New RIBA Chairs across the South West

Pictured: Chris Ryder, Associate, GSS Architecture and chair-elect of RIBA Gloucestershire
Chris Ryder RIBA Gloucestershire

September marks a period of significant change as new faces to represent the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) across the region.

RIBA Wessex (Bath, Bristol, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire) has elected Chris Ryder, Associate in the Gloucester office of GSS Architecture as chair-elect of RIBA Gloucestershire, and he takes over as branch chair this month.

Chris started his term as Chair Elect on 1st September with the position being held until August 2021, leading to Chris taking over as RIBA Gloucestershire Chair from September 2021 to August 2023.

Chris commented: “It is a privilege to represent RIBA Gloucestershire and I am excited at what the next two years will bring. In these unprecedented times, I intend on promoting Gloucestershire as a county that is open for business, and to work with partners to bring investment and opportunity. Hard times are likely to be looming; now is the time to pull together as a collective, to protect the future of the profession within Gloucestershire.”

Graham Devine of LHC Design has been re-elected to serve a second term representing RIBA South West, and we welcome Yuli Cadney-Toh of BDP as the new representative of RIBA Wessex on RIBA Council from September.

Kirsty Pesticcio completes two years leading the RIBA Bristol & Bath branch and hands over to Sophie Jarzebowski of AHR Architects.

Tom Bell of Kenko Architects continues his term as regional chair of RIBA Wessex. The role of chair-elect of RIBA Wessex leading to becoming regional chair on 1 September 2021 is currently open for nominations.

RIBA South West regional director Jon Watkins said: “This is a time of change across our two regions and branches in the South West of England. The people who have given the RIBA so much in their time representing the RIBA are commended. “They have given passion, commitment, ideas, drive, enthusiasm. They give all of this on a voluntary basis through their evenings, their lunchtimes, and even their weekends. The RIBA can only thrive and move forward with people like this giving so much. So thank you from all of us.

“We welcome all our new chairs and representatives and look forward to working with you as we continue to position the RIBA as a place for innovation, support and influence”.