The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the appointment of Julia Cambage to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Most recently, Cambage was CEO for Try Australia, a youth charity and mentoring organisation. Here she was instrumental in the development and implementation of a range of sustainable enterprises including Try Uncontained, a progressive social business converting shipping containers into affordable, small footprint housing. The program was supported by property maintenance, furniture production and labour hire, providing training and employment for vulnerable citizens. The initiative was recently recognised at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh.

Cambage has also held top level positions at national not-for-profits Procurement Australia and Family Business Australia, developing and implementing sustainable programs to achieve strategic growth.

“The Institute is firmly in an era of transformation and Ms Cambage’s entrepreneurial nature coupled with extensive experience and commercial acumen, provide the perfect fit for the organisation and the profession as we continue on this exciting trajectory,” says National President Clare Cousins.

“I believe innovation aligned with speed, flexibility and agility adds to success, and this is a philosophy that I am excited to explore within the architecture community and across the built environment,” adds Cambage.

“Our society, our communities and the architecture profession are rapidly changing and with this comes the opportunity to challenge the status quo and strengthen our ties within the building and construction industry to effect meaningful change across the sector for the safety and benefit of our communities.”