The next RIBA president also pledges to continue procurement reform
Stephen Hodder has said he will open up overseas opportunities for small practices when he becomes the next RIBA president.
He also pledged to boost the client-referral service, improve communications and continue Angela Brady’s work on procurement reform.
The Stirling Prize-winner said he was “hugely surprised” that no other candidates stood against him, but denied it was a sign that the membership regarded the RIBA as irrelevant.
“I threw my hat in the ring very early, and very quickly had significant support,” he said. “I would like to think it was a measure of the strength of my candidacy.”
He received more than 100 nominations with backers including leading practices such as AHMM, Bennetts Associates, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Allies & Morrison, Glenn Howells, Richard Murphy and Gareth Hoskins.
Graham Morrison, a partner at Allies & Morrison, said: “I am pleased the RIBA will be led by such respected practitioner. I want to be a member of an institute that is proud of what its members do rather than represent the special interests of its membership.”
Hodder will be formally made president elect this September before taking over from incumbent Angela Brady a year later.
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