PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - MARCH 2013
Twelve months have passed now since we saw the reintroduction of hard copy issues of The Architect magazine. Whilst there are only 2 issues per year (this one which wraps up the year just complete, and the awards issue mid year) it has certainly been a welcome return for our local record. Thanks to everyone that has contributed to so far and I encourage everyone to think about how we can continue to develop the magazine by providing feedback, articles and letters to the Editor.
2012 has been a fulfilling year. Some of the activities of the WA Chapter that stand out for me are:
· The World Premiere showing of Life Architecturally where we invited the stars of the show Debbie Ryan and Rob McBride to join us and to participate in a live interview after the show.
·Our inaugural Awards Presentation Day held at UWA where we had the opportunity to listen to architects describe their projects that have been entered into the state awards program. I am convinced that this will become a highlight of our annual events calendar over years to come.
·Another successful awards program generally with excellent participation. This year we are planning a new format for the awards presentation evening, to be held at the wonderful Perth Concert Hall. The new format responds to feedback from many of our members who have said they want an event that better reflects the unique position our profession holds in our community. Our awards committee is working hard to develop an event that appropriately acknowledges the excellent work of our members, is an enjoyable opportunity to celebrate our achievements with colleagues, and that reflects the creativity and innovation that makes our profession so special. If you have ideas and time to help out, please contact the office to register your interest in participating.
·Great attendance by members at a wide range of CPD events run by the Institute. These events are an excellent opportunity for members to get together on a regular basis, to learn something new or to be inspired. If you have suggestions for CPD events, or if you have a particular area of expertise that you can share with your colleagues, please contact the office to help make our CPD programme even better.
·Last year a number of members assisted a working group to lobby BMW for improved contract conditions under the new BMW Architectural Services Panel. I thank BMW for entering into negotiations in good faith and I believe we made some good progress on behalf of our members. There are a number of important outstanding issues that the working group intends to keep pursuing in 2013.
·The welcome return of hard copy versions of The Architect magazine.
·For the first time, last year I took the opportunity to go to Venice to attend the Architecture Biennale. This is an experience that should be on all architects’ bucket list, and I am pleased that due to the generosity of Jenny Nicol our young WA members will have the opportunity to win a trip for 2 to the Architecture Biennale by submitting for the biannual Gil Nicol Prize. Details will be available soon.
·Excellent support from our members for national events being held in Perth. Last year we backed up our continuing calls to have WA included in as many national events as possible by attending in large numbers National Seminar Series events, two International Speaker events, and the National Architecture Awards event recently held at the Midland Railway Workshops. Based on the evidence that the WA architectural community is vibrant and engaged, National Council last November had no hesitation in endorsing the proposal to hold the 2014 National Conference in Perth. So put Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th of May 2014 in your diaries and stay tuned for more news on how you can be involved.
Thanks to our institute staff, Meino, Kim and Voula, for all of your achievements in 2012. Thanks also to our committee members and other volunteer members who help to organise and run events and who contribute to submissions and policy papers etc. It’s important that we all continue to recognise the contribution that our sponsors make to allow us to deliver the programs we all want as members - so thankyou again to our sponsors.
Thanks to our Chapter Council and in particular to our retiring Councillors Maxine Canning and Tony Ednie-Brown for your contributions over many years. Congratulations and welcome to our incoming Chapter Councillors, Kelly Rattigan and Paul Edwards.
I look forward to sharing another busy year with you all in 2013.
WA ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
The annual Western Australian Architecture Awards are fast approaching on FRIDAY 5TH JULY and we invite all to join in the celebration recognising the best architecture and design in the state.
This year guests are invited to be 'wonderstuck'in one of the state's grandest examples of modernist architecture, the Perth Concert Hall. For one exclusive night, the Hall will be filled with bespoke design installations, as well as entertainment, flowings wines, scrumptious canapés and a wide array of music from some of the state's best up and coming muscicians.
The Awards Ceremony will begin at 7PM SHARP with food, drinks and entertainment to follow after. Refreshments are available for available for purchase in the Wardle Room pre show for those who wish to arrive early.
Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE online at Ticketek for $140.
So please, come and join the Australian Institute of Architects in recognising and cvelebrating the finest achievements of the profession at architectures night of nights.
The 2013 WA Architecture Awards entries will be on display in the lobby of QV1 from Monday July 1 to Friday July 12. Public viewing hours 9am - 5pm
The opening cocktail event is on Tuesday July 2. Free entry for members, $35 for non-members. For catering purposes please call Kim or Laura on 9287 9900
INSTALLATION COMPETITION BRIEF
The 2013 Architecture Awards brings an exciting opportunity for everyone to enter. Showcase your creativity and amaze your colleagues by designing and building an installation for the foyer of the Perth concert Hall at the annual 2013 WA Architecture Awards. Transform the foyer of this elegant public building and create a sense of wonderment and delight.
To find out the details, look through the competition brief here, and spread the word.
To help spread the word, download your copy of the poster here.
Remember, competition closes June 10.