2021 ACT Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to Shannon Battisson FRAIA and Dr John Ting FRAIA, 2021 Fellowship Recipients. Fellowship is awarded by the Institute to those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession and architecture practice. 

The Fellowship certificates were presented at the ACT Chapter Christmas Party by ACT Chapter President Jane Cassidy. 


Shannon Battisson  FRAIA

Shannon was awarded the ACT Chapter Emerging Architect Prize, was elected as ACT Chapter President, and is the current National President (Elect) for the AIA.  She was elected on a platform of bravely facing the true cost of the construction industry to our planet, and embracing the incredible opportunity for climate responsive architecture to create meaningful impact on the present climate crisis. Shannon chaired the ACT Chapter Sustainability Committee, led sold out Sustainable House Day events over several years, and is a strong advocate for sustainable design on award juries. Shannon is one of four members of the Griffin Lecture Committee which convenes high level speakers to take architecture to the public through a nationally televised event at the National Press Club each year.  The event has hosted past Prime Ministers, notable writers and critics, and most recently hosted Kevin McCloud MBE.

She was the ACT Institute campaign spokesperson for the #handsoffanzachall campaign and as former ACT President and now National President Elect advocates on many issues on behalf of members to governments.


Dr John Ting FRAIA

As Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, John teaches and mentors architecture students and actively offers assistance, advice and mentoring to ACT EMAGN members.

John was instrumental in the re-development of the construction technology and professional practice subject areas to deliver high quality educational outcomes contributing to ongoing course accreditation for architecture and construction management courses.

John has been an ACT Chapter Councillor for 5 years and an active contributor to the Chapter’s contribution to DESIGN Canberra including leading community walking tours. To further add to John’s contribution, he will lead the ACT Chapter’s Education Committee and sit on the National Education Committee.

John is an active member of the Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) community and was a key facilitator for the SAHANZ PhD COLLOQUIUM 2021.

John is internationally recognized as an authority in Southeast Asian indigenous construction techniques and colonial architecture in Borneo.

Shannon Battisson and Dr John Ting