Building the future: what it means to be chartered

In the second part of an episode focusing on North America, two surveyors describe the value of RICS accreditation and why it sets them apart from the rest of the field


  • Modus staff

19 May 2022

Following on from part one of our episode focusing on North America’s post-pandemic recovery, Ali Sims AssocRICS and Julia Chesher MRICS continue their conversation with Alexandra Faciu MRICS, who sits on the RICS Americas regional board.

They discuss the varied career paths available to those working in the built environment, the value to your clients of being chartered and the importance of a strong company culture, especially for new recruits.

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Ali Sims AssocRICS

Ali Sims AssocRICS is a senior cost manager at Gardiner and Theobald and has been with the firm for five years. Ali received her AssocRICS qualification last year and will begin her APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) route this year. Ali’s experience has been predominantly in the interior fit-out sector with a portfolio including law firms, financial institutions, private equity firms, technology companies, and retail developments.

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Julia Chesher MRICS

Julia Chesher MRICS is an associate director at Turner & Townsend in the San Francisco Bay Area, with 12 years of international experience in cost management across the USA and Australia. She is a chartered member of the RICS and plays an active role supporting people working towards their accreditation, as well as growing the profession across North America. 


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Building the future

North America’s pandemic recovery 
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