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RIAS elects Englishman Davies as new president

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The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland has voted in an English president. Gordon Davies beat off competition from Gordon Murray (AJ 25.1.01) last week when he was elected by the RIAS council, which cast 23 votes in Davies' favour to 16 for Murray.

The new president said it was a 'singular privilege and honour' and that he would rise to the challenge through teamwork. 'I look forward to continuing the task of promoting the benefits of good architecture and the unique skills of the architect' said Davies, of Davies, Nimmo & Stevens.

Meanwhile, Murray, from Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop, will take Davies' previous post as convenor of the public services board.

President Davies will be inaugurated at the AGM during the forthcoming RIAS convention on housing and sustainability, which takes place on 17-18 May in Dundee's Caird Hall.

The event has been formulated to try to influence strategic thinking of Scottish politicians in the wake of the recently published report on public consultation on the development of an architecture policy for Scotland. It will include feedback on the Aberdeenshire Sustainability Research Trust EUfunded programme on housing layouts and their environmental characteristics, as well as a second day of speakers including Herman Hertzberger, Ken Yeang, Sergison Bates, Richard Murphy and Simon Allford with Dickon Robinson.

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