The SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects is pleased to announce its new President, Chris Morley, director of Echelon Studio. Chris’ appointment as Chapter President begins this week following elections in December.
Chris Morley is the youngest ever SA Chapter President, graduating with a Master of Architecture in 2009 and establishing his own practice in 2012. In 2014 Chris, was a Founding Director of CodeFish Studio, a Software and Hardware Development company, where he was able to apply his design skills and thinking in non-traditional ways.
For over a decade, Chris was an active lecturer and tutor in the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees at UniSA.
Chris speaks highly of his time as an educator.
“It provides a better base foundation as an architect to critically assess a design direction to provide greater impact and alignment with a client’s brief. I recommend that all future architects spend as much time as possible providing back to the education of our future colleagues, you will benefit from this experience more than the students.”
Chris has been an active participant in Institute’s graduate and emerging architecture group (EmAGN) and was Co-chair of the SA EmAGN Committee in 2019 and 2020. He has also been an Awards juror and jury Chair. Chris was elected to the SA Chapter Council in 2022 and elected as SA Chapter President in 2023.
Outgoing Chapter President Anthony Coupe (Mulloway Studio) said he was“really pleased to have Chris as the new SA Chapter President.”
“He understands the role and the way the Institute is connected to both its members and the industry. More importantly, his contributions have been significant and are always underpinned by a high level of enthusiasm and a desire to make the Institute as good as it can be.”
Chris is interested in amplifying the voices of sole practitioners, small businesses, graduates and emerging architects. He also aims to further the work done by the Institute to educate on the importance and relevance of the architectural profession.
“Through every studio session at uni, every lecture and every client meeting, one part of our process is consistent and that is to show good architecture is, and should always, be accessible. Our value and way of thinking as architects extends far beyond drawing 4 walls, a floor and a roof.
Since being in practice full-time and now as the SA Chapter President I will continue with this message and reinforce it through my personal delivery ethos of Small Moves, Big Impact.”
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