Well-known Sydney architect Howard Tanner will be appointed as the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ (RAIA) 69th National President, taking office tomorrow (Friday 30 May 2008).
Mr Tanner has more than 35 years experience as an architect in Australia and as a board member of key state, national and offshore organisations including the Australian Heritage Council, Historic Houses Trust, Heritage Council of NSW, Art Gallery of NSW, the Hong Kong Redevelopment Authority and National Trust of Australia (NSW).
As Principal of Tanner Architects since 1974, Mr Tanner has extensive experience in contemporary and heritage architecture. His practice has received numerous architectural and construction industry awards for its work, and is currently focused on civic buildings, housing, education facilities and heritage work.
Important projects by Tanner Architects include work on: the former Bank of NSW head office in George Street Sydney, the Sydney Town Hall, Admiralty House at Kirribilli, New Zealand Parliament buildings in Wellington, the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Bondi Beach, Bondi and Tamarama Beach Lifeguard Towers, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as well as the Mt Stromlo Commonwealth Solar Observatory and Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU.
As RAIA National President, Mr Tanner’s key priorities are to:
·Effectively connect the profession of architecture with the general public to encourage a broader understanding of the value of architects and the culture of architectural design.
·Foster and encourage a culture in the profession that more effectively nurtures and encourages recent graduates and young professionals at the fledgling stages of their careers.
·Increase awareness and promotion of the vast number of ‘quiet achievers’ in the profession doing consistently fine work with little or no acknowledgment.
·Build upon and celebrate the work of Australian architects through the profession’s presence at the Venice Architecture Biennale this September.
·Encourage the appointment of government architects in all states/territories and the Commonwealth.
·Consolidate connections with Australian-trained architects working offshore, particularly Asia.
Mr Tanner takes up the 12 month position following the RAIA’s AGM in Canberra tomorrow. He succeeds high-profile architect Alec Tzannes of Tzannes Associates.
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