Meeting the RICS

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:32:00 GMT

On the 24th of November 2016, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh had discussion with the RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) on the topic of “Mainstreaming disaster resilience within the construction process”

They met with Alan Muse (RICS Global Director of Built Environment) and David Tuffin (Former RICS President and the RICS DM Champion)

CADRE (Collaborative Action towards Disaster Resilience Education) project details were discussed highlighting the need to mainstream disaster resilience concept within the overall construction process together with its initiative on market demands and skills needs in the construction industry to increase societal resilience to disasters.

RICS reflected on their Disaster Management initiatives, following on from the setting up of the RICS Disaster Management Commission in 2005.

Dilanthi and Richard also discussed about potential input from RICS towards the UN initiative on Construction policy and practice as part of “Words into Action: Sendai Framework’s implementation guides”, which they lead.

RICS is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide.

RICS traces its history right back to 1792 when the Surveyors Club was formed.

RICS is incorporated by Royal Charter, which sets out our objectives.

In 2015, there were RICS-qualified professionals in more than 140 countries. The total number of those accredited worldwide was 120,000, plus student membership of 81,000. The majority of accredited individuals or members are still based in the United Kingdom with large numbers also in mainland Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. There is now a strong growth globally, and particularly in China, India and the Americas.

RICS regulates and promotes the profession; maintain the highest educational and professional standards; protect clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics; and provide impartial advice and guidance.

With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, its market presence means it is well placed to influence policy and embed standards at a national level.  It seeks to influence governments, international organisations and key stakeholder organisations around the world with the aim of developing and embedding international standards and creating a vibrant and sustainable land, property and construction sector.

It uses member expertise to demonstrate how its professionalism, technical knowledge and standards, can practically deliver to the public advantage.

As a professional body governed by a Royal Charter, all those within its undertaking influencing activity, from press to parliamentary affairs, from public relations to policy development, act in the public interest.

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