Welcome to the first stage of what I hope will be a successful career in architecture.
You are no doubt aware of the exciting potential that lies ahead in this profession of ours. Scotland, in particular, has produced many famous architects; indeed, many recognise architecture as the art of Scotland.
The RIAS has four classes of membership; that of Affiliate - for non architects; Student - for those studying architecture up to registration; Member - for those who have qualified and registered as Architects; and Fellow for those who have attained a position of seniority in the profession.
I would like to draw your attention to the importance of joining the profession at this stage of your career, and therefore take this opportunity to invite you to apply for election as a Student of the Royal Incorporation.
There is no cost to join, and you can remain a student member for the duration of your course, until you have qualified and become eligible to register with ARB (up to a maximum of 10 years). The benefits are set out on the attached sheet. Additional benefits are available for a separate charge.
The main benefit is forging a link with the profession; access to the RIAS website and the opportunity to enter your work for RIAS Student Awards. The premier 5th year prize comes with the Rowand Anderson Silver Medal, and a cheque for £1200, courtesy of the Scottish Executive Architecture Policy Unit.
You are eligible to join the RIBA as a student member - with different benefits, under a separate membership scheme, and we would encourage you to take this up too. Details are available from the RIBA Membership department.
May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on being accepted for a course in Architecture and wish you well for the future.
Willie Watt PRIAS