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RIBA President

The RIBA President is elected for a two-year term by RIBA members.

The current President, Stephen Hodder, was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following university he joined the Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982. He has been in practice since 1983.

Hodder + Partners has now won over 30 major awards, most notably the Royal Fine Art Commission/Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in 1992, and the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford in 1996.

Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture and was until recently the visiting professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture. He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards systems. He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 1998. He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award for 'Architect of the Year' in the same year.

Stephen served as the RIBA's Vice President Membership (Nations and Regions) before becoming RIBA President on 1 September 2013. 

RIBA Chief Executive

Harry Rich is the RIBA's Chief Executive, leading the professional team of some 200 in London and around the country. Before joining the RIBA he was Chief Executive of Enterprise UK and, prior to this, Deputy Chief Executive at the Design Council.

Listen to Harry speak about the RIBA and the architectural profession in an interview with Richard Steer, courtesy of www.gleeds.tv



Time Topic
00:24 His background
01:56 The Way Ahead Review
03:10 The year ahead
04.55 The purpose of the RIBA
06.18 The globalisation of architecture
07.40 Opportunities for the profession
12.34 The value of architecture
15.40 The language of architecture
17.01 RIBA awards
20.03 The economic and political climate
24.16 Harry Rich, the person


RIBA Council

RIBA Council is the charter body, and is ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the institute. It comprises 60 members, the large majority of whom are
chartered architects.

The council passes down detailed responsibility and technical focus to the RIBA Board and executive. The executive is split into four subsidiary companies, each with its own board of directors, trustees and staff.

RIBA Board

The RIBA Board is the group board, responsible for directing the overall business of the RIBA. It operates under the overall authority and policy of the elected Council, and co-ordinates the operations of the subsidiary companies.

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