New RSUA president pledges: “architects ready to support green recovery”

Donal MacRandal

THE Royal Society of Ulster Architects has elected Donal MacRandal for a two-year term as its president, where he succeeds Joan McCoy.

Principal architect at the Department of Finance, he spent the first half of his career in private practice in Belfast and Downpatrick.

Since joining the Civil Service in 2004 he has been head of housing advisory and construction procurement policy branches.

He said “Architects will play a key role as we meet the twin challenges of climate change and Covid-19 - both of which require us to think afresh about our built environment and develop more sustainable buildings.

“I want to thank my predecessor for her knowledge, skill and dedication. Her leadership has strengthened the Society and we are ready to step up our engagement on behalf of everyone who shares our interest in the built environment.”

RSUA organises a series of annual events and initiatives to promote architecture that enhances life in Northern Ireland.

Currently this includes the Building Inspiration Lecture, the RSUA Design Awards and the “ask an architect” charitable initiative.

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