The Northern Territory Chapter continued to work closely with government, industry and community groups during the year for the advancement of architects and architecture.
The highlight of 2004 was the Northern Territory Government’s announcement in June that Bob Nation FRAIA was to be appointed as NT Government Architect. This was the result of vigorous government lobbying in 2003 and 2004 by the chapter.
YBE activities were very successful. Two public forums were held under the YBE banner, the first on high-rise buildings in the CBD and the second on the City Mall. Both were well attended and created passionate discussions. The City Mall forum created considerable media attention and relevant bodies have since committed to incorporating public opinions voiced at the forums into their future planning. This process has already started.
The NT Chapter Council was pleased to announce the appointment of a new chapter manager Gavin Sell in July and thanked Janelle Cooper for her concerted efforts while the position was vacant.
Awards and Events
Architecture Week was well attended by the public. Events included the YBE high rise forum, Darwin’s architecture sites bus tour, which was put together by a dedicated group of volunteers, and the RAIA Student Exhibition.
Congratulations to the RAIA members who submitted an inspiring range of projects for the 2004 Northern Territory Architecture Awards. Thank you to jurors Bob Nation, John Wilkins and Suzette Watkins for their invaluable contribution and commitment.
Chapter representatives have been actively involved in the Construction Industry Advisory Committee, Lands Acquisition Tribunal, Building Appeals Board, Building Advisory Committee, NT Architects Registration Board, Alice in Ten Built Environment, Year of the Built Environment Committee, and the Asia Pacific Cultural Village Advisory Committee.
The chapter greatly appreciated the support of the following partners during the year:; BlueScope Steel and BlueScope Lysaght; General Roofing Products, Cerbis; the Northern Territory Government Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment; Territory Housing - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs; and Darwin City Council;