Simon Kennedy

Report on RIAS Council

March 2010

The President welcomed Ruth Reed, RIBA President, to the meeting and invited her to address Council. She outlined the four issues on the agenda she stood on – legislation, value, membership and education. As she was elected on a regionalisation platform she has visited the five English regions, Wales and Scotland and was due to visit Ulster. She described the RIBA Presidency as a “wonderful challenge, very exciting and an honour and the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Council approved the Management Accounts to the end of December 2009 showing a positive balance of £2,800 and the draft 2010 budget indicating a net surplus of £1,657. The RIAS Annual Accounts and the RIAS Services Account to December 2009 were also approved.

The promotion of affiliate membership to non-practising university teachers was approved. This is seen as an opportunity to increase interest in the Incorporation among professionals and those having an interest in architecture.

A valuation of the furnishings stored at Jenners Depository has been carried out along with furniture, paintings and other art objects at Rutland Square. Some of the furnishings in storage have been agreed for sale along with a few books not of direct architectural interest.

The new RIBA/RIAS Agreement anticipated the formation of a Joint Membership Committee to review the working of the Agreement and Council confirmed the nomination of the three RIAS representatives as Iain Dickson PPRIAS, Joan Scott and Willie Watt.

Member volunteers were requested as RIAS representatives on NHBC, the Heriot Watt Convocation and the Post-War Buildings Committee. Any member interested should contact the Secretary.

Council confirmed its previous decision that the RIAS letterhead should feature the name in Gaelic.

The practice of reading obituaries at Council meetings was discussed and it was agreed that this should continue as a last act of acknowledgement and respect for deceased members.

A change to the conservation accreditation levels from A, B & C to Accredited and Advanced was approved by Council.