Wednesday23 August 2017

RIBA must take reins from Arb

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You featured examples of the problems caused by the Arb system twice last week. Firstly, the further repercussions of what you called “the Renzo Piano fiasco” (News November 23), where it seems clear that it would repeat the action that produced such opposition.

Renzo Piano

Source: Mark Allan

Renzo Piano, Architect of the Shard, is interviewed for the BBC Worldservice program, Dreambuilders at RIBA on Tuesday 12 June 2012.

Secondly, your expert, Richard Brindley (Management November 23), drew attention to Arb’s refusal to accept “the many international RIBA-validated courses”, thus hampering “the UK’s international trading position”.

In the first case BD reminded us of the past presidents who called for the abolition of Arb and the transfer of its functions to the RIBA; in the second, Brindley is the RIBA’s executive director of professional services and thus responsible with his colleagues for that policy. As a meerkat would say: simples, surely?

Believing that abolition is the right course of action, I wrote in October to Don Foster, Ed Vaizey and Eric Pickles, and have now written to Michael Fallon, as ministers with an interest. I hope the RIBA is pursuing this opportunity to drive home its policy.

Peter Gibbs-Kennet


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  • Another RIBA ARB-basher.

    Peter Gibbs-Kennet speaks, perhaps, for 12% of the profession - about 30% don't want RIBA.
    The many international RIBA-validated courses may not comply with Euro rules. Who is 'wrong'?

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