Institution signs up to UK Built Environment Advisory Group
The Institution has joined The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to form the UK’s first advisory group on built environment issues within a global humanitarian context.
Institution President, Alan Crossman, officially signed the founding document on behalf of the Institution during the Council meeting in July.
The UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) brings together the collective expertise of the three founding institutes and their professional members to support a range of humanitarian and development partners, including UK and international governments, in preparing for and responding to humanitarian crises - from floods, droughts and earthquakes to conflict situations.
Together the founding member institutes have over 100,000 members working in more than 150 countries throughout the world. Their skills in sustainable development, planning, infrastructure, architecture, structural engineering and project management will provide critical expertise as well as technical capacity, remotely or in the field.
The UKBEAG will also offer support to the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), together with associated humanitarian agencies.
Martin Powell, Chief Executive of the Institution, said:
“I am delighted that the Institution is a co-founder of the UK Built Environment Advisory Group. Our members are based in over 100 countries around the world and have essential skills and expertise that can have a big impact, helping to save lives or rehabilitate people in response to crises.
“I am sure that the UKBEAG will help address the real requirement for better links between people with expertise and people in need.”