2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS. This milestone event will be an opportunity to highlight the depth and breadth of the surveying profession, the value that the profession brings to society, and its past, present and future successes.
Pride in the Profession
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has launched the Pride in The Profession: Celebrating 150 years of surveying successes campaign, calling on its professionals around the world to celebrate and to nominate outstanding contributions that the profession has made to society over the past 150 years.
The campaign was launched in September 2017 with highlights including the first female chartered surveyor – Irene Barclay – a true champion of social housing reform in the 20th Century, Derek Muldowney; the saviour of the Daytona 500 and the late Mark Clift, whose leadership of the Cyberport project gave Hong Kong a leading tech economy.
As RICS celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018, it is calling on the wider surveying profession to embrace this look back into its history by nominating surveyors and surveying achievements – both past and present – by visiting www.rics.org/150
, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not just projects of epic scale that are being recognised, but also smaller, carefully thought out initiatives that have had a huge impact on people’s lives. One such example is Akinola Olawore, a leading surveyor in Nigeria who carefully engineered a pioneering public private partnership for the regeneration of a key road on Victoria Island Lagos. This project alone has resulted in a $600 million commercial and $67 million residential development, which have transformed the living and working environment of the local community.
Sean Tompkins, RICS CEO, commented:
“Chartered surveyors have made significant contributions to shaping the built and natural environment and how the world has lived, worked and played over the last 150 years. The profession has helped society advance in a world that has seen huge new technological capability, rapid population growth and social shifts and has helped shape and deliver the cities that reflect the needs of modern society. The contribution of the profession cannot be understated. We want our profession to join us in revealing the impact it has had on society and to recommend surveyors who have made a contribution that can be celebrated throughout our 150th year. We want to capture these stories and incredible moments and also use them to inspire the next generation of professionals who will be eventually be handed the baton to shape the world we live in”
Pledge150 launches with royal seal of approval
On 17 November, RICS launched its Pledge150 campaign in partnership with LandAid at its London office, attended by a very special guest, the Duke of Cambridge – Prince William.
The event marked a momentous occasion for RICS’ 150th anniversary, kickstarting its campaign to help eradicate youth homelessness in the UK by funding 150 bed spaces by December 2018. The event raised over £127,000 – an incredible amount and one step closer towards our £2.25 million target.
“As the global body championing the highest standards for professional surveyors everywhere, RICS has a unique part to play in shaping the future,” said the Duke of Cambridge during his speech
. “I am determined to do what I can to help end the situation where bright, able and ambitious young people are left vulnerable and without a future.”
150th Overall Academic Excellence Award
During their visit to India in early November, Dr. Sean Tompkins - CEO RICS & Mr. John Hughes- President, RICS also announced a unique excellence award for RICS SBE’s students to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
As part of this, a student from RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University will be awarded the RICS 150th Overall Academic Excellence Award along with Rs. 1,50,000 prize.
For more information on the RICS 150 campaign, visit www.rics.org/150.