New Chapter Presidents for NSW, NT, Tasmania and SA

New Chapter Presidents for NSW, NT, Tasmania and SA

The Australian Institute of Architects welcomes new National Council members, including four new Chapter Presidents.

Joe Agius, Simon Scally, Andrew Williamson and Steve Grieve were inaugurated as NSW, NT, Tasmanian and SA Chapter Presidents respectively at National Council in Canberra on 21 March. WA President, David Karotkin, was inaugurated for a second term.

In addition, Karotkin was elected by National Council as the 2013 President Elect. He will be inaugurated at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 May.

Ms Helen Lochhead, NSW Assistant Government Architect and Peter Malatt, Director at Six Degrees in Melbourne, have been nationally elected as Councillors for 2013, while 2013 SONA President Barnaby Hartford-Davis of RMIT University takes over as the student representative.

The new members join existing delegates Shelley Penn, National President; Paul Berkemeier, President-Elect; Brian Zulaikha, Immediate Past President; Jonathan Clements, Hon Secretary and Victorian President; Maggie Edmond, Hon Treasurer; Tony Trobe, ACT President; Shane Thompson, Queensland President; David Karotkin, WA President and Mr Bryan Miller, National Councillor.

National Council is led by National President, Shelley Penn whose tenure will conclude on 29 May at the AGM when current President-Elect, Paul Berkemeier will take over the reins. Outgoing Immediate Past President, Brian Zulaikha will remain on National Council until the AGM.

Joe Agius graduated from the University of NSW in 1992. He joined Cox Richardson in 1993 and was made a Director in 2006. Benchmark projects include the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, the ABC in Ultimo, the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney and the 2008 Beijing Olympics Sailing Facilities in Qingdao. Recent projects include Project Star hotel in Pyrmont, NRP – a neuroscience research facility located at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, and the new headquarters for the South Australian Film Corporation in Adelaide. Joe has been a member of NSW Chapter Council for three years and involved in a number of programs and committees including, most recently, the Institute’s Architecture Bulletin Editorial Committee.

Simon Scally graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1987 and worked in Melbourne for five years before relocating to Darwin and establishing Build Up Design. Simon has been a NT Chapter Councillor since 2004 and represented the Territory on the National Professional Development Committee, National Public Affairs Committee and National Built Environment Education Committee. Darwin is currently undergoing a period of significant growth; during his period as President, Simon hopes to raise awareness and discussion about options and opportunities this growth presents, in relation to increased urban density and high quality urban design.

Andrew Williamson is a partner at the dynamic Hobart-based studio IDW. After graduating from the Tasmania State Institute of Technology, Andrew spent a number of years in Queensland, working on large scale residential and tourism projects. In 1990, he returned to Tasmania where he has worked on many significant projects, including Kingborough Council Chambers and Hobart Legal Aid Offices. Recently, Andrew has been a member of Tasmanian Chapter Council and Chair of Continuing Professional Development as well as National Continuing Professional Development Committee Representative.

Since commencing private practice in Adelaide in 1981, Steve Grieve has been working with state and local government, developers, community groups and cultural institutions. This has equipped him with broad and detailed knowledge of the requirements of a wide range of clients as well as familiarity with urban design and planning issues. As a director of Grieve Gillett, Steve has been responsible for a broad range of projects in Adelaide and regional South Australia. He has had specific experience in tailoring listed heritage buildings and sites for arts, cultural and tourism usage. He also has extensive experience working with arts organisations, both as an architect and as a board member. Steve has a long association with the Institute: on advisory committees, as a juror and currently on the Awards Task Force committee.


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