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Thursday31 July 2014

RIBA presidents on parade

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Portraits to grace Portland Place

The RIBA has unveiled a series of portraits of its presidents, starting with Rod Hackney, who served from 1987-89.

Photographer Dominic Harris was commissioned by the institute to take the pictures, which were unveiled at Stephen Hodder’s presidential inauguration at 66 Portland Place last month.

Marco Goldschmied was photographed at the Clifton Suspension Bridge near Bristol, dressed in honour of its designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, while Paul Hyett chose the Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo for his backdrop.

Richard MacCormac, president from 1991-93, was photographed in Jamieson and Pritchard’s Southwark Station, part of the Jubilee Line extension.

He said: “I am in the concourse at Southwark Jubilee Line Station, where passengers may be surprised to find daylight 20 metres below ground level. The elliptical glass wall is a work of collaboration with the artist Alex Beleschenko.”

Meanwhile, other past presidents, including Sunand Prasad, Jack Pringle, George Ferguson and Hackney, chose to be pictured in front of buildings they designed themselves.

Ferguson said: ““I suppose it is difficult for me to think of any building more appropriate than my own Tobacco Factory, which I converted in the late nine and in which I live, have a theatre, café/bar, creative industry workplace etc. It does represent much of what I believe in in terms of creative re-use of ex-industrial buildings and mixed-use place making.”

Ruth Reed had her picture taken at David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield and Hodder chose St Catherine’s College, Oxford by Arne Jacobsen.

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