As part of our plans to commemorate the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Company receiving Livery status in 1988, the Court agreed to commission a book setting out the History of the Company, and we are indebted to Past Master David Cole-Adams for volunteering to take on this task.

David is one of the earliest members of our Company and, having also served as our Learned Clerk from 2000-2012, he is now one of the few Clerks’ Emeritus in the City of London. David still serves the Architects’ Company as an Honorary Court Assistant and is Chair of Trustees of our Charitable Trust Fund. His great service to the Company, and the knowledge he has acquired about it over the last 30 years, meant David was the perfect person to write a book on its history, and I am delighted to tell you the task is now complete!
 
The book, to be published early in the coming year under the title FIRMNESS, COMMODITY AND DELIGHT – a History of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects is now in the hands of our selected publishers. The text runs to over 50,000 words and there are over 50 illustrations. It promises to be a good read for present and future members of the Company.

 As this is to be a major undertaking for the Company we have had to look at funding of the project and, while we are able to provide for the basic start-up costs, it will be enormously helpful if all members of the Company were to contribute towards the publication and assist the Company in taking this important step. In addition to the cost of copies purchased by members, we need to fund a number of copies which are necessarily sent to the British and Scottish National Libraries, the City of London Library, the RIBA Library and those Livery Companies with halls and libraries. It is also customary to make a presentation of books such as this to the Lord Mayor of the day and to other distinguished speakers at Company events.
 
The proposal is that members be asked to purchase a pre-publication copy of the book at a price of £60.00. At this price you will receive a copy and have your name recorded in it as a subscriber. For those not able to meet this level of payment we ask that you purchase a pre-publication copy of the book for £30.00.
 
It is hoped that all members of the Company will wish to purchase at least one copy each. Orders can be placed via our website, using the following


Standard Copy @ £30

Alternatively, please complete the form below and return it to the Clerk with a cheque.

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Please return to the Clerk: Cdr Phil Gibbs RN (Ret), 53 Lychgate Drive, Horndean, Hampshire, PO8 9QE

 
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I wish to pre-order a copy/copies of the book @ £30.00 each.

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