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MODUS: This has been an extraordinary experience

In the final column of her 12-month tenure as RICS President, Ann Gray FRICS reflects on a year of positive change that will carry the Institution forward.

December 2023


PODCAST: Building the future

RICS President Ann Gray FRICS discusses the challenges and highlights of 2023, creating the structure for change and growing the global membership.

November 27, 2023


MODUS: Rural practice is a small community, but it’s at the heart of some big issues

Rural practitioners are engaging widely with all sorts of partners, understanding and embracing contemporary developments, even as they preserve and maintain swathes of local and national heritage.

November 2023

MODUS: SMEs are engines of sustainable growth and employment

RICS President Ann Gray FRICS speaks to three SME founders about the benefits of starting your own business in the built environment.

October 2023


THE IRISH NEWS: Driving diversity and sustainability

The RICS Northern Ireland conference in Belfast last week discussed the impact our profession has made, and continues to make, on issues that matter to society. Environmental sustainability is not our only concern, of course. It’s also vital that our profession is sustainable into the future, with good people working at every level.

September 2023


William Harry Rogers: Victorian Book Designer and Star of the Great Exhibition, by Gregory Jones (London: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2023. Reviewed by Ann E. Gray.

Summer 2023

PROPERTY WEEK: RICS names Justin Young as new CEO

Young, who most recently held the role of chief operating officer at Knight Frank, will be tasked with leading the transformation and rebuilding of RICS following several tumultuous years for the institution. 

June 2023

MODUS: Pride in the Profession

RICS President Ann Gray highlights LGBT Pride Month

June 2023

PROPERTY FORUM: The war for talent will push the industry towards more diversity

Ann Gray FRICS, President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and President-Elect Tina Paillet FRICS spoke to Property Forum at MIPIM about the recent and upcoming changes in the organization, innovative carbon reduction standards and creating equal opportunities in the property industry.

April 2023

MODUS: Safe and Sustainable Space Is Not Created By Chance

The fact that the built environment is the fabric of our everyday existence means the professionals who make that space can often be taken for granted.

April 2023

COSTAR VIDEO: MIPIM 2023: President Ann Gray on Reform, Diversity and the 'Social' Part of ESG

President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Ann Gray, has taken up the position in the aftermath of the Bichard review into the RICS's purpose, governance and strategy. That independent review published 36 recommendations for the institution's overhaul, saying the need for change is "urgent" and "unarguable". Gray's job will largely focus on implementing the reforms but she also spoke about how she is seeing a rise in the "social" part of ESG and how RICS is seeking to improve diversity and sustainability across the industry.

March 2023

COMMERCIAL OBSERVER: Women in Commercial Real Estate Strike a New Balance Three Years Into the Pandemic

“I think the pandemic has shown a revolutionary new relationship that we can all have with our jobs and our lives,” said Gray. “But, in the arc of equality, it was a blip.”

March 2023

PODCAST: ESTATES GAZETTE - New leaders focus on the future

In this episode of the EG Property Podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary is in conversation with new RICS president Ann Gray and recently installed chair of the board Martin Samworth.

Listen in to the 30 minute discussion to find out a little bit more about the who Ann Gray is, what makes her tick and what she hopes to bring to the RICS in her 12 month presidency.

January 2023


CITYBIZ: RICS Appoints Ann Gray as President

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has officially inaugurated Ann Gray FRICS, FAIA, RIBA as their new president. Prior to this, Gray served as the RICS President Elect. This appointment provides a platform for her to further promote DEI initiatives not only in the real estate industry, but throughout business.

January 2023


THE ECONOMIC TIMES: Why ESG Will Be Front and Centre of the Built Environment in 2023

Global population trends show that people are moving rapidly and in greater numbers to urban centres. This places increased pressure on infrastructure to deliver equitable access to quality services and a healthful standard of living.

January 2023

WEBINAR: How will macro headwinds affect the CRE sector?

With rising interest rates and the cost-of-living crisis, what is the outlook for commercial real estate? Our recent webinar, How will macro headwinds impact the commercial real estate sector? asked three leading industry experts their opinion on the outlook for the sector. Here are some of their thoughts.

August 2022, World Built Environment Forum


THE MANN REPORT: RICS’ Goal - Making Buildings Perform for People Worldwide

While individual properties must contend with local laws, globalization can provide invaluable best practices to the industry, especially for smaller countries that lack appraisal standards and therefore don’t attract as much investment. “What attracted me to RICS is the idea of a worldwide professional ethic that we all work to: transparency, standardized appraisals, avoiding corruption and money laundering, these kinds of things that surround the property business everywhere,” Gray said. "A faithfulness to abide by a set of rules seems like a highfalutin’, pie-in-the-sky concept, but it actually makes a difference in people’s everyday lives. That excites me.”

June 2022

PODCAST: Building the Future - Designing Indigenous Architecture

In this episode, Ann Gray speaks to Native American architect Sam Olbekson, a citizen of the White Earth Nation of Minnesota Ojibwe. Olbekson, who works with indigenous organizations across the US, describes how and why he launched a Native American-owned architecture practice, Full Circle Indigenous Planning & Design. They also discuss the fine line between cultural appropriation and cultural specificity, as well as the process of working with communities who have never undertaken a building project before. Olbekson highlights the different goals and priorities of the wide range of indigenous communities living in the US and describes the value of a well-executed project.

June 2022, Building the Future

AUTHORITY MAGAZINE: Women Leaders of Real Estate

The built environment has made some strides with gender diversity, however, there is still progress to be made. "As the first female American President of RICS, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion will be a significant part of my presidential mission."

May 2022


MODUS: Buildings That Elevated Cities: New York's Little Island

The $260m park is an undulating, 2.4-acre green oasis stretching into the city’s Hudson Bay, offering the city’s residents an escape from their busy urban lives.

January 2022

COMMERCIAL OBSERVER: Is Multi-family in a Bubble?

It's the asset class everyone turned to in the crisis … but these deals will be difficult to pencil out if conditions change even a little bit.

January 2022

FORBES: Experts Predict What the Housing Market Will Look Like In 2022

The housing shortage, exacerbated by high barriers to entry, is likely to benefit from enthusiasm across the board from sellers and lenders, but especially from investors. 

December 2021


MODUS: Designing Homes for the Climate Crisis: are we ready?

From rising sea levels and coastal erosion to bush fires, cyclones, storms and record-breaking rainfall, the number of those at risk from extreme events is growing fast.

November 2021


MODUS: Buildings That Elevate Cities: Bilbao's Guggenheim

An industrial port city on the northern coast of Spain was transformed by Frank Gehry's groundbreaking design for a museum of modern art.

October 2021

MODUS: Champlain Towers: valuation in the aftermath of tragedy

Methods for valuing multi-owner properties are already very complex and degradation caused by climate change is adding to the challenge.

September 2021


PODCAST: Ann Gray FRICS, FAIA on real estate from a global perspective

Understanding the state of the commercial real estate industry today requires a global perspective. We sit down with Ann Gray, FRICS, FAIA, Principal at Gray Real Estate Advisors and president-elect of RICS. Ann will take leadership of the 150-year-old London-based organization in fall 2022. In this podcast she tell us about their work and how it helps shape the world of commercial real estate across the globe.  She also discusses the current state of the industry, which RICS evaluates quarterly through their Global Commercial Property Monitor, a sentiment study of occupiers and property owners. 

September 2021, Real Perspectives, The Registry

MODUS: 11 September 2001: the day that changed the world

The world watched in disbelief as a terrorist attack destroyed the World Trade Center. Modus speaks to four industry figures about how those events 20 years ago affected New York 

September 2021

COSTAR: As Commercial Property Goes Global, Standard Practices, Ethics Are Key, Future RICS President Says

In order to truly optimize returns, cross-border property owners should be looking for professionals with a global credential to help them analyze their RE holdings consistently. Ann Gray explains RICS's relevance to today's global corporations. 

April 2021

MODUS: Crime Prevention: are our streets safe?

Ann Gray investigates the urban environment as a contributor to violent crime. Are cities really more dangerous than suburbs? This analysis may surprise you. 

April 2021


PODCAST: Ann Gray, FRICS, FAIA discusses a life in property, fun stories from the field, and how defining the future is more critical now than ever.

March 2021, The Surveyor Hub

RICS Elects Next Senior Vice President

On track for the 2022 presidency of this 134,000-member, London-based organization, Ann Gray is the new presidential team member from California.

May 2020

THE WASHINGTON POST: What Would the White House Bring?

The Post goes behind the scenes of this unusual assignment.

August 2016

BARRON'S: How Much is the White House Worth?

Ann Gray and Barden Prisant keynote World Built Environment Forum with an analysis of this unique property and its contents. Finding a comp was no easy task.

August 2016



Ann Gray offers 5 strategies to make sure corporate mission-focused decision-making does not inadvertently diminish RE asset values on the balance sheet.

April 2015

FORM: The Mayne Idea

Ann Gray finds out what inspires architect Thom Mayne as he ventures into fine art.

January 2014


MODUS: Sports Venues Can Transform Communities

San Diego's Padres stadium showed how a massive public venue can be sensitively stitched into a historic neighborhood.

Aug 2013


MODUS: 10 Minutes with Ann Gray

Find out how a building lover brings a sense of purpose to property consulting.

Sept 2011




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