Anglia Ruskin University Rolls Out Red Carpet for RICS Presidential Visit

Published: 12 October 2005 at 14:17

Anglia Ruskin University has played host to a recent visit by the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Steve Williams FRICS, MAI, formerly a UK citizen who now lives and works in the USA.

The President was introduced to a group of under-graduate and post-graduate Surveying students at the University's Rivermead Campus in Chelmsford. The purpose of the visit was to introduce students to one of the world's most prominent figures in the international property sectors, and to demonstrate to the visiting VIP the outstanding programme of development at the University's fast-growing Chelmsford campus which has seen the recent introduction of the Michael A Ashcroft Building, the new Sports Centre and Tindal Building.

Said Graham Willson of Anglia Ruskin University's Estates Department:

"This visit by the newly-elected President of the RICS demonstrates that Anglia Ruskin University has made its mark in terms of its commitment to the development of the higher education infrastructure in the East of England.”

"This impressive investment by the University owes a great deal to the expertise of the RICS in the UK. It was a privilege for us to have Steve visit the University on his recent trip to the UK to confirm his interest in the projects we are progressing both within Chelmsford and Cambridge."

Steve Williams grew up on Merseyside and completed his RICS education at the Liverpool College of Building (1963-67). 

For four years after qualifying, Steve worked locally; first for Liverpool's City Estates Department and then for Liverpool University's Estate and Development office. Branching out in the early seventies, he worked in London before embarking on an international career in South Africa, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean.

Added Anglia Ruskin's Head of Built Environment Nigel Powell:

"The students certainly appreciated the time taken by the President to talk in detail about their interests and aspirations. They were able to learn about the professional body first hand and appreciate that it has a human face, and is interested in its members and potential members. Undergraduate students, like ours, will make up the future of the profession."

He settled in the USA in the early eighties, achieving the American MAI designation (1988) from the Appraisal Institute and furthering his career as Vice President with Landauer-Hiller Parker and, later, as Senior Vice President with Jones Lang Wootton. 

In 1994, he founded Williams Appraisers Inc. with a base in North Carolina and added a New York office, Williams Murdoch, with MAI/FRICS Partner, Alastair Murdoch, in 2002. 

The practice appraises investment-grade property throughout the USA including retail malls, multi-tenant office properties, apartment projects, hotels, corporate property portfolio's, large industrial plants and sports arenas. 

In the area of education, Steve owns and operates Williams Appraisers Education Center. He is also a visiting lecturer at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and an RICS external examiner at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Center for Real Estate and Georgia State University's Robinson School of Business.