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Alan Jones elected RIBA President 2019-21

Alan Jones has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

09 August 2018

Alan Jones has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Alan will take over the two-year presidential term from Ben Derbyshire next year (1 September 2019); from 1 September 2018 he will officially become RIBA President Elect.

The role of RIBA President was established in 1835 and is the highest elected position in UK architecture. The President is chair of RIBA Council, the Charity Trustees who are ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the Institute.

Alan Jones is a chartered architect, director of his own architecture practice based in County Antrim, Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the RIBA’s Vice President for Education.

Speaking today Alan Jones said:

“I am honoured to become the next President of the RIBA and wish to thank everyone who supported me, engaged with the election process and took time to vote.

I appreciate respect is not given lightly and must be earned. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ben Derbyshire and past presidents, people who I have huge respect for. I wish to build on their successes.

The RIBA is a fantastic organisation with great resources, particularly its staff who I am keen to support more than ever. As individuals and as an institution, we need to come together to make the most of our assets, and make the case for our profession. We need to gather evidence and realise a more significant role and position in business and society. We must focus more on the pertinent issues that will increase the quality of service we provide and the added value we can bring. We must reduce our overheads and the loss of colleagues and expertise as they leave our profession because of the economics of our situation. Talent is universal and opportunity into and upward through our profession must be too.”

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:

“Congratulations to Alan Jones on the vote of confidence he has received from our members - I look forward to supporting him in the role both as President Elect and after I’ve passed on the baton next year. To be chosen as RIBA President is a tremendous honour and responsibility, representing the collective strength and talent of our 43,000 members and 300 staff in a leading role to advance the profession of architecture. The RIBA has an exciting future and I hope I can rely on Alan’s support during my second year in office as we continue to push the Institute’s ambitious programme forward.”

The RIBA has also today announced the results of the RIBA Council elections 2018. All RIBA Council appointments announced today will commence on 1 September 2018.

Council Members were elected using the Single Transferable Vote. The candidates who reached the required quota and were therefore elected are:

  • Jo Bacon - National
  • Elsie Owusu - National
  • Valeria Passetti - East Midlands
  • Graham Boyce - Yorkshire
  • Tim Clark - Europe International (excluding UK)

The following chartered members will take uncontested seats as Regional Council Members:

  • Nicky Watson - North East
  • Ewen Miller - North West
  • Richard Wooldridge - North West
  • Ian Standen - Wales



  1. For further press information contact the RIBA media team or 020 7580 5533
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  3. The election turnout was 18.97%; Alan Jones was elected at 1st stage with 51.66% of the votes.
  4. Alan Jones biography: Alan Jones was born in 1964, in Northern Ireland, where he grew up and was state educated during the infamous Troubles. His parents had not been to university, and he was fortunate enough to receive a full grant to study Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. He graduated with the first distinction in seven years and took the offer of a summer job with Michael Hopkins & Partners, London, which turned into seven years working on Schlumberger Cambridge Research and Inland Revenue (Nottingham), amongst other projects. He then spent three years as an associate with David Morley Architects on projects at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It was after this tenure that he decided to return, with his family, to his roots in Northern Ireland; a place where he wanted to make a difference. He led Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast to fifth in The Guardian’s League Table and first for added value. His practice has created projects which are cited in design guides, have received RIBA awards and enjoy global recognition. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). As a trustee on the RIBA’s Council and Board, he has championed social mobility and a closer, more supportive relationship between education and practice, creating an upward spiral of benefits and advances for architects and society.
  5. The RIBA is governed by the RIBA Council, elected from among the RIBA membership, the majority of whom are chartered architects. Council passes down detailed responsibility to the RIBA Board and main committees. Chaired by the RIBA President, Council meets four times annually and is ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the Institute.
  6. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates

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