Last night at the Annual General Meeting of The Australian Architecture Association (AAA) a new Board and Committee was elected.
Held at the Seidler apartment in Milsons Point, Sydney the Annual General Meeting was attended by more than 30 members who unanimously voted-in the new Board, giving them a vote of confidence to move ahead with their ambitions to create a more positive and ambitious agenda for the year ahead.
Re-elected to the board was the current President, architect Angelo Candalepas with the new Vice-President, interior designer and magazine editor of Luxury Home Design magazine, Kate St James, FDIA who is also one of the volunteer tour guides for the AAA. The Secretary, architect David McCrae was re-elected as was the Treasurer, architect Vincent Lam.
Committee members elected are Annette Dearing, one of the founding Directors of the AAA, architecture graduate and CPA, Robert Morley and Dinosaur Designs' Liane Rossler.
The new committee acknowledged that there were difficult but exciting times ahead for the AAA as they strive to create a higher profile for the organisation with increased public awareness of its tours, lectures, seminars and events which will continue to support and promote architecture to the wider community.
“Our first challenge is to obtain increased funding through sponsorships and events, which will enable us to provide a higher standard of service to our members,” said President, Angelo Candalepas.
The AAA was established in 2004 as a not for profit organisation to promote the understanding of both local and world architecture in Australia. It offers talks by internationally renowned architects in its Black Talk series and conducts regular walking and bus/car tours showcasing important buildings and architecture of Sydney, architecturally significant suburbs of Surry Hills and Castlecrag as well as Sydney Bar tours, Harbour cruises and Blue Mountains tours all led by volunteer tour leaders.
In 2006, the Australian Architecture Association started the annual Sydney Architecture Festival on World Architecture Day, the first Monday of every October, with the Australian Institute of Architects and the New South Wales Architects Registration Board.