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RICS 150

- the first 6 months January 2018 – June 2018

RICS 150 RICS celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. Founded in London on 15 June 1868, RICS is today a leading global professional body with over 125,000 accredited professionals served by a network of offices around the world. Our 150th year is an important milestone. It is of course a time to celebrate RICS’ historic past and the highly skilled practitioners who make up the surveying profession. It is also a unique opportunity to look to the future. That’s why in 2018, RICS will not only celebrate past achievements but will work to promote pride in the profession, inclusion and diversity, as well as to inspire the next generation. A wide-ranging programme of activities has been running throughout the year. These are celebrating the depth and breadth of the surveying profession, highlighting its value to society and recognising its significant contribution to the global economy.

120 nominations received Elaine Jones

(transforming Dubai’s skyline)

David Duffy

(the Lost Shtetl, Poland)

Michael Moir (Hong Kong Jockey Club)

Jimmy Omotosho

(Transforming Lagos)

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Pride in the Profession launched

Irene Barclay

(first female chartered surveyor)

40 full profiles published Arsenio Bakker (Panama Canal expansion)

John Clutton

(founder of RICS)

Captain Ed Geary (US Maritime Valuation)

See our examples here

As part of our 150th anniversary, we are celebrating the achievements of the surveying profession. Through our Pride in the Profession campaign, we have asked our professionals across the globe to submit their nominations. This crowdsourcing campaign highlights the role that the profession has played in shaping the built and natural environment over the last 150 years.

George Everest

(trigonometry survey of India)

Cities for our future challenge

1,100 entries

Cities for our Future is a global initiative/competition run by RICS. The initiative is designed to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the world’s rapidly expanding cities. A set of challenges shared by the world’s cities was set by RICS in partnership with adopters of our standards and the competition was open to all, with a focus on generating entries from the next generation, the profession and innovative thinkers such as Proptech entrepreneurs. The campaign is being supported by UNESCO and The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

The audience split



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The campaign has generated

9.93 million social media interactions

Launch video has been viewed 890,000 times 76% of those engaging in the campaign are under 35

PR audience reach of

4.6 million

46 members of the profession involved in the regional judging process

Exhibition: Shaping the World, Building the Future Opened on 11 January 2018, the exhibition is designed to tell a fascinating and inspiring story that celebrates the profession and its achievements. We are using the exhibition to increase understanding of what the profession does, amongst key stakeholders, by promoting the value and contribution of the profession, leading to the endorsement and adoption of RICS’ credentials and standards.

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6,000 piece Lego model of RICS HQ

150 mobile exhibitions A mobile version of the main London exhibition is currently appearing at RICS Conferences and events around the world. The mobile exhibition has visited our World Built Environment Forum Summit, with an audience of 1,000 delegates and RICS China Awards in Shanghai. Next stops: India, New York, New Zealand, China and Dubai.

WBEF 2018, London, United Kingdom.

RICS@150 Film To celebrate our 150th year, we commissioned ITN to produce a film which celebrates our 150th year. This film charts the history of the profession and is set in a world of changing demographics, urbanisation, and the challenges of sustainability and geo-politics. At its core, the film re-enforces the trust in highly trained RICS professional specialists, in times of complex change and uncertainty. The film focuses on individuals - their professionalism, skills, creativity, agility and values.

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Giving something back As a Royal Institution with the public good at our core, we have been working to give something back this year. Highlights include:



Launched the Pledge 150 campaign, in partnership with Landaid, in November 2017. The launch event was attended by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. The UK+I WRB has committed to delivering 150 bed spaces to support young people at risk of homelessness by December 2018. To date, we have funded 22 bed spaces through various fundraising initiatives.

RICS in the Americas have been using their volunteer days to support poverty and malnutrition in four major cities in the Americas (Toronto; New York; Washington DC and Sao Paulo). The support the team will supply is equal to 136 volunteer hours, and over 4,000 meals prepared and served.

Europe At their recent gala dinner, RICS in the Netherlands raised a staggering 20,000 euros to support The SZN Foundation, a charity focused on eradicating youth homelessness across the country, which we’re supporting during our 150th anniversary year. RICS in Germany raised 700₏ during their RICS Focus event.

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Giving something back China Working with the influential charity, Beijing Light Charity foundation, RICS China organised the first charity auction, raising an amazing 30,000 RMB.

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The staff and student team at RICS School of Built Environment, Noida are supporting a local construction community near the Noida campus. These communities spring up during the construction phase of a site and are home to the construction workers and their families. These sites can last for 2-3 years and those living on these sites have no access to electricity, water, sanitation or education. The team have worked with the community to provide water, sanitation and 85 children from the site are now receiving tuition in maths, science and life skills from the RICS School of Built Environment students.

What’s coming up in the next 6 months?

The profession votes for the best of the best Throughout September and October, we will be releasing all the examples from the Pride in the Profession campaign and asking the profession to vote on the top 10 best examples. We will announce the shortlist and the best examples chosen by the profession in December.

2nd 150th celebratory film Over the summer we will release the second ITN 150th celebratory film. Filmed in London, India and Singapore, ‘Global Trends and Challenges’ looks at the impact of mass urbanisation, climate change, resource scarcity, demographics, technology, globalisation of the built and natural environment and the role of the chartered surveying profession.

Michael Moir

David Duffy

Captain Ed Geary

(the Lost Shtetl, Poland)

(Hong Kong Jockey Club)

(US Maritime Valuation)

Irene Barclay

(first female chartered surveyor)

George Everest

(trigonometry survey of India)

Modus – the 150th commemorative edition The June/July 2018 edition of Modus is a celebratory 150th anniversary, 100-page edition of the magazine. The content covers: • Pride in the Profession: 4 examples of great surveying achievements. • Now and then: a look at six major buildings, infrastructure projects or other built environment achievements from history and meet the surveyors working on its modern-day equivalent. • Great surveyors from history: profiles four great surveyors or surveying achievements from history. • 10 years that changed surveying: We celebrate 10 pivotal points in the history of surveying.

Cities for our Future – Regional and global winning ideas

Hon Chartered Surveying Designation

The regional shortlist for the ‘cities for our future’ challenge will be announced on 28 June. The regional winners will be announced on 18 July and we will be following them as they develop their ideas with an RICS mentor throughout the summer and autumn. The global winner will be announced at the RICS Presidential Inauguration on 27 November.

Following in the footsteps of Robert Burns, Alfred Wallace and George Cadbury, we will be conferring the award of Honorary Chartered Surveyor on a notable individual in September 2018. Look out for further details.

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Elaine Jones

(transforming Dubai’s skyline)

RICS at 150: Members ebook  
RICS at 150: Members ebook