© David Anderson

Report on RIAS Council

March 2014

Council noted the Management Accounts up to the end of December 2013 and a revised out-turn of £1,263 to 31st December 2013. Council adopted the Accounts. Council also adopted the draft budget for 2014.

The Membership Report was noted by Council with 7 deaths, 28 Resignations, 9 Transfers to Retired, 14 Reinstatements, 35 elections to Student Membership, 42 elections to Membership, 3 Nominations to Fellowship and 3 Nominations to Honorary Fellowship. The positive trend of new memberships significantly outnumbering departures was noted and Charlene Rankin was commended for her endeavours.

In accordance with the Byelaws there are four retirals from Council and nominations were requested to fill those posts.

The President’s nominee for RIBA Council, Scotland South Nomination, Kerr Robertson, was approved by Council. The retiring representative, Joan Scott, was thanked for her work on behalf of the Incorporation.

A review of the Committee structure was presented with a reduction to seven committees in addition to PPC/Council, all of which will now report direct to PPC/Council. Revised rules and procedures for committees were agreed.

A draft educational survey, including questions on both possible referendum outcomes, was agreed to be issued to the membership.

The President has instructed a review of the Incorporation’s performance 2008-2013 to chart the growth in membership numbers over this period and provide a summary of achievements and performance.

Council noted the excellent response to the RIAS Awards with 83 submissions. The Secretary gave an outline of the geography of submissions. The Inverness Chapter was particularly congratulated on encouraging a very substantial level of submissions.

A preliminary draft of the proposals for the 2016 Festival of Architecture was noted. This document brings together a variety of initiatives which will address the very broad public audience which the Festival hopes to reach.

The basement damp remedial works are complete with only minor re-instatement left and Council approved the settling of the final account. Repairs to the rear garden wall have been undertaken by City of Edinburgh Council at no charge to the Incorporation. Council expressed its thanks.
After debate Council approved support for the motion by Angela Brady, Past President of the RIBA, proposing suspension of the UIA membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects for their part in the construction of illegal projects in Palestine.

Council agreed to support a review of the proposal to establish a British version of the European Database for Architectural Commissions and to liaise with the RIBA and Dutch representatives.
Council noted and agreed changes to the RIAS Standard Forms of Appointment to incorporate the ARB’s requirement for a complaint-handling procedure.

Council noted that Approved Certifiers of Design (Section 6 – Energy) Domestic, in the RIAS Scheme can now be approved as New Build Domestic Energy Assessors and to register EPCs for new homes. The expansion of the Scheme to include non-domestic later this year was also noted. A modest increase in fees was agreed. The imminent retirement of Jack Hugh from the Incorporation will require the appointment of a new Head of Certification and a recommendation in this respect will be brought to the next meeting. Council thanked Jack for his unstinting service to the Incorporation.

Council agreed to support those members who were caught out by ARB’s recent change of fee deadline to the end of December and the high handed treatment meted out by the ARB.