Robert Stent, RAIA President 2004-06, passed the chains-of-office to Philip Goad, the incoming President, at the 2006 Victorian Architecture Awards presentation dinner in July.
RAIA Victoria worked closely with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect during its first year of operation. John Denton, Victorian government architect and Shelley Penn, deputy government architect, gave generously to the profession and provided leadership and strategic advice to Government on architecture and design.
Peckvonhartel was selected to provide pre-design strategic advice services to the RAIA for its premises at 41 Exhibition Street. Redevelopment options and next steps were reviewed by the Victorian and National Councils.
Forty-four continuing professional development programs were offered to members between February and November, which addressed the National Competency Standards in Architecture. This included Process, the young architects’ monthly activity and the PALS (practice of architecture learning series) programs in Autumn and Spring.
Awards and other events
Six ‘named’ awards, seventeen architecture awards and four prizes were presented to winning projects from 153 entries in to the 2006 Victorian Architecture Awards. Yve Apartments, by Wood Marsh Architecture, was awarded the 2006 Victorian Architecture Medal. The awarding of the four national ‘named’ awards to Victorian architectural practices was celebrated in November.
Advocacy work (incorporating policy work/submissions etc)
RAIA Victoria presented submissions to the Victorian Government as follows:
•Architects Registration Board of Victoria regarding RAIA representation on the Board in May
•Building Commission on the:
-review of the Guide to Standards & Tolerances
-Victorian Code of Practice for the Building Commission and Construction Industry Review
•Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development on the:
-representation on the Services Export Advisory Committee
-RAIA Victoria 2006 Mission to China
•Department of Education and Training on the:
-School Council Consultant Agreement
-change to the role of Project Facilitator on future Victorian education projects
•State Library of Victoria regarding the architectural drawings collection
•Department of Sustainability and Environment on the:
-Streamlining the Planning Processes: Cutting Red Tape
-Regenerating Activity Centres subject development
-Melbourne 2030 Audit
•Heritage Victoria on the Harold Holt Swim Centre
•WorkSafe regarding the guidance material to assist designers fulfil their new duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
In April, a PPP (Public Private Partnerships) Roundtable was held to bring to the attention of the Victorian Government a process that will achieve the ‘best’ design outcome in a PPP project and how good design can add value to PPP projects.
Endorsement was given to the City of Hume Proposition 3047 architecture and urban design competition early in 2006 and the final submissions were presented and awards made in October.
RAIA Victoria facilitated developmental links between the Robin Boyd Foundation and the three university-based schools of architecture.
During 2006, RAIA Victoria valued the support of the following corporate partners and state sponsors and thanks:
Assa Abloy - Lockwood
Australian Glass & Glazing Association
City of Melbourne
Department of Sustainability and Environment
Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development
Design & Build
Victorian Chapter Council
Philip Goad Aff RAIA - President
Jose Alfano RAIA
Vanessa Bird RAIA
Tim Black RAIA (January and February 2006)
Jonathan Clements RAIA
Robert Gray (SONA representative)
Stephen Javens RAIA
Robert McBride FRAIA
Albert Mo RAIA
Natasha Palich RAIA (September to December 2006)
Robert Puksand RAIA
Robert Stent FRAIA
Tim Whitefield RAIA
George Yiontis RAIA (May to December 2006)