The 2008 RIBA presidential election will be a two-horse race between Andrew Hanson and Ruth Reed.

Only Hanson, the chair of RIBA London, and Reed, director of the Birmingham School of Architecture, have submitted the 60 signatures required to run for president.

Hanson is a director of Hanson + Confederate Architects. He has the support of Will Alsop and Alfred Munkenbeck, and aims to make the RIBA “younger and more diverse”.

Reed is a former president of the Royal Society of Welsh Architects. She counts Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik and sustainability guru Bill Gething among her supporters.

Voting will take place over the summer, and the RIBA hopes to name a president elect by the end of July.