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New RIBA boss Derbyshire pledges fightback against profession’s marginalisation


Today's profile of the new president in the Guardian gives the perception that he is too closely aligned with the "Design and Build" procurement process to be truly objective in his criticism. Moreover there appear to be conflicting perceptions about his statements on "economic cleansing" of social housing, and his views on Building Regulation compliance with regard to Grenfell Tower, given his practice's involvement in controversial housing schemes in North and South London. The profession is arguably in crisis and requires critical leadership now, more than perhaps at any point in the RIBA's recent history. Ben Derbyshire faces enormous challenges during his term as president, and whilst his experience and knowledge of social housing design and procurement will prove invaluable, it comes with conflicting baggage. I believe the UK's housing shortage is a bigger political issue than Brexit, and is a crisis leading to an inexorable rise in homeless people sleeping on the streets of our towns and cities. To suggest the only way to address this crisis is by "increasing supply" is politically and economically naive, overly simplistic, and could be perceived as opportunistic. Chris Roche Founder 11.04 Architects.

Posted date

5 September, 2017

Posted time

12:31 pm


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