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.
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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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Annette Howard, 18 Dec 2015
A treasured document in our Library archive is a Christmas card sent from a German prisoner of war camp by RICS member Major John R Hodgson to the President of the Chartered Surveyors' Institution on 26 November 1943.
Cathy Linacre, 10 Nov 2015
The First World War does not appear in the transactions of the Surveyors' Institution (as RICS was then called) until November 1914, as the previous meeting had been in May - before the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of hostilities.
Percy Haggis was the first member of the Surveyors' Institution to be killed in World War One. He died on 10 October 1914 at Moerbeke. The transactions note that he was a prisoner of war who was shot while trying to escape. He was 24 years old.
Cathy Linacre, 18 Sep 2015
Many chartered surveyors won gallantry medals during the First World War but unfortunately these were only listed in our transactions in the early days of the war. However a list in the 1915 volume lists one medal from almost exactly 100 years ago.
20 Aug 2015
Ken Wilkinson, was one of the UK’s last surviving former Spitfire pilots from the Battle of Britain.During the war he flew with 616 and the 19 Squadron and said his role was to 'keep the German fighters away from Britain’s Hurricane planes.'
Annette Howard, 29 Jul 2015
On 29 July 1999, as part of double centenary celebrations marking the opening of our HQ building in 1899 and the founding of our benevolent fund LionHeart, our Royal Patron, Queen Elizabeth II, visited RICS at Great George Street.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, RICS' Royal Patron, visited RICS HQ at Great George Street on 29 July 1999. This special visit was to mark the double centenary of the opening of the building and the creation of RICS' benevolent organisation, Lionheart. Read her speech in full.
Cathy Linacre, 02 Jun 2015
There has been a lot in the news recently about the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War which ran from 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. 12 members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (then called the Surveyors’ Institution) died in the campaign, which aimed to secure a sea route for Britain’s Russian allies and to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul).
Annette Howard, 29 Apr 2015
As London burst in life with the news of the ending of hostilities in Europe on 8 May 1945, celebrations went on long into the night after six years of war.
Sarah Speirs , 20 Apr 2015
Thomas L Inglis, MBE, FRICS, FNIQS, (retired) was lately assistant head, Department of Building and Surveying, Glasgow Caledonian University. Here he details the bicentenary of the Scottish Mode of Measurement.
Louise Brooke-Smith FRICS, 16 Apr 2015
Today I was delighted to welcome Donald Barton FRICS, who has been a member of RICS since 1941, to RICS headquarters in celebration of his 90th birthday
Annette Howard, 07 Apr 2015
Did you know that RICS has been holding new members receptions for 60 years?
Cathy Linacre, 31 Mar 2015
An intriguing sentence caught my eye when scanning old copies of the journal during my research on RICS, or the Surveyors’ Institution as we were then, in World War One: "The Hon. Alexander A Fraser, the Master of Saltoun, Gordon Highlanders, was among those selected by the German Government for solitary confinement in reprisal for the imprisonment of the German submarine crews in this country."
Cathy Linacre, 02 Mar 2015
This lovely picture of an early theodolite, a precision instrument used by surveyors for measuring angles in the horizontal and vertical planes, comes from Speculum Topographicum: or The Topographicall Dlasse (1611) by Arthur Hopton.
Annette Howard, 08 Jan 2015
A look at the progress of women in the surveying profession from the 1920s through to the present day.
07 Jan 2015
Howard Chatfeild Clarke FRICS FRIBA, our President in 1914-15, was born in 1860 into a family of surveyors and architects.
Gillian Charlesworth, 17 Dec 2014
Who’d have thought that a signed rugby ball last played in 1989 could be so cherished by four RICS members? In reuniting it with its handlers, we've raised much-needed funding for the work of CRASH, the construction charity.
Alexander Aronsohn FRICS, 22 Aug 2014
Today, our London headquarters received an unusual visitor - the TARDIS landed unexpectedly in Parliament Square.
31 Mar 2014
Did you know that the ornamental Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park was created by a chartered surveyor?
20 Mar 2014
John Clutton, born in 1809, would become become one of the most eminent surveyors of his generation. One of the 20 founding fathers of the Surveying Institution (which later became RICS), in 1868 he served as its first President.
Cathy Linacre, 01 Jul 2013
The great British evolutionary figurehead and land surveyor Alfred Russel Wallace was honoured with posthumous RICS membership at the opening dinner of our Governing Council in London.
Cathy Linacre, 18 Feb 2013
Clearing out a cupboard during an office move the other week I found two startling photos of Parliament Square with a 1960s-designed concrete office building where our current Waterhouse Headquarters stands.
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