Architects select new leading representative for the profession


Members of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) have elected Paul McAlister as their new president.

The Portadown-based architect who is the founder of sustainable-design focussed practice PMC Architects, will serve a two-year term as the president of the RSUA, which strives to enhance Northern Ireland’s built environment through the promotion of architecture.

Mr McAlister accepted the position at the society’s annual general meeting on Friday 27 May at Áras Uí Chonghaile, the James Connolly Visitor Centre in West Belfast designed by McGurk Architects. Prior to the meeting, attendees enjoyed a tour of the building, which recently won the Liam McCormick Prize for Building of the Year at the RSUA Design Awards 2022.

Also at the AGM, RSUA Director Ciarán Fox provided an update on the RSUA 21/22 yearbook which will be published in June. Ciarán also discussed the Storylines Design Competition, the winners of which will be announced in June and there will be an event organised to showcase all competition submissions.

Members were also notified that David Coyles, Joan McCoy, Mark Reid and Colin Shaw have been re-elected to the RSUA Council and Richard Dougherty will join for the first time. Council members serve for a three year term.