Committees & Taskforces
The work of the Chapter is also delegated to various committees and work groups that are often chaired by Chapter Councillors. The SA Chapter always welcomes members to participate in the various groups and ensures members are matched to their areas of passion, for more information about these, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The current committees and work groups of the South Australian Chapter are:
The Education Committee is a sub-committee of the Institute National Education Committee. It exists to promote the profession of architecture through education. It does so through the provision of advice the policies and programs of the Institute National Education Committee. It maintains contact between key stakeholders; coordinates Interim Review Panels of the architecture programs; educates the public about architects and architecture; organizes the Mentor Scheme; supports specific educational and or research programs and supports and facilitates student initiatives.
Sustainable Built Environment Committee
The Sustainable Built Environment Committee is a sub committee of the Institute National Sustainability Committee. It aims to promote progress towards a sustainable built environment.
The Honours Committee is responsible for considering and submitting nominations for the Gold Medal and Life Fellows to National Council. It also support nominations for Civil Honours and judges the Enduring Architecture Award in the annual SA Architecture Awards program. Committee Members:
Steve Grieve FRAIA (Chair), David Homburg, Peter Dungey LFRAIA, John Schenk LFRAIA, Mary Marsland LFRAIA and David Gilbert LFRAIA
The Awards Task Force is responsible for assisting the Chapter staff to plan and deliver the South Australian Architecture Awards Presentation Dinner and any exhibitions of Awards entries or events that take place in the lead up.
The Awards Director oversees and coordinates the jury deliberations and is the Jury Chair of the Sustainable Architecture category. The Director may not enter projects into the Awards program for the year they are in the position. They also guide and be assisted by the appointed Deputy Awards Director, who will take on the role of Director the following year. The Deputy may also be a member of any juries.
Co-Opertition assists the needs of local emerging practices, sole operators or established small firms, by linking members into a community of like-minded people.
The program provides social networking and targeted professional development opportunities to help members successfully strengthen their practices.
SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture) is the national student-membership body of the Institute, and an student representative is nominated from each School of Architecture. SONA aims to advance the interests of architecture students, architectural education and architecture through the promotion of student work and thinking. SONA members are the new wave of Australian design talent and are involved across a broad range of Institute events and activities.
EmAGN (Emerging Architects and Graduates Network) – pronounced 'imagine' – is a network which supports graduates and emerging architects in their transition from student to experienced architect. There are EmAGN groups active in all states and territories that run events and professional programs for our graduate members.
The Planning Taskgroup has been advocating for changes to the planning system since the Government’s Expert Panel on Planning Reform in February 2013. Mario Dreosti was appointed the Institute representative on a stakeholder Reference Group, and a Taskgroup was formed to provide support and recommendations for the Panel’s final public report. The Taskgroup has since worked closely with DPTI to provide input into the new Development Act, and will focus on assistingthe Department in developing a suite of design based guides and pathways that will enable our skills as designers to become integral to a better built environment.
Export (China) Taskgroup
The SA Chapter was involved in a 90 Day project for enabling increased exporting of architectural services to China managed by the Department of State Development. In 2015, Chapter President David Homburg was invited to attend the Premier’s Delegation to Shandong province, China and the return delegation in April 2016.
The Taskgroup is leading a strategy of bringing together allied design industry businesses along with aged care providers and operators to develop a ‘one stop shop’ offer to China, and has been a driving force in the establishment of the Australia China Aged Care Consortium (ACACC)
Education (Advocacy) Taskgroup
The Taskgroup is advocating the value of design, what architects do and how they can create spaces for people and communities through the education system, by organising architects to present in local primary and secondary schools.
Education (Research) Taskgroup
The focus is to create closer ties between the universities and the profession, particularly in the area of research that can be applied to practice. Identifying and developing research topics for the universities to provide industry with evidence-based knowledge that not only help clients but the community to understand the design decisions that we make as architects.
The Taskgroup is focused on increasing awareness and advocating for architectural residential design within the community. The Taskgroup works closely with the Institute’s Media team to pitch interesting and engaging stories about residential projects to the media, and is currently focusing on topics about apartment living, alterations and additions, affordable housing.
This new Taskgroup has been set up to advocate for architectural based procurement practices. The aim to engage in ‘two-way’ communication process with key staff within the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Renewal SA regarding future project procurement practices and principals, which could potentially lead to increase in Design & Construct project procurement for all public building projects.
Life Fellowship is the highest honour class of Institute membership available to members practising architecture.
Nominated by the Chapter Council or Honours Committee and endorsed by the National Council, Life Fellowship is honoured to an architect who is a Fellow of the Institute and has rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy.
South Australian Life Fellows are:
- 2016 Lolita Mohyla
- 2016 Kenneth Milne
- 2015 John Maitland
- 2015 John Walter
- 2012 Elaine Davies
- 2012 Andrew Davies
- 2010 Michael Llewellyn-Smith
- 2009 Francesco Bonato
- 2007 David Gilbert
- 2006 Mary Marsland
- 2006 Max Pritchard
- 2005 Peter Dungey
- 2004 David Parken
- 2002 Geof Nairn
- 2002 Ron Danvers
- 2001 John Schenk
- 2001 David Hassell
- 2001 Professor Judith Brine Hon AM
- 2001 Adrian Evans
- 2001 Albert Gillissen
- 1999 Norman Drogemuller (deceased)
- 1998 Lu Balsamo
- 1996 Newell Platten
- 1994 Rob Cheesman AM
- 1990 John Chappel AM
- 1990 John Cooper
- 1990 Guy Maron AM
- 1987 Colin Schumacher
- 1987 Geoffrey Harrison (deceased)
- 1982 George L Parker (deceased)
- 1982 John Morphett AM OBE (deceased)
- 1981 Robert Dickson (deceased)
- 1981 Keith Neighbour AM (deceased)
- 1981 Robert Hall
- 1976 Sir Eric von Schramek
- 1976 Earle Scott
- 1972 Colin Hassell AO (deceased)