Edinburgh-based architect named RIAS president

AN Edinburgh-based architect has been elected – at the age of 33 – the youngest-ever president of the architects body, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Christina Gaiger FRIAS is also the second woman president of the RIAS (Dr Joyce Deans CBE was elected president from 1991 to 1993), and succeeds Robin Webster OBE, tomorrow at the organisation’s annual general meeting.

She works at Helen Lucas Architects. Her candidacy statement (here) included a determination to “promote the reuse and recycling of buildings to be as normal as recycling cardboard”, and to “lobby to bring the VAT for retrofit refurbishment in line with new-builds to create an incentive for change across our existing building stock”.

Her term will last two years. The RIAS was founded in 1916 and boasts over 5,100 members. 

Says a media release announcing her election, after spells working in Paris and New York, Christina began working at Helen Lucas Architects at the end of 2014, “being particularly interested in the practice’s work in architectural conservation”.

Image courtesy of the RIAS, © Angus Bremner

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