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Second Annual FAIA Dinner at the RIBA

Fiona Mckay


We were pleased to welcome some 60 guests to our Second Annual AIA International College of Fellows Dinner in mid December at the RIBA Headquarters on Portland Place. This convivial gathering followed an excellent and compelling lecture by Steven Holl FAIA. The lecture is an annual event expertly organised by Lester Korzilius FAIA and Amrita Raja AIA, with the RIBA.

Our CoF Dinner guests included Steven Holl and Charles Jencks, Honorary FAIA Members; Eva Jirinca, John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell, Sunand Prasad, Jack Pringle, Rod Hackney and Michael Wilford with Grimshaw and Ian Ritchie Architects.

We were also joined by RIBA CEO Alan Vallance, President Ben Derbyshire, Past President Jane Duncan, AIA IR Leaders Stephen Miller and Lester Korzilius and a number of UK FAIA Members and UK Chapter Directors. A great group for our second annual event with a lively discussion on the stewardship of our profession

The 200 plus Honorary FAIAs are a significant untapped resource. Our idea is to use major Chapter events in the AIA IR, to invite the many Honorary Fellows to “ get involved ” with our mentoring and life-long learning programmes. It was again a very special evening in the Edwin Landseer Lutyens Room at the RIBA, and our outreach programmes to engage these honoured valuable members of the AIA family.

Many thanks to Fiona McKay Hon AIA, our AIA UK Chapter Executive, for organising and managing this special AIA IR CoF event. Shueco and Erbay are our generous Patrons.


Written by: Stephan C Reinke FAIA RIBA, AIA College of Fellows, AIA International Region

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AIA UK X Armstrong Architecture Pub Quiz

Fiona Mckay


Do you know the difference between a morel and a morello? Or where you would find an architrave? Or even which body part is missing on a Manx cat? If you do, you might have won AIA UK’s pub quiz last November.

Six teams were battling for points through four tough rounds of questions helped by the odd sip of beer or wine. Bea and Laura belted out the questions cruelly, without the least hint or clue, no wonder everyone was scratching their heads and breathing hard. In the end the Boffins – who else – took first prize – a bottle of champagne. It was a terrific evening, the second annual pub quiz organised together with our sponsor Armstrong UK. As a surprise Armstrong drew lots for a special consolation prize – tickets to a Six-Nations Rugby Game. Make sure you don’t miss the quiz this year.

Written by: Bea Sennewald, AIA

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‘NCARB and You – Licensure and Architectural Practice in the USA’

Fiona Mckay


On 3 Oct 2017, AIA UK hosted a talk entitled ‘NCARB and You – Licensure and Architectural Practice in the USA’ at the Desso Gallery in Clerkenwell with distinguished speakers Michael Armstrong, Gregory Erny and Stephen Nutt from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Topics included the role of NCARB, the 3 major components (Education, Experience and Examination) to achieve licensure, and some of the latest programs introduced by NCARB to make attaining the Education and Experience requirements easier.   Particular emphasis was given on ways non-US education or work experience could be accommodated.

There was also a recap on the most current requirements for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), including how to optimize completion of the ARE in as few exams as possible under the Transition Plan, which is a mix of exam divisions under the expiring ARE 4.0 and the current ARE 5.0 exam system.

Turnout was extremely positive, with many UK and European architects and those interested in pursuing a career in architecture attending.  Several members of the RIBA engaged in an informal, but useful Q&A debate at the end of the session. The AIAUK also reminded the audience and members that the Chapter supports those who are undergoing the US licensure process and that various study materials are available for loan on request.

For more information on the AIA UK Chapter’s initiatives for Emerging Professionals, the ARE and the licensure process, please contact the AIA Chapter Executive, who will put you in touch with Ben Lee and/or Katharine Storr, who head the Emerging Professionals initiative.  Please look on our website for upcoming mentoring events.

Written by: Benjamin Lee, AIA

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2018 Annual General Meeting - Approval of Minutes

Fiona Mckay


The AIA UK Chapter Annual General Meeting is a unique mixture of social evening, continuing education event and business meeting all in one.  Following a tradition starting in the 1990s, this year’s AGM – held on Thursday 18 January 2018 – was hosted by our long-term sponsor, Herman Miller.  Herman Miller’s generous hospitality before and after the business meeting made for a most pleasant evening.

Prior to the meeting, Herman Miller’s representative, Bertie Wan Wyk, gave a talk on “Well Being and Social Ergonomics” as they relate to office environments.  As ever, the Herman Miller talk was both entertaining and instructive.  

The formal part of the AGM dealt with approval of the 2017 Accounts and the election of the 2018 Board of Directors and Officers.  Additionally, the 2017 President, Fatos Peja Int’l Assoc AIA RIBA gave an overview presentation of the past year and the 2018 President, Alex Miller AIA, gave a preview of his plans for 2018.   These presidential presentations as well as a summary of the 2017 Accounts, a review of Chapter membership and the list of Board Directors and Officers can be accessed through the link below to the AGM Minutes.

According to the UK Chapter Bylaws adapted at last year’s AGM, the Minutes of the AGM must be presented to the overall membership for approval.  If there are no relevant additions, comments or modifications within a month from this notification, the Minutes will automatically be approved. Please send any comments to

  • Please Review Meeting Minutes HERE
  • Please See Full Presentation HERE

Written by: Lorraine King, AIA 

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AIA UK Past President Justin Cratty AIA Receives Honour

Fiona Mckay

AIA UK member and past president Justin Cratty, AIA has been recognized for his professional achievements by his alma mater.  Mahesh Daas, dean of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design (Arc/D), and the school's Dean’s Advisory Board announced the name of Arc/D's inaugural Young Architect-Designer Award winner, Justin Cratty.  The Young Architect-Designer Award honors architects and designers who graduated from the University of Kansas less than a decade ago who have already demonstrated leadership and significant contributions to their profession.

Justin (M.Arch., 2008) is a senior associate at Gensler in London and specializes in laboratory design.  Justin has worked on millions of square feet of laboratory space in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East; in addition, his project experience includes data centers; skyscrapers; and retail and hospitality projects.  

  Justin Cratty, right, receives his award from Dean Daas, center

Justin Cratty, right, receives his award from Dean Daas, center

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Carillion Group Liquidation

Fiona Mckay

A number of companies within the Carillion group have today been placed in compulsory liquidation. The Official Receiver has been appointed as liquidator, with support from PwC.

James Hutchinson, from chapter sponsor Beale & Company, provides some background on this matter and sets out guidance in relation to dealing with Carillion.

To read the full article, please click here

To discuss any of the issues covered please contact: 
James Hutchinson
T: +44 (0) 20 7469 0408

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