THE LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS.
The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects
was held at
De montfort University on 8th May 2013 during which Malcolm A.Goodall of The Drawing
Room (Architects) Ltd, was elected President, his address is as follows;
Good Evening. I would like to start by thanking Tom Hart and his committee for all
their work on behalf of the LRSA over the past few years. I would also like to thank
the DeMontfort University-School of Architecture for their Hospitality in allowing
the LRSA to hold its AGM here tonight.
Having been born and bred in Leicester and worked most of my life in the City, it
is a great Honour for me to accept the position of President of LRSA. However, it
is a shame a younger candidate is not forth coming. I considered that with Tom the
batten had been past to a younger generation in their 20 / 30’s and it feels like
a retrograde step for somebody in their 50 / 60’s to be taking over again. However,
I will do my very best to encourage younger members and students to participate in
the work of the Society.
The RIBA was established in 1834 and not long afterwards in 1872 the Leicester and
Leicestershire Society of Architects was founded. (Over 140 years ago.) By my calculations
I will be the 71st president of the Society and I am humbled at succeeding in such
a long and illustrious line of Past Presidents (Some of which are here tonight.)
In my opinion the continuity of LRSA is very important given its serious and well
At its inception in 1872 the Society had clear objectives:-
It formulated a Scale of Fees.
It established Tendering Procedures.
It devised Arbitration Procedures.
It organised Excursions to Interesting Buildings.
It published comprehensive ‘critics’ of Buildings, and even Held Student Competitions
throughout the year.
The Leicester College of Art wasn’t established until 1897 and an Architecture course
was not Ratified and Accredited until 1927, therefore The LRSA forbears’ devised
their own ways of ensuring Academic
Achievement and Professional Integrity. They also knew and understood the importance
of Continuation of Study (CPD) having Codes of Professional Conduct, establishing
Personal acquaintances, attending Lectures and holding Discussions about Architecture.
Today’s LRSA must seek to continue that important legacy.
Both RIBA and LRSA have always been comprised of professional people with the expressed
aim of seeking to promote ‘Architecture’ However, most of us are likely to have become
members of these Professional Bodies in order to seek ‘Succour’ via mutual Acquaintance
and Assistance. Like our
LRSA forebears of over 140 years ago, we need to secure our own positions and raise
the profile of ‘Architects’ before we can confidently promote ‘Architecture.’
So far, I have been Looking ‘Backwards’ at the LRSA’s past, but it is time for the
LRSA to move ‘forwards.’ I hope you will offer support in that Task. I originally
got involved in RIBA matters through being a member of the LRSA’s Sole Practitioners
Group, which, when I first started, in Business, on my own, offered me guidance and
support, plus it helped me realise that being professionals together enables us all
I would like to pay special tribute tonight to David Gibson for all the work he and
his Practise and Education committee have undertaken over the years. He has fostered
important ‘Alliances’ between LRSA and the School of Architecture. Long may the Links
he has forged between Practise and Education thrive.
As some of you might be aware I am proud of being a former student of Leicester Polytechnic,
(Leicester De-Montfort University). In fact I was the same year as past president
Kanti Chapi. I recall at Kanti’s President Acceptance Address he wished to become
the ‘Superglue’ which would hold the LRSA together as a Cohesive society. My analogy
is ‘building related’ in that I wish to become the ‘Mortar’ that holds all the individual
Please help me to ‘Rebuild the Society.’ Please help the LRSA to survive for another