From the National President

1 Feb 2016

This Thursday, our Annual Members’ Survey will be emailed to you. Given that your National Council is currently driving a process of change I would encourage you to take a few minutes to take part. This is a major opportunity to give us your comprehensive feedback on your membership experience in a number of areas. The responses will be informing National Council in developing a new operational model and we want to hear your expectations.

As announced a few months ago, we welcome the first 2016 Droga Architect in Resident this week, renowned Finnish architect and architectural philosopher, Juhani Pallasma.

Juhani Pallasmaa has practiced architecture since the early 1960s, establishing his own office in 1983. In addition to architectural design, he has been active in urban, exhibition, product and graphic design. An Emeritus Professor, he has taught and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia and has published books and numerous essays on the philosophy and critique of architecture and the arts in over thirty languages.

As part of his residency, Juhani will be presenting a lecture series, The Australian Lectures: Touching the World Through Architecture, that will explore alternative directions for architecture, away from purely vision, form and aesthetics, drawing from philosophy, psychology, biology, neuroscience and the analysis of artistic phenomena.

For more information about the residency and associated events visit The Foundation website.

Before I go, I just wanted to point you to a new feature in e-news: a monthly policy update. The year is young, but there has already been quite a bit of action on this front, issues such as building quality, education and high density living. This regular feature will keep you up to date about the Institute’s policy activities around the country, and reflects our commitment to Advocacy, one of our organisation’s core activities. Read on for more.





Jon Clements

National President