The Turf House, Isle of Skye – Rural Design

© Nigel Rigden

Report on RIAS Council

March 2011

A significant improvement in the out-turn figure to the year end for 2010 was reported to Council at £14,655, against the previous £1,657. This was mainly due to cautious budgeting in respect of membership and Practice Services subscriptions. There were adverse variances in the bookshop, publishing, directory, consultancy and staff costs. Council welcomed the year end figures and agreed that they should be taken to the AGM, subject to audit. The draft budget for 2011 showing a surplus of £1,595 was adopted by Council.

Council noted the Membership Report which recorded 5 deaths, 19 resignations, 5 removals for non-payment, 26 transfers to retired, 5 transfers to Retired Fellowship, 4 re-instatements, 1 election to Affiliate, 13 elections to student membership, 18 elections to membership, 1 nomination to Fellowship and 4 nominations to Honorary Fellowship.

The outcome of negotiations with the Scottish Futures Trust on a raised threshold of £3.5M was reported to Council with further discussions programmed on the removal of some restrictions. Support for the proposed Scottish Arbitration Centre was approved by Council, with approval that there would be no cost to the Incorporation.

Progress on the development of the new RIAS website content management system was reported and the outcome of research on the best system of making online payment. Information collection for the online directory continues. It is anticipated that the website will be available for testing around Easter. Council also approved the implementation of a new database to replace the existing one which is no longer reliable.

Council noted a tender has been accepted for Phase 2 of the internal improvements within budget. The work will comprise: new emergency lighting and signage, feature lighting, redecoration, carpets, a new committee room and staff room. Work will commence on 11th April 2011 for completion in June.

A proposal being developed for an RIAS delegation to China in conjunction with the Scottish Government to promote Scottish architectural services met with Council’s approval. Council noted that a strategy for the RIAS’s Centenary in 2016 is in preparation. Preliminary meetings have taken place with the Government and other organisations.

Angus Kerr’s second term on RIBA Council as representative for Scotland South is coming to an end. RIAS Council nominated Joan Scott FRIAS as his replacement. Angus’s pro-active role in the RIBA Council over the past six years was appreciated by Council who recorded their gratitude.
The Incorporation, as an Adjudicator Nomination Body, has completed the accreditation process for inclusion on the RIAS Adjudicators Panel and Council noted the new panel.

Council noted the review of Practice Information and the improvements proposed, including revisions to the layout and information in the Practice Bulletin and to rename Section 4 as ‘Energy, Sustainability and Conservation’. Additional topics for coverage in practice notes have also been identified.