes necessary over the longer term.

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