New president for Royal Society of Ulster Architects
The body representing Northern Ireland's architects has appointed a new president.
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Joan McCoy has taken over the reins at the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) from outgoing president Paul Crowe.
"Architecture has a tremendous capacity to make life better," Ms McCoy said.
Ms McCoy is a founding director of White Ink Architects, based in Belfast.
The company provides a wide range of architectural services in residential, commercial, industrial and complex projects in both the public and private sector.
Ms McCoy was given the new title at the organisation's annual general meeting at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast.
"I am delighted to take on this leadership role on behalf of architects - and architecture - across Northern Ireland," she said.
"Architects are not just designers they are place makers, shaping our homes, workplaces and daily lives.
"The service they offer improves every project, large or small.
"I wish to pay tribute to my predecessor Paul Crowe - it is thanks to him the society is in such a strong position today."
She added: "His hard work and good judgment have increased the profile and stature of the society and I am grateful to him."
Just last month the RSUA awarded the Liam McCormick Prize for Northern Ireland's building of the year to St Bronagh's Primary School in Rostrevor by d-on architects.