The International Chapter comprises the international membership of the Institute – with some 600 members of the Institute residing outside of Australia. This international membership collectively provides Australian and international architects with the opportunity to become involved with the Institute and in doing so maintain their connection with the Australian architecture profession. The Chapter Council supports the Institute in acknowledging its global presence and responsibility and performs both an advisory and representative role in connection with the Institute’s International Engagement Strategy. The Chapter Council consists of ten members elected from the Institute’s international membership and is currently Chaired by Paul Logsdon FRAIA who resides in the UAE. Elections for the International Chapter Council are currently underway.
In its advisory capacity, it is the role of the International Chapter Council to act as an information conduit between international members and the Institute’s strategic processes.
In its representative dimension the International Chapter Council assists in the delivery of valued services and events to international members, growing opportunities for engaging the collaboratively in local settings to promote Australian architecture.
Elections are held annually in concurrence with other Chapters of the Institute, with half of the Council’s ten positions becoming available. Terms on the Chapter Council are for two years.
The Council (formerly the International Area Committee) has been meeting consistently since 2006, and has so far included 24 representatives from 10 countries. It generally meets on a bimonthly basis, inclusive of one annual face to face meeting.
Over the past 24 months the Chapter Council has worked on a strategic plan and Charter that was endorsed and presented to the President of the Institute, Richard Kirk in July 2017. The plan was supported by an effective operational plan and the delivery of a growing awards program and schedule of activities. This has included a range of successful boarding pass events in Singapore and London alongside an international awards program, recipients of which have been acknowledged by domestically and around the world.
In early November 2017 the International Chapter Council presented a signed petition calling for formal status as a Chapter under provisions of the Institute’s Constitution, citing the ascension to full Chapter status as a unique opportunity to more effectively engage with, represent and provide valued services to the Institute international membership. This petition was discussed by National Council at their November with National Council supporting the petition and requesting the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer to conduct a poll of the international members in accordance with the Constitutional requirements in early 2018 to determine if there was support for same. In the event that the poll is supported the Constitutional amendments will be prepared and presented to the Annual General Meeting, mid 2018.
International Chapter Council, Office Bearers, 2010-2017
2017 | President Paul Logsdon FRAIA / Vice President Janine Campbell
2016 | President Dik Jarman / Vice President Janine Campbell / Vice President David Teh
2015 | Chair Dik Jarman / Deputy Chair Justin Hill
2014 | Chair Justin Hill / Deputy Chair Hank Koning
2013 | Chair Hank Koning
2012 | Chair Jason Marriott
2011 | Chair Fiona Nixon / Deputy Chair Bob Nation
2010 | Chair Fiona Nixon / Deputy Chair Bob Nation
International Chapter Committee Members:
Dik has over twenty years’ experience in practice in countries including Australia, the UAE, Japan and was Chief Representative for the China office of Melbourne architectural practice Studio505. He is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Dik was a Director of award winning practice Studio505 Melbourne and has worked in a number of high profile firms in Australia including BatesSmart Architects, Lyons and Philip Harmer Architects. In addition to his architectural career, Dik is a multiple award-winning film maker, and was Senior Animator on Academy Award winner Adam Elliot’s feature film, “Mary and Max” which opened the Sundance film festival in 2009.
Dik’s interest in both Architecture and film reside in making places that contribute meaningfully to the human story. Dik has designed, built and driven a Bellytank Lakester, a purpose built vehicle to challenge a number of Australian landspeed class records which it has succeeded in doing so on a number of occasions. The vehicle is currently being prepared to challenge the world record for its class in Bonneville USA, 2015.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Dik aims to use his extensive experience of travel and work in many countries and many different disciplines to contribute to the Australian Institute of Architects’ international membership through the International Chapter Council.
Janine Campbell is a registered architect in Australia, with 18 years experience in the building and design industry. She started her career studying Fine Arts, and continues to exhibit her artwork, exploring the blurred boundaries between, art, design and architecture.
Janine has a keen interest in urban art and public space, and has experience in the design and documentation of large scale urban art and architecture projects. During her career, she has utilised her creativity and skills as a leading designer for a variety of unique projects, such as cultural, residential, master planning and commercial.
She has attained architectural experience from design development through to construction. In 2004, after 10 years in the industry, Janine underwent a study tour of the Middle East, Paris, Ireland and New York. On returning to Sydney, she launched her own boutique design practice, receiving commissions for residential projects, creating site specific art installations, and entering design competitions.
Additionally, Janine has travelled to Asia, and worked as a volunteer for YCI, a Canadian aid organization in Guyana, South America on sustainable building projects. In October 2008, Janine departed to Europe to work at the The Venice Architecture Biennale (Australian Pavilion, ‘Abundant Australia’ Exhibition), travelled to Vienna, Turin and visited Zurich. This inspired her to return to ‘die Alpen’, learn German and to fulfill an ambition to live and work in Europe, where she now lives. Janine`s current field of research is the design process, creativity and the blurred boundaries between art, design and architecture.
In Europe Janine has collaborated with the design ateliers of Candio Buettler, Camenzind Evolution and Swarovski.
Justin Hill is an Australian Architect based in Singapore, where he is a Director of Kerry Hill Architects. Originally from Tasmania, he studied at The University of Adelaide, graduating in 1979. He worked in Adelaide and Darwin before moving to Asia in 1981 to join Kerry Hill in his Singapore practice. He is also a Director of KHA in Perth, Western Australia, and holds practice registrations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Singapore.
He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Architects as well as the Australian Institute of Architects, and has over the years participated in both Institute’s activities. He joined the International Chapter Council in 2010.
Justin also maintains an active role in theatre and stage design. In 1985 he helped found Theatreworks, a Singapore based theatre company, and many of his stage designs for the company have been seen in arts festivals throughout Australia, Asia & in Europe. He also works with dance and opera companies in the region.
He is also a Trustee of a small benevolent foundation in Sri Lanka, which with support from KHA and other donors, built and now operates the Peraliya Community Health Centre in a small coastal village north of Galle, which was very damaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Justin has extensive practice experience in Australia and throughout the South East Asian region, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Egypt, Jordan, and many other countries where he has travelled widely in support of the Practice’s ongoing work.
Originally from Malaysia, Vui lived in New Zealand since his childhood, where he received most of his education. In 2008, after graduating with a postgraduate Master of Urban Design degree from the University of Auckland, he relocated to live in Melbourne where he became a Registered Architect in Victoria in 2010.
While in New Zealand, Vui worked for an emerging New Zealand practice, RTA Studio, and The Buchan Group. After arriving in Melbourne, Vui worked for Cox Architecture and Architectus. He has worked on a few award winning projects, in particular, the Ironbank building in Auckland, New Zealand and South Morang Railway Extension project in Victoria. Vui has also won three design awards from competitions entered in conjunction with others during his spare time.
Vui moved to Hong Kong in 2013 where he currently practices. He has taken on the challenge of moving out of his comfort zone in Australia and New Zealand to Asia, where he can put his language skills to use. Due to his unique cultural background and early years of Chinese education in Malaysia and English education in New Zealand, Vui is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Chinese Hakka, Japanese and Malay. Aside from Architecture and Urban Design, Vui has a BA degree in Japanese. Vui understands the thoughts and inter-cultural differences between the East and West.
With currently around 11 years of experience in the profession, Vui is currently working as an Associate with a local architectural practice in Hong Kong. He travels frequently to China and South East Asia for work and leisure. He is keen to promote the awareness of Australian architecture (and New Zealand architecture) to Asian audiences where possible, and writes about Australian architecture in Chinese architectural magazines, in an attempt to shift the Euro-centric or North America-centric architectural mindset in this part of the globe.
Vui is delighted to be elected as a committee member of the International Chapter Council in 2015 and hopes to make positive contributions to the Chapter from here onwards.
Hank Koning, together with fellow Australian Julie Eizenberg, established Koning Eizenberg Architecture in Santa Monica California in 1981. The firm’s work encompasses a broad range of building types from Skid Row housing to high end boutique hotels, affordable mixed-use developments to custom residential homes, community recreation centres and major museums.
Koning Eizenberg has earned more than 70 awards for their projects, including 26 AIA awards, and was named the 2009 AIA California Firm of the Year, and together they were awarded the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal for 2012. Their work is featured in two monographs and has been widely published internationally.
Hank graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1977 and worked in the office of Max May before leaving Australia to pursue a Master of Architecture II at UCLA. Upon graduation in 1981, he worked briefly for Charles Moore and the Urban Innovations Group before establishing his own firm.
Hank has had the pleasure of teaching at a number of universities including Harvard, Yale, UCLA, University of British Columbia, University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. Mr. Koning served on the Santa Monica Planning Commission for almost 8 years during which time the City updated their Land Use policies.
He is a fellow of both the Australian Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects.
Dr. Ronald Lu is the founder and chairman of Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP). He obtained his first professional architecture degree at the University of New South Wales, Australia and obtained a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ronald established the award-winning architectural practice RLP in 1976 and currently has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen with over 500 staff. His work includes various engagements for the private and public sectors, both locally and internationally.
Ronald is also an active member of various Hong Kong and PRC professional organizations within the architectural profession including the Past President of the American Institute of Architects (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the current Chairman of the Hong Kong Architecture Centre.
He is passionate about improving and creating a built environment that is conducive to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, both in Hong Kong as well as internationally.
Grant Marani joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects, a world-renowned 300-person firm, in 1984 and has been a Partner with the firm since 2000. His broad experience includes federal courthouses, institutional buildings, recreational facilities, chapels, and private residences across North America, and mixed-use and residential developments as well as resorts in Europe, Australia, and most recently in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.
After graduating from the University of Melbourne (B.Arch., 1979), Grant went on to further his architectural education at Cornell University (M.Arch., 1984). He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is currently involved with the Architectural League of New York, the Skyscraper Museum, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, where he serves on the Education Committee.
From 1989 to 2001, Grant was Adjunct Associate Professor of Design on the faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has also been a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Yale School of Architecture. He is co-author of the monograph Designs for Living: Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (2014), and his work has been published extensively in a variety of architectural journals and magazines.
Prior to joining Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Grant worked for Edward Durell Stone, Architects, New York, and with Edmond & Corrigan, Architects and Urban Designers, Melbourne, Australia.
David Teh is a Director of Pakatan Reka Arkitek Sdn Bhd (PRA) which he established in 1979. PRA is a medium sized firm with an extensive design and building portfolio that includes master plans, office buildings, shopping malls, institutional buildings, hotels, apartment and condominium buildings, many of which have been published and won awards. David leads the design process in PRA.
David went to school in Malaysia and Australia and graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1974. David has been active in professional activities from the time he started his professional practice. He is presently a Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) and was formerly its President. He was a Board Member of the regulatory bodies, the Board of Architects Malaysia and the Board of Engineers Malaysia. He has also been active internationally and was previously Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and Deputy Chairman of ARCASIA.
He has convened numerous international conferences, most notably the 2nd and 9th Asian Congress of Architects. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA). He was Co-Chair of the PAM-RAIA Joint Conference held in both Perth and Kuala Lumpur in 1990.
David’s interest in education has led him to be an occasional tutor and examiner at schools of architecture in Universiti Technologi Malaysia, Universiti Technologi MARA and Deakin University, Victoria. David’s other passion is food and wine and this has led him to be active in the International Wine & Food Society Kuala Lumpur where he was President and is presently a Committee Member.
Robert Nation is an award winning architect with more than 40 years’ experience in all facets of architecture both nationally and internationally. He has worked and studied in Australia and abroad throughout this time, owning practices offshore for more than 20 years. He has lectured extensively at universities in Australia and overseas, has won design competitions throughout Asia and Australia, and has received a number of national and state architectural awards.
Over the past 40 years, Bob has been responsible for a diverse range of projects, from small houses to a city in Thailand, which was the largest construction project in the world in the 1990s. In 2012, he was appointed design director for the Barangaroo development in Sydney, Australia. He currently practices out of Hong Kong.
In 2006, as National President of the Institute, Bob was able to gain support from National Council for the formation of the International Area Committee, which has now become the International Chapter. Bob has been a member of the Council since its inception.