UK architects rescind call for boycott of Israeli counterparts

Stephen Hodder, head of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Photo credit: Youtube screen capture)

The United Kingdom’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has rescinded a resolution passed earlier this year urging a ban of its Israeli counterpart following a fact-finding mission to the region, saying it had no business dealing with the matter in the first place, Architects’ Journal reported.

The motion passed in March by 23 votes to 16 had called on the International Union of Architects to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from membership until it refused to accept projects in the West Bank.

But two RIBA officials who traveled to the region in November and met with IAUA officials as well as members of the Association of Architects in Palestine came to the conclusion that “The RIBA motion was beyond the powers of council. It should not have come before the members of council. This is not the forum for these issues.”

Subsequently the RIBA council accepted the task force’s recommendation to revoke the March motion…