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President's Message (2015)

On 17th January 2015, we had an Official ARCASIA Handover Ceremony and Office Bearers Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand hosted by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA). We had a very smooth administration transfer, followed by a fruitful meeting and discussions.

I am happy to say that our administration will carry on with the policies and projects initiated under the capable leadership of Immediate Past President Ar. Tan Pei Ing. I also wish to provide you with our goals and objectives, and list the projects we planned to achieve in the two next year.

ARCASIA PROJECTS for 2015-2016

1. ARCASIA EDUCATION under ACAE

  • 1.1 ARCASIA Faculty Exchange and Visitation Program.

2. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE under ACPP

  • 2.1 I wish to establish a "Basic How to Start Professional Practice Guidelines". The information can be used by any Institute to help their members. This will be most beneficial for all young and experienced architects in our region.
  • 2.2 Develop list of ARCASIA Expert Facilitators to help share professional knowledge on "How to Do" professional practice and other CPD Seminars. With the assistance from developed institutes such as KIRA, JIA, HKIA, SIA, PAM, and others, we can help initiate workshop for any institute and provide information on "International Standard for Professional Practice" that can be disseminated to individual architects as required.

3. Green and SUSTAINABLE under ACGSA

  • 3.1 Compile information on Green Council of member institute that have established guidelines.
  • 3.2 Understand "Incentive programs" of Green Council of each member Institute.
  • 3.3 How to promote Green and Sustainable Designs not only to architects but also developers, bankers, policy makers, and general public.

4. YOUNG ARCHITECTS under ACYA

  • 4.1 ARCASIA Prize Traveling Fellowship will be launched January 2015. The sponsor for the fellowship is BlueScope Steel Thailand. The first travel program will be up to 3 months research in Japan.
  • 4.2 Create a platform to exchange design ideas between 19 member countries.
  • 4.3 Source of information for design competition in our region and the world.
  • 4.4 Information on Cross Border Mentorship Program. This is being done on an adhoc basis with KIRA and ASA. We wish to make this into ARCASIA Program under ACYA.
  • 4.5 Information on job opportunities in our region.
  • 4.6 Any professional issues relating to young architects.

5. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY under ACSR (Proposed by VP Zone B: Ar. Endy Sobijono)

Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 5.1 Mapping of ARCASIA Disaster Centers/Organizations in each state and compile necessary information.
  • 5.2 Architectural Emergency Procedures in terms of risk reduction.
  • 5.3 Networking with similar organizations i.e Architecture for Humanity, Emergency Architects, Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, etc.
Architecture for the Less Fortunate
  • 5.4 Initiate for networking of ARCASIA architects working on this issue.
  • 5.5 Exchange of information and documentation of local renewable materials.

6. Corporate Partners providing Technical support to ARCASIA.

We have discussed with our corporate partners to help setting up seminars and workshop program for any institute that require technical knowledge for their members. Our corporate partners are ROCA, SIKA, BlueScope Steel, Siam Cement Group.

7. ARCASIA TRAVEL EXHIBITION

Develop an ARCASIA Travel Exhibition to showcase award winning designs given by ARCASIA. This will be a high tech/ electronic exhibition that can be easily transportable to any where in the world.



Our concentration for this first year will be the following:
Launch of ARCASIA Travel Prize Competition for young architects under 40 to be announce this month, January 2015.

Setting up Professional Practice Workshop for all architects, young and old, to have a better understanding of international standard practice with subjects ranging from "how to" set up an architectural practice, office management, as well as project management. The first workshop series will be held at ARCASIA Forum in Ayutthaya in November 2015.

I am also very happy to announce the MOU signing of two corporate partners, BlueScope and Sika. BlueScope will be providing sponsorship funding for ARCASIA Travel Prize to Japan, while Sika will be our "Platinum Partner" for the next two years. In addition, our two partners will provide technical support for ARCASIA Technical Workshop which will also be launched during ARCASIA Forum in Ayutthaya.

Our "Team ARCASIA" will hit the ground running to get as many activities and projects for the benefit of our member institutes and Asian architects. We are eager to serve you to the best of our abilities.