Australian Institute of Architects new Tasmanian branch president Yvette Breytenbach says engaging an architect is key to achieving cost-effective, sustainable buildings and urban centres, writes JARRAD BEVAN
New AIA Tas president’s blueprint for the future
ENGAGING an architect is a valuefor-money investment, says the new president of the Tasmanian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Yvette Breytenbach.
Ms Breytenbach said the expertise and knowledge of an architect was key to achieving cost-effective, sustainable buildings and urban centres which will contribute to the long-term growth of Tasmania’s economy, enrich the culture and support communities.
“What is often forgotten is that architects deliver much more than functional buildings and pleasing aesthetics,” she said.
“They deliver problem-solving solutions and create opportunities on multiple levels. An architect is a valuable partner who brings a specialised skillset to any project, covering four areas of expertise: analytical ability, practical understanding, technical skills, and creative vision and flair.
“I would like to see a shift to the point where should people have a building project to undertake, they are not thinking ‘shall I use an architect’ but rather ‘which one will I choose to work with?’.”
Ms Breytenbach said architects were substantial contributors to the design of cities and towns and integral to the process of providing quality open spaces, protecting heritage, addressing affordability and diversity, and connecting communities in a way that enhances livability and sustainable outcomes.
She said by addressing changing needs in a changing world, sustainable design “supports our economy and ensures comfortable, healthy, contemporary environments” at home, school, work or play.
“Benefits include improved personal wellbeing and motivation, flexible work and learning opportunities, increased productivity and student engagement, and vibrant, attractive public and commercial urban space,” she said.
Ms Breytenbach has begun a two-year term with the institute taking over the position from Brad Wheeler.
Mr Wheeler will work closely with Ms Breytenbach and provide support in his role as immediate past president.
He said it had been an immense privilege to serve as state president of the Institute. “Our institute is not simply a lobby group; our members are passionate about making Tasmania an even better place to live and work for the whole community. I wish Yvette well for her term and look forward to working with her as we strive to achieve the best results for our state.”
Our institute is not simply a lobby group; our members are passionate about making Tasmania an even better place to live and work for the whole community
ABOVE: Yvette Breytenbach is looking forward to her new role with the Australian Institute of Architects. One of the Tasmanian projects (right) to make the finals in this year’s awards.