The Australian Institute of Architects welcomed David Karotkin as the 75th National President at the Annual General Meeting held in Melbourne.

Mr Karotkin comes to the National Presidency following three years as WA Chapter President, where he strongly advocated for the profession in that state. He takes over as National President from Paul Berkemeier.

Mr Karotkin said he was honoured by the responsibility of representing their membership in this role. According to Mr Karotkin, the role of National President is part of a continuum, from a term as National Councillor and President Elect through to support as Immediate Past President.

In his new role, Mr Karotkin plans to promote some issues, including mandatory use of architects for the design of certain types of buildings and improved member engagement with the Institute.

Mr Karotkin received a Bachelor of Architecture, First Class Honours from Curtin University and is Managing Director of award winning Perth-based architectural consultancy Sandover Pinder, where he has worked since 1995. He has practised in the United Kingdom, Israel, Asia and Australia across a diverse portfolio of architectural projects including healthcare, education, law and order and community developments.

Mr Karotkin thanked Mr Berkemeier for his leadership and contribution to issues including gender equity and diversity, and architectural education over the past 12 months.

Former Victorian Chapter President Jon Clements has been appointed President Elect.