Following a competitive recruitment process, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has appointed Alan Vallance as its new Chief Executive.
Vallance has a financial background, along with consulting, general management and strategic planning in Europe and Australasia.
He joined RIBA in September last year as Interim Director of Finance and Operations and since February has been interim Chief Executive of the organisation.
Before he joined RIBA, Vallance spent three years as Chief Operating Officer at the Law Society, the membership and regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales.
Jane Duncan, RIBA President, said she was delighted that Vallance has been appointed as the new RIBA Chief Executive and that he has been selected from a strong and large field of applicants.
Duncan continued: “The interview panel were unanimous in concluding that Alan is the right person to lead the RIBA as we deliver our 5 year strategy.
“As Interim Chief Executive since February this year, Alan has demonstrated his energy, drive and commitment to strengthening the RIBA’s voice and impact as a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture.”
Meanwhile, Vallance explained: “Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the RIBA.
“I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA’s five year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA’s offer to current and future members.”
Earlier in the month, RIBA London unwrapped its architect-designed window installations along Regent Street.
Now in its seventh year, the RIBA Regent Street Windows project this year showcases work by 10 practices, including Bureau de Change, Knox Bhavan, Piercy & Co and Matheson Whiteley.