From the National President

19 Jan

There is no doubt that world events have brought a sobering start to 2015.

But we’ve also seen people banding together to support one another, offering gestures of solidarity that remind us of the strength and resilience of our communities – and that reinforce the importance of nurturing them.

For our professional community, last year was a mixed bag. Some states’ economies are recovering, while others contract. On a positive note, there are indications of a trend towards a more socially responsive approach to architecture emerging from the depressed market of the last few years.

This year, why not engage more with the Institute. I encourage you to check in with your chapter and get involved, whether by joining a committee or simply attending one the many great events on offer. You can also tell us how we’re tracking – the annual member survey goes out in a couple of weeks. Make the most of this opportunity to provide your feedback to us.

There is much to be gained: for you and your career, certainly, but also for the profession and the Institute: your active involvement helps us improve and innovate as an organisation.

The Institute has a fantastic program of events planned this year. Some of the highlights include:

Our National Seminar Series for 2015 launches in February with Growing Your Business with Technology, presented by Iain Birks. This course provides participants with an understanding of doing business digitally.

In March we welcome the first of our 2015 Droga Architects in Residence. Johannes Molander Pedersen and Morten Rask Gregersen from NORD (Copenhagen). Details of the program to come, but expect a number of events around the country.

The National Architecture Conference – Risk will be held in Melbourne from 16 to 18 May. Guest speakers include Deborah Saunt from DSDHA (UK), Minsuk Cho from mass Studies (South Korea), Gregg Pasquarelli from SHoP (USA) and David Gianotten from OMA Asia to name a few.

Also, the Australasian Student Architecture Congress – People is being held in Melbourne. This takes place in July. Creative Directors Mercedes Mambort, Tim Randall and Darcy Zelenko have a great program planned. Look out for some exciting announcements very soon.

These are a few things to whet your appetite – with plenty more on the horizon! Watch this space for updates.

Kind regards,
David Karotkin.