This is my first day as the Australian Institute of Architects’ new CEO. I’m incredibly excited about the tremendous opportunities ahead to help grow the Institute’s already highly regarded reputation across the country.
It’s a privilege to represent your interests and to work with a first class board of directors, chapters, committee members and staff team.
I’m very keen to hear your views about the challenges and opportunities facing our profession and will be travelling to as many of the chapters as possible over the next six weeks to attend local Chapter Council meetings and Awards ceremonies.
We have a new strategic plan focusing on member services, education and advocacy and at Friday’s AGM our new governance structure was passed. These changes will provide many new opportunities for the profession and our members and I am eager to receive your feedback.
I’ll also reach out to the major industry bodies and professional institutions to work in close collaboration with all who seek to foster greater awareness of design in our built environment, and how architecture and creative design are part of a solution to many problems.
Above all, my focus is the Institute and you the members. I look forward to engaging with you.
On a final note, I thank the interim CEO, Greg Ridder, Jon Clements and Ken Maher for their hard work and support during this transition phase.