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Race Diversity Survey: is architecture in denial?


The recent allegation of racial discrimination within RIBA is not the first, nor is it likely to be the last. Around 15 years ago on my first day on RIBA Council I remarked on the low representation of BAME members on Council with the intention of provoking a discussion. The then President simply noted my comment and moved the debate on - clearly neither he nor Council were interested in a discussion. 5 years later I found myself obliged to report RIBA London / RIBA Council due to apparent racial discrimination against the then RIBA Chair elect. As with the recent case the RIBA volunteered to appoint a top barrister to investigate the allegations provided a non-disclosure agreement was signed to ensure nothing would ever come out of the investigation. I refused and subsequently resigned from RIBA Council when the then President refused to apologise to me for standing up and doing the right thing in rejecting what appeared to be racial prejudice. It would appear little has changed in the last 10 years, and as a consequence I have resigned from RIBA as I do not want to belong to an institution which is not inclusive, equitable, and transparent. Perhaps if more principled individuals followed my example then things might change more quickly. Chris Roche XRIBA / Founder 11.04 Architects

Posted date

10 May, 2018

Posted time

1:41 pm


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