The Queensland government has placed a major emphasis on architecture and state planning last week, appointing their newest government architect.
The prized position was assigned to award-winning architect Malcolm Middleton.
Mr. Middleton’s appointment as head of architecture for the state will become an incredibly essential role in the redevelopment of Queensland in light of its recent natural disaster history, as well as promoting industry initiatives as a whole.
The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has showed their overwhelming support for Mr. Middleton’s appointment, labelling him as highly respected and “a welcome and necessary continuation of the State’s recent commitment to safeguard, optimise and promote the State’s growth”.
In the institute’s media release regarding his appointment, Mr. Middleton is considered an incredibly valuable individual in terms of his architecture knowledge and views, as well as the connections he has made to state architecture as a whole.
“Malcolm was appointed the Queensland Architecture Awards Jury Director for 2010-2011 and has already created strong links in the regions as a result of his support and critical judgment of architecture across the state. He has impressed his colleagues at architectural awards presentations across the State with his discerning and insightful discussion of awards citations,” the report said.
The AIA, while emphasising Mr. Middleton, also stress the importance of the government position. It is a key linking factor between government and industry members and must be maintained in order to promote communication and growth between the two parties.
The institute has promised to continue with their commitment in pushing for an established Commonwealth Government Architect position within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The appointment of the Queensland government architect is a very important stepping stone in developing their initiative, which they believe will boost the quality of architecture presented on a national level, as well as focusing on the promotion of a sustainable built environment.
Queensland is moving up in the world of architecture, and the AIA believe this new appointment will only strengthen a global emphasis on the state’s architecture schemes.
“With the Government Architect’s role supported by the Queensland Government, and with the continuation of the State’s HEAT initiative, we are confident Queensland architecture will continue to attract positive attention on the world stage,” they said.
Industry members are holding increasing importance in terms of economic value and national growth. It is fundamental that they be represented at a government level in order to maximise their potential.