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Yvette Breytenbach named Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

Australian Institute of Architects Fellowships are given to members who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice. It is our pleasure to announce that Yvette Breytenbach has been named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Yvette Breytenbach is a director of Morrison & Breytenbach Architects, Hobart. She is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Tasmanian Chapter, and served as Chapter President from 2017 – 2019. In the early 2000s, Yvette filled the role of Tasmanian Chapter Councillor, and chaired the Tasmanian Chapter CPD Committee, representing the Chapter on CPD Committee nationally, where she assisted in the development of the CPD policy.

Her aim as Tasmanian Chapter President was to ensure that what was offered by the Chapter was relevant and engaging for members, to grow active member involvement and attendance, and to promote the visibility, role, and value of architects to the public. Within the Tasmanian Chapter, she promoted EmAGN (Emerging Architects + Graduates Network) Tasmania and respect for the contribution that younger architects bring to the profession. A particular passion was to promote gender equity in architecture, and she considers supporting the establishment of The Findlay Project a significant Chapter achievement while in office.

Yvette grew up in South Africa, graduating from the University of Witwatersrand in 1980 with a Bachelor of Architecture, before working in architectural practices in Johannesburg and Cape Town on residential, social housing and urban design projects. From 1989, Yvette Breytenbach worked on a range of architectural projects in Cambridge, U.K., as well as completing a Certificate of Fine and Applied Art in Ceramics at the City of London Polytechnic.

Migrating to Australia and settling to Hobart in 1991, Yvette set up an architectural design partnership with James Morrison in 1992. From 1998, what became Morrison & Breytenbach Architects has delivered Tasmania’s only two 6-star Green Star GBCA certified buildings to date, and the practice integrates a strong social and environmentally sustainable focus in its work. Morrison & Breytenbach Architects’ architecture has been recognised with multiple Institute awards and includes arts, educational, residential, university and social housing projects in Tasmania.

Congratulations, Yvette.

Photograph: Nina Hamilton