I hear you, but RIBA’s reforms are the best way to restore architects’ status

Ben Derbyshire

Plans for five-yearly competence tests have sparked an outcry among small practitioners. Former RIBA president Ben Derbyshire tries to win them round

They say the flap of a butterfly’s wing can set off a hurricane. In a much smaller way, a rather mild tweet from me in response to Elizabeth Hopkirk’s article in last week’s Building Design about the publication of RIBA’s strategy for reform of education and CPD seems to have set off a Twitter storm.

I tweeted that the The Way Ahead was a good example of tough love from the institute and a step in the right direction towards restoring the fortunes of the profession.

This was always going to be controversial, but I wonder if RIBA has underestimated the depth of feeling. The response in the technical press as well as on my Twitter timeline provides an interesting snapshot of the arguments that lie ahead.

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