Jane Duncan will become the third female president of the Royal Institute of British Architects after narrowly beating Oliver Richards
She will take over the two-year presidency from Stephen Hodder on September 1 2015, after receiving 52% of the vote.
Duncan will be the 75th RIBA President. She said: “I am delighted to be elected and to have the mandate from RIBA members to undertake my election pledges on improving pride, fees and diversity within the architecture profession.
“Over the next year I will be working hard to support Hodder and visiting and talking to members and staff across the UK.”
Currently the RIBA’s equality and diversity champion, Duncan stood on a three-point plan focused on “pride, profit and people”.
She has run her 16-strong practice in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, since 1992, was backed by Denise Scott Brown, the RIBA’s first female president Ruth Reed (2009) and her successor Angela Brady (2011).