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a. Nominated by: Jane Duncan, Barbara Weiss, Angela Brady, Owen Luder, Virginia Newman, Elsie Owusu, Yasmin Shariff
b. Practice Address: Barbara Weiss Architects, 21-24 Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP
c. Position: Associate Architect
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, MArch(Thinking Building), ARB, RIBA
Nationally Elected Councillor
RIBA: CHANGE, EDUCATION, DIVERSITY & LEADERSHIP
As a young architect, I am excited by the opportunity to lead and promote change that being a member of the RIBA gives. However, the RIBA needs to do more to ensure that it is the face of all members and is of value to all architects.
If I am elected to RIBA Council, the key areas I would continue to focus on and champion are:
1. Broadening access to the construction industry - believing that a diverse and representative profession is pivotal to providing the best quality of architectural and urban design for society.
2. Modernising design education for future generations of school children.
3. Widening the path towards inclusivity by creating initiatives to make architectural education more affordable.
3. Improving cross-collaboration in the construction industry.
4. Promoting recognition of the architect's leadership role in successful design teams.
A graduate of Kingston University, I am now an associate at Barbara Weiss Architects, a thriving Westminster-based practice working on a wide range of exciting and complex projects.
Through my current involvement in RIBA's FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme, an innovative scheme developed by Architects for Change (AfC) and the Construction Industry Council, I enjoy supporting RIBA members of all backgrounds - especially the young - as they meet the challenges which the profession faces today. I am also a mentor for the Social Mobility Programme, a charity which aims at improving social mobility for high achieving young people from low-income families.
a. Nominated by: Rachel Haugh, Matthew Ayres, Virginia Newman, David Green, Helen Trott, Hone-Long Chen, Marcus Schofield.
b. Practice Address: SimpsonHaugh, Riverside, 4 Commercial St, Manchester, M15 4RQ
c. Position: Architect
RIBA Advanced Diploma In Professional Practice
Architecture MA RCA - Royal College of Art
Architecture BSc (Honours) - University College London
I value my role as a Chartered Architect and seek election to the National council to ensure the Institute serves its members.
The RIBA needs to be more relevant, accountable and affordable for current Architects across the country, alongside those entering the profession. To reflect this, increasing membership numbers and improving access is vital.
We are a skilled and valuable profession. The profession must be economically sustainable and rewarding.
The RIBA needs to be an accessible professional body that gives Architects control over the direction of the profession.
The RIBA has an essential role in providing opportunities for emerging talent, new practices and individuals to realise their potential.
The RIBA must be committed to enhancing links between education and the profession.
The RIBA should be more active in closely supporting and promoting Architects in small, medium and large workforces from all regions.
The RIBA has a responsibility to ensure the role of Architects is dynamic, prominent and necessary in company with other professions in the construction industry.
The Architecture profession is international. Professional individuals and companies benefit from trading services, knowledge and understanding with neighbours in Europe and across the World. In light of this, and the decision to leave the EU, the RIBA needs to speak as one in the interests of the profession.
a. Nominated by: Stephen Hodder, John Assael, Sarah Wigglesworth, Roger Stephenson, David Miller, Lucy Read, Mark Bryden.
b. Practice Address: Bryden Wood, 100 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8AL
c. Position: Associate
d. Qualifications: BA(hons)DipArch RIBA
I qualified as an Architect in 1989 and have worked with practices in London and the NorthWest, on large and small projects in most sectors. I established and ran a practice called Hot Architecture. I have acted as BIM champion, instigating and developing the use of information modelling. My recent research examines how a model based town planning system might interface with BIM and data analytics.
I am standing for RIBA council election as a representative of Architects nationally because my career in architecture is long enough and broad enough to have empathy with Architects and Students at all stages of their journey. As I mentor younger Architects helping them understand the process of realizing their designs, and practices on the integration of digital workflows, I act as a bridge between the established and new ways of working.
I believe digital tools enhance and extend how we work as Architects. Our journey towards BIM has developed our skills in collective learning and collaboration. I would like to help the RIBA route map and support the development of the Architect’s role beyond level 2 BIM to a digitally built future.
I have appreciated the recognition and support of the RIBA at key times in my career, and I want to help guide the way the RIBA continues to support Architects and practices. If I am elected I will propose;
- Knowledge transfer links between architecture schools and practices, giving students greater understanding of the Architect’s Job, and practices the opportunity to explore new scripting and fabrication methods.
- An RIBA endorsed platform for networks of smaller practices allowing them to work collaboratively and compete for larger projects.
- Continued Professional Development that encourages every individual member in a tailored way, to progress, learn new skills and participate in the promotion of Architecture.
a. Nominated by: Angela Brady, Deborah Saunt, Elena K. Tsolakis, Susan Ware, Simon Allford, Ben Derbyshire, Caroline Buckingham
b. Practice Address: Assael Architecture Ltd, 123 Upper Richmond Road, London, SW15 2TL
c. Position: Chairman
d. Qualifications: DipArch GradDip(Consv)AA MSc RIBA FRSA
The RIBA is making slow progress in shifting the balance of resources from architecture to architects. More needs to be done.
I would like to help the RIBA to be more responsive to matters that really do matter to architects. For example, a more appropriate educational system, an RIBA Plan of Work that actually works, support for practices of all sizes and a wider system of awards.
I urge the RIBA to take back territory from outstanding organisations such as New London Architecture, the Association of Consultant Architects, Architects Accredited in Building Conservation and others.
I support a more local and regional RIBA with less resources allocated at Portland Place.
Why me? I’ve run by own practice for over 40 years and I’ve been teaching, mentoring and examining the next generation of architects for 35 years. I’ve been on the RIBA National Council for nine years, four years on the ARB Council and over 15 years as a Trustee for the Architects Benevolent Society. Please vote for me.
a. Nominated by: Charles Emberson, Andrew Gibbs, Anthony Hudson, Jerene Irwin, Jonathan Ellis-Miller, Richard Sharp, Gennaro di-Dato
b. Practice Address: atelier-bill architects, Norwich
c. Position: Principal Architect
d. Qualifications: BA(hons), BA(hons) Architecture, Diploma Architecture elected ARB Board member
It may well be I can effect little change, but if elected I would like the RIBA to challenge the absurdity of protecting the title “Architect” but not the function. Every G7 Country and all our EU contemporaries protect the “function”. It seems meaningless that the title is protected but not the function, as developers gain positions of authority with PFI / Housing Associations, profit is put before design - reducing the role of the Architect. Other European countries have rejected such an approaches, as they don’t provide value. I previously worked for Foster & Partners, Richard Rogers, in Tadao Ando’s studio, for Munkenbeck + Marshall and a project with Stephen Holl - but when I reflect back, it is those projects outside the UK where the profession was respected and achieved more cost effective design. Design does matter, it can uplift the human spirit to create a better environment in which we inhabit. However, what are we protecting when we do not value the roll of the Architect - but the Builder’s profit?
a. Nominated by: Stefanie Fischer, John Burrell, Elsie Owusu,
Owen Luder, Yasmin Shariff, Angela Brady, Ben Derbyshire
b. Practice Address: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP,
14 Southgate Road, Unit 9,
London, N1 3LY
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons) ProfDip ARB RIBA
I am passionate about the culture of professional practice, architectural education and diversity within the profession. All three, I believe are fundamentally linked and in my opinion, the success of the RIBA is dependant on the strength of their relationships.
The RIBA has done a fantastic job with its commitment to addressing unpaid internships and raising the values to which architects should subscribe. However, we must do more to promote the balance of a long education with the prospect of a rewarding professional career. We must strive for higher fees to break the cycle of low paid students/graduates. Membership should be made more attractive to the next generation of newly qualified graduates. Harnessing their potential and including them into a strong network will help the RIBA usher in the architects of tomorrow.
With changes to fee structures for architecture students, coupled with the difficulty in finding employment, it has never been more important to make strong links between architectural education and professional practice. It is important that we help students make the transition into Part I and II placements and counter-balance the high attritions rates of students at these key junctures, particularly those found in ethic minority students.
I fully support the RIBA’s commitment to diversity and believe that employment diversity will contribute positively to the effectiveness and influence of the architectural profession. The RIBA is as strong as its members and the richness of the profession lies with holding a diverse community which taps into the range of skills and experience that this can bring to the table. As a young architect, I believe I would make a positive contribution to the council by amplifying the great work that has already been done to address the above issues, as well as aiding the facilitation of progressive change to keep up with the fast changing world within and outside of the profession.
a. Nominated by: Simon Knight, Tim Murray, Gian Luca Carboni, Lesley Lawson, Mark Chan, Mau Nin Max Chan, Lawrence Wong
b. Practice Address: Islington Square, London, N1 1AA
c. Position: Senior Design Coordinator
d. Qualifications: RIBA|ARB|PGDAP|DipArch|BSc (Hons)
I am a passionate multi-cultural architect working in London. I extremely enthusiastic about the welfare and development for architects.
Past experience with the RIBA:
Being the Treasurer of the South London Society of Architects (RIBA South London Branch) for the past 5 years. We have organised events and student awards for local architectural communities. I would be excited to have a chance to be involved with the RIBA in a national scale.
Why standing for election:
Having tried as a start-up previously and been a committee of the local RIBA Branch, I understand deeply the difficulties of architects. I feel strongly that we need a voice in the RIBA council nationally to provide more support, encouragement more passionate enthusiast to do something great from local to national and international scale.
What I am believe in:
- Provide supports to architects individually;
- Encourage education with supports;
- Provide supports to start-up and young practices;
- Provide a voice for multi-cultural background architect;
- Encourage architectural events and awards nationally;
- Encourage tighter architectural communities
a. Nominated by: Edward Nash; Richard Boast; Rob Illingworth; Paul Brookes; Richard Philipson; Ian David; Tim Lane
b. Practice Address: Bloor Homes, Ashby Road, Measham
c. Position: Senior Masterplanner
d. Qualifications: BSc (Bartlett); RIBA OBE (Parts 1 & 2); Part 3 (Brookes); PGC Urban Design (Nottingham Trent)
RIBA members are doubtless aware that the country faces a housing crisis. This is caused in large part by the fact that new homes are not being built at the rate necessary to meet the demands of our growing population. There is a bottleneck in the planning system; we all have issues with the way the house-building industry works; and it is generally accepted that the property market has deep systematic flaws.
The home is where people interact most closely with architecture, yet the vast majority of homes in this country are not designed by architects. While prestige projects in other sectors gain media attention and give British architecture a worldwide reputation, the vast majority of the country's newly built housing stock is largely overlooked, and the RIBA has struggled to meaningfully engage with the house-building industry. Sadly, our profession's attempts to improve the quality of new housing have met with mixed success - witness the troubled implementation of the RIBA's 'The Case for Space' report.
I work full-time in the Group Design Department of Bloor Homes (one of the country's largest privately owned house-builders). Prior to this, I qualified as an architect while working full time in a private practice - primarily in the residential development sector. I have been engaged in design work across the country, dealing with planning authorities and housing markets for a variety of large schemes.
If our profession's goal is to influence the quality of architecture in this country, then the residential development sector must be integral to that goal. To this end RIBA must have a coherent housing strategy which is informed by our sensibilities and politics as individual architects as well as the commercial and practical considerations of the house-building industry. My intention is therefore to bring my experience of the sector to RIBA Council such that these two themes may be more elegantly combined within our work.
Consequently, both my position and experience give me insight into an industry which has arguably been inadequately represented on the RIBA Council. Being passionate about both the housebuilding sector and the Institute, I look forward to engaging with the work of the Council from this unique perspective.
a. Nominated by: Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside CH
FRIBA; Jane Duncan PRIBA; Ben Derbyshire President
Elect RIBA; Angela Brady PPRIBA; Owen Luder CBE
PPRIBA; Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA; Yasmin Shariff RIBA;
b. Practice Address: Simone de Gale Architects
2 Eaton Gate, Belgravia,
c. Position: Founder and Creative Director
d. Qualifications: BArch PgDipArch ARB RIBA
I am the founder of Simone de Gale Architects, an architectural practice based in Belgravia,
London. I am the secretary of the RIBA Branch West London Architectural Society,
covering the areas of West London.
I believe that the RIBA is the centre of excellence, which embodies Architecture in the UK
and Internationally. I believe that the RIBA is the voice of its members. I believe that the
RIBA is equipped to steer the position of Architects within the construction industry.
I would like to stand for a Nationally Elected seat because I have a voice of empathy and
one, which stands for innovation.
Empathy for the consideration of values held integral to its members, with the ability to
engage the economic, political and social influences, which continue to shape the role of
Architects in society. Innovation for the consideration of new technologies, forms and
sustainability, and the impact these aspects have on the day-to-day practice of Architecture.
I am an Optimist, and always try to take a positive light on important issues, evaluating a
scenario and presenting a strong exacting resolution. I have found this integrity extremely
valuable in scenarios of deliberation, and now offer my representation to the RIBA Council.
Personal values I hold dear to my heart are the consideration of Architects fees and
business expertise, and the ability for the RIBA to deliver excellent guidance to Architects
to appropriately structure fees and build good businesses. Innovation and technology, and
support from the RIBA for Architects to embrace changes in the industry, whilst
maintaining role and position. Direction made by the RIBA for more hands on, practical
knowledge and experience, at earlier stages during the education of Architects.
a. Nominated by: Peter Oborn, Robin Nicholson, Roddy Langmuir, Satwinder Samra, Jo McCafferty, Zohra Chiheb, Carol Costello
b. Practice Address: Cullinan Studio, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London, N1 7RU
c. Position: Partner & Architect
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons) MArch Architect
I see the built environment as a tool by which we Architects can shape the political environment, which in turn shapes our work. In this ambition - and with truly representative advocacy - the RIBA is our voice and our opportunity for influence.
Having qualified less than a decade ago, I bring the currency of the coal face as well as mid-level practice leadership. I subscribe to a cross-border, interdisciplinary, values-led and business-aware profession that reflects my own career:
Erasmus studies (Romania), practice abroad (USA) and participation in an employee-owned practice (Cullinan Studio) have informed an outlook that questions values, value, place, purpose and process.
Several years living and working in Libya (despite the regime) informed an effort alongside the RIBA to foster new institutional, governmental, educational and partnering initiatives in the wake of the 2011 revolution.
Since then, work in housing and place-making in the UK has informed an on-going RIBA Research Trust Award-backed project - "Appropriate Housing". This initiative seeks to empower architects, landowners and actual people (despite a dysfunctional market) through new ways of funding, enabling, democratising and delivering more appropriate housing.
In 2016 I won an RIBAJ "Rising Star" award, in part for pursuing a political relevance for the ambition and values of our profession that transcends our buildings.
If elected to Council I will seek to build on these efforts by helping to informing UK housing and foreign policy with the values of our Members. I will advocate more appropriate housing, greater agency over house-building for home-occupiers, more exposure to development finance in architectural education and proactive engagement with our overseas counterparts in education, institutions, governments and practice.
a. Nominated by: Lord Richard Rogers, Ben Derbyshire, Owen Luder, Peter Barber, John Lyall, Yasmin Shariff, Elsie Owusu
b. Practice Address: 21-27 Lambs Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NL
c. Position: ARCHITECT
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons), March, RIBA CR
Originally from Albania, I have worked in London for Feilden and Mawson LLP since January 2013 - specialising in commercial, hospitality and residential projects as a member of the practice's Conservation, Regeneration and Consultancy group.
As with many internationally qualified chartered architects, I am successfully running several interesting and exciting London projects. The responsibilities on young female architects within our industry can be considerable and our education should prepare us for these pressures - including balancing work with children and family needs.
I endorse RIBA Council's new approach to the promotion of architect's psychological wellbeing and proper work/life balance - and on how to maintain our credibility and boost our confidence. As young architects, we know we have the talent, knowledge and expertise to deliver excellent design work and we are aware of the impact and social influence on quality of the urban environment and its long term sustainability. The challenge is to be properly recognised, supported and rewarded as we progress in our chosen careers.
If I am elected, my focus will be on excellence & affordability of UK student education (the future of architecture); promoting the emotional & psychological wellbeing of architects - and supporting initiatives to moderate the excessive working hours which exist in part of the profession.
As an European architect resident in the UK, I would also support RIBA's advocacy BREXIT and the consequent challenges and opportunities for EU architects and students of architecture in the British construction industry.
a. Nominated by: Alan Jones, Patrick Lynch, Graham Morrison, John Lyall, Alex Ely, Jillian Jones, Claudia Lynch
b. Practice Address: DRDH Architects, 4 Northington St
London, WC1N 2JG
c. Position: Director
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons), Dip Arch
I am co-founder and director of London based DRDH Architects, a small yet critically recognised practice operating internationally. I understand the needs of small business, the pressures of UK practice and the opportunities open to British architects in the wider global community.
As an architect who works across the European Union I share the belief of many in the industry that leaving the EU will have deeply negative consequences to the profession. I am committed to ensuring the RIBA is at the forefront of representations to government, in order to fight for our continued place within the European marketplace and to protect the rights of our European staff.
As an experienced teacher, a longstanding UK & Overseas Validation Panel chair and a member of the RIBA Education Committee, I believe that the RIBA should be placing the development of future architects at centre stage by raising the profile of architectural education within the Institute.
a. Nominated by: James Murray, Saxbourne Cheung, Ruy Porto, Ashley Lane, Petra Lui, Rene Wolter, Sherman Chui Shing Tang
b. Practice Address: Ergon House, Office 4.25, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL
c. Position:Project Manager / Senior Architect
d. Qualifications:Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture, LEED AP BD+C, ARB, RIBA
For almost 6 years, I have volunteered as a secretary of RIBA South London Branch (SLSA South London Society of Architects).
We have organised dozens of events, including presentations, lectures, debates, site visits, workshops, networking parties, photo competitions, and yearly student awards at London South Bank University.
RIBA is certainly a very capable organisation, and I saw it from within.
However, there are still many aspects of our professional environment, which need improvement. The list of the real issues ranges from trivial to very complex, affecting all types of practices, wider industry, and socio-economical realms. We should be realistic with our expectations, but we can still do something about it.
RIBA has a great potential to identify and address the real issues, and we should use it. After all, the professional prosperity will lead to better quality of our built environments.
Previously almost 7 years at Foster + Partners
Currently in private development on the client side for a high-end hospitality project
a. Nominated by: Alireza Sagharchi, Robert Franklin, Alex Oliver, Michael Edwards, Gillian Frances Edwards, Paul W. Harding, Derke Mason.
b. Practice Address: 31 rue Joseph Flamens, 82100 Castelsarrasin, France
c. Position: Principal
d. Qualifications: RIBA BA BArch
Nationally Elected Councillor
This is the third time I have stood for RIBA Council and I have each time come close to winning a seat. Each time I ask the same question: The profession should be run for whose benefit? RIBA Members or RIBA employees? The RIBA is currently run by a career executive. In the past, it was run by an architect member - a period when the titans of the profession gladly took the job. Ultimately the only way to correct the situation is for the office of President to be a full time, well salaried position for its two year period taking over the role of the Chief Executive. He or she could take a full sabbatical for the two years.
I will use my position on Council to ask questions and scrutinise the openness, efficiency and diligence of our employees. I will send a regular newsletter reporting my findings available to RIBA members only. Only members of the profession can understand the needs and role of the profession. Career executives cannot be expected to.
I have written in previous statements about the confidentiality surrounding executive decisions: the sudden unexplained departure of the last CE, Mr Harry Rich, and secrecy of staff salaries. In these, strictly the Board did not overstep its remit. Bhe RIBA is a registered charity. Would you accept a similar secrecy in Oxfam? Outside the Board's remit, in my view, was its decision to borrow £21.2 million to finance a 40 year lease on 79 Portland Place, without Council having a say in the matter was, (See my statement 2016)
You probably do not know that this very statement that you are reading can be censured by the CE who has the role of returning officer. So a vital private communication between member and member is subject to staff censure. Truly unbelievable! This statement must comply with the Guidance Notes which states "candidates may not make damaging or accurate remarks about other candidates or the institute. Mr Vallance tells me that "the definition of 'institute' embodies the officers of the RIBA. I wonder how many members would agree. The members EMBODY the institute. The staff merely SERVE it. What does My Vallance's view on the matter tell us about the culture of the staff?
Lastly, but importantly 66 Portland Place should be made to feel again like a real professional institute and a private club to its members. Everything now says UP FOR SALE, corporate management in charge here. There should be a large comfortable private bar for members only and their guests. Some rooms and halls should be available to member for next to nothing to stimulate activity. The library should be open at all times. The bookshop should be entered from the side to avoid the melee in the entrance. If this seems unaffordable, there are too many staff. We want our club and our institute back!
a. Nominated by: Ben Addy; Joanna Bacon; Catherine Burd; Jane Duncan; Peter Oborn; Richard Parnaby; Chris Williamson
b. Practice Address: Thame House, 9 Castle Street, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 6RZ
c. Position: Director, Knight Architects
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons) DipArch FRIBA
I believe that good design is vital – that it improves lives, adds value and is lasting – and that architects have the skills, opportunities and moral obligation to improve the built environment. The RIBA is the loudest voice the profession has to make positive change.
Speaking as an architect but also as an employer, whose colleagues include German, Spanish, French and Italian as well as UK nationals, I know the huge benefits of diversity and how much richer, successful and more enjoyable our work has become through these international relationships. As much of world politics appears to retreat behind national boundaries I believe architects should reach beyond them, to protect and grow our cultural riches and encourage the transfer of knowledge and skills.
The RIBA enjoys a strong reputation internationally and, especially over the term of this RIBA Council, I believe the RIBA should be a leading voice in support of UK and EU workers’ rights through the process of Brexit as well as in promoting and developing the long-term reputation of British architectural practices and education worldwide.
I previously served two terms on RIBA Council (2008-14) and understand the challenge as well as the potential that Council has in both representing the membership and helping the RIBA to be the progressive and outward-looking face of our profession.
Martin Knight founded Knight Architects in 2006 and the twenty-strong studio is a leading international practice specialising in infrastructure and bridge design. Alongside many project-specific awards, the practice was named Specialist Consultant of the Year in the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards 2015 and BD Infrastructure Architect of the Year 2017. The practice has completed bridges in Germany and New Zealand as well as numerous projects in the UK and is active in China, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Martin is 2017 Visiting Professor at TU Graz, Austria and sits on the Design Review Panel of the Design Commission for Wales.
a. Nominated by: Elena Tsolakis, Edward Williams, Gavin
Hale-Brown, George Oldham, Lisa Raynes, Matthew Lloyd,
b. Practice Address: SQUARE FEET ARCHITECTS
8a Baynes Mews London NW3 5BH
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch RIBA
The RIBA could do so much more to promote its Members and promote Architecture.
The Organisation has an astounding outreach, name & mission, but unfortunately it is far
from perfect and ‘could to do better’.
Our Communications - Over the last 3 years I have sat on the RIBA’s Council, and have
managed to learn a little of the Institute’s workings. I feel that too much is kept unexplained
and under wraps – the RIBA needs to be out there, talking and listening much better to its
Members, and also our fellow building professionals and society more broadly.
Our Collections – I am also a member of the Library Committee – which is responsible
for the Collections, education programme and exhibitions. We hold a ‘Premier League’
collection of architectural photos, drawings and models - it is far too inaccessible and we
need to deal with a massive backlog of uncatalogued material. The Collections should form
the backbone of much of what we do, showing the world the wonders of that Architecture
Our Centres – I now live and run a small housing and community focused practice in
London - but grew up in Manchester, studied in Liverpool and Seattle, and worked for a
period in Sydney. I am conscious that the RIBA can be too London-centric at times and I
full encourage the current moves to have stronger regional bases – including the soon to
open new Liverpool base, and the proposal for better supported international chapters.
Our World – in this changing world, the RIBA should be acting as a strong leader in
dealing with the challenges ahead of us all including Housing, the Environment and Brexit.
Reaching-Out to our Members & Out-Reach to Society.
Please vote for me to help promote a stronger, more vocal and influential profession.
a. Nominated by: Alan Jones, Alun Jones, Simon Henley, Simon Allford, Dave King, David Howarth, David Evans
b. Practice Address:
Unit 66 Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road
London E8 4QN
BA Hons., B. Arch. (L’pool), M-Phil. (Cantab.) PhD, RIBA.
I studied architecture at Liverpool University, where I am now a Visiting Professor, and then the History and Philosophy of Architecture at Cambridge University. I recently completed a PhD at The Cass entitled “Practical Poetics”, a version of which will be published this summer as a book, “Civic Ground”. I’ve been involved in teaching for over 20 years, initially at Hull, Kingston, The AA, The Cass and UCD, and most recently at Cambridge and Liverpool. I went to a state school, received a grant to study architecture, and established a practise on very uncertain ground in the late 1990s. I have been lucky over the past two decades to have been involved in a very broad range of projects, and our clients include both large development companies, private individuals, institutions and local authorities. I am very much a General Practicioner, and have somehow managed to survive as an independent architect despite a competition system skewered monstrously in favour of large practises. RIBA needs to champion talent and to promote it, and to protect the fees that our members charge. I’m not sure that it does either very well at the moment. Similarly, exactly the same problems that afflicted the education of architects twenty years ago continue to dominate conversations today: except that today we expect young people to pay a grotesque sum of money for what is largely a training that is neither intellectually nor practically fit for purpose. If elected, I would propose to be involved with colleagues on council in a total review of the outdated RIBA ‘parts’ system, in favour of a much more straightforward route towards qualification. I would also propose to resuscitate the cultural program of RIBA, reinvigorating our exhibition and lecture series. I’m proud to be a chartered architect, but like many of my colleagues I have for years been embarrassed by the lack of cultural and ethical leadership shown by RIBA, and I’ve been persuaded that it’s time to stop moaning about this and to try to help it change for the better. With your support, I hope I can.
a. Nominated by: Graeme Skipper, Ian Henham, Paul Stevens, Ian Sanders, Richard Francis, David Perkin, Ian Jenkins
b. Practice Address: AWW Inspired Environments
Rivergate House, 70 Redcliff Street, Bristol BS1 6LS
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA
This is the first time that I have sought election at any level within the RIBA, but in the spirit of recent political trends at home and abroad, I think that it is time for an 'outsider' to try and influence the future direction of the organisation in support of current and future members.
In seeking nominations, it was informative to realise how few of my peers were members, or thought that the RIBA had any real relevance. As a director of a Chartered practice who pays for staff RIBA membership and employs a number of architectural students, I am committed to promoting the RIBA and have a vested interest in making sure that it best represents the membership.
As evidenced by the Government Construction 2025 document and the Farmer Report, we are working in a rapidly changing environment and this change is to be encouraged and embraced. Although some steps are being taken, I believe that more should be done to address the emerging challenges and opportunities. There still seems to be an acceptance that architecture is a poorly paid vocation rather than a dynamic profession, and that we are dependent on the construction industry, rather than being in a position to drive it forward.
A key part of the required transformation is to address the current model of architectural education, which generally requires 5 years at university - a situation that results in the overall level of student debt being higher for an architect than it is for, say, a medical student. Some initiatives, such as the 'RIBA Studio' scheme, have been developed but much more needs to be done to make education more inclusive and relevant to the needs of modern Practice. The latest Student Finance Survey is a worrying read; setting up a Student Hardship Fund is a sticking plaster, not a solution.
In summary, I believe that the RIBA has to become more relevant and have a far greater engagement within the construction sector. There is no point in trying to recapture past status or fee levels - we need to re-focus, recognise our undoubted strengths and look to lead, rather than to follow.
a. Nominated by: Elsie Owusu OBE, David Potter, Yasmin Shaiff, A Scott, S Foxell, L Globade, R Rehemtulla
b. Practice Address: Built Environment Consultancy, 8 Ringway Road, Park Street, St Albans, AL2 2RB
c. Position: Principal
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons), PGDip (Bartlett), MSc (UCL), PGDipEd, RIBA
Archi-tecture: Reflections on Design, Value & Leadership"
If elected to RIBA Council, I would support common-ground space-creation for children and young people of all communities. I will also seek to support reviews on how our education prepares us for a tough market.
I will champion the potential for architects to regain our historic leadership in the construction professions. On "Zero Everything", I shall use the interconnection of architecture to minimise the negative effects of climate change and concerns about finite carbon-based energy resources. I will also promote International and new opportunities including "Brexit".
For communities, I shall support Social condensers or Urban Development Forums (UDFs) that can create, and shape our built environment, to reflect a sense of place. In helping to facilitate such design processes, I hope to see more robust training and practice emerge... and possibly - an architecture nouveau!
As architects, we often operate in environments where value and quality are reduced to mere quantity. Questions arise. Are we possibly over-qualified for today's stripped-down procurement? How can our profession work better for the majority of end-users, clients and architects? How can students maximise the value of the high cost of their education?
I have served as RIBA London region Public Affairs committee chair, and written position papers for professional bodies and parliamentary select committees. My practice provides services in the UK and internationally.
As Chair of UK's Society of Black Architects (SOBA) I have worked on many innovative design programmes, such as “Kinder Surprise”, which engages and mobilises diverse Diasporan communities in the UK, USA, Europe and Africa. In my role as a fellow of the Arts Council, with residency at the RIBA, I was the coordinator of "Building Opportunity" - a community programme. I was also an External Examiner for the Certificate in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3), at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.
a. Nominated by: Ben Derbyshire RIBA, Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA, Yasmin Shariff RIBA, Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA, Lawrence Johnston RIBA, Tim Beech RIBA, Martin Sykes RIBA
b. Practice Address: AA Architecture Ltd, Unit 97, 2 Sawley Road Manchester M40 BB
c. Position: Architect + Director
d. Qualifications: BSc Hons Arch, MSc Arch, PhD, ARB, RIBA, MNIA, FInstCPD, FRSA
Small Practices: Innovation, Opportunities & Change
As the Director of AA Architecture Ltd, a small practice based in Manchester, I specialise in the design of churches and residential buildings.
I am passionate about education and training of architects and innovation within our profession - as well as the difference which we, as UK architects, can contribute to social change, at home and in the Commonwealth. These are issues to which I am committed and will fight for if elected.
Without the chartered members, there is no RIBA. I believe RIBA should revolve around the membership and not vice versa. This is the core vision of our president-elect and Council must rally around him to make this a reality..
If elected, I will fight for RIBA's renewal through member-orientated policies, particularly for small regional practices, who have many skills and great creativity, but are disadvantaged in the race for larger projects..
Past policies have often failed small practices. With the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, it’s time for innovation in architecture through smart use of 21st century technology. Using the web and the "Internet of Things" (IOT), small UK practices can gain access and links to international commercial markets which greatly respect and admire British architecture and design..
I support RIBA's commitment to progress in diversity, equality and inclusion (EDI). There are many small practices which are led by Black Asian and Minority Ethnic, female and LGBTQ architects and their voices should be heard by RIBA. I am currently organising a programme in Manchester, with the support of the president-elect and like-minded Council members to encourage children and young people of all backgrounds and cultures to enter the profession.
a. Nominated by: Amy Butt, Sarah Frith, Frances Cobley, Lauren Kibble, Kenechi Udogu, Stuart Hatcher, Shaun Prichard.
b. Practice Address: Ground Plane Architecture, 67 Hollingbury Gardens, Worthing, Sussex, BN14 0EB
c. Position: Principal Architect
BSc Hons Architectural Studies (2004),
BArch Architecture (2006),
Pg Dip Arch Professional Practice (2009).
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a. Nominated by: David Ayre, Caroline Buckingham, Ben Derbyshire, Lucy Healy, Robin Nicholson, Hsi Sung Thomas, Craig Robertson
b. Practice Address: School of Arch., Old Library, London Rd, Reading RG1 5AQ
c. Position: Prof. of Architecture in the Built Environment
BA & DipArch (Cantab), Part III (Kingston), PhD (Cardiff)
I am hoping to be re-elected as a National member to RIBA Council in order to continue a strand of work that I have been working on with the RIBA since joining its Research and Innovation Group 5 years ago, namely building bridges between practice and academia. The recent RIBA strategy, Advancing Architecture, gives new emphasis to the importance of knowledge, innovation and research as a direct result of these efforts. To see more about the work we have been doing to support the cause of research in practice please go to:
Having started my career in housing & run my own small practice. I moved into academia partly because I was so critical of my own education and partly because of the difficulties of combining practice and parenthood. I worked for ten years at the WSA in Cardiff, before running the MArch at the University of Bath, then becoming Head at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. I moved to the new School of Architecture at the University of Reading in 2015 to help create a cross industry professional education. Six years ago I set up the ten year RIBA Destinations Survey, evidence of my concern with the employability of students and the need to provide an education that increases their chances of a fulfilling and well remunerated life. I want to help President elect Ben Derbyshire with the important work he has planned in making the RIBA more relevant and effective.
a. Nominated by: London Regional Council
b. Practice Address: AQUAARCHTECTURE LTD
c. Position: Managing Director
d. Qualifications: RIBA ARB MSc BAHons
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA London
Alia is the Managing Director and founding member of AQUA architecture ltd. She is a Chartered Architect who has over 15 years’ experience in the UK & Internationally. After qualifying at the Bartlett (UCL) Alia was working in London UK as a Lead Architect, producing concept designs, planning applications and detailed construction packages. Working for WS Atkins Middle East in early 2008 Alia has been responsible for leading the design and construction of high profile projects in the Middle East.
Alia brings forward international expertise and British perspective to Aqua architecture’s projects, since 2012. She works in collaboration with well establish developers as well as boutique clients within the residential, commercial, retail and mixed use sectors, to establish a trusted reputation and recommendation for the practice.
Working with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Alia has been actively involved in promoting best practice in architectural education and sustainable design, in the international arena. Alia was one of the founding members of the RIBA Gulf Chapter. Since 2014 Alia has been an active member of the RIBA International Committee, as well as the RIBA membership Committee.
Through active involvement within the RIBA, Alia aims to influence architectural technology, education and smart design in the UK and the global Arena.
a. Nominated by: Ben Derbyshire, Angela Brady, Russell Curtis, Walter Menteth, Carl Turner, Dieter Kleiner, Amanda Reynolds
b. Practice Address: RCKa 29-31 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AT
c. Position: Operations Director
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Dip Arch. Dip AP
I first joined the RIBA in 1994 when I qualified and was so proud to be a member and get my new business cards with RIBA after my name. I was a member for 18 years until my practice at that time stopped paying my membership fee and I felt that I could not justify paying for it myself; the RIBA no longer seemed to offer me anything and I could see no advantage to being a member.
We have a number of young architects in our office, none of whom are RIBA members and would not even consider joining. I believe that being a member of the RIBA should again be something to aspire to and to achieve this, transformation is needed. Many people are disparaging of the RIBA and think it is a dinosaur that will simply die out. I believe that I need to be on the inside to join the debate and work with Council to make the RIBA relevant to today’s architects.
The RIBA is facing an existential crisis. Young people, facing insurmountable debt, low pay and long hours, are turning away from the RIBA as an unnecessary expense which offers little support for their predicament. The diversity and vibrancy of the industry suffers as a result. The RIBA needs to do more to attract young architects and it will only achieve this by addressing, head-on, the myriad challenges facing young professionals today. It can do so by pushing for higher fees, providing better support for those in the early stages of their careers and challenging practices that rely on the status quo to win work.
I also want to support architects in one of the biggest challenges in today's cut-throat climate, that of getting paid by clients who take advantage of the fact that legal costs often rule out the risk of them being pursued for payment.
I have re-joined the RIBA so that I can stand for Council. I would like to make the RIBA an establishment that architects are proud to be represented by and be part of.
a. Nominated by: Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA, Yasmin Shariff RIBA, Carl Turner RIBA, Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA, Simone De Gale, Ibrahim Buhar, Lanre Gbolade
b. Practice Address: Barton Willmore, 7 Soho Square
London, W1D 3QB
c. Position: Architect and Senior Urban Designer
d. Qualifications: RIBA, ARB, AA Diploma, Part III
What I appreciate about Architecture are the abundant opportunities that it provides, not only for those in the profession, but for the diverse society that it serves. In alliance with the RIBA’s mission statement, I believe that we need to deepen our understanding of our communities. My intention is simple, if elected I would promote engagement and innovation that responds to current, future, and projected needs by using the advanced data and factual insight that is being generated on a daily basis. I also believe that we should be targeting hard to reach sectors of society that need to be represented in the urban and architectural field.
Architecture has the ability to thrive using diverse and often unexpected data patterns, a strategy that is currently being utilised by many other design industries. For example, in the current context of the UK housing crisis, the scope to inspire responsive solutions is invaluable. While facilitating accessibility for clients to such information, I am committed to doing so within the profession too, by truly making it available to all people through purposeful communication, consultation and mentorship.
Working as both an Architect and Urban Designer for UK based and international multidisciplinary companies, I have had opportunities to work on single homes in and around London, large masterplans and strategic plans for developing countries. I have also developed effective engagement strategies that integrate future technologies to collaborate and enhance design. Outside of this, I previously set up my own practice and collaborated with tech and property start-ups.
If elected to RIBA council, I hope to continue seeing the industry integrated with all sectors of society. By helping to make architecture truly accessible to all those that can benefit from it, we will be able to explore new avenues of innovation, forge new relationships and ultimately increase our influence at a local and international level.
a. Nominated by: London Regional Council
b. Practice Address: 1 Berkeley Street, W1J 8DJ
d. Qualifications: RIBA, ARB
After completing 6 successful years as the Chairlady of the South London Branch of the RIBA, is now the time to take the next step as an councillor for the London Region.
During those Successful years, the society managed to organise an oversubscribed event every couple of months promoting architecture or architects in the area. All the events were sponsored by private sponsorship, costing no extra money to the architects attending which also lead the branch to be one of the wealthiest and most active branches in London. Examples of events are: visit to significant developments - like Battersea Power Station, talks about the future of the area by members of the parliament and architects' computer programmes workshops, like Photoshop and BIM. Latest events included a panel discussion on how architects can start their own practices and a speed-dating with other professionals - giving architects professional advises free of charge. Part of the activities was also the Southbank University Architectural Students Awards and last year the society managed to raise £8k for the student prices -purely from sponsorship, the largest amount ever given!
If elected to the regional council, my first priority will be to help RIBA deal with Brexit both for the European architects working currently in London and also in the event that the property market slows down. RIBA should protect the interests of the architects in the best possible way at this time of change by having a strong voice with the local government and the councils. Currently standing as a member for two local associations across London, design panels, and residents forums dealing with local governments - my position can help representing the profession and work for the profession's best interests.
Part of RIBA London activities is the celebration for Women in Architecture. Next year a big event is getting organised for the 100 years of women's' vote in the UK, if elected I would help RIBA London to be part of this project and promote the architects' ladies in a regional and national level.
I will try to expand the very successful Regent Street Window project into other streets in London and with the help of sponsors make it a paid project for architects.
Also expand The MIPIM project, include more practices with no fee involved. Having started a company myself some years ago, I know how difficult is to find the funding for marketing, therefore any help from RIBA can be invaluable.
Finally, find a way that RIBA can help with the very complex process of the procurement and include more and smaller size practices.
a. Nominated by: Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA, Elsie Owusu OBE, Al Scott, Stephanie Edwards, Ashwin Goyal, Ewout Vandeweghe, Donilda Hasanaj
b. Practice Address: L&Q,10 Grove Crescent,,E15 1BJ
c. Position: Design Manager
d. Qualifications: BA(Hons), BArch, MSc, ADPPA(RIBA)
Let me 'Be Outstanding' for you! My candidacy is two-pronged; with the first aim being for the RIBA to better connect architects, clients, and the public we ultimately serve. The second aim is for the RIBA to assist in fostering growth in architectural SMEs with a particular emphasis on business practice in architectural education, so that we can dissolve the "traditional" approach which sometimes hampers the practice of architecture today.
Architecture is a powerful medium for transforming lives, spaces and places - in every location we inhabit or transit. The days of the architect as master builder have long gone. Today, individual and corporate clients alike take on widely varying roles, sometimes diluting the role of architects. My journey to architecture has been shaped, in part, by experience from the client-side, with some of the UK's largest residential developers. It is my wish to assist in elevating the standing of architects in the construction industry and champion the beneficial role of architecture in society. With that in mind, I support initiatives that encourage stronger architect-client relationships through networking and knowledge sharing, such as Archiboo and YADA (Young Architects & Developers Alliance). If elected to RIBA Council, I would work to promote and further develop such schemes for your benefit.
With my second focus on Entrepreneurism in Architectural Education & SMEs, I strongly believe in lateral thinking, applied to design interrogation and the global business of architecture. Whilst long-established, tried and tested methods should be respected, they must also be challenged and refined. SMEs must be nimble and adaptable in such dynamic times. My educational experience through Part I & II and engagement with industry colleagues today intimates that the business of architecture/construction/property development is not fully captured during the formative years of architectural education. In increasingly challenging financial times, costs and commercial constraints on projects often, and sometimes unfairly, puts the decisions made by architects in the (bright) spotlight. I am proud to be the co-founder of 'My Architecture App' which aims to inform and inspire the next generation of architects to be more entrepreneurial. To this end, I wish to assist the RIBA in promoting business innovation and entrepreneurism among students & architects. In this way, we will be better equipped to create successful projects and robust practices.
I hope I receive your vote to work with the RIBA Council to bring these goals to fruition.
a. Nominated by: Carl Turner, Angela Brady, Heinz Richardson, Julian Hampson, Elena Thatcher, Keith Williams, Andrew Barnett
b. Practice Address: Hampson Williams Architects, 5 Bickels Yard, 151 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3HA
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons); Dip Arch (Manc); MSc Proj Man; RIBA; ARB
I have been on RIBA Council for 6 years and then Chair of London Region till 2016. I have been on the judging panel for the London RIBA awards.
I qualified as an architect after completing studies in Manchester and then returned to university to complete an MSc in Project Management. I worked for Sheppard Robson and Jestico + Whiles before setting up practice. This was followed by part time tutoring at London Southbank University and Hull School of Architecture.
At Hampson Williams we design private and social housing, schools, leisure and sport architecture. We have a keen understanding of the issues facing design and the built environment, we have established a clear mandate to design an architecture that is fundamentally sustainable, but practically deliverable. We appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs and subsequently, the practice won an RIBA Awards and a Stephen Lawrence special prize for their environmentally sustainable Glass and Timber Houses in Dulwich and later warehouse conversions in Southwark. This has further led to several award winning design commissions and recently a British Homes Award in 2016.
Architecture must be promoted to the widest possible audience and ensure that architects enhance their professional standing and status which has slowly been eroded. In the political regime moving forward, there is a key role for architects as design advisors and in the community. I fully support all initiatives to assist students and young architects in their journey into the profession and the small to medium size practices are fundamentally important to architecture’s success. We must also protect London’s architectural skills in the context of Brexit for the advancement of architecture.
a. Nominated by: Ben Derbyshire, Sunand Prasad, Greg Penoyre, Donna Hasanaj, Elise Owusu, Rahim Rahemtulla, Ibrahim Bihari, Chris Nasah, Stephanie Edwards
b. Practice Address: Architecture00, 109B Mare Street Studios, 203-213 Mare Street, E8 3QE, London
c. Position: Director & Co-Founder
d. Qualifications: BSc Arch (Bath) MArch (Bath) ARB RIBA
In moments like now it is critical our Profession upholds & enhances our public role and responsibility. We must advance the cause of architecture & place making AND the cause of architectural & spatial justice for all citizens. We must clearly communicate and advocate:
> Why we need to strategically design to advance spatial justice,
> Why we need to strategically design to advance democratic participation,
> Why we need to strategically design in ethical supply chains,
> Why we need to strategically design to advance inclusive growth,
Our future viability is linked to undertaking a generational transformation - up-skilling, innovating, making ourselves relevant to our societal challenges and reclaiming our public role as guardians of Spatial & Built Environment Justice.
If selected, I would be honoured to try to advance this future on behalf all of us & a future generation of Architects. https://about.me/indy.johar
a. Nominated by: Ben Derbyshire, Angela Brady, Owen Luder, Carl Turner, Tina Patel, Elsie Owusu, Rahim Rahemtulla
b. Practice Address: Formed Architects & Designers UK Ltd, 80-82 Chiswick High Street, Second Floor, Chiswick, London W4 1SY
d. Qualifications: BA Hons DipArch RIBA
Architects design for all, let’s make it open to all.
Having run a small practice over the last few years I am familiar with many of the struggles and challenges that are being faced by the profession.
Architects collaborate within projects, we need to see more active collaboration through practices.
Practice based mentoring: support for start-up and small to medium sized practices. I would like to build ties with chartered practices that can offer mentorship and nurturing programs so that there is an opportunity for architectural entrepreneurs to have insight into the architectural business world which will allow for a stable and lasting British architectural industry.
Barriers and upskilling: With high tuition fees, a long seven years of study and a disparity between what is being taught at university and what practices want of graduates the architectural education system needs overhaul if it wants to be inclusive to all. The industry should be representative of the diverse societies it designs for. I would like to continue the support for the diversity mentorship programs the industry is involved with. To this I would like to see more practice engagement so that students have opportunity to tap into structured day release within their education so they have better skills equipped for practice. Continued focus on the business of architecture, this should start from education level.
Looking at my journey in getting here as a practising architect, coming from a less privileged background, I’ve had to claw tooth and nail to establish myself with my practice and fought to get here and am willing to fight on behalf of members to bring much needed change to the industry.
I hope you can support me with your vote on my continued journey.
a. Nominated by: London Regional Council
b. Practice Address: 48 Parkhill Road, London NW2 2YP
d. Qualifications: Qualified Architects
I am a Director of Belsize Architects, an 8-strong London practice which works both in the UK and internationally, and has a broad portfolio of projects across the residential, education, commercial and leisure sectors.
I have four manifesto aims designed to continue the work I started in my first term on the Council.
Recognition of small practices and ability to level play with the larger ones: Small practices are often at a major disadvantage thanks to a procurement system that favours larger firms. The RIBA has begun to make some inroads into opening up procurement to help smaller practices compete more fairly, but much more needs to be done. I will encourage the RIBA to expand their programme of support for small practices participating in MIPIM or trade conferences to help them market themselves more effectively to larger clients in this country and around the world.
The promotion of good design: Building on my experience of the Southwark and the Islington Design Panels I want the RIBA further to demonstrate to the public that good design is essential for our individual wellbeing, for our community life and for the health of our environment, and does not need to be expensive.
Getting Brexit right: As a member of the Council Working Party on Brexit I know the profession is facing a range of challenges from Brexit. . As architects we need to take action to make sure the government of the day is fully aware of the needs of our profession in the negotiations ahead. I plan to work with the RIBA to sustain UK’s status as the preeminent global architectural hub and safeguard Britain’s reputation as a fantastic place for architects to work and train.
An RIBA for its members: More work is needed to focus the RIBA on its members and their engagement. We have one of the most beautiful buildings in London as our head-quarters, yet it is void of life. We need to find the way to convince architects that membership is valuable and to ensure that our buildings provide a place to gain knowledge and learning, and where the profession as a whole comes together..
a. Nominated by: Owen Luder, Carl Turner, Elsie Owusu, Russell Curtis, Tim Bell, Doretta Bevilacque, Stephanie Edwards
b. Practice Address: Boon Brown Architects, Unit 33A,
Spaces Business Centre, 15-17 Ingate Place, London, SW8 3NS.
c. Position: Project Architect
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Arch, BArch (Hons), PG Cert PP (Bath), ARB, RIBA.
The RIBA has been fantastic in providing the insight, structure and assistance throughout my education, studying at both the Leicester School of Architecture and the University of Bath, to my life as a practicing architect today. I am fortunate to stand for council, as my family heritage is Ugandan and Indian; where Architecture is not the forefront of chosen career choices. I wish to ‘give back’ to the RIBA to reflect on our ever-evolving professional needs, strengthen our profession, and focus upon the following:
1. RIBA Memberships | Engaging & Supporting Young Emerging Architects
As our member body, it is essential to address the issue surrounding declining memberships. I would present & pursue opportunities alongside the RIBA, to engage and support emerging young architects and practices - the future of our profession. This would form a cohesive and mutually beneficial structure to secure the sustainability of the RIBA.
2. Architectural Education | Quality, Content & Affordability
I am passionate both about the quality & content of architectural education, having supported students through university, and conscious of the affordability of education, to ensure sustained and equal opportunities. Our future is shaped by this education, and components such as contract law, business skills, rights etc, are not incorporated into the syllabus early enough, which is vital in preparing students for practice.
3. Promotion of Architecture, Fees & Salaries
It is our duty to promote architecture, which is intrinsically in our hands as a member led organisation. As an active member of both the East London & South West London RIBA local network architect groups, I am committed to raising the profile and prestige of the RIBA, to encourage a wider public awareness of architects, our roles and the real impact we have on the built environment. We also need to review our fees, and this in turn impacts upon salaries which do not reflect todays living costs or the work we do, to ensure that we maintain a viable and sustainably remunerated profession.
a. Nominated by: Hasan Jamshed, Ibilola Femiola,
Mena Said, Rokia Alsaffar, Katlin Kugiyska, Erdi Bal,
Cansu Bal, Erland Qerimi, Ayshah Begum, Han Ebcin
I welcome this exciting opportunity to work with student membership, as a member of RIBA Council.
As past Student President of Ravensbourne's Institute of Ideas under Associate Dean Layton Reid, I collaborated with the student members of the South East London Society of Architects. During my tenure as President, I led my fellow students in organising the World Architecture Festival, sponsored by EMAP, under Paul Finch.
If elected as a Council Member, I would support RIBA's focus on diversity within the profession, especially on the effect of cultures in the workplace, and how different experiences can lead to better design. I would also push for greater integration in the university system, to create a more prosperous environment for our new generation of architects.
Having spent my early years living on Lambeth's Aylesbury estate, I have a real understanding of post-war council architecture. This experience of such architecture gave me strong views on creative ways to design excellent affordable housing. Since I have always searched for new ways of thinking on about communities' cohesion and the built environment.
The application of community architecture in conjunction with sustainable urban design and "green" building design, such "Passivhaus" or low-energy seems, to me, an inspirational formula.
I hope to add my energies to the current efforts of RIBA to achieve the ultimate goal of forming a more diverse, inclusive, future thinking RIBA.
a. Nominated by: Sheffield University Architecture Society
The RIBA is an important institution for students, professionals & members of the public. Whether we agree with its operation or not, we have a duty as members of society, specifically as students and aspiring architects to engage in a democratic way and help shape the future of the built environments.
The work of architecture occurs in the context of policy-making, professional regulation and social communications, the RIBA council will help define and clarify the future of the profession, the education of architects and the frameworks of our work in the foreseeable future.
My role and commitment to this future is fundamental to my nomination, I believe we need to be represented at the RIBA in order to shape our educational journey, to work towards reducing the financial burden throughout it and to ensure that the transition to professional life is smoother and more enjoyable.
At the same time, I am committed the role of the RIBA as a vehicle for the communication and development of architectural knowledge, thinking and innovation in the public sphere. I believe we students hold a key to this role through our academic work and engagement with communities across the country.
Finally, the RIBA can do a lot more in terms of lobbying and acting on our behalf to promote economic and social policies that enable architects to work better, to be paid more and to design higher quality houses and buildings that change the landscape of our cities to the better, and by consequence, improve the lives and memories of those who live in them.
a. Nominated by: Jenny Etheridge, Maha Komber, Emma Newport, Joel Barnes, Emily Fettes, Anna Holmes, Pearce Chapman
I am a Post-Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Harrison Pitt Architects, a medium sized practice in Lancaster. I studied my Part 1 at The University of Edinburgh and will be starting my Part 2 at The Manchester School of Architecture in September 2017.
I believe it is crucial to consider the role of the RIBA within the coming year following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. In the next 2 years of Brexit negotiations I hope to act as the strong voice within the student community, ensuring that the work being carried out by the RIBA is communicated to all student members. My aim is to support, and build upon, the progress that is being made by the RIBA post-referendum, therefore ensuring that all students, the future of the profession, will have a strong and bright future within the UK.
Personally, I am interested in researching and understanding the progress of the architectural profession. Whilst great improvements have been made over recent decades to respond to the issues of inequality and disparity, it is clear that there is still a lot more work to do. As student council member my aim is to represent the underrepresented and ensure that the future of the industry is as diverse and engaging as the work that we create.
I believe it is important that we continue to acknowledge the financial implications that the lengthy architectural education route has on students. As council member I would look to engage in conversations about the Part 1-2-3 educational system and how this can be adapted to benefit students of all backgrounds and subsequently ensure that funding is put to the best possible use. My aim is to guarantee that all students have equal opportunities to produce their greatest work and be able to confidently move forward with encouraging prospects about their future.
I foresee my own potential in the profession as being strongly influenced by the RIBA and the opportunities and guidance it provides. In this way, I would like to become a clear, strong voice within the architectural community and use this opportunity to encourage others to engage with the RIBA and take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.
a. Nominated by: Marcus Springer, Stephen Stenson, Frank Mruk, David Burton, Mohamad Farzan, Peadar Cassidy, Riddhi Sanghvi.
b. Practice Address:
Transition Space, 128 Heald Rd Carlisle MA 01741, USA
d. Qualifications: B.Arch (Glasgow), Dip Arch (Canterbury), RIBA
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA Americas
Architecture, connecting people on issues, education, and creating new synergy are my passions. I am an active member of the RIBA, and enjoy being involved in the built environment commumity, because it strengthens established and emerging professionals and society as a whole. In addition to practicing architecture I have taught in Universities in the UK, and the UAE.
1. Reinstate professional reciprocity between RIBA/ARB qualified architects and NCARB. Recent events have brought the two licencing bodied closer together and we should sieze the opportunity to have our similar education systems recognised in both countries. (See my academic paper link below.) Reciprocity will allow architects to practice in new markets and also give students more flexibility of where they can study in the world.
2. Help strengthen the Americas region so that it is a vibrant and funded international region. RIBA members in the Americas region should have the same connectivity to Portland Place and membership benefits as in the other international regions. The RIBA needs to focus on the potential of international membership growth, especially in the Americas and share their successful programmes and outreach that they have established in the the UK internationally.
3. Help create professional synergy between the UK and the Americas, (and other international regions), through knowelege sharing, harnessing the experience of the UK Dept. Int. Trade, working with other UK/American institutes, and universities to craft new opportunities for sustainable research and business.
Co founded RIBA-New England in 2003. Organized Semiars for New England Chapter including “The UK Green Revolution, Symposium” in 2007 in Boston.
RIBA-USA Board Member 2003-2008 and 2014 to present.
RIBA Council Member International Seat 2005-2008.
RIBA-Gulf Committee 2009-2014 as representative for Bahrain and later Abu Dhabi.
a. Nominated by: Phil Allsopp, Catherine Clark, Andrew Golland, Niall Saunders, James Bush, Guy Thornton, Dominic Kozerski
b. Practice Address:
8 Mason St. Cambridge MA 02138, USA
Owner of a mid sized design and development firm
d. Qualifications: Westminster Uni RIBA Part 1; AA Part 2,3
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA AMERICAS
For the past 3 years, I have been the New England Chair of RIBA USA which completes a ten year commitment. A primary objective in my serving as the Americas representative on the RIBA Council will be to support the RIBA USA ’s stated business goal of expanding membership by providing value for members and the recognition of Part 3 qualified Architects in the US and other nations of the Americas. As an International RIBA member, I can testify that architects are under siege from many quarters resulting in an erosion of the architectural profession. As a council member, I will do everything in my power to help architects re-establish the standing that their long education deserves and communicate the value they bring to the widening debates about wellbeing and sustainable habitats. I will continue to press for an expanded role of the Architect as a policy driver and a leader in improving the health of the global environment.
Catherine serves on the Board of RIBA USA and is an instrumental player in the development of the operational strategy and planning for establishing a robust, financially sound presence of the RIBA in the Americas. For the past six months she has attended the RIBA International Committee on behalf of USA Board. Catherine E. Davis RIBA, Int’l. Assoc. AIA is the owner of CED and Associates, a provider of expert consulting services in all aspects of the built environment and the underlying business and financial considerations of real estate development and environmental stewardship. Catherine’s family moved to the UK when she was 12. A Graduate of the Architectural Association and The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, she has worked on projects in the US and the UK. She has led developer and architect teams on a wide variety of new-build and conservation initiatives, including mixed-use greenfield and brownfield planning, design and permitting. She owns and manages a substantial portfolio of real estate in the United States and the United Kingdom. As planners, public health officials, developers and municipalities have begun to emphasize the integration of natural and constructive green spaces into the built environment; Catherine has been applying both her expertise and career-long professional commitment to preservation, restoration and landscape gardening.
a. Nominated by: David L Bates(1), Joseph Burns(2), Jervis H Dorton(3), J Handel Evans(4), James Karl Fischer(5), John Mares(6), Stephen Waite(7)
b. Practice Address: ALLL, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
c. Position: Chief Collaboration Architect
d. Qualifications: RIBA Chartered Architect, RIBA USA Trustee and Chicago Chapter Chair, 2016 Diversity Academy Award Winner, AIA, NCARB-certified
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA Americas
The RIBA has a strong collective voice and presence in the international community that could affect change in the global built environment. Being part of the change requires that we, as architects, stand up for ourselves, our colleagues, and our international allies. By sharing knowledge, best practices, and best talent within our local, national, and international communities, we empower thought leadership that could inspire others to be engaged and contribute to a better world. It takes a conscious effort and an ongoing commitment to inclusive practices, to encourage working towards shared goals and resources.
My work for RIBA members in America has been participatory, pioneering, and progressive, with a passion for advancing architecture and its advocacies:
• Architects as Social Change Agents
We have the power to improve the lives of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and globally through the designs we create, the environmental sustainability we advocate, including the diverse voices we validate.
• Advancing architecture through progressive programs in America and beyond
Educational Programs are lifetime opportunities for architects. They help us remain relevant and grow as professionals. Strengthening and broadening reciprocity agreements with professional institute allies in America will become all the more important in creating new opportunities internationally.
• Activism in Architecture
Architects are in a position to shape the conversations of those that govern our communities and the world. We can speak up and represent our profession on policies that affect the built and natural environment locally and globally.
a. Nominated by: Elsie Owusu, Kwasi A. Boateng, Jonathan Manning, Nihinlola Shonibare, Babatunde Olukayode Ojo-Aromokudu, Paul Yaw Baffoe-Bonnie, Kwasi Kutin
b. Practice Address: Mustard, 207 Afriyie St, Accra, Ghana
c. Position: Founder and Director
d. Qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma In Professional Practice and Management, (Bartlett), DipArch (Bartlett), BArch (University of Nottingham)
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA Middle East and Africa
"Advancing Architecture” - RIBA's strategic plan 2016-2020, must be about increasing relevance of international architecture in addressing the 'big issues', as exemplified by Brexit and social inequality. 'Inclusiveness' must mean openness to and immersion in diverse cultural experiences and perspectives – including those of the Middle East and Africa.
A British-Ghanaian, I trained in the UK and enjoyed over 18 years of work with Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates. I run my own studio, “Mustard”, in Accra, Ghana.
I share the enthusiasms and concerns of many RIBA members in the region who would like to engage more closely with the work of the institute, on issues of architecture and urban design, and economic resilience in Africa and emerging economies.
Eminent architect Waweru Gatheca, President, Architectural Association of Kenya and a lapsed RIBA member says he is "…not sure we get necessary value for the institute in this part of 'overseas'. Like many, Gatheca , appreciates the potential value of RIBA but believes it can do more. The institute should seize the opportunity to bring such skills and talents to the service of the global community.
My aim is to be a strong advocate of Middle East and Africa “member’s interest”, as well as reinforcing historic client and cultural links with the UK.
If elected I will work closely with all RIBA members and with professional bodies in my region to strengthen engagement, professional collaboration and impact across the Middle East and Africa.
I am delighted Joseph Hayford (President, Ghana Institute of Architects) thinks my election would be “…a very good opportunity for the GIA and no doubt other associations to deepen cooperation with the RIBA in the areas of Education, Practice Standards and Mutual Accreditation". Architects have the skills and know-how to grasp the collision of climate, environments, cultures, technologies and raw aspirations of youth in shaping and redesigning our fast shrinking world for a future of rapid urbanisation. My experience as an architect and a volunteer mentor with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in London and with youth in Ghana demonstrates how raw aspiration and grounded design can help build community across cities and continents. I will support similar mentoring programmes for student members as they explore opportunities in Africa and the Middle East.
a. Nominated by: Sumaya Dabbagh, Simon Crispe, Peter Jackson, Brian Johnson, Vishal Salwani, Tom Ford & Mohamed El Arabi
b. Practice Address: ANARCHITECT, Office 2902, Marina Plaza, Dubai, UAE, PO Box 5000092
c. Position: Founder | Director
d. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA
With 12 years of professional experience working for a succession of acclaimed
Architectural practices in Europe and the Middle‐East, I founded Award Winning
Architecture practice ANARCHITECT (Dubai, 2013). Our diverse portfolio is both
regional and international and our boutique practice is one of the first RIBA Chartered
Practices outside of the UK. I am a post‐graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture,
ARB registered and an RIBA Chartered Architect. I have stood as an elected committee
member of the RIBA Gulf Chapter for over 4 years, a British Council CEF Mentor and
active design critic & regular architectural speaker.
As part of my role on the RIBA Gulf Chapter committee I have proactively supported the
growth of smaller practice in the region through events, talks and workshops. The
insight I have been able to provide comes directly from my own experience and
transition from large British practice (UK & UAE) into establishing my own international
design office. I understand the importance of the role the RIBA has to play
internationally in education, professionalism and to its growing membership to ensure
that any association or representation of the brand upholds the values, commitments
and professional integrity. I have championed the International RIBA Part III course as
part of my role on the Chapter and have recently worked closely with the RIBA London
enrolling our practice ANARCHITECT into the Chartered Practice (International) scheme
which has proven to be very valuable in exchanging insightful information on how best
to adapt the work of the RIBA outside of the UK.
I am confident that my diverse professional experience, passion for Architecture and
my continued dedication to the RIBA Gulf Chapter places me as a valuable candidate for
election on to the RIBA International Committee so that I can continue to further
explore the potentials of the RIBA abroad with fellow counterparts from across the
a. Nominated by: Teh Weng Kuang, N. Senthilkumaran, Albert Hong Hin Kay, Vanessa Xiaobin Liaw, Lee Kut Cheung, Tan Yen San, Raymond Tan Eng Teik.
b. Practice Address: Ong&Ong Pte Ltd, 510 Thomson Road, #11-00 Singapore 298135
c. Position: Architect-Director
d. Qualifications: Dip Arch (Birmingham), BSc Hons Arch (Aston) Hon D Univ (UCE)
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA Asia and Australasia
I had been a RIBA member since 1973 and I am currently the incumbent RIBA International Council Member. I seek your mandate to return to serve another term. The RIBA with its 5000 Overseas members can create an expanding worldwide web of architectural expertise. RIBA must encourage and support RIBA services at the local level through setting up local Chapters, acknowledged the works of its International member works and recognised it in the RIBA publications & awards
I enjoyed a career in architecture spanning of 45 years, having held the positions of President, Singapore Institute of Architects for 3 terms. I was honoured to be conferred Fellow (Life) membership of the Singapore Institute of Architects and Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Architects. On the International front, I served as Treasurer, International Union of Architects (UIA) and Council Of Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA.)
I served two terms as a Nominated Member of the Parliament of Singapore.
I came to the UK from Singapore in 1963 as an “A” Levels student and went on to Birmingham Polytechnic/Aston University where I graduated with the Diploma in Architecture and BSc Hons Architecture in 1972. In 2002 I was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by my Alma Mater.
I am registered as an architect in Singapore and Malaysia and started my practice with 2 partners in 1974, working on projects, including high rise residential, commercial, educational, institutional, embassies. I continue in active practise as a director after integrating my practice into Ong & Ong Pte Ltd, an 800 person multidisciplinary practice.
a. Nominated by: John Campbell, Christopher Law, Sebastian Law, Stephen Tsang , Alf Yeung, John Wong, Manfred Yuen
b. Practice Address: 12/F Professional Building, 19-23 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
c. Position: Chief Executive, HPMF
d. Qualifications: BSc, BArch, ARBUK, RIBA, HKIA
Regionally Elected Councillor – RIBA Asia and Australasia
As a proud member of the RIBA for almost 20 years, I’ve always felt that the RIBA has a key role to play internationally. It is with this belief that I’ve been actively involved with the founding and management of the RIBA HK Chapter since 2012. I whole-heartedly welcome the increase in international representation within the RIBA Council and strongly believe that the formation of the four international regions will provide the RIBA with platforms that are locally grounded to co-ordinate the development of focused strategies tailor-made for each region.
In close liaison with our fellow members in other countries in the region, such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and China, I will bring to the Council the results of our efforts to promote the following core values across the whole of the region:
1. Respected education, accreditation and awards systems,
2. Established professional standards,
3. Extensive worldwide membership network, and
4. Role as a forum for the exchange and nurturing of ideas and design expertise.
This will enable the RIBA to build on its current success and firmly establish its position as the leading international institution for the architectural profession.
Originally born in Hong Kong, I’ve studied and worked as an Architect in the UK since 1982 before returning to my home city in 2010. I’ve worked internationally throughout my career and learnt from diverse cultures in many different counties. Outside of work, I enjoy being actively involved with both the RIBA HK Chapter (Hon. Secretary of the Steering Committee and Chair of the Communications Sub-Committee) and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (Heritage & Conservation, Archive and the Education Development & Accreditation Committees). As an Adjunct Associate Professor, I also enjoyed teaching at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong. I’m familiar with the British and the Asian perspectives and communicate well across both cultures. This has enabled me to develop an extensive network of connections on both sides of the world.
I am confident that I have the skills and experience to serve on the Council and I would be extremely honoured to be the region’s voice and choice.