Collective Architecture’s Jude Barber launches RIBA presidency bid

Architect Jude Barber has announced a bid to become the new president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Collective Architecture’s Jude Barber launches RIBA presidency bid

Jude Barber

The Collective Architecture director said her decision to run was “driven by the ever-increasing climate emergency and the associated impact the public health crisis is having across society”.

According to Ms Barber, the organisation should have a “clear, strong voice” that “best represented and included” the views of all the members from across the UK and beyond.

She added: “This current crisis has shone a big, bright light on all that is (and was) either good or bad in the process of making of architecture and our need to better address these proactively with our clients and collaborators across practice, delivery and education.

“To face many of the challenges and opportunities going ahead we must harness our collective skills, abilities and voice as a matter of urgency, so we can positively support and influence each other in doing so.”

AHMM co-founder Simon Allford and Sumita Singha, founder of Ecologic and Architects for Change, have also publicly declared their bids.

Ms Barber was a founding member of A New Chapter, the 150-strong group of Scottish architects formed in 2017 in response to poor governance concerns within the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

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