Paul Hyett promises more contact with other professions and increased role in Construction Industry Board.
Newly elected RIBA president Paul Hyett has pledged to establish close ties with the rest of the construction industry, especially in encouraging sustainability.

The architectural commentator and RIBA vice-president, who takes over from Marco Goldschmied in June, said he would also call for a greater role in the Construction Industry Board.

Hyett won the hotly fought election last week, beating former RIBA director-general Alex Reid

into second place and architect Brian Godfrey into third.

His other key priorities include working closely with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, raising the profile of urban design and sustainability in architects' training and encouraging ethnic minorities to join the profession.

On the CIB, Hyett said: "It would seem extraordinary if we didn't have a role in that [the CIB]. I would like them to invite us and will strongly hint that they should."

He also promised to urge other professions, particularly quantity surveyors and estate managers, to promote training in sustainable construction as part of their degree programmes and continuous development.

He said: "I want to work with them to make sure they are pushing sustainability in their training programmes as we are with ours."

Hyett is also bidding to make the institution less London-centric. He promised to hold regular regional meetings in addition to the RIBA council meetings.

Hyett explained: "The reason is to improve communication and dialogue between members at a regional level, so we can be called to account, can be exposed to initiatives and have them explained to us."