Turnout for the election was 19%, with Jones receiving 2,704 votes, and his rivals Owusu and Allsopp receiving 1,673 and 857 votes respectively. The vote was open to registered members of the RIBA, though student members could not vote.
Owusu, who was seeking to become the RIBA’s first black female president, has also made claims of institutional racism against the RIBA, saying senior members were exclusively white, and that an “old boys” culture of “inappropriate jokes and banter” existed. She also revealed that she had received a letter from an RIBA member which she perceived as a death threat. The incident was reported it to the police, who concluded no action was necessary.
No wrongdoing has been found against the RIBA, who reject the allegations made. Their response to the allegations states “like any longstanding institution, the RIBA has weathered many changes and had to adapt to the times. We know there’s more we can be doing to update our own governance and processes, to ensure all members feel represented and that we are fit for the future; this work is already under way.”