Dalkeith Corn Exchange, Dalkeith – Michael Laird Architects

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Report on RIAS Council

June 2015

Council noted the Management Accounts up to the end of March 2015, showing a revised positive out-turn of £6,484. Council adopted the Accounts.

The Membership Report was noted by Council with 9 deaths, 10 Resignations,?9 Transfers to Retired, 5 Reinstatements, 2 elections to Affiliate Membership, 25 elections to Student Membership, 29 elections to Membership, 2 nominations to Fellowship and 4 nominations to Honorary Fellowship. The continuing positive trend of new memberships significantly outnumbering departures was noted. Charlene Rankin was formally commended for continuing to do an excellent job.

Council agreed to support the proposal that committee minutes be redacted (by Committee Convenors) and published behind the member’s log-in on the website within 14 days of each meeting.

Council supported Homes For Scotland’s Get Housing Sorted initiative and the nomination of Iain Connelly PPRIAS to represent the Incorporation’s interest.

Council also supported a Scottish Bid for the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference in 2017 which will be led by Professor Sue Roaf FRIAS. Council also endorsed the Spéird Project, promoted by Glasgow Caledonian University which seeks to undertake a review of the potential to remediate Scottish rural housing with poor energy performance

Council noted the approach from Dumfries and Galloway Council with a view to working with the Incorporation to assist locally based practices develop and grow their businesses.

Council supported a review of the new CDM Regulations by the Chapter Presidents, chaired by Past President David Dunbar and the disseminating of information to our membership on potential benefits, or otherwise.

A proposed disciplinary framework applying to RIAS Chartered Practices was approved. This includes practices being removed from the Chartered Practice register if they do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Council noted the Incorporation’s media log with around 40 articles/interviews since March.