Simon Allford elected RIBA president
August 11 2020
Simon Allford has been named as the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, commencing his two-year term of office from 1 September.
As 79th president Allford has vowed to devote his tenure to the creation of a leaner and more open body through the development of a range of new initiatives.
Speaking following his win Allford said: "We need an institute of ideas with architecture front and centre, hosting debates, lectures and exhibitions reflecting changing cultural and practice contexts. We need an institute that celebrates and promotes members’ work at home and worldwide. We need an institute that is a practice friend, enabling members to share ideas about the best ways of working, using today’s technology to help advance architecture for the benefit of society – our Charter obligation.
"I am committed to the ‘House of Architecture @ RIBA’, an online and physical entity capable of forming alliances with clients, consultants and contractors to influence government over procurement and education, while also helping us to address global climate change and architecture’s pivotal role in a post-pandemic world.”
Congratulating Allford on his win RIAS President, Christina Gaiger, said: “I wish him all the best for the role and very much look forward to working with him to continue to strengthen our joint public message around the value of an architect.”
Turnout for this year's election, the first open to students, associates and affiliates as well as chartered members, stood at 13.2%.
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