ACA - SA June Update

John Held , 13 June 2015

John Held updates members on ACA – SA activities and discussions.

Discussions with the Australian Institute of Architects

The ACA – SA Committee met recently with Nicolette Di Lernia, the new Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter Manager. We undertook to work together and use each organisation’s strengths to work for the good of architecture in SA. We wish her the best in her new role!

DPTI Procurement

The ongoing reorganisation of DPTI has made it difficult to promote the issues that ACA – SA regard as critical for good government procurement. The advancing of the government BIM agenda is also stalled.  We hope to meet with Luigi Rossi next week in the company of Peter Barda, Head of the Australian Construction Industry Forum, to further some of the issues that members have emphasised as important.

Build SA – BIM

You will have received a separate email advising of the latest BuildSA event on Tuesday 16 June. Senior management should consider attending – BIM is more about changing behaviours, systems and relationships than about new software.

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Opportunities for the SA Design Sector in China

Adrian Evans has represented ACA – SA on the group supporting AIA president David Homburg’s recent visit to China.

On behalf of South Australia’s design sector, SA Chapter President David Homburg visited Shandong Province in May, and was joined by Phil Donaldson, SustainSA and Dino Vrynios, Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects. The visit was part of South Australia’s biggest ever trade mission led by the South Australian Premier.

The visit was intended as a first step by the sector to introduce the State’s design strengths to counterparts in Shandong, a strategic market that preferences a sister relationship with South Australia. The meetings leveraged the high level Shandong Government introductions made by the State Government in Jinan, the province capital and Qingdao – the sister city with Adelaide.

Some key themes were liveability, health, aging and education, all of which can benefit from contributions from the design sector.