In 2016 we saw the coming together of a small group of energetic and committed ArchiTeam members to brainstorm Advocacy. We had dreams of leaping straight into action, however over the course of three meetings we came across so many inspiring and varied ideas. It became apparent that there are many issues small practice Architects face that require advocacy and action.
We invited a community engagement company Capire to lead the group through two workshops. Our aim was to develop a strategic framework to record all these ideas and potential projects, to be selected by future Advocacy groups to continue the good work. Through these workshops our ideas of advocacy focused on informing decisions – “…ultimately by enabling the public to make informed decisions in the built environment space because they understand the function of architects and the value of architecture.” (Capire Workshop 1- Summary).
The group’s overview is to communicate the value of small practice Architects through transparency of information, ‘lifting the fog’ around what architects actually do and our relevance today. We have collaborated with Open House Melbourne on a workshop series ‘The Naked Architect: a guide to commissioning and working with a residential architect’. We look forward to season 3 launching in 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to view here . ArchiTeam is also working alongside Melbourne University – Melbourne School of Design (MSD) on RASP (Research for Architects in Small Practice) to gather crucial research information pertinent to our field. RASP was successfully crowdfunded in 2018 with the first research project currently underway.
The Advocacy group also undertakes other activities, preparing letters of support for the Nightingale model of architect-led housing; as well as submitting a response and Press Release to the Better Apartments Draft Standards. We invite all ArchiTeam members to assist with these grassroots actions to support the architecture community. Each year a core group of max. 6 members is selected each year to work on the advocacy Key Project.
If you would like to add your voice to our Advocacy group please send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d like to thank our committed and passionate Advocacy volunteers to date:
Talina Edwards https://talinaedwards.com.au/
Jo Foong https://foomann.com.au/
Jamie Sormann https://foomann.com.au/
Renuka Rodrigo https://www.houzz.com.au/pro/rmrarchitects/rmr-architects
Wilson Tang http://www.sonelo.com.au/
Tom Bulic http://tomake.com.au/
Alp Soyogul http://hypogeum.com.au/about.html
Paul Orlandini https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-orlandini-15183291/
Gerry McLoughlin https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerry-mcloughlin-52243824/
Adam Newman https://www.newarchitects.com.au/DESIGN-PRACTICE-ARCHITECTS
Rod Neil http://rnarch.com/
Zoë Geyer https://zga.com.au/
We look forward to continue the growing work of the Advocacy group in 2019.
“I’m part of the Advocacy for Architects working group where we are looking at how and what we can do to advocate for architects, whether it be our members or the broader community. It provides a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to our industry that as an individual it’s hard to get traction on, but as a collective, with our members behind us, it could go somewhere bigger.”– Claire Scorpo, Claire Scorpo Architects & ArchiTeam member
“Architecture doesn’t offer great wealth, and, as a small business owner, it doesn’t offer a stress-free life. But it does offer the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.”– Warwick Mihaly, Mihaly Slocombe Architects & ArchiTeam member