About This Show
Architecture Masters is the new podcast from the London Festival of Architecture about the people behind the buildings: a series of short conversations with some of architecture’s leading lights.
These are the people quietly shaping our cities – all hugely respected within the architectural profession, yet somehow their modest profile often belies the impact they have on the world around us.
This is a programme for those that are interested in the people who are shaping our world.
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Ben Derbyshire – Episode Eighteen
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Our guest this week is the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Ben Derbyshire was elected by the Institute’s 44,000 strong membership in August 2016 on a platform calling for change – both in the institute and across the profession. After a year serving as president-elect, he succeeded Jane Duncan as President in September 2017.
Ben’s career in practice started in 1973 when he joined Hunt Thompson Associates as a year out student. After returning to university to complete his Masters Degree, he came back to the practice permanently in 1976 and stayed ever since, rising to become managing director and now chair of the practice.
The practice, now known as HTA Design is perhaps best known for its award-winning housing, residential and regeneration work.
For this week’s episode we join Ben in the President’s office at the RIBA’s HQ on Portland Place,