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RIBA Presidents

The role of RIBA President was established in 1835. Presidents are directly elected by the RIBA membership to chair RIBA Council, the representative body, and to sit on the RIBA Board of Trustees. RIBA Council acts as the charity trustees who are ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the institute.

Each year, the RIBA President awards the President's Medals to its winners in an end of year ceremony. The President's Medals are the RIBA’s oldest awards and are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in architectural education globally.

During their term, each RIBA President takes on a series of initiatives to help shape the organisation and the field of architecture as a whole.

Hear from past RIBA President Simon Allford on his 600+ days in office and his ambitions for the future of architecture.

Simon Allford on his 600+ days as RIBA President

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