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Scottish architects elect new president

Members of the RIAS council have elected Douglas Read, a founding partner of Edinburgh-based Dignan Read Dewar Architects, as their new president.

The practitioner was formally installed as president at the RIAS Convention Annual General Meeting last week.

Read said he was looking forward to succeeding his predecessor Gordon Murray and taking on the job's many and varied responsibilities.

'I am very much looking forward to my new role,' he said. 'The RIAS is facing the challenges of the future and I can only hope I am able to continue their good work.

'The nature of architectural practice is in a state of constant change. The majority of architects work in small practices, while the bulk of work certified is still produced in large practices.

'Changes in procurement routes have affected large and small practices. Changes in Building Regulations and Health and Safety legislation are coming. Change in technology seems to be unending, from the virtual disappearance of the drawing board to the appearance of virtual reality.

Read said: 'Sustainability is a growing issue - no longer the preserve of a few enthusiasts it now concerns us all.'

'Gender equality has improved hugely since I entered the profession, but still has a long way to go,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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