The RIBA has set up a new working group reporting to the International Committee. The new group, chaired by RIBA Vice President International Peter Oborn, will consider the Institute’s role in engaging with communities facing civil conflict and natural disaster. The group will consider the implications of the recent RIBA Council resolution calling on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects, and coordinate RIBA’s engagement and dialogue with all sides on this complex issue.
The group is expected to report to RIBA Board and Council with its findings and recommendations by the end of the year.
The full RIBA Council resolution [on Israel] was:
Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13* of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.
*UIA’s Resolution 13 (2005 and 2009) states that “The UIA Council condemns development projects and the construction of buildings on land that has been ethnically purified or illegally appropriated, and projects based on regulations that are ethnically or culturally discriminatory, and similarly it condemns all action contravening the fourth Geneva Convention”.
The resolution does not call for a boycott.
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Posted on Wednesday 2nd April 2014