FutuRIBA at Allies and Morrison

The president-elect of the RIBA, Ben Derbyshire, hosted a conversation on the future of the Institute and the wider profession of architecture at Allies and Morrison on 26 January. RIBA members and architects from our practice, as well as some others in our Bankside neighbourhood, participated in an open and frank discussion about the future of the profession.

Over drinks, Ben presented his vision for a more architect-centred RIBA and then invited a discussion on what his priorities should be for the future. Topics covered ranged from the contractual arrangements for architects to the Library at 66 Portland Place, from the RIBA’s recognition of overseas architects to how architecture can better be communicate to the general public. The meeting is part of a series of ‘FutuRIBA’ chats Ben is having across the country in the run up to him taking the reins of the Institute.

Ben was elected in the next president of the RIBA last summer. He will take office on 1 September 2017 for a two-year term. He is chair of HTA Design, a 150-strong multidisciplinary practice based in London and Edinburgh.