Mark Adam, a Canadian now living in France, was elected as President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects at their annual meeting held in Carimate, Italy which was attended by some 35 of the EIGCA membership
Adam, previously a senior architect in the original Association Franà§aise des Architectes de Golf, which merged with the British Institute and the European Society in 2000 is joined at the top of the organisation by Ken Moodie from the UK as Vice President.
Outgoing president, Peter Harradine, commented, “We have successfully consolidated our position after our merger and now represent the vast majority of professional golf course architects throughout Europe. I congratulate Mark Adam on his appointment and look forward to seeing the membership support his drive, vision and enthusiasm in advancing our profession and our Institute in the future.”
EIGCA has some 45 practising members, 20 associates – architects with less experience – and a flourishing education and professional development programme with 25 graduate and 24 student members. Through the Education Board, they operate two parallel programmes – the Masters and the Diploma – at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Mark Adam said, “Our gratitude and thanks go to both our outgoing president, Peter Harradine, and vice-president, Alain Prat, for their tireless work over the years for the Institute. Without their vision and dedication, much of what is today the EIGCA would not have materialised. I feel greatly honoured to have been elected by my fellow members to follow in their footsteps in the development of the EIGCA and the promotion of our profession.”
The EIGCA Council for the coming year is David Krause, Rainer Preissmann, Howard Swan, Bruce Weller and, representing the associate members, Jorge Santana da Silva.
The Institute’s meeting was also marked by an invitation to the Italian Association of Golf Course Architects to join EIGCA and a decision is expected soon.