Kathlyn Loseby has been appointed NSW Chapter president of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) following the two-year term of Andrew Nimmo.
Loseby graduated from the University of Sydney with an honours degree in architecture and has worked in the UK and Sydney for a number of leading architectural firms. With an MBA(Exec) from the AGSM and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she is also the chief operating officer of Crone Architects, a major national firm.
She brings this deep professional experience to her role as leader and public face of the architectural profession in NSW and has outlined three key objectives that her presidency will prioritise.
“The first is procurement. Repeatedly, we see the emphasis on procurement practices that favour reduced time and cost at the expense of quality. The outcome being increased cost for maintenance, financiers, the insurance industry and ultimately the whole community. I would like to see the skill and expertise of the architectural profession at the forefront of improving the quality outcomes in this situation,” she says.
“Secondly, we need to focus on advocacy. Going forward, the Institute will continue Andrew’s important work with government and commercial organisations to improve their efficient engagement of architects as advisors, designers and administrators. We will strive to raise recognition of the breadth and depth of value that architects can bring clients and the community through good design in the places they live, work and relax.”
“Our third objective is equality. As president, I will also be leading the Institute in forging pathways to a rewarding and supported return to practice for architects who have taken a break, typically to start or raise a family. We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive and grow within the profession."
"As a special advisor to the NSW Champions of Change for Crone in 2018, I am especially proud of how this initiative has developed positive policy resources available for all architectural practices to utilise, in particular the Flexible Work Policy,” says Loseby.