White Ink Architects’ Director Joan McCoy has been appointed as President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), the professional body for chartered architects in Northern Ireland.
The RSUA is the key voice for architecture in Northern Ireland – it is an organisation that is growing in strength, reputation and reach, and in her new role Joan will endeavour to articulate the value of architecture and of what architects do.
“Architects, and how we design the built environment, have a far reaching impact on how people live their lives not only today but in the future. Northern Ireland needs and deserves great places and beautiful buildings. Architects have huge capacity to impact how people live, work and play – the RSUA is the best voice to communicate this benefit to society,” commented Joan.
Joan also aims to encourage younger architects to involve themselves more in the RSUA, whilst also promoting and supporting diversity to inspire and boost the number of women in the industry.
Claude Maguire, Director of White Ink said “The White Ink team is delighted that Joan is the new RSUA President. Joan is a truly dedicated professional and has contributed enormously to not only our practice – but also the architectural community, education and the construction industry. With her unparalleled energy, enthusiasm, passion and dedication, Joan is an excellent ambassador for the industry and role model for the next generation of architects. I’ve no doubt that as RSUA President Joan will make a huge positive impact on our professional body.”
The RSUA acts for the RIBA in Northern Ireland and as such Joan will represent Northern Ireland on the RIBA Council. Joan’s appointment is for two years.