RIBA Elections to Council 2013
Vote for Robert Franklin
TAG Preferred Candidate
Nationally Elected Seats
Deadline for voting Noon 23rd July 2013
In 2013, there are 9 candidates for six seats as follows:
John Senan Cole
- Nominated by: Alan Chandler; Hugh Feilden; David Levitt; Walter Menteth; Owen O’Caroll; Stuart Page; Janie Price.
- Practice Address: Robert Franklin : Architect : Designer.
The Stables Studio, Clifton Mill, Clifton, Banbury, Oxon: OX15 0PE.
- Position: Principal
- Qualifications: Dip.Arch.(Oxford) RIBA, SCA.
C.V. Qualified 1976, established own practice 1978. Website www.robertfranklin.net.
Oxon. branch activities inc. chair and Regional Council to 2000. Regional Chair 2000-2 and established RIBA South Conservation Group and its Conservation Awards. Member of RIBA Conservation Group from 2010 and chair from 2012 inc. membership of Professional & Practice Group. Assessor for Specialist Conservation Register since inception.
This experience leads me to offer two areas of what I believe to be important effort: Membership Engagement. Disconnection between Members’ interests and executive management leads to suspicion, frustration and disengagement. It endangers the Institute if Members feel their needs and interests are diminished or deflected, and if expert advisory groups’ initiatives appear to be regarded as a nuisance rather than an invaluable and freely given resource. Executive assumption of superior knowledge or wisdom need to be supported by evidence, alongside relevance of its decisions to Members’ experience and needs in practice. This ideal is not always found, as shown by PPC’s full support for my paper requesting change in the way RIBA Policy is developed. This is an excellent start, but radical Reform must come through continuous pressure from Council, to return the Executive to what should be its proper role of advising, and then executing the will of President, Vice-Presidents, Council, Board, Advisory Groups and Members, not deflecting or thwarting that will in the interests of what can appear to be its own agenda.
Diversity and Inclusivity. The RIBA represents all architects, and would be more inclusive and convivial if it more openly applauded excellence of all kinds, rather than appearing to favour only a narrow range of architectures. Mediocrity is the enemy, not style (which is not, after all, a moral issue of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’), and our published work and Awards should reflect and celebrate this. I will continue to press for this to be accepted, through support to the Chair of the Awards Group and through encouraging the Institute’s higher engagement with all kinds of architect and all kinds of Great Architecture.
RIBA Members Vote Here. Deadline for voting Noon 23rd July 2013
Vitalism and the Meaning of Art Nouveau
Read the latest essay by Peter Kellow for American Arts Quarterly online
Art Nouveau, as a style, is customarily thought of as having been consigned to one of history’s tightly locked boxes. In the case of Art Nouveau, it will undoubtedly be a beautiful, finely crafted, gilded box—but a box nevertheless. Art Nouveau architecture is not short of admirers, and people trek from far and wide to see its masterpieces. But they stare at the works, feeling them to be detached in time and history. We expect never to see their like fashioned again. However, the assessment of Art Nouveau, like that of any movement, is never static. We may have finally moved on from Nikolaus Pevsner’s judgment in 1936 that it was “a short but very significant fashion in decoration,” but still the feeling lingers .... Read More