The Institute of Architects has announced that Tony Giannone, director of Tectvs and a professor at the University of Adelaide, will be the new president of the South Australian chapter.
Giannone, the Institute said in a statement, “has been an active contributor to the furthering of design practice across industry, profession and education and has advocated, spoken and lectured internationally on the cultural significance and impact that revitalization of buildings and precincts have within the context of rapid urban change.”
Over the last five years he has served as a councillor of the SA Chapter. He will continue his role as the facilitator of an International Design Workshop program that has collaboratively run for six years over three continents between The University of Adelaide, Tongji University in Shanghai and the Polytechnic University of Milan.
His practice, Tectvs, has over its 30 years produced a varied body of work, including award-winning projects such as East on Rundle, Kent Town and Gilbert Street Apartments,and the recent project Mitolo Wines cellar door and restaurant.
In a wide-ranging first statement as president published by the Institute, Giannone ruminates on the state of the profession and lays out his priorities in his new role.
“The state of architectural practice is in intensive transition and flux,” he writes.
“The introduction of continual subjective regulatory overlays to validate our design outcomes is producing a critical intersection of conflicting expectations on the profession.
“We have somewhat lost our voice in the debate of the built environment in this state, seen mostly as an adjunct to that taken over by others. In turn, we seem to be fragmenting ourselves and becoming inward critics rather than externally advocating our views and values.”
He states that during his tenure he will aim to forge an everyday connection with the public, to increase multi-generational involvement in the Institute and to “strengthen an inherent understanding of our regional design culture and identity of our state and city.”