© David Anderson

Report on RIAS Council

June 2012

Fiona McLachlan, Head of School at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), addressed Council on the new structure and course content. She confirmed the growth of post-graduate taught programmes, student numbers, finance/funding and the flexibility of student experience being key educational issues for the combined organisation.

Obituaries were read for James Paterson, Trevor Sprott OBE, Robert Watt and George Wylie MBE and Council stood for a minute’s silent contemplation of their passing.

Council noted the Management Accounts to the end of March 2012 which indicate a slightly reduced forecasted surplus of £985 to December 2012.

Council noted the deaths of 10 Members, 10 resignations, 2 transfers to Retired category, 5 re-instatements, 2 elections to Academic membership, 22 elections to Student membership, 26 elections to membership, 3 nominations to Fellowship and 1 nomination to Honorary Fellowship.
The RIBA are increasing their subscriptions by approximately 3% on joint subscription. This increase was accepted. Council did not agree to the RIBA’s proposal to increase RIAS retirement age which will remain at 55. Student membership for the Incorporation will now be capped at 10 years.

A letter to Stephen Hodder MBE was agreed to be sent to congratulate him on his unopposed election as the next RIBA President.

Council noted an interim report on the RIAS Energy Design Certification Scheme indicating an increase in the numbers of certificates issued over the last three quarters and also an amendment to the fee payable on certificates issued over 21 in number.

An approach by the Scottish Association of Building Standard Managers to permit them to approach the RIAS membership on the merits of the Scottish Type Approval Scheme was noted and the Head of Certification authorised to meet with SABSM to explore the advantages and opportunities for this proposal.

The recent negative press on the all-male speakers at the Convention was discussed by Council. It was agreed that the issue of gender representation required a discussion paper to inform further consideration.

Council agreed to continuing liaison with the Scottish Government on the Incorporation’s involvement in the current Year of Creative Scotland and the Year of Homecoming in 2014.

The current RIAS crest is not a Coat of Arms and a proposal to have an official Coat of Arms was put to Council who after an inconclusive discussion passed the issue back to the 2016 Committee for their guidance.

The Aberdeen Convention was commended by Council as being a success despite resulting in a small deficit. The 2013 Convention will be in Inverness and proceed on the basis of a break-even being achieved. A joint Convention with the RTPI in Scotland is proposed on the theme of planning and master planning.

Adjustments to the timing of future Council meetings was agreed with an earlier start at 1.00pm to enable distant Council members to be able to attend and return home the same day, thereby avoiding accommodation costs.

A suggestion from the Scottish Government & Local Authority Liaison Committee that a pairing scheme between RIAS members and MSPs be re-instated to facilitate a more broadly based political forum for the Incorporation was agreed by Council. A paper is to be prepared for the September Council.

In response to the new asbestos regulations, which came in on 6th April 2012, Council approved the promotion of appropriate HSE CPD to members.

Council noted the acquisition of a first edition (the Kilmarnock Edition) of Burn’s poetry as an addition to the Incorporation’s Investment Portfolio.

The representation of the Incorporation on the Construction Industry Council and Construction Scotland was discussed by Council who agree that the current representative, Andrew Pinkerton, should be formally appointed and attend Practice Committee which will provide a briefing mechanism.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, was invited to address Council and she declared her main priorities as procurement, the need to access work abroad and bringing architecture to the public.