The Australian Institute of Architects has appointed Tony Giannone as its 2021–22 national president.

Giannone is director of Tectvs and industry professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide. He is currently South Australian chapter president and has also served as an awards jury and chapter councillor.

“We are delighted to welcome Tony as the new President Elect,” said Institute CEO Julia Cambage. “Tony has been an integral and committed member of our community for years and has shown outstanding leadership in the South Australian Chapter. I know his passion for the profession will help drive the Institute to new heights and I look forward to working alongside him as President Elect.”

The Institute made the appointment at its annual general meeting on 22 July, which also marked the beginning of Alice Hampson’s term as national president.

“It’s been wonderful working with Alice as President Elect over the last year and I’m certain her enthusiasm for architecture, history and art will greatly benefit the Institute and our members,” Cambage said.

“The coming year may be a difficult one for many of us working in the built environment space as we experience the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. I have every confidence that Alice’s knowledge and leadership will help see the Australian architectural profession through these uncertain times.”

Helen Lochhead concludes her term as national president and will now transition to a new role as immediate past president.

“Helen has worked tirelessly during her fourteen months as National President, and I’d like to thank her for her incredibly valuable contribution,” Cambage said. I know her efforts working on sustainability and urban development, and the Institute’s response to both the bushfire and coronavirus crises, will have a long legacy.”

Two new national council elected directors were also appointed at the AGM: NSW chapter president Kathlyn Loseby, and nationally elected national councillor Andrew Broffman.

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