Royal Australian Institute of Architects President's Honours Presentations and Dinner
Member for Redlands, Kim Richards MP; Cr Allan Adam, representing the Lord Mayor; the outgoing Past President and the incoming President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Dr Michael Lavery and Dr Mark Jones; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen.
I begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands on which we gather, the Turrbul and Jagera peoples, and extend my respectful greetings to Elders, past, present and emerging.
It is Graeme’s and my great honour to join you all tonight for what is a significant occasion for the Queensland Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
Now as a former doctor speaking to a room full of architects, I have decided against using my speech to give you my opinion on what makes a good building.
I was given advice early in my term as Governor it is best to speak sympathetically to your audience!
But it is particularly fitting that we gather tonight here at Customs House – a magnificent example of architectural skill which also reminds us of the powerful influence of the built environment on the life and tone of our communities.
In a similar fashion, the RAIA has been shaping public understanding of the role of architects in creating well designed spaces and liveable communities for more than 90 years.
Along the way, it has also fulfilled its other important functions of promoting professional standards, advocating for the interests of members and providing them with practical support.
I am particularly pleased we can gather tonight in person.
I believe there is great value in like-minded professionals coming together to share experiences, to expand professional networks and, most importantly, to celebrate excellence and achievement – and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all recipients of tonight’s awards and fellows.
There is, of course, another purpose to tonight’s dinner: to formally mark the transition of the Presidency of the Queensland Chapter of the RAIA.
I thank the outgoing President, Dr Lavery, for his service. I wish Dr Jones every success as he gives strength and substance to the important leadership duties entrusted in him on behalf of the profession.
While the transition of Presidency represents change, there is also an element tonight of continuity.
I therefore once again acknowledge the pivotal role the Institute has played over the past 92 years in responding to the needs of the profession, and the communities you all ultimately serve.
Thank you all. I wish you all a most invigorating and rewarding evening.