The President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Ruth Reed, has responded to Arts Council England’s funding decisions announced yesterday.
Speaking today, RIBA President Ruth Reed said:
'Arts Council England’s support for architecture and arts-related architectural projects has steadily diminished ever since its decision to end funding for Architecture Week in 2008. The end now of funding for several valuable Architecture Centres will further reduce work across the country that raises public understanding of the vital role of architecture in people’s lives. Successful local planning relies on communities brought up to aspire to have good design in the built environment. Well done to the few remaining Architecture Centres receiving Arts Council funds; but yesterday’s announcement is yet further evidence of the disengagement of the Arts Council from one of our most crucial arts.'