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RSUA Welcomes 57th President

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The Royal Society of Ulster Architects has welcomed John Lavery was welcomed as its 57th president at the Annual General Meeting.

The AGM took place at Northern Ireland's building of the year, the Ulster University Belfast Campus. The 25 RSUA members in attendance had the opportunity to tour the Liam McCormick Prize-winning project. They were guided around the campus by Naoi Sheehan and Paul Warwick from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, who collaborated on the project with McAdam Design, Scott Tallon Walker and White Ink Architects.

Following the tour, current RSUA president Paul McAlister handed over the reins to President-elect John Lavery, who will take over the presidency until 2026.

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Council election outcome

The AGM also covered the outcome of council elections. RSUA extends thanks to the following chartered members who stood down from RSUA Council in 2024:

• Trevor Leaker

• Cathal Fearon

The following members also stood down:

• Alana Durrent (one year co-opted member)

• Stephen Salley (one year co-opted member)

• Caitlin O'Kane (UU student rep)

• Rachel Murphy (QUB Student rep)

There were eight seats available on RSUA Council in 2024 for chartered members. Eight nominations were received, therefore there was no election. The following six chartered members were re-elected:

• Karen Crilly

• James Grieve

• Martin Hare

• Alan Jones

• Donal MacRandal

• Catherine Mallon

Two chartered members were elected to RSUA Council for the first time:

• Jenny Harper

• Alex Knowles

Other positions on RSUA Council were confirmed as:

• Associate Member Representative: Daithí MacLáimhin

• University Representatives: Rory Caithness will remain as the Ulster University Representative for one year and Alan Jones will continue to be the Queen’s University Representative for one year.

• Student Representatives: The QUB & UU Student Representatives will be confirmed in due course.

• RIAI Observer: Anna Meehan will be the new RIAI Observer for one year.

Further co-options will be discussed at the first Council meeting in June 2024.

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