Christina Gaiger

Christina Gaiger - President (Volunteer)

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland


The reuse and recycling of buildings should as normal as recycling cardboard. If VAT was not a barrier, would we be more focused on our existing building stock?

It is estimated that 80% of buildings currently standing will still be here in 2045 when we will supposedly have achieved net-zero carbon emissions. Their upgrade, to enable them to be fit for purpose and meet energy efficiency targets is a key economic, market and industry opportunity.

A holistic approach to understanding building typologies, appropriate retrofit measures and quality assurance schemes are critical. This can be delivered with professional input and oversight. The work required has to be delivered in a manner to ensure longevity as opposed to a quick fix. The architectural profession and RIAS Membership can lead and educate in this field and we wish to position ourselves at the forefront of this challenge.

Speaker biography

Christina is committed to the creative reuse of buildings and the construction of a supportive network for the profession, to give traction to the value of good design.

Following graduation, Christina has worked on a wide variety of projects, including universities, education facilities, museum design and domestic architecture, for design-led practices Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris and TsAO & McKOWN Architects in New York.

Christina returned to Edinburgh and joined Helen Lucas Architects Ltd at the end of 2014, being particularly interested in the practice's attention to detail and work in architectural conservation.

Christina is President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

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