© Nigel Rigden

Report on RIAS Council

September 2014

Council noted the Management Accounts up to the end of June 2014, a revised out- turn of £2,901 to 31st December 2014 and adopted the Accounts. The President commended Maryse Richardson again for exceeding her targets for the Practice Department and thanked her for the tremendous work she does for the Incorporation.

The Membership Report was noted by Council with 10 deaths, 1 Resignation, 3 Transfers to Retired, 1 Transfer to Retired Fellowship, 6 Reinstatements, 1 Transfer to Academic, 17 elections to Student Membership, 61 elections to Membership, 3 Nominations to Fellowship and 1 Nomination to Honorary Fellowship. The positive trend of new memberships significantly outnumbering departures was noted. Charlene Rankin is continuing to do an excellent job. Many of these new members are as a result of Charlene approaching former student members.

Council approved a vigorous response to Places for People regarding their fee levy, requesting that they rescind their proposal to surcharge.

Council supported requesting a meeting with the Government’s Chief Planner, John McNairney, to raise members’ concerns regarding local authority planning and building control departments. Council also agreed that Hugh Crawford, Convenor of the RIAS Planning Committee will attend the meeting along with the President and Secretary.

Council noted the progress made on the Festival of Architecture 2016 Strategy document and that new members of staff will shortly be appointed. Council is grateful to those practices who have already generously contributed in response to the letter from the President and David Dunbar (Chair, 2016).

Council noted the proposed dates and topics for the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment and commended Eugene Mullan FRIAS on his work on this.

Council members were encouraged to apply for the posts on the new Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Board.

Council noted the update on the proposed Scottish Centre for Conservation, which is currently preparing financial bids to restore the former engine shed in Stirling.

The fire at the GSA destroyed a number of runs of architectural journals. The School subsequently asked if the Incorporation could help. As the Incorporation’s holdings of journals are rarely accessed and we cannot afford to curate or staff these holdings, Council deemed it beneficial for both parties to gift them to GSA on the proviso that they can be used by our members.

Council approved a pilot scheme for a Register of Specialists in Public Sector Procurement. The RIAS is currently approaching individuals who have the necessary expertise to assess candidates. Interviews are expected to take place during November.

Council noted the response which had been sent to the RIBA further to their request for feedback and endorsement of the RIBA Building Contracts suite. The RIAS do not support the new suite as it replicates the JCT/SBCC suite, which the Incorporation has long endorsed.

The RIAS will soon release its latest Standard Form of Appointment SCA/2014 which will be fully compatible with the new RIBA Plan of Work. Council approved the guidance notes which will be sent to architects and clients. Guidance for the current forms is not superseded as the RIAS will continue to offer a choice of Standard Forms of Appointment, compatible with both versions of the RIBA Plan of Work.

Council approved a proposal to run a design competition for the rear garden at 15 Rutland Square and improved access. It was felt that this would offer long-term benefits to members and staff. Council also noted that a Fire Safety Review had taken place at HQ.

The procedures for nomination and election of RIAS President 2015-17 were approved by Council and the President named his preferred candidate.