New RIBA president elected amid row over silencing of black architect

Allegations of institutional racism at the organisation overshadow presidential race

The Royal Institute of British Architects has elected Alan Jones as its next president, amid accusations that it tried to silence criticism from a leading black architect who also stood for the post.

Jones, who is the RIBA’s education vice-president, will take over the two-year presidential term – the highest elected position in UK architecture – from Ben Derbyshire in September next year. Jones has his own practice in County Antrim and is a senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast.

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