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RIAS honours champions of the built environment

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July 29 2008

RIAS honours champions of the built environment
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland have recognised Robin Harper MSP and Dame Barbara Kelly CBE as Honorary Fellows, the highest honour that the Incorporation bestows upon those outwith the architectural profession.

Arnie Dunn, President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, will present the Fellowships during the RIAS Fellows Summer Reception, which will take place at the Reiach and Hall designed Futures Room at St George’s School for Girls on Monday 28th July at 7pm. Neil Baxter, Secretary and Treasurer of the RIAS, will deliver the Fellowship citations.

Robin Harper MSP said: “I’m absolutely delighted and somewhat overcome to be given the honour of this Fellowship. I have taken the view from almost my first day in Parliament that architecture and design should have the highest of profiles and I’ve done my modest best to work to this end.

Arnie Dunn PRIAS commented: “In his speech upon his first election Robin Harper promised to be a critical voice on the environment in the Parliament and he has lobbied tirelessy on this cause ever since. Robin was the parliamentary champion in the formation of the Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.”
 
Dame Barbara Kelly remarked: “I hold the RIAS in high regard and am very honoured to be given this Fellowship.  I have had a lifelong interest in architecture and believe the Incorporation plays a vital role as the guardian of the profession, maintaining professional standards and ensuring that Scotland can be proud of its architectural inheritance, ancient and modern.”

Arnie Dunn PRIAS pointed out: “There can be few Scots who have had a comparable influence on Scottish life to that of Dame Barbara Kelly. Her involvement in business, in culture and, crucially, in the built environment has demonstrated a passion for Scotland and a profound interest in ensuring that we achieve the highest quality in all aspects of our communities.
 

RIAS honours champions of the built environment

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