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Iain Connelly to become next RIAS president

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has ‘unanimously voted’ for Iain Connelly to replace Sholto Humphries as its next president

The former property services manager at Fife Council and one-time principal architect at Dunfermline District Council, he will take up the two-year post at the 2013 RIAS International Convention in Strathpeffer on Friday 17 May. 

Outgoing RIAS president Humphries said: ‘Connelly has made a very significant contribution to the RIAS, particularly our Government liaison and lobby over the last few years.

‘His role in local government gives him a very acute understanding of many of the issues of most concern to architects at present, including de-skilling and procurement. He is a thoroughly decent and likeable individual who will, I am sure give tremendous service as the next president.’

Iain Connelly’s curriculum vitae:

After qualifying from Edinburgh College of Art Iain joined Sir Frank Mears & Partners in 1978. He moved to Terrance Oliver Architects, Dunfermline in November 1979 where he worked on private residential projects, notably Steeple Clump, Dalgety Bay, also industrial and commercial projects.

Connelly joined Dunfermline District Council in 1983, progressing to Principal Architect. His projects included Cowdenbeath Pool and new build housing, a major extension to the Carnegie Sports Centre and housing regeneration. He oversaw the award winning restoration of Abbot House, Dunfermline, the extensions of Carnegie Library and Tiffany Lounge, Carnegie Hall, both Dunfermline and the new Dalgety Bay Library.

In 1996 Connelly was promoted to Area Manager for Fife Council, moving to Kirkcaldy and assuming responsibility for a large, multi-disciplinary, practice. In March 2002 he became Head of Property Services with over 200 professional and support staff. Current projects include the £19million Carnegie Centre refurbishment, Dunfermline High School (£40m) and Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes (£32million).

Connelly has represented Fife Council on the Association of Chief Architects in Scottish Local Authorities (ACASLA) since 1990. When it was incorporated into The Society of Chief Architects in Local Authorities (SCALA) in 2004 he became the first SCALA Scotland President (2004-2006). He remains a member of the SCALA Scotland Executive, representing them on the Federation of Property Services.

On RIAS Council since 2004, Connelly was previously a member of the Consultancy Committee and is Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Government and Local Authority Liaison Committee. A strong advocate for in-house services Connelly has also always supported the value of working in partnership with the private sector. Throughout his career he has campaigned to promote the benefits that can be achieved through well designed buildings and spaces.

Iain Connelly commented:

“The Royal Incorporation does a tremendous job on behalf of its members and promoting the benefits of improving Scotland’s built environment. I am very honoured to be elected as its next President and will give my utmost endeavours to support and grow the standing, reputation and endeavour of the RIAS.”

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