Robin Hardy to appear as a plenary speaker at RIAS 2012

30 04 2012


AT RIAS International Convention Aberdeen 10-12 May 2012

 Re-engaging with the Past

We have a fantastic group of speakers lined up for the RIAS 2012 Convention, our major annual event, this year to be held in Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema.

The first half day of the Convention, the Thursday afternoon, will embrace a sports theme with Gerry Grams of Glasgow City Council talking about the Commonwealth Games masterplans and infrastructure andKerr Robertson, also of Glasgow City Council, reporting on the sports facilities for Glasgow 2014.

James Grimley of Reiach & Hall Architects will review their RIBA Award winning Aberdeen Regional Sports Centre.

David Mackay Hon FRIAS, of Barcelona based MBM Arquitectes, will look back on the Barcelona Olympics while Kevin Owens of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd, will look ahead to the 2012 Olympics. Mike Taylor of Hopkins Architects will talk about the Olympic Velodrome.

The Friday plenary session will feature both exceptional Scottish and International speakers:
Evgeny Gerasimov, Evgeny Gerasimov & Partners, St Petersburg and Berlin
Neil Gillespie OBE FRIAS, Reiach & Hall Architects, Edinburgh
Robin Hardy, screenwriter and director
Gareth Hoskins FRIAS, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Glasgow
Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tokyo
John McAslan CBE RIAS, John McAslan & Partners, London
Philip Long, V&A Dundee
David Page FRIAS, PagePark Architects, Glasgow
Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects, London
Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, New York
Murray Restrup FRIAS, President ASA, Aberdeen
Morten Schmidt, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Aarhus
Sergei Tchoban, SPEECH Tchoban/Kuznetsov, Moscow

Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema is an eminently suitable venue for Convention 2012. The recently restored and re-opened historic picture-house will play host to our traditional Thursday afternoon and Friday plenary sessions, while Richard Murphy’s Park Inn, a more recent addition to the Aberdeen scene, will serve as both the Convention hotel and the venue for the speaker’s dinner on the Friday evening.