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Report on RIAS Council

September 2012

Obituaries were read for Allan Pendreigh, Jonathan Speirs and Stuart Wallace and Council stood for a minute’s silent contemplation of their passing.

Council noted the Management Accounts to the end of June 2012 which indicate a slightly reduced forecasted surplus of £639 to December 2012.

Council noted the deaths of 9 Members, 10 resignations, 5 transfers to Retired category, 6 re-instatements, 26 elections to Student membership, 27 elections to membership, 7 nominations to Fellowship and 2 nominations to Honorary Fellowship. 1 Member was removed for non-payment. A tightening up of our removal procedures was agreed, in line with the RIBA’s mechanism. Final removal of non-payers will take place at September Council. Council agreed to the joint membership subscription increase (to £383) but decided to hold the ‘RIAS only’ rate (at £360) in 2013.

Council noted that responses are sought for the Scottish Government’s Procurement Reform Bill Consultation prior to the 2nd November deadline. It was also agreed by Council to continue researching the use of social media within the Incorporation.

Council decided that it was unnecessary to have a written policy of representation and chose not to pursue it any further. They noted the updates on SBCC and on the 2016 Festival of Architecture and agreed to a lead-in ‘Campaign for Architecture”. Council also noted a report on the RIAS Energy Design Certification Scheme and agreed to its continuation.

Following a suggestion by the newly merged Government and Consultancy Committee, Council agreed to take forward a simplified MSP/Member pairing scheme. The Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh has been contacted with a view to finally resolving the issue with the collapsing rear garden wall at 15 Rutland Square. A decision whether to seek further legal advice will be made on receipt of a response.

Procedures for nomination and election of RIAS President 2013-15 and for bringing matters to Council were discussed and noted.

Council approved the adoption of the RIAS Chartered Practice Scheme. They also noted the Conservation Accreditation update and approved the disciplinary mechanism for RIAS Conservation Accredited members in order to address Historic Scotland’s requirement.

New artwork for RIAS site signboards was approved. Council noted the RIAS Media Log, Committee reports, Chapter activity reports, RIBA Council Report and the ARB News Releases.