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President of the Royal Institute of British Architects - with associated stipend award to Queen's University.

Queen's University Belfast Communications have issued the following quotes

President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Ian Greer, commented:
“This is a tremendous honour for Alan, Queen’s University Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is a strong endorsement of the important role he plays within the industry. I am proud to see Alan’s expertise recognised and wish him the very best in his exciting new role as RIBA President.”

and Interim Registrar and Chief Operating Officer of Queen’s University, Wendy Galbraith, said:
“At Queen’s University Belfast we are delighted to see Alan elected as RIBA President.
With expertise in both academia and practice, Alan has a fantastic understanding of the sector. We wish Alan the very best as he takes on the responsibilities and challenges of his new position.

Extracts of Award letter from RIBA to QUB - January 2019 :

Alan was elected by a majority vote of his world-wide RIBA membership peers in August 2018, against two rival candidates for the post. We are looking forward to us availing of his experience and expertise in his role as our next President.

The RIBA was founded in 1834 and is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. We serve our members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally aware and collaborative underpins all that we do.

We have around 45,000 members worldwide, across 120 countries. Our turnover in 2017 was over £42.8 million and we employ over 300 staff.

The administrative headquarters for the RIBA is 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD, which includes the world’s largest architectural library, an architectural gallery and function rooms for regular architectural events. In addition to our offices in London, the RIBA has 9 UK regional offices where teams are based to support the needs of our members more locally.

Role of the President
The President has both leadership and governance responsibilities for the Royal Institute of British Architects. These include:
•Chair of the RIBA Council comprising 54 elected members
•Chair of the RIBA Board comprising a mix of 14 lay and Council members
•Chair of Honours and Nominations committees
•Trustee of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
•Liaise with the Presidents of affiliate Institutes both nationally and internationally
•Represent the RIBA nationally and Internationally, in addition to specific regional and international visits to support currently 5 international Chapters (USA, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Gulf) and 70 Branches.
•Public Engagements and stakeholder engagement with government and other bodies
•Determination of the Public Programmes strategy
The President will also work closely with the RIBA media team and be a leading voice to the profession on government, PR and public matters, as well and engaging with stakeholders.

The President will determine together with the RIBA Council the strategic investment plan for the next four years, overseeing a fund of £16m.

President’s Term of office
1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019 - President-Elect
1st September 2019 to 31st August 2021 - President, based in London
1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022 - Immediate Past President

Time commitment
The time commitment for the RIBA President role is approximately 3 days per week in London or elsewhere, with travel to and from London being in addition. The exact time commitment may vary from week to week, with some past presidents suggesting it can be a 5-7 day per week role at certain points in the calendar.

The Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London, W1B 1AD
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Period01 Sep 201931 Aug 2021
VisitingRoyal Institute of British Architects
Degree of RecognitionInternational