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About the GIA

The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) is the largest Chapter in the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). With over 1200 members located from the Scottish Borders to the islands of Argyll, the chapter covers a diverse membership.

 
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The Glasgow Institute of Architects’ main focus is to engage with its members to provide a supporting role and in the promotion of architecture in the Chapter Area.

GIA Council members also serve on RIAS Council and report on issues concerning the Chapter, and RIAS members as a whole. Members can raise issues with their local Chapter for discussions at RIAS.

The Institute administers Student Awards, gifted annually to students in each academic year of both the Glasgow Schools of Architecture, and has since 1979 presented Design Awards to recognise excellence in architecture by Chapter members. GIA is also responsible for continuing to award a Triennial travelling studentship for young members, now known as the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, which was created by our founding body, the Glasgow Architectural Society, in honour of their onetime President. The award promotes the study of Classical Architecture.

The GIA regularly hosts events such as CPD seminars and building visits for architects and organises workshops, competitions and publications in association with community groups and charitable organisations.

 

committees

The business of the Institute is run by a Council who sit on various committees covering Architecture People and Places, Communications, Education, Practice/CPD, RIAS Governance, Glasgow Urban Design Liaison and Conservation-Sustainability. The Council is made up of elected volunteers from the Chapter membership, an Honorary Treasurer and Secretary. A President is elected and serves a two year term, followed by a two year Past President role; other council members sit for three years as voting members.

 
 
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Architecture, People and Place Committee

“The promotion of Architectural and Urban Design matters that can provide tangible benefit to the wider public.”

The Architecture, People and Place (APP) Committee remit is wide ranging. Through the committee the GIA can engage meaningfully with National and Local Political leadership, local authorities and other professional groups on matters of policy in relation to architecture and design. 

The committee also has a particular role in engaging with the wider community. To further this aim the committee can organise Architectural competitions, events, exhibitions and workshops. If you wish to discuss any of the above, or would like further information, please contact us at app@gia.org.uk.

The APP Committee is responsible for the PaperCUT events series and is currently working on events to celebrate the GIA's 150 anniversary in 2018 including Paper Parlour and the GIA 150 Party at SWG3. 

 
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Communications Committee

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Conservation and Sustainability Committee

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Education Committee 

The GIA Education Committee works to promote architectural education, the work of architecture students within the Glasgow chapter, and the two schools of architecture within the Glasgow chapter.

The committee is responsible for:

  • The GIA Student Awards
  • The administration of the Alexander Thomson Scholarship
  • One-off student competitions, such as this years Big Mack Build
  • General liaison with the two schools of architecture within the chapter
 
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Practice and CPD Committee

The GIA Practice Committee organises various architectural events, including:

  • Presentations that cover a range of current interesting, relevant topics, including the RIBA CPD Core Curriculum. All presented by competent experienced speakers.
  • Guided tours of completed buildings and construction sites of particular interest.
  • Networking events, shared with other disciplines.
  • Small Practice Group meetings.

Group meetings provide an opportunity for members that work alone or in small teams, to share knowledge, network with like minded colleagues and cover CPD topics relevant to smaller practices. Recent topics have included Revit, fees, marketing, cost estimating on smaller projects, alternative forms of construction and CDM. The Group is open to all GIA / RIAS members and everyone is free to attend when they can, with no pressure or commitment.

 

Urban design Panel

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RIAS Strategy Committee

Robin Webster and Jude Barber are the GIA representatives on RIAS Council, along with Isabel Garriga. Jude is also on the Audit and Finance Committee, that is working to ensure the organisation manages spending, planning and risk in line with best practice.

The developing 5-Year Strategy must reflect what the members want, and that the Incorporation addresses the important built environment issues of the day. As part of their work within the RIAS Strategy Committee, Robin, Jude and Isabel are currently getting views from the GIA Chapter and working with the recently formed GIA Strategy Team. 

It is important that everyone with an opinion on strategy, finance and governance makes contact, and helps us all to take the Incorporation forward in an ambitious and hopeful manner: do get in touch.

People

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Isabel Garriga - President

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Become a Member

There are two categories of GIA Council Membership: Full Membership and Co-opted Membership.

If you are a member of the RIAS (except for student and associate members) then you are eligible to become a Full Member with voting rights on the GIA Council.

If you are not an RIAS member, you are eligible to become a Co-opted Member. There is no limit placed on the involvement Co-opted Members have within the GIA Council, however due to our bye-laws, they are unable to vote on GIA business.


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