Faculty alumnus appointed president-elect of the Australian Institute of Architects

17 April 2012

Paul Berkemeier (Bachelor of Science (Architecture) Sydney 1973; Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) Sydney 1976) was last month appointed as the president-elect of the AIA. Paul will fulfil this position before being appointed national president in 2013.

Paul says that the AIA plays a continuing role in representing architects both as students and professionals.

'It's a broad organisation that has to understand the pressures on an architect in Darwin and a student in Hobart. I'm glad to continue working to bridge practice and academe,' Paul said.

'It's very important that the profession has a voice,' Paul said. 'The institute is very effective as a place for like minds to come and discuss issues that affect the practice of architecture.'

Paul complements his AIA responsibilities with a teaching position in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He teaches students in Urban Architecture Research Studio in the Master of Architecture.

'Teaching is very useful for a practitioner because it becomes a way to reflect on your own approach to architecture,' Paul said. 'It's not just about imparting your knowledge and ability but also about learning from students the different ways that you can conceive of a problem and create solutions.

'Teaching is valuable in that respect.'

Paul's industry-leading work includes winning the prestigious international design competition for the Barangaroo development (with collaborators Hill Thalis and Jane Irwin Landscape) and the recently completed Maitland gallery.

He currently directs his own firm, Paul Berkemeier Architect.

Paul has been closely involved with the AIA for over 15 years, including terms as chair of the NSW education committee, then as national councillor, and now president-elect.

His term as national president begins May 2013.

The Faculty heartily congratulates Paul on this significant appointment.