RIBA Council Meeting 6th December 2011

The President of the RIBA, Angela Brady, announced the judging of the Royal Gold Medal 2012 which has been awarded to the Dutch architect Hermann Herzberger. He will be giving a lecture on 8th February to accompany the prize giving so make sure you’re quick to get a ticket when they are released.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, academic and writer Peter Salter and the artist Ai Wei Wei were amongst the 15 recipients of this year’s RIBA Honorary Fellowships. Six International Fellowships were also allocated including one to Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of the Japanese firm Atelier Bow Wow.

Students are being encouraged to participate in the student earnings survey so that the RIBA can gain a better idea of the pay situation and act accordingly. Submit your responses before the Christmas deadline and the results will be ready in February. There were not any new cases of student exploitation reported but as always get in touch if you would like to report any issues regarding student pay. Your report will be handled in complete anonymity so please help us put a stop to this free labour culture which is badly damaging the profession.

And finally, we heard a report on the student hardships fund, which distributed £70k to students in the last academic year. They estimate more than double that amount will be distributed in the current academic year so if you are in need of financial support follow this link for further information.

Keep an eye on the blog (www.ribastudentrep.tumblr.com) for updates and events. The next council meeting will be held on 22nd March 2011, if there are any issues that you would like to discuss before then please get in touch via my university email.