Peter Caplehorn, Technical Director at Scott Brownrigg is re-elected to RIBA Council


Peter Caplehorn, Technical Director at Scott Brownirgg has been re-elected to the RIBA Council for a second, three year term. Out of a total 17 candidates, the five other seats went to  Elspeth Clements, Peter Oborn, George Oldham,Yasmin Shariff and Sam Webb.

The RIBA is governed by a Council of 60 members, elected from among the RIBA membership, the majority of whom are chartered architects.  Chaired by the president, Council meets four times annually and is ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the institute. Council passes down detailed responsibility and technical focus to the RIBA Board and subsidiary companies.  Elections to the RIBA Council are conducted independently on behalf of the RIBA by Electoral Reform Services.

Peter believes that one of the biggest challenges to members comes from practical, technical matters and regulations. The building regulations, CDM, British Standards canconsume a considerable amount of time.  He has pursued the need for clarity, consistency and above all a reduction in burden and would like to continue to raise the architects voice in these areas, whilst encouraging closer cross professional relationships.

Peter continues to represent the designer’s role in CDM, and health and safety, and feels that it is important that others understand the complexity of design and how standards can be improved.  Believing that Building Regulations need to be clearer, he has chaired the committee generating the new format for the approved documents for Building Regulations, these will start to appear later this year.  He is also on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), providing the Government with direct feedback on how regulations can be, and should be made more efficient for architects and designers.

Peter liaises with the BSI on a regular basis chairing the CB-Committee; new guidance has be published helping bridge the gap between design and application.

Peter comments:
“I am delighted to have been re-elected to the RIBA Council. It is a challenging time for the industry and the RIBA. However there are also some interesting issues such as the use of BIM, the low carbon agenda and the compliance gap.  Can the profession respond to these issues, and provide solutions to support their businesses?

The current Government is ready to listen to the Professions, and given the sparse resources available that is not hard to see why. Architects are very well placed to be the focus of influence and direction on many current issues. The new president Angela Brady takes the reins in September and promises to put the RIBA centre stage. Her energy and persuasive nature will certainly make this an interesting period”