Tanaiste Attends Signing of Major RIAI and UAR Protocoll in Moscow
Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Since 1989, the RIAI and the Union of Architects of Russia (UAR) have enjoyed an active mutually respective relationship based on five year protocols. Realised joint projects have included exhibitions, lectures, exchanges and training courses for Russian architects both in Russia and here in Ireland. These efforts have now culminated in the signing of a new Protocol in Moscow by RIAI President Paul Keogh and UAR Vice President Alexi Bunov.
One joint RIAI and UAR action – recently referred to by President of the UAR, Andre Bokov, at the Architects Council of Europe – was the first TACIS training programme for professionals. This was carried out jointly with the UAR and RIAI in 1993-1994. Recent years have seen a lull in our joint activities until earlier this year when, with the help of the Russian Irish Cultural Foundation (RICF), discussions on a new programme of specific activities was initiated. At the suggestion of President Bokov, this developed into the current Protocol. RIAI President Paul Keogh and Maria Kiernan, Director of the RICF, travelled to Moscow in November as part of a small delegation accompanying the Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, TD. The Tanaiste visited Moscow on the 7th November for a Joint Economic Forum with Ministers of the Russian Government. The RIAI UAR protocol and its specific aims were considered a very promising initiative, dovetailing with the inclusion in the areas of education, sustainability and construction.
The protocol was signed in the presence of the Tanaiste on the evening of the 7th at reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador Philip Mac Donagh. Among the over 100 guests were architects who participated in the 1991 and 1994 training programmes and other senior members of the Architectural profession in Russia. The support of both governments, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Enterprise Ireland is of great importance both at this time and in ensureing we continue a relationship built based on mutually beneficial actions. Our colleagues again need expert assistance many of our experts need paid employment the next step is to bring this to fruition.
(Pictured are, left to right, Vice UAR President, Alexi Bunov; Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore; Maria Kiernan and RIAI President Paul Keogh)
Report by Maria Kiernan, FRIAI