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Ultra-low RIBA elections turnout is ‘wake-up call’, says former president


The RIBA is just a private member’s club, with an ostensible role for education, as in exempting the schools from imaginary RIBA exams. They have tried to get hold of ARB’s statutory role, so they can charge a fortune for practice certificates, like the Bar Council, and failed. This is no longer a profession in crisis, it is on its deathbed, and the RIBA is performing the role of undertaker rather than physician. So, physician, heal thyself, with a root and branch overhaul to transform yourself into a trade union, rather than an abstract public relations machine, run for the benefit of elite members and an over-remunerated Portland Place cadre. Ask your general membership what you can do for them or face extinction. Adapt or die. Services such as employment law advice are more relevant than expensive dinners and annual conferences in exotic locations. Learn from the recent membership overhaul of the RIAS, and the canny politicking of the RICS. Sell Number 66 and move into modest premises off Parliament Square, and employ Dominic Cummings to lobby government to bring back public sector architects to build council housing etc...create the vision for a new golden age. Above all, make yourself relevant and pertinent to the average practitioner. George Clarke for RIBA President! Viva la revolucion!

Posted date

5 August, 2019

Posted time

5:07 pm