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2019 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 17 January 2019 – was hosted by our long-term sponsor, Herman Miller.  Herman Miller’s generous hospitality before and after the business meeting made for a most enjoyable evening.

Prior to the meeting, Herman Miller’s representative, Bertie van Wyk, gave a presentation on “Cognitive Wellness”.   He started his talk with the startling projection that the largest health risk to be faced in 2030 will be ‘depression’.  He then continued with an analysis of how we might avoid depression and stress through understanding how environmental information is processed.  As architects, we should aim to achieve a better fit between our brain and our surroundings, allowing the environment to tell us what to do so that we can make better decisions quicker.  As ever, the Herman Miller talk was both entertaining and instructive – and earned attendees 1.0 Continuing Education credits.

The formal part of the AGM dealt with approval of the 2019 Accounts and the election of the 2019 Board of Directors and Officers.  Additionally, the 2018 President, Alex Miller AIA, gave an overview presentation of the past year and the 2019 President, Amrita Raja AIA, gave a preview of plans for 2019.   These presidential presentations can be viewed in full HERE.  A summary of the 2018 Accounts, a review of Chapter membership and the list of Board Directors and Officers can be accessed through AGM Minutes via the link below.

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.

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