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Richard Parnaby

Richard Parnaby studied architecture and planning at Liverpool University and the University of 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.  He taught at the Welsh School of Architecture from 1982 to 1987. From 1996 to 2014 he was employed by the University of the West of England (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. From 2014 to 2016 he was professor of architecture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David leading on the establishment in Swansea of the second school of architecture in Wales.  He was the first chairman of the Design Commission for Wales that was established in 2002 by the Welsh government to champion good architecture, urban design and landscape design. He has been an active member of the RIBA for many years, having 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 currently a member of the RIBA national council representing Wales.


Membership of Formal Groups
Royal Institute of British Architects – Chartered member
Royal Institute of British Architects – elected member of Council – 2015 to 2018

Business, Professional or Social Relationships
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth – external examiner from 2018 (employed by the validating institution, University of East London).
University of Lincoln – external examiner from June 2013 to June 2014
University of Manchester/Manchester Metropolitan University – external examiner (June 2009 to June 2013)
Nottingham Trent University RIBA visiting Board member (2009 & 2011)
University of East London (RIBA visiting Board member (2010 & 2011)
Appointed to the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission

Companies or Associations which you or members of your family are officers or employees or in which you or they have beneficial interests
My wife, Mary Wrenn, is a Director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RIBA)

Involvement in Partnerships, Joint Ventures or Consortia

Professional Relationships with individuals, organisations or businesses that might have relationships with ARB
2014-2016 Employment: University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Professor of Architecture (0.4FTE)
1996-2014 Employment: University of the West of England – senior lecturer . , professor from 2005l
Member of UK Architectural Education Working Group (2013 – 14)


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