It is an honour to take up the position of president of the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter for the next two years. The role comes with significant responsibilities but also unique challenges and personal reward.
The institute serves to support members in their profession and to advocate on behalf of the profession. This is vital and always at the forefront of the efforts of elected representatives. I take over from Richard Kirk who has been doing a wonderful job in this advocacy role and I would hope to carry on the work that he has started.
As I continue with my position in Conrad Gargett, a much larger practice now than it was 17 years ago when I was appointed Managing Director, it is worth noting that many practices, large or small, face familiar challenges in what is an increasingly competitive environment.
The architectural profession rarely receives the recognition it deserves in promoting and delivery quality in the built environment. Where good design is applauded it is often attributed to others and where there are failures the architect carries the public responsibility.
Fostering awareness of the value of design, building respect for the architectural profession, and acknowledging the architects’ ability to contribute and lead industry, is a passion that I intend to bring to the role of President.
My involvement with the AIA Queensland Chapter was kick started as Awards Director in 1991, and since then numerous awards jury’s with occasional presentations to members. It is a fine institution which has been served by many excellent past presidents who have contributed to its strong standing.
I look forward to the coming challenges.
Bruce Wolfe FAIA
Adjunct Professor University of Queensland.