Change is Necessary: RIBA President to give Welcome Talk to School of Architecture and Design.

We are delighted that Ben Derbyshire, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be delivering his welcome talk to the students of the School of Architecture & Design on Friday 28 September 2018. His talk will focus on current issues facing architecture. Ben took over the two-year presidential term from Jane Duncan on 1 September 2017. The position of RIBA President was established in 1835 and has been previously held by significant architects including Sir George Gilbert Scott, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Alfred Waterhouse and Sir Basil Spence.

Ben is also Chair of HTA Design LLP, a 200 strong multidisciplinary practice based mainly in London and Edinburgh, where he has been a partner since 1987.

Speaking at his election, Ben Derbyshire said:

“Once again we find ourselves in turbulent times. In winning this election I am conscious of a great sense of responsibility owed to architects everywhere, in all corners of the UK and overseas. Jane Duncan has laid the foundations for change at the RIBA that I look forward to driving forward, when I take up the role of President. My primary goal is to champion architects so that they, our sister professions and clients, can advance architecture as the cornerstone of the well-designed and more sustainable built environment society desperately needs. All architects, wherever and however we practice, need an RIBA that works for us.”

Numbers are limited so we are asking students, staff and any guests to book a ticket please visit the events page.