This week I look forward to attending the National Council meeting in Melbourne and the Institute’s 2022 Symposium | Lost Opportunities – leaving the State for the first time in over two years. Hopefully I will see some of you there.
The Architect magazine launch
On the day our WA border opened, we celebrated the launch of our latest edition of The Architect magazine in the gardens of Lamont’s Bishops House.
The diverse projects we cover in this edition of The Architect – from city hotels and offices to community centres in our suburbs and across the state – all have one thing in common. They bring people together, they create community.
You should have received your copy of the magazine in the mail by now. You can also read it online via the link here The Architect WA Homes.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who make the magazine possible, and of course our advertisers Living Edge, Midland Brick, Fielders, Bosch, DCA Façade, Mondoluce, Discus Print, Loam and Hillam.
2022 WA Architecture Awards
Last month we celebrated the start of our WA Chapter Awards program with Jury Presentations at Notre Dame. Congratulations to Chair of Juries, Simon Pendal, and Xahlia and Harpreet from our office who organised the day.
New WA Chapter State Manager
Welcome to Adam Johnson-Kain our new WA Chapter State Manager. Adam is a highly experienced architectural and construction industry consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the built environment throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
Many of you may have met Adam before. Adam has worked closely with the WA Chapter for many years and has been actively engaged in our awards juries and other member events.
Much of the WA Chapter’s advocacy work is supported by our Committees so it’s important we acknowledge them. I have spoken to all Committee chairs in recent weeks and have been attending their meetings to learn more about the great work they do. This year we are looking to refine Committee processes, so thank you to everyone for getting on board with this.
This year we are also proposing to establish a series of 2022 Taskforces to further support our advocacy agenda. These are:
- Year of Design for Health (chaired by Warren Kerr)
- Sustainability (chaired by Ross Donaldson)
- Small Practice (chaired by Simone Robeson)
- Regional (chaired by David Gibson)
- Affordable Housing Taskforce (chaired by Michelle Blakely)
- Design Week (chaired by Sandy Anghie)
Each Taskforce will consist of 8 to 10 members with experience in the relevant area. Please contact the WA Chapter via firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest to be involved in one or more of these Taskforces.
In coming months Adam and I will be running a series of workshops for small, medium, large and regional practices to gain direct feedback on the work the WA Chapter has been doing, what we could do better, and key advocacy matters you would like us to drive. We will be back in touch soon with details on how to get involved.
Over the past few months, I have attended a series of meetings with our immediate past president Peter Hobbs and our National Policy and Advocacy Manager Beata Davey. Led by Beata, the WA Chapter has made a series of submissions, including a submission to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in response to proposed Local Government Reforms. A copy of this submission, and others, can be found here in the Submissions Library.