Construction and Infrastructure

Quays' architect has designs on attracting investment and opportunity to Gloucestershire

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 14 September 2020 6:00

Chris Ryder has been named as the new Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gloucestershire chair elect to represent the county’s businesses. 

Mr Ryder, whose day job is helping run national architectural practice GSSArchitecture, which has offices in Gloucester, will be chair elect until August 2021, assuming the role of RIBA’s Gloucestershire chairmanitself from September 2021 to August 2023.  

“It is a privilege to represent RIBA Gloucestershire and I am excited at what the next two years will bring,” said Mr Ryder.

“In these unprecedented times, I intend on promoting Gloucestershire as a county that is open for business, and to work with partners to bring investment and opportunity. 

Hard times are likely to be looming; now is the time to pull together as a collective, to protect the future of the profession within Gloucestershire.”   

As part of his new role, Mr Ryder will be responsible for supporting the current chairman in delivering activity and influence in the region. 

Having recently overseen GSSArchitecture’s Gloucester Studio relocating to a larger office at Pillar & Lucy House at the QuaysMr Ryder is said to be keen to increased the practice’s presence in the region as he works alongside local stakeholders to support the members of RIBA Gloucestershire. 

Founded in 1879, GSSArchitecturehas eight partners and a total headcount estimated at 70 staff and also has offices in Kettering, Harrogate, Milton Keynes and Newcastle.