Tasmanian born and educated architect Shamus Mulcahy has been appointed as the new president of the Tasmanian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Mulcahy is the director of Bence Mulcahy Architecture, a young practice currently undertaking a wide range of educational, residential and commercial projects primarily within Tasmania.
He takes over from Yvette Breytenbach, and commences a two-year term as president.
“Architecture influences all aspects of the built environment and brings together the arts and creative thinking, scientific and technical knowledge, environmental and social awareness, strategic thinking and contractual management into a single discipline,” said Mulcahy, discussing his priorities as president.
“In a world where professions are becoming more specialized, architects stand tall as the only true generalist in the construction chain. Therefore, as custodians of the built environment, the role of the architect is increasingly important.
“Whether we realize it or not, architects create the physical environment, which in turn, influences how we live and work. Architects make invaluable contributions to the community and the quality of life and public health can have significant input into the economic sustainability of our state.
“Members of the Institute are not just designing beautiful houses but are always working on a variety of projects that shape our cities and towns, including commercial buildings, offices, schools, health centres, retail spaces, tourist facilities and community buildings. These architects play a diverse yet sometime anonymous role in shaping how we live and our quality of life as Tasmanians.
“Key current issues locally include how to encourage appropriate development whilst protecting our heritage and addressing housing affordability.”
Yvette Breytenbach will continue to work closely with Shamus and provide support in her role as immediate past president.
“It has been an immense privilege to serve as state president of the Institute over the past two years,” she said.
“Our Institute members are civic minded by virtue of their training and are passionate about making Tasmania an even better place to live and work for the whole community.”