The RIAS recruits Tamsie Thomson to expand its outreach & influence
April 22 2021
Tamsie Thomson, currently managing director of New London Architecture and previously director of the London Festival of Architecture, has been appointed as an architecture ambassador by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
Thomson will join the architect's body in the newly formed chief executive role this July, taking a lead role in shaping the profession's response to the climate emergency, shaping a post-pandemic future and expanding its sphere of influence.
Thomson said: "I am a passionate advocate of architecture’s capacity to improve people’s lives, and believe that the RIAS has a huge role to play through its work with members, clients, decision-makers and the public. We have a shared purpose to inspire and influence, and to demonstrate the critical role of architects and architecture to Scotland’s cultural, social and economic life.”
RIAS president Christina Gaiger added: "I am excited to work with Tamsie on our mission to collaborate, upskill and harness new technology as architects play their part in addressing the challenges facing society – not least the climate emergency."
Since being appointed as director of the London Festival of Architecture in 2016 Thomson has overseen its growth to become the world's largest architecture festival, bringing architects and architecture to new audiences. At New London Architecture meanwhile, Thomson is credited with steering the member's network as an indispensable voice in reshaping the city by uniting architects, the public, politicians ad business leaders.
An honorary fellow of the RIBA Thomson also has experience working for Shelter and the Civic Trust and has taught architecture at the University of Brighton.