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Message from EAA President Julie Wilson

COARUM: (Scots) A group, gathering

Following on from our “have your say” workshop on the RIAS draft 5 year strategy the Edinburgh Architecture Association is pleased to launch COARUM, a series of monthly practice lead workshops focused on the key themes which emerged from our November event. This series will be practice based, discussion forums, to further expand and explore the issues which affect our profession and RIAS members today. You can read a copy of the November workshop report here: EAA November Workshop Final.

We are delighted that Reiach & Hall Architects have offered to host the first workshop, in March on the fundamental issue of Public Procurement. In April 7N Architects will be hosting an event on Representation - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Profession, and in May, Helen Lucas Architects will hold a forum focused on RIAS Communication, with members, and the broader community. More information will follow on these events, including arrangements to reserve a place to attend.

Over the Summer months, there will be workshops focused on RIAS Membership Services, Sustainability, RIAS Structure & Governance and Education, with the series culminating in a consolidation event in Autumn. The key findings from all the workshops will be recorded by the EAA and communicated to the RIAS, to help form a strong member lead strategy for the Incorporation moving forward.

If you are interested in hosting or attending our workshops, please get in touch with us at – strategy@eaa.org.uk. The local practices and the EAA warmly look forward to welcoming you along “to have your say”.

“The RIAS Interim Governance Committee fully supports the Coarum member-lead workshop series being organised by the EAA, and look forward to receiving and reading the recorded outcome from each event, to establish key member concerns and ensure their inclusion into the future direction and strategy of the Incorporation.” Karen Anderson on behalf of the Interim Governance Committee

"As RIAS President I fully endorse the EAA's member lead workshop series Coarum, the output from which, along with that gathered from the other chapters, will be used to create a meaningful and robust strategy for the next five years"

Stewart Henderson PRIAS

Please check out our Eventbrite page for the events that are currently running https://edinburgh-architectural-association.eventbrite.co.uk/