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ARB is pleased to announce that, after a ballot, the Board has elected Richard Parnaby to serve as its Vice Chair, with immediate effect.

Commenting after the election, Vice Chair Richard Parnaby said:

“I thank my colleagues for expressing their confidence in me to take on the role of Vice Chair and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Board during the coming year, which promises to present us with a number of challenges.”

Chair Beatrice Fraenkel added:

“I am delighted that Richard has been elected as Vice Chair. He brings to the role a level of expertise and experience from an architect’s viewpoint, and I am greatly looking forward to working with him and the Board over the coming year as we both strengthen the ties with our stakeholders and deliver the statutory responsibilities given to us by the 1997 Architects Act. ”


Notes for Editors

The election for Vice Chair was contested, with Andrew Mortimer being the other candidate.

Richard Parnaby

Richard Parnaby studied architecture and planning in Liverpool and Oregon. He worked as an architect in Vancouver in the 1970s and was a partner in Brown & Parnaby Architects in Abergavenny from 1980 to 1996. Richard taught at the Welsh School of Architecture from 1982 to 1987. In 1996, he joined UWE where he has played a key role in developing the first new school of architecture in the UK since the 1960s centred on unique joint undergraduate courses in architecture and planning and architecture and environmental engineering. He was the first chairman of the Design Commission for Wales established in 2002 by the Welsh Government to champion good architecture, urban design and landscape design. He has been President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, a nationally elected member of RIBA council and a member of its board. He is a member of the council of the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA) and a trustee of the Architecture Centre, Bristol.

ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. The Act requires ARB (among other things) to:

  • Maintain the Register of Architects (Section 3)
  • Prescribe qualifications for entry to the Register of Architects (Section 4)
  • Deal with competence to practise (Section 9)
  • Issue a Code which lays down standards of professional conduct and practice (Section 13)
  • Regulate use of the title “architect” and prosecute those who use it unlawfully (Section 20)

Board members serve for a term of three years. They can, if re-elected or re-appointed, serve for two consecutive terms, six years in total. A Board member who has held office for a continuous period of six years may not be elected or appointed as a member until at least three years have elapsed since he or she last held office. Board members receive an allowance of &250 per day or part thereof spent on Board business. The election for Chair and Vice Chair is held on an annual basis under Rule 6 of the Board’s General Rules.

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