It has been a hectic run up to Christmas and yesterday went to the RIBA staff party which was great fun (see winning ‘steam train’ dessert on Twitter link). In the past six weeks I have visited Nottingham East Midlands and spoken at the Maggie Centre with Piers Gough.
Hosted student Presidents Medals evening was a real treat with some fantastic projects which will be on show at RIBA until end of Jan.
I spoke at the Bartlett and presented the Donaldson medal to student Charlotte Reynolds, and also spoke to students in Manchester school of architecture.
Went to Bristol’s new revamped architecture centre and spoke on diversity at Disabled architects seminar and next day spoke at CIC Constructive women’s conference and spoke at the Hertforshire annual dinner.
Introduced Tuesday evening talks of Thomas Heatherwick, and Eric Owen Moss Jencks award evening.
Went to Prince Philips Design Council award, the launch of new Central St Martins at KX I have met with English Heritage, British Property Federation, Seb Coe, Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield and others. I am part of a new ‘Women’s Green Deal’ panel at DECC planning ways to engage the public to deliver energy saving buildings.
Hosted and spoke at the ‘Build off Site’ conference at the RIBA, been interviewed by Gleeds TV, Radio 4 Women’s Hour, and was featured in Guardian and Irish Times newspapers. Plus all the in house meetings.
Council and Board and committee meetings…and managed a class reunion in Dublin last weekend.
I have taken part in ‘Article 25′ art charity auction where my piece of glass sat among some of top artists and architects art raising money for a great cause. I continue to support our students and remember you can buy a limited edition student print from www.zaparchitecture.com.
Looking forward to 2012 as there are lots of new challenges and opportunities for RIBA members as well as tough times where we have to fight hard for business and education and our role in society.
I will continue with my teams of experts pursuing better procurement for architects and seeking international opportunities for our members.
Now looking forward to a break!
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
Angela Brady PRIBA