RIBA fires off legal letter to its own presidential candidate

Elsie Owusu

Institute’s honorary secretary sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to Elsie Owusu

The RIBA has written to one of its own presidential candidates ordering her to stop making “damaging allegations” about the institute.

Kerr Robertson, the RIBA’s honorary secretary, wrote a “cease and desist” letter to Elsie Owusu after she suggested the chief executive, Alan Vallance, earns six times the average architect’s salary.

This amounted, he said, to a “flagrant breach of confidentiality, is unsubstantiated and is damaging to RIBA and its Chief Executive Officer. In particular, details of the Chief Executive Officer’s salary are business sensitive and personal to him”.

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