Queensland Chapter: Presidentís report
The Queensland Chapter experienced a year of growth and consolidation in 2007.
The Chapter Council was re-elected and will be joined in 2008 by Richard Kirk, who nominated in the vacancy created by Gavin Rangerís resignation. The Chapter Office has a number of new staff whose presence has made a significant contribution to the already high level and commitment in the office.
The energy and commitment of the profession in Queensland was reflected in a record number of 170 entries in our awards program; in the participation at the Regional and State levels and in the runaway success at the National Awards. The ongoing strength of our regional awards system was illustrated in the progression of entries through the process to national level.
Our Immediate Past President, the late Dr Paula Whitman FRAIA, was honoured with the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize.
We were fortunate to have Richard Hassell from WoHa, Singapore, join us as guest speaker at the re-energised Presidentís Dinner in September.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Thirty CPD programs were offered to members including the Practice of Architecture Learning Series (PALS). During 2007 the RAIA together with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand formed an alliance to present four information sessions addressing current legislative requirements on grey water and rainwater usage for buildings.
The new RAIA Strategic Plan was presented to Chapter Council in October by Ross Clark, General Manager Operations. After a vigorous discussion it was agreed that it would form the basis of the Chapterís plan which will be considered at the 2008 Grass Roots Forum.
The Year Ahead
The year ahead promises to be interesting, with initiatives from past years bearing fruit. The Queensland Art Galleryís major architectural exhibition ĎPlace Makers: Contemporary Queensland Architectsí is in the final stages of preparation for launch during 2008.
We have now been asked by the State Government to participate in the selection process for the appointment of the next Government Architect.
The institute is able to deliver its services because of the goodwill and contribution of its members, supported by a dedicated staff. All our programs rely upon the support of volunteers in such areas as:
- Committees at all levels
- Senior Counsellors
- Awards juries
- Awards functions convenors
- Lecturers and content providers for CPD and PALS
So, thank you all again for your unstinting contribution.
As my term as Chapter President draws to a close I would like to thank you personally for your feedback, your assistance and your generous support. I have enjoyed the role immensely and it has been an honour to serve you. I wish the incoming President as rewarding a time as I have had.
The Queensland Chapter values the support of the following corporate partners and state sponsors and thanks:
BlueScope Steel Colorbond
Department of Public Works
Ian Mitchell FRAIA
Queensland Chapter Council, 2007
Ian Mitchell FRAIA - President
Kirsty Brosche (SONA)
John Clarke FRAIA
Glen Jones RAIA
Diane Lund RAIA
Bruce Medek FRAIA
Gavan Ranger LFRAIA
Allan Rielly RAIA
Richard Sale RAIA
Leigh Shutter RAIA
Peter Skinner FRAIA
James Smith (SONA)