Jane Duncan, an Architect based in the English county of Buckinghamshire, has been elected as the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Taking over the reigns from current President Stephen Hodder in September 2015, Duncan will become only the third female President after beating fellow candidate Oliver Richards (by a majority of 52% of the vote) to the institute's highest position. According to the Architects' Journal, only 16.7% of RIBA members voted in the election. Duncan, who had backing from five former Presidents of the RIBA (including Angela Brady, Ruth Reed, Sunand Prasad, Jack Pringle and George Ferugusson), was also widely approved by leading members in the profession and from within the institute itself. She studied and qualified at the Bartlett School of Architecture before founding Jane Duncan Architects in 1992, now based in Amersham.
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