From the SA Chapter E.D. – Nov 2020

We’re approaching the end of another year.  And what a year it’s been.  The Institute, like the profession, has adapted as events have unfolded.  We are proud of the way that members have responded and the flexibility that the profession has demonstrated.

We also thank members for their understanding regarding necessary changes to our programs, which have a times lead us to question what is important, explore new avenues and learn new skills.   This was especially true of the 2020 Awards  Program, which required a rapid rethink just as site visits were due to commence.

The loss of site visits was felt by all, but the inclusivity and reach achieved through the live stream Awards presentations was a positive.  The 2021 Awards will see us exploring how we reintroduce the face to face activities, while building on the benefits of the live stream.  As with all new things, we may not arrive at the perfect outcome the first time around, so we ask that you provide constructive feedback.  This will assist us to evolve and improve this important program, which demonstrates and celebrates the value of architecture.

However, last week has proven that we are not out of the woods yet.  There will be challenges ahead and the profession will have a better opportunity to respond if we work together.

To this end, the Institute launched Community last week.  The platform provides a forum for member interaction, to encourage discussion about the things that matter to the profession across Australia.  We invite you to visit the site, where conversations and information about topics including housing, the business of architecture and reflections on what is important in practice have already commenced.  Add to an existing conversation or start a new one on a topic of interest to you.

At a local level the SA Chapter is continuing to advance projects that connect members, engage with the community and broaden the voice of the profession.  These include:

  • A working group involving the Institute and the MBASA to examine construction sector culture, articulate challenges and develop solutions.
  • The Creative Industries Task Force, which brings together key sector groups to collaborate on growing the visibility of the Creative Industries and providing a collective voice on policy.
  • The ArchiEd Task Group, which is supporting architects to present in primary and high school and improve the understanding of architecture and design in the community
  • The SA Heritage Committee, whose first focus is identification of significant 20th Century buildings and improving recognition of this important resource

These activities are complemented by advocacy across a range of issues, which will gain in focus as we prepare for next year’s election.

Which provides a neat segue to the Institute’s elections, with nominations also opening last week.  If you are interested in supporting the health and visibility of the profession, this is your chance to get involved.  Alternatively, there are a range of committees and task groups to engage with, which provide more focused involvement.

We look forward to working with you.  Whether this is in a formal capacity, attendance at events or through queries, contract sales or casual conversations, we are  here for the profession.

Nicolette Di Lernia
SA Chapter Executive Director

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