Episode Eighteen – Ben Derbyshire

Our guest this week is the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Ben Derbyshire (c) Tom Campbell

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.