2023 ACT END OF YEAR WRAP UP

A SHORT MESSAGE FROM ROB

You’ve made it! The festive season is here and it’s time to put down the Artline and take a break.

As we all draw 2023 to a close, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our members, partners, and collaborators for their support. Thank you also for the support provided to me in the new role since June.

This year has been one of great challenges and exciting opportunities. The Chapter has been hard at work, sometimes stretched to the limits, to ensure we deliver a balance of initiatives with a focus on advocacy, education, and member support. See below for some key highlights and initiatives achieved throughout the year.

Advocacy

We do allot of work in this space that is sometimes unnoticed, but certainly benefits our members and their practices. This includes submissions to government.

Here are a few from this year:

  • Territory Plan reform
  • ACT Gas Networks policy
  • Integrated Energy Plan
  • ACT Heritage review
  • All-gendered Bathrooms NNC reform
  • Urban Forests policy
  • Developer licencing
  • Arts funding to include Architecture
  • A Vision for Canberra (with Sen. Pocock) 
  • The recent Inquiry into the Territory Plan.

Our ACT Architecture Awards program is also a great opportunity to advocate for architects and architectural services. We hope to leverage this program more in 2024.

Our Heritage committee continues to do great work advocating for our significant architectural gems, including submissions this year for Jerilderie Court, Colonial Mutual Building, Canberra Olympic Pool, and East + West Block’s in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Education

We have a series of initiatives, in addition to CPD, that provide our members with educational opportunities. And there is more to come in 2024. This year we had:

  • Emerging Architect Prize Tour with Daniel Moore
  • Walk on Country
  • Gold Medal Tour with Kerstin Thompson
  • Contemporary Australian Architecture Speaker Series and associated events
  • Designing for Country Panel Discussion with CRA
  • Australian Architecture Conference – Canberra, Canberra Architecture Map with UC
  • Griffin Lecture with the Turnbulls
  • Places for People Panel Discussion with Gehl,
  • Greater Canberra: Missing Middle Panel Discussion.

Member Support

Our members are the heart and soul of the Chapter. Whilst many of the above programs are focused on supporting our members through education, we also have a series of specific initiatives to directly support you. Some of these include:

  • Studio Share with Ben Walker
  • ArchiBUBS with Vlasta Brown
  • ArchiNATION with Gunjan Shah
  • EmAGN with Mark Brook and Holly Caton
  • SONA with Nick Brown.

What's Happening in 2024?

We have been working through an improved program for 2024 and are looking forward to delivering more opportunities and exposure of the great work our members are doing for our city. In addition to previously run projects we will be adding:

Heritage Festival events and tours, Cross-industry discussion forums, an Awards Bus Tour and Enduring Architecture Bus Tour, and bringing back the Solar House Day program and the Design Canberra Festival events, exhibitions and tours. If you have any other initiatives you’d like to see, please let us know.

In 2024, Shoba Cole will continue as ACT Chapter President and will continue to lead our Chapter Council. We are hoping to reinvigorate our various committees and task groups to support our core pillars of Advocacy, Education, and Member Support.

Wishing you all the best for the festive season. Have a terrific break, and see you in the new year.

The ACT Chapter will be closed from Friday, 22 December 2023 and reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024. We operate with a small team, so our doors are sometimes not open, so please call or email to confirm before visiting in early January.

 

Rob Henry, FRAIA

ACT Executive Director

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