From the Interim CEO

15 Feb

A new chapter for the SA Chapter has been announced by David Homburg, SA Chapter President.

The Institute received an unsolicited offer for the Chapter premises in Adelaide late last year. The offer came at a time when the National Council was reassessing the make-up of the Institute’s balance sheet and portfolio of assets, the majority of which currently resides in property.

National Council decided that it was in the best interests of members to accept the offer. The sale includes the ability for the Chapter to continue to occupy the premises for up to two years through a lease-back arrangement, providing us with the time to identify a new office that is tailored to the current and future needs of local members and staff.

With the sale of the Flinders Street offices we can focus on finding a new home for architecture in Adelaide that provides a fresh presence for the profession and delivers optimum facilities for all members.

The Institute’s South Australian offices have been located at 100 Flinders Street since 2001, and have served us well for 15 years. This move will enable us to better position the profession for the next 15 years. You can read David’s announcement in full here.

This week I also have a few reminders for you. The Members’ survey closes on Thursday. This is one of the most effective ways to give us feedback on your membership experience these past twelve months and your responses will help inform and guide our initiatives.

Thank you to those of you who have already renewed your membership. It is not too late to renew and the benefits of membership are manifold. Visit the membership page for more information.

Chapter Awards entries are nearing closure around the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your work and be part of this major public outreach program that culminates in the National Awards at the end of the year.

Closing dates for submissions are as follows:

ACT 4 Mar NSW 10 Mar
Newcastle (closed) NT 13 Mar
Queensland (closed) SA 15 Feb
Tas 1 Mar WA 19 Feb
Vic (closed)  International  6 Mar

Visit your chapter website for more information.

Last week I spoke at the annual SONA Bootcamp held at 41X in Melbourne. Our 22 new SONA representatives had the opportunity to meet each other and some Institute staff, and workshop various initiatives and activities that will be coordinated in 2016.

Given the energy and enthusiasm in the group, the future of the profession is in good hands!

Greg Ridder
Interim CEO