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The Association still plays an active role in the promotion of architecture through education. This engagement ranges from primary school pupils to university students, encouraging excellence in design, and research through projects and awards.

All architects living within the Association’s boundaries are still members. They and other interested parties have access to its archive of historic artefacts, documents and publications, which are currently held by the Literary and Philosophical Society and the Robinson Library of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The current Trustees oversee the Association’s investments, and collaborate with other organisations to deliver its objectives. The Trustees have extensive experience of professional practice and academic research, and this underpins their commitment.

None of the Trustees are remunerated, so the maximum level of funds is available for charitable purposes. The Association may have been subsumed into RIBA regionalism but it recognises the need to promote its activities more broadly and positively. Initial evidence of this aim is the development of the web site, of which this narrative is a part, to inform a wider and younger audience for whom even the existence of this Association and its many sister organisations in the United Kingdom may be unknown.

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