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RIBA publicises Olympic architects and engineers

The RIBA and Institute of Structural Engineers has unfurled a banner at its central London headquarters listing the names of all the design and engineering firms involved in the Olympics.

The stunt was carried out as a protest against Olympic marketing protocol rules, which have restricted firms from publicising their work on the Games.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “Architects and engineers have delivered incredible buildings which are hosting the London 2012 Games right now. We are calling on LOCOG to be proud of our architectural and engineering achievements for the London 2012 Olympics and do everything they can to promote the buildings and all the designers involved.

“Time is of the essence and we want them to start doing it now, and very importantly, to let architects get out there and talk about their work now. Let’s shout about the great design and engineering talent that the UK has to offer and not miss this valuable opportunity to do so.”

Peter Murray, director of New London Architecture and ISE president John Nolan unfurled the banner with Ms Brady, along with Olympic architects and engineers wearing t-shirts with the names of those who have been involved in the Olympics.

Negotiations are ongoing between the government, British Olympic Association and LOCOG over the issue, which Sir John Armitt admitted needed urgent action in his report last month, London 2012 – a global showcase for UK plc.

However he later warned against the issue taking away from the industry benefiting from a successful Games.

ODA chief executive Dennis Hone has also insisted that the rules are not the ‘straitjacket’ on construction companies they are made out to be, however he later backed Sir John Armitt’s call for the restrictions to be eased.