The RIBA is inviting applications for appointment as chief executive, a challenging post at the best of times. S/he will need to know that among the issues of current concern to the profession, not least are those about qualifying for membership of the professional body compared with entry in the statutory Register. (See article in Building Design Magazine and AARUK's unequal standard across Europe etc...
...and to be fully briefed s/he will need to be informed about statutory registration. See AARUK's article: A point of view on statutory registration: current options.
The newly appointed chief executive will take up his post in October. He is Harry Rich who will be leaving his post as Chief Executive of Enterprise Insight to come to the RIBA. A brief description of Mr Rich's background and career history can be found here (extracted here). A note about Mr Rich based upon press reports may be found here. The editors of AARUK congratulate Mr Rich and wish him well in his appointment.
Less than a year ago the appointment of Harry Rich as RIBA chief executive was mentioned immediately above: "News - July 2009 ... The editors of AARUK congratulate Mr Rich and wish him well in his appointment."
On the eve of a general election the editors of AARUK suggest the resources being used by the ARB (including the devoted and hard-working staff) could now be better deployed in the public interest stimulating activity helpful to architectural students, schools and practitioners under the guidance of the professional bodies. Mr Rich could be well-suited to achieving this, alongside Ruth Read, PRIBA and colleagues. If that is already the agenda, can it be brought further into the open?
Now that the country is entering on a new phase of political maturity in the wake of a crisis – a crisis in the building industry and the architectural profession that has not yet passed – one theme which needs the continuing attention of policy-makers has been mentioned: ...."among the issues of current concern to the profession, not least are those about qualifying for membership of the professional body compared with entry in the statutory Register." (See article in Building Design Magazine and AARUK's unequal standard across Europe etc... and... statutory registration. See AARUK's article: A point of view on statutory registration: current options.)
The appointment of Mr Rich more or less coincided with the reception by the RIBA Council of Sir Christopher Ball's Report On the Registration and Regulation of Architects, as mentioned in these pages: "At its December Council meeting, the RIBA received the Report from Sir Christopher, a copy of which may be found here. It is understood from contemporaneous reports that the Council not only accepted the recommendations but decided upon a course of accelerated implementation."
In January of this year Mr Rich was reported in the Architects Journal as calling for a new award for buildings that "remain successful several years after completion" saying "Great design in the built environment adds massive value to our economy and society. The more we can do as an organisation to demonstrate that, the more effective we’ll be. This [new] award could be part of this jigsaw".
International Union of Architects (UIA) - members sections
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