The NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects has appointed Kathlyn Loseby as its new president.
Loseby is an architect and the chief operating officer of Crone. She holds an honours degree in architecture from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. She has previously held roles with Allen Jack and Cottier, Foster and Partners, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill.
Loseby takes over from former president Andrew Nimmo, partner of Lahznimmo.
“During his term Andrew has spearheaded a number of important advocacy campaigns around issues,” she said, “including the misuse of the Opera House sails for advertising and unfair procurement practices.
“Andrew has also made an invaluable contribution to establishing a more robust and effective governance structure within the chapter while strengthening the voice of the profession among government and industry.”
Loseby said her areas of interest as president fall into three broad categories.
The first, she said, is procurement. “Repeatedly we see the emphasis on procurement practices that favour reduced time and cost at the expense of quality. The outcome being increased cost for maintenance, financiers, the insurance industry and ultimately the whole community. I would like to see the skill and expertise of the architectural profession at the forefront of improving the quality outcomes in this situation.
“Secondly, we need to focus on advocacy. Going forward, the Institute will continue Andrew’s important work with government and commercial organizations to improve their efficient engagement of architects as advisors, designers and administrators. We will strive to raise recognition of the breadth and depth of value that architects can bring clients and the community through good design in the places they live, work and relax.
“Our third objective is equality. As president, I will also be leading the Institute in forging pathways to a rewarding and supported return to practice for architects who have taken a break, typically to start or raise a family. We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive and grow within the profession. As a special advisor to the NSW Champions of Change for Crone in 2018, I am especially proud of how this initiative has developed positive policy resources available for all architectural practices to utilise, in particular the Flexible Work Policy.”