Alan Jones elected next RIBA President, 2019-2021
Alan Jones – architect, Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s and former Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Vice President for Education (2015-2018) has been elected to become the next RIBA President. The role of RIBA President is the highest elected position in UK architecture with the president responsible for the conduct and development of the institutes 43,000 global members.
Speaking about his election Mr Jones said:
‘I am very pleased to be the first president from Northern Ireland in the 180-year history of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The RIBA is an International Institute and this result is demonstration of Queen’s University’s close alignment with industry and business and the respect we have on the world stage. The RIBA is considered the “global gold standard” for architects and architecture and for me to be elected their president raises Queen’s University and Northern Ireland in the realm of architects and the built environment industry. I appreciate all the support and guidance that has helped create this result – a result that I am aiming will benefit Queen’s and our region as a whole.’
In response to this news, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Ian Greer commented:
‘This is a tremendous honour for Alan, Queen’s University Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is a strong endorsement of the important role he plays within the industry. I am proud to see Alan’s expertise recognised and wish him the very best in his exciting new role as RIBA President.’
Alan is now officially the RIBA President Elect until he begins his two year term in September 2019.