BALTIMORE, January 26, 2012 — Roy Higgs, Chairman Emeritus at Baltimore-based planning, architecture, graphics and design firm DDG, has been awarded the honor of Eminent Professional by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Higgs has also been elected to Fellow with RICS, reserved for those “individuals who meet the most rigorous education, experience and ethical requirements, are leaders in their field who have completed unique projects, and have demonstrated service to the profession,” according to Neil Shah, managing director of RICS Americas. According to Shah, “The election to Fellow in RICS is confirmation of considerable professional experience, professionalism and ethical practice. A RICS designation is a badge of achievement in design and architecture and those who carry it are expected to show a commitment to the RICS code of ethics and serving public interest.”
RICS offers Eminent Professional status to an elite group of real estate professionals who “represent the forefront of the property profession,” Shah said. Eminents play prominent roles within the organization, such as serving as role models for young professionals, as speakers at high-profile events, and as leaders in governing and representing RICS.
As DDG’s newly appointed Chairman Emeritus, Higgs has more than 30 years experience in the design and execution of retail, entertainment, hospitality, office, residential and mixed-use projects of every imaginable scale in all corners of the globe. He continues to have a strong hands-on influence on the firm’s work. The many projects that bear his imprint include the ICSC International Design Award winner for renovation, Menlyn Park in South Africa; the plan for the new capital of Turkmenistan; Istinye Park in Istanbul, Turkey; Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio; LoureShopping in Lisbon, Portugal; and National Harbor in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Under his guidance, DDG has earned over 100 design awards, including many International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Urban Land Institute (ULI) awards for Innovative Design and/or Renovation.
With approximately 100,000 qualified members and over 50,000 students and trainees in nearly 140 countries, RICS provides the world’s leading professional qualification in land, property, construction and the associated environmental issues. An independent organization, RICS acts in the public interest, setting and regulating the highest standards of competence and integrity among members and providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues for business, society and governments worldwide.
Development Design Group Inc. is a leading international architecture, planning, graphics and design firm with a history of creating high-profile, high-quality environments around the world. The company’s vast portfolio includes exciting new mixed use and retail destinations; first-class hotel, leisure, and resort facilities; unique office and residential designs; offering a range of elements and activities. For more information, please visit www.ddg-usa.com.