Mar 30, 2016
At this year’s AGM on the 31st March, Tim Gray was formally elected in to the post of President. Tim, a Director of Holmes Miller Architects, is a former member of the GIA Architecture, People and Places committee and also contributed to the Education committee. More recently he has been involved in the governance review of Glasgow Urban Design Panel, drawing on his significant experience of working for the commerical and public sector, in the UK and internationally.
Isabel Garriga was elected as Vice President, taking over from Victoria Jarvis. This was also Gordon Reid’s last year as Honorary Treasurer, who will be succeeded by Gregg McCallum. Gordon served as GIA Treasurer since 1999.
Following Michael Dougall’s final annual report as President, Tim made the following statement:
“It is a great honour to take on the role of GIA President and I would like to thank Michael Dougall, the outgoing President, for giving me this opportunity and to the GIA council for their support.
Michael has been a positive driving force for the GIA over the last two year as President and will be a hard act to follow with achievements such as:
• Hosting the 2014 RIAS Convention in Glasgow.
• Cycling 450 miles from the RIAS HQ in Edinburgh to RIBA HQ in London in aid of Architects Benevolent Society, raising well over £5000.
• The organisation of competitions for the Springburn Winter Gardens and Roystonhil Spire.
• Commissioning of original artwork to celebrate the Architecture of Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games
• Welcoming 120 students from the UK and overseas to the city as the GIA held the welcome reception for the European Architecture Student Assembly (EASA).
• Organising ‘Edible Architecture’ as a part of the Merchant City Festival in which Architects created buildings in cake form.
• Launching the Festival of Architecture with the inaugural month’s activities including creation of the Architecture IPA, selling out Screen one in the Glasgow Film Theatre for the screening and panel discussion of the Chris Leslie film Re-Imagining Glasgow as well as outreach events to the wider parts of this extensive geographical chapter with the Eolas Travelling Pavillion.
• Causing the RIAS to change their by-laws to allow him to became their youngest ever Fellow.
Over the next two years I look forward to continuing the role of President with the passion and enthusiasm that Michael brought to the role. We will continue to celebrate the year of the Festival of Architecture with future events in the chapter including:
• A summer garden party at Holmwood House where the Architecture IPA will again make an appearance.
• The 37 years of GIA Awards pop-up exhibition.
• The Talking Buildings trail.
• The re-emergence of the physical Glasgow City Model.
I would like to see the GIA Council Committees continue to build on the fantastic work they have generated over the last two years including looking to continuing the success of the GIA Awards and dinner (N.B. this year’s event will be on November 4th); with the Education Committee continuing to look and build closer relationships with the schools of architecture; along with supporting the ConSus, communication and CPD committees to maintaining links created with the farther reaches of the chapter.
Finally while this year sees the centenary of the RIAS, next year we will look to celebrate the Bicentenary of the birth of Alexander Thomson, one of the founders of the GIA in 1868, and whose prolific output has left such a legacy in the fabric of our city.”