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INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

OTAGO BRANCH,

The annual meeting of the Otago branch of file Now Zealand Institute of Architects was held in the' Savoy Booms last evening. Mr J. I/. Snhiiond presiding, Tho annual report, which -was read by the hon. secretary (Mr Baeil Hooper), stated that: the membership now consisted of 16 follows and 9 associates, an Increase of one member over (he number for last year. The annual meeting of tho institute was held in Auckland early in January last, and was attended by Mr Wales alone. Owing to the requirementei of the Registration Bill, there was no change in tho personnel of the office-bearers, therefore Mr Wales remained president, and will do so till May next., when the institute is put on its legal basis. The number of committee meetings of tho branch held since tho last annual meeting was four and vho general meetings six. The attendance had been good on the whole, and the students had attended the reading of papers much better than formerly. The attendance of tho junior members, however, had been very poor indeed, and it was trusted that mors esprit cle corps would bo shown by them in the future. Four papers were read during Hie last session in the winter mouths, and were much appreciated. They were as folloirs:—‘Tho Progress ol Domestic Architecture, ’ by Mr J. Barton; ‘Scraps,’ by -Mr If. M. Davev; ‘ Brickwork.’ by Mr It. N. Vanes; ‘/Esthetics in Architecture,’ by Mr K. Hawcridge (Director of Dunedin School of Art). Tim thanks of the branch were due to these gentlemen for their trouble in preparing these papers, and only those who have written such know the amount of time thev involve.. Tile thanks of the board were also due to the director of the School of Art for allowing the use of a room for meetings when papers weio to he given. Thci board appointed 'by tho Government for the registration of .architects were elected last March, .and consisted of Messrs Atkins, Wales, and Hurst Seager (institute nominees), and Messrs Mackay, Goldsborough, and Hooper (Government nominees). Three meetings had been held in Wellington, and tlie final was to be hold in Christchurch at the same time as tho annual meeting of the institute. As the date for registration would expire on November 22, it was imperative dint all members not yet registered should do so nt oner. It was to be hoped that all architects registered would add the legalised prefix ‘‘Registered” to their names in all ways possible, an only (bus would (he public gradually learn to differet.tiato between qualified and unqualified men A slarfc had been made (his past year in giving instruction to students in architectural subjects, Mr R, X. Vanes. A.R. 1.1?. A., having undertaken the teaching of ' Design ’ and ‘Architectural History.’ The average attendance all the session had been about'ten, and good progress had been made. If enough encouragement were offered a class for mathematics, for architectural students only, would be commenced at the School of Art next year. It would them bo possible for students to obtain tuition in all tho subjects they needed at the School of Art. On the request of the Citizens’ Protection Society, a sum of £7 10s from the branch funds, was granted to the fund for preserving order during the recent strike. Also the sum of £25 ss, raised by levy chiefly, was donated towards the Otago war patriotic fund for the relief of local distress, and £5 was voted for town-planning expenses. About the middle of tho year they were visited by the Iwo lecturers from. Britain Messrs Daviclge and Read©. The branch undertook tbs task of organising and running the meetings in Dunedin and collecting all tho funds necessary, and it was very gratifying to know that the lectures were a magnificent success, the rial! on all three evenings being crowded. Unfortunately the war broke out. almost immediately after the lecturers loft, ami consenuently a. great deal of the good effects of tlie lectures would bn lost, as very little thought had since, boon bestowed by tlie community on any other subject than the tar. A town-planning association was on the point of being formed, hut had been postponed for the meantime. However, it was not intended to let, this important matter drop, and as soon as practicable they should return to (lie matter once more. A sub-committee, consisting of Messrs Varus, Clough, Saimond, ami Hooper, was set up to endeavor to obtain the standardisation of bricks, and as aconsequence most of -.be local brickmakers had agreed to make one. standard size, thus; enabling four, couises to the foot to 1)3 built. The subject would come tip at the annual meeting of the institute re a standard Dominion size. In conclusion, t:u committee trusted that the meetings nm-d year would be as wed! or even better t- j

tended than in tbo past, and that, the sumo poftiWlowship amongst members would ttill prevail us hitherto. They (rustad, also, that the ill effects of the war on building would gradually disappear, and that, badness moil year would ns much Ini.-kor and more normal.

In moving tho adoption of the annual report and balance-sheet, tho khairmair said that 1914 would he an eventful year in history, and that the things which had happened in connection with their profession would sink into insignificance. Still, 11)14 wan important from their point of view, as they had got the Jong-desired Registration Hill passed, and it would he in every way in the interests of the. public as well a.s themselves. Architects who were practising were entitled to, register as members of trio institute, before' the 22nd of this month, and everybody entering the institute would be required to pass ail examination. That examination would bi difficult, and would require a good deal of preparation, and wonk/ assure that ail practising and registered architects would be thoroughly qualified and trained men. Students _mu.it now give a good deal mere time to their studies, and concentrate their minds on the profession more than in the past. They could now make a special study in special directions instead of, as in the na>t, < oncenltrating on subject.-, which diil not concern their future Lite and work. The institute had recoeniscur that men must be provided to enable the students to qualify and get the noces.-aiy training, and had set about establishing schools and professorships in the different subjects. Already they had classes in Dunedin for this purpose. Another interesting tiling that occurred in 1914 was tho visit of the town-planning lecturer.-:. They had hoped that their visit would enable the society to bring about many reforms. We had many defects in our towns which had been very clearly brought Ijvforo nr> by tho lecturers, and the many ways, simple and inexpensive, in which wo conic/ beautify our cities. It had been hoped (hat a town-planning society would be formed, but, of course, every tiling had been overshadowed by the war. They had evidence even now that people had to bo ferred to carry out certain things in our City. They had evidence in the City now of a most unsightly structure in one of their chief streets. ]f a town-planning society were in existence and the City Corporation had further powers, such things would hot he possible. If certain individuals were so lacking in the sense of what was beautiful and what was in the higher interests of the community as to erect such places as that, in our main street, they ought to be subject to some definite regulation which would ensure tho work being carried out properly. They were hopeful that that would be brought about. Mr P. Y. Wales seconded the motion, and emphasised the value of a 1 legist ration Hill as a means of bringing about the teaching of students, which was in the interests of the whole of the community. The report was adopted. It was resolved that the office-bearers be not appointed until such time as the new council of the New Zealand Institute were elected.

Messrs J. L. Salmond, H. Mandeno, and B. B. Hooper were appointed delegates to attend the annual meeting of the institute at Christchurch.

The Chairman said that a deputation from the Dunedin Builders’ Association had waited upon the committee a couple of weeks ago as to certain matters that were being carried out to the disadvantage of the builders, and Mr Hooper would read to them what had been proposed with regard to the grievances.—The report dealt with the matters of separate tenders, quantities, alternative iendorg,, blue jarint^.

and tho passing of plans, and concluded: Your committee do not think it advisable to lay down any definite regulations regarding these matters. They recognise, however, that without duo care and con- J side ration contractors may be put to much trouble and inconvenience by architects on behalf of clients. They therefore impress upon all members of this branch the advisability of suppressing, as far as it lies in their power, any undue hindrances and difficulties to tenderers in theii offices.”—lt was decided to send a copy of this report to each member of the branch, recommending that they follow out the recommendations as far* as possible. The balance-sheet showed a credit o! about £2O. Votes of thanks were accorded to the ■ lion, auditor (Mr 3T. K. Wilson), to the hon. secretary (Mr B. B. Hooper), and tho chairman.

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INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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