Ruth Reed has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). She will become President Elect on 1 September 2008 and will succeed the current President, Sunand Prasad, on 1 September 2009.
Ruth Reed is Course Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice at the Birmingham School of Architecture and a Partner of Green Planning Solutions. She has also sat on the RIBA's Council, been Vice President of Membership, Chaired the RIBA's CPD Sub-committee and served as President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales.
Announcing the election results, Richard Hastilow, Chief Executive of the RIBA, said:
"We congratulate Ruth Reed on her success – and welcome the first female president of the RIBA. Congratulations also to Andrew Hanson on a strong result in a closely-contested election."
Voting was by secret ballot with forms returned to the Electoral Reform Society, who run the entire election on behalf of the RIBA.
Speaking today, Ruth Reed said:
"This is a huge honour and responsibility and I am very excited about the prospect of becoming President. Andrew was a great opponent and we had a constructive debate about the future of the profession with the membership. I am looking forward to working with Sunand, I have great respect for him."