2016 - Continuity and Change at ACA - WA

Greg Howlett , 7 February 2016

New ACA – WA President Greg Howlett introduces himself and ACA plans for 2016. 

I regret to advise that the WA Branch "President for Life" Richard (Dick) Young has retired from his practice, JCY Architects, and his Presidency of ACA – WA. JCY’s status as a leading architectural practice in WA is largely as a result of Dick’s management and the profession in WA as a whole has greatly benefited from his decade-long tenure on the local ACA committee. He has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the profession and both his contribution and his management style will be greatly missed.

Dick tells me he intends to spend a lot more time surfing despite his appetite for it being blunted due to the increased appetite of the local shark population.

The WA committee and profession as a whole wish him well.

He leaves both a great legacy and very large shoes to fill.

I, for my sins, have been elected President for the balance of 2016 or until the next elections are held. I have been ACA – WA Vice President for the past four years and I hope I can match the high standard set by Dick.

For those that don't know me, let me introduce myself briefly. I have been a Director of Cox Architecture since 1995. Prior to that I was a director of Howlett and Bailey Architects, a company founded by my father, Jeffrey Howlett, and his partner Donald Bailey. I am a past president of the WA Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and was the founding and current chairman of the Built Environment Design Professions (BEDP). Despite having disbanded elsewhere, in WA the BEDP is still regarded as the single point of contact for the government in matters pertinent to the building design professions. 

ACA – WA has two representatives at the BEDP, in addition to me as chair of the committee. Collectively, we greatly influenced the WA government in terms of procurement procedures and contract conditions. Our most recent success is in having the state trial the direct engagement of subconsultants, rather than having them engaged by the lead consultant, generally the architect. We believe government is becoming more receptive to the reforms we have been advocating for and we will be working hard to negotiate several additional improvements to the contract conditions and procurement processes in 2016.

In 2016 we will also focus on developing our event program, increasing sponsorship income and expanding our membership. To paraphrase our Prime Minister, there has never been a more exciting time to be a member of ACA. 

Greg Howlett is President of ACA – WA.

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