Secretary and Treasurer
Since March 2008 Secretary & Treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Previously principal of his own architectural and interpretation consultancy and Development Director of GBPT. Neil has lectured on urbanism, written for The Telegraph, Herald, Sunday Herald, Homes & Interiors and AJ and is a frequent media spokesman.
As CEO of the RIAS, Neil is responsible for oversight of RIAS policy, governance, business planning and budgets. He also has overall responsibility for the Incorporation’s membership services, Consultancy, Practice Services, accreditation schemes, events, publications, outreach, political liaison, CPD, educational initiatives and awards. At his job interview for the RIAS in December 2007 Neil proposed that, to mark its centenary in 2016, the Incorporation should organise a year-long Festival of Architecture.
Neil wrote The Wee Green Book, a history of Glasgow Green, co-authored Pat Lally’s Lazarus Only Done it Once, edited the Glasgow medieval history, A Tale of Two Towns, the monograph Matt Steele, Architect, A Biography, A Life in Cities, the autobiography of David Mackay (MBM, Barcelona) and the follow-up On Life and Architecture. In 2016 he co-edited Scotstyle: 100 Years of Scottish Architecture (1915-2016).
In May 2008, Neil received Glasgow’s Lord Provost’s Award for services to heritage.