2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS. To celebrate this milestone, we've launched two initiatives which help celebrate the profession and demonstrate its importance to society, both in the past and into the future.
Are you an imaginative, problem solving professional involved in surveying, urban design, architecture or engineering? Then share your transformative ideas for projects and policies that solve some of the defining issues of our time: rapid urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity.
The winner will receive a £50,000 prize and mentoring with industry experts to bring their idea to life.
Find out more and enter
Our Pride in the Profession initiative showcases the significant and positive impact surveyors have made to society. We've already dug into the archives to find some exceptional examples, which are listed below.
By promoting these incredible people and projects we want to demonstrate how varied and rewarding a surveying career can be.
To make it happen, we need you to nominate the people and projects you admire most.
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25 Jan 2018
Ted Watts, co-founded Hyde Housing Association, which over the past 50 years has owned or managed circa 50,000 homes in London and the South of England. A true entrepreneur, Watts also started his own surveying firm and went on to become President of RICS.
Arènso Bakker, MRICS and founder of Stig∆ was commissioned to expand the Panama Canal. The complex project covered 1,200 hectares of land and extended the canal by 40 kilometres in length.
Jimmy Omotosho led a team of surveyors who conducted the first valuation and identification of the infrastructure assets of the Nigerian state of Lagos.
Zsombor Barta MRICS and Noah Steinberg FRICS are behind the move by Budapest to establish itself as a world leading Smart City by 2030.
24 Nov 2017
John Clutton established himself as a founding father of the institution with surveying achievements including the construction of the South Eastern Railway.
James Nisbet FRICS revolutionised the industry through the expansion of classrooms sizes, allowing schools to have a greater intake of children at no additional cost.
Frank Lund FRICS provided clean water globally to victims of human conflict and natural disasters.
Captain Ed Geary FRICS determined the Fair Market Value of maritime property, opening up the potential for maritime surveyors.
08 Nov 2017
Each year, RICS’ Governing Council elects a President, a President Elect and a Senior Vice President. The term for these positions is usually one year, with the holders taking office in November.
03 Nov 2017
Roberto’s surveying experience has been particularly crucial to the Italian region of Amatrice. The area was badly hit by an earthquake in August 2016, causing the tragic deaths of 297 people. In the wake of the earthquake, the Italian non-profit organisation Claps Furlans (Friulian stones) reached out to Roberto, seeking his expertise to help them with the reconstruction of the area.
After a fire in the squatter village of Shek Kip Mei left 53,000 homeless, Hong Kong’s social housing faced a crisis of overcrowding. In his role in the Hong Kong Public Works department, Michael Wright FRICS created building standards to meet resettlement needs, as well as resolve the sanitary problems common in post-war social housing.
Colonel Sir George Everest was a Welsh surveyor and geographer and Surveyor General of India between 1830 and 1843. Everest was largely responsible for leading the completion of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India, which ensured the accurate mapping of the subcontinent.
Craig Macdonald MRICS, is a building surveyor from Scotland who recently conducted a thorough set of condition surveys of dilapidated hospitals in remote areas of Papua New Guinea.
20 Sep 2017
The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious NASCAR race, and ranks with the Indianapolis 500 in US auto racing folklore. The race celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2018 in a newly refurbished venue, thanks in large part to the efforts of Derek Muldowney MRICS.
For over two decades, Concorde was the final word in supersonic travel on its regular route from London to New York. Passengers who could afford the tickets could cross the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound. But its final journey was rather different, more complicated and a lot slower; Concorde travelled from Heathrow to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune (near Edinburgh), not by air but via land, river and sea.
The potential of major infrastructure investments in driving wider economic regeneration and growth is widely recognised. However, smaller scale investments in infrastructure regeneration can pay significant dividends too.
Hong Kong is seen by many as a modern, bustling city that is proud to be one of the world’s leading centres of finance. However, like other cities across the globe, Hong Kong is seeking to actively develop its tech sector and ensure a dynamic and diverse approach to commerce.
Irene Barclay, the first woman to qualify as a chartered surveyor and a social housing pioneer, is widely recognised as one of the leading social reformers of the 20th century.
23 Jan 2017
The year was 1868 and 53 gentlemen from the property profession met at the Westminster Palace Hotel in London. The main agenda item was a proposal to set up a formal association to be referred to as the ‘Institution of Surveyors’.
11 Jan 2017
Following on from previous articles on RICS Presidents from 100 years ago, our president from 1916–1917 proved to be a very different personality from his predecessor, Mr Hanson. Indeed, not only was he the first president to hail from Ireland, but he also seems to have been very active in the politics of that country at the time.
Cathy Linacre, 13 Nov 2016
Leopold Reginald Hargreaves, known as "Rex", was one of 66 chartered surveyors killed during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago in 1916. What makes this story stand out from other similar stories I've researched? Rex was the son of Alice Liddell, who the character of Alice in the literary classic 'Alice in Wonderland' was based.
Cathy Linacre, 04 Oct 2016
I came across a wonderful article from 1980 in the old RICS journal 'Chartered Surveyor'. In it, Partner at John P Dickins and Sons Peter Leigh imagines what "buying a house in the year 2005" might be like. What did he get right? What are we doing now and what was wide of the mark? Is there anything he imagined that you’d still like to happen — hovercar anyone?
09 Aug 2016
While some surveying jobs are more mundane, others are truly memorable. Explore these stories of surveying secret rooms, oil tankers and 12th century castles.
Cathy Linacre, 05 Aug 2016
A recent online search on the term “Chartered Surveyor” brought to light this film held by the BFI (British Film Institute) and made for RICS in 1964. I have known of its existence for a long time as its technical director, Alan Gillett, has often told me about it. Incidentally Alan is in the video as the man up a ladder checking a balcony about 7 minutes in - take a look.
Cathy Linacre, 28 Jun 2016
As the commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme approach it is easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers quoted. The British army suffered 57,470 casualties on the first day (1 July) alone while 19,240 of this number were killed or died of wounds. I have taken a look at what this battle meant for the members of the Surveyors’ Institution, as the RICS was then known.
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