The Australian Institute of Architects’ incoming National President Stuart Tanner will kickstart a public conversation about the importance of architecture in society and culture when he takes on the leadership role from today.
Mr Tanner’s National Presidency was confirmed at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting yesterday, which also endorsed ACT-based architect Jane Cassidy as 2023/2024 National President-Elect.
The principal of his eponymous firm in Hobart, Mr Tanner will be the first Tasmania-based National President this century. He intends to bring a focus on popularising design and communicating the value of architecture throughout his one-year tenure.
“My key objective as an architect and ambassador for our Institute is to encourage a strong literacy around the importance of design excellence and great architecture, and the role we play in sustainability and social wellbeing,” he said.
“Everyone benefits from great architecture.”
Mr Tanner will lead the Institute as it sets out its mission to be the voice for Australia’s built environment professionals with a fresh strategic plan.
This year also marks the celebration of Australia’s global landmark architecture project, the Sydney Opera House, on the 50th anniversary of its opening.
Mr Tanner said architecture could act as a symbol of a culture and its priorities.
“The architecture profession is responsible for leading on issues of climate change and responsible design in our built environment,” he said.
“We are also committed to embracing First Nations cultural awareness and design for Country.
“The most potent way we can convey these messages is through the quality and rigour of our work. Architecture is a potent way to lift society, generate civic pride and emotional enrichment.”
Mr Tanner opened his architecture practice in Hobart 23 years ago, with a determination to produce work of integrity and spirit. He has a deep love of the outdoors, including camping, free-diving and surfing.
The AGM marked the handover of the National Presidency from Shannon Battisson, who will continue to serve on the Institute’s Board as Immediate Past President.
Mr Tanner paid tribute to Ms Battisson’s steadfast commitment to the Institute and the profession, noting her invaluable contribution to advocacy on climate and housing.
“Shannon’s unwavering commitment to the mission and vision of the Institute has been remarkable,” he said.
“She has demonstrated leadership and passion, which have played a significant role in shaping the direction and success of the Institute.”
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The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for architecture in Australia, representing almost 14,000 members globally.