July 13, 2013
Recently, BaA made some significant progress in few agendas.
On behalf of BaA executive committee, I would like to share some news with you. I am hopeful, you all will be proud to hear those as I am.
Senior members from BaA and myself had a meeting with Professor Alec Tzannes in Sydney to discuss mainly about possible opportunity of scholarship for students, BaA members and also internship for BaA members. He was very supportive of our ideas and some of his advices were positive addition.
The key points discussed:
· Opportunity of scholarship for BaA members and students from Bangladesh with required qualifications and ability to commence a Master’s Degree programme at the University of NSW;
· discussion with his partners at his professional practice to explore possibility of offering internship opportunities to BaA members;
· prospect of establishing degree programs between Bangladeshi Universities and University of NSW to complement the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) assessment requirements similar to the bilateral, have been established with some Universities in China;
· Possibility of offering an opportunity for a Bangladeshi academic scholar to obtain a position of an Adjunct Professor within his department at the NSW University;
· We also discussed about receiving any support to conduct research on the state of Bangladeshi building industry in light with the ‘Savar Tragedy’;
· He also agreed to attend our 2014 event.
We found the meeting very successful and we are on our way to achieve BaA’s goal.
Last week BaA had a meeting with President of AIA ACT Chapter Tony Trobe.
Major points from the meeting:
· Offered us to share our experience/Bangladeshi Architecture/Architects working in Bangladesh through talking sessions organised by the AIA ACT Chapter. The next session is in three months’ time.
· highlighted and gave contact name for some works of the AIA involving Women in Architecture focusing empowering women to be part of this profession, sustain the spirit while going through different stages of life;
· agreed to be our partner in principle in our next event and would like to discuss this with the AIA ACT Chapter to confirm;
· some ideas were shared about involving Canberra University as partner.
This was also a very positive approach from AIA ACT Chapter for BaA. We should be proud of that.
Rafiq Azam Travel Bursary, the scholarship has been launched. BaA coordinated and took the lead in the process with AIA NSW Chapter . Both AIA NSW Chapter and Monash University agreed and they are in process of nominating students. The scholarship will continue for next ten years.
The NSW will receive it every year and for Monash it will be biannual. BaA was invited to attend the Student award programme organised by AIA NSW Chapter in Sydney and the scholarship was announced in the same programme. BaA was also invited to be in the jury panel. I would like to thank Architect Rafiq Azam for offering the scholarship.
We are certainly on our way to make BaA’s relationship stronger with AIA.
My sincere thanks to all members for your continuous support and effort to achieve BaA’s goal.
Our first newsletter is in progress.
Finally, I would like to request all BaA members, for your support to make our 2014 event a successful one.
Thanks and regards