PICTURED: Elsie Owusu (Image: RIBA)
ARCHITECT ELSIE Owusu has been removed from her role as chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ diversity group.
Owusu was informed of the decision yesterday (October 15) via a letter from RIBA president Ben Derbyshire, according to the Architects’ Journal.
The institute’s decision to remove Owusu from her role comes after she failed to retract or apologise accusations she made about bullying, racial and sexual harassment and discrimination by a RIBA staff member.
According to the Architects’ Journal, Owusu responded to the news of her removal by saying that it was “yet another example of the racism, sexism, bullying and harassment to which I have been subject since my election to RIBA Council in 2015”.
She also said that the reasons for her dismissal were “ disingenuous”.
In April, Owusu, a founding member and the first chair of the Society of Black Architects, launched her bid to become the next president of RIBA, she lost out on the post to Alan Jones.
The 65-year-old had previously campaigned to be elected to the post in 2015, but also missed out on the position.
She said the decision was “tantamount to institutionalised racism”.
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