INEOS Headquarters, Grangemouth – Michael Laird Architects

© David Barbour

Report on RIAS Council

December 2009

The President reported that he had attended a reception at Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister in recognition of the contribution of the architectural and design professions to the UK economy.

The President and Secretary attended a meeting with the Glasgow Marketing Bureau regarding a proposal that the World Architecture Festival be held annually in Glasgow.

The Management Accounts to the end of September and a forecast surplus of £121 to the year end were approved. The final out turn costs for the external refurbishment were reported to Council at £266,915 with £107,480 for the internal works. The estimated year end free reserves were reported to Council as £274,924.

Council endorsed the Incorporation’s campaign against the Scottish Funding Council’s proposal to downgrade architectural funding to Band D.

An affiliate membership for non-practising architects was agreed to stimulate a lack of engagement by architects teaching in Scottish Schools.

Council agreed to the establishment of an expert President’s Select Committee, chaired by Roy Martin QC Hon FRIAS, to gather information on the procurement mechanisms which have been instituted in response to the EU procurement rules to the disadvantage of architects.