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ANNUAL MEETING. Tho annual meeting of the Now Zealand Institute of Architects was held in Christchurch on November 26 and 27, the business taking up part of both of these days. Mr P. Y. Wales (Dunedin), who is president of tho institute, occupied the chair. There was a large attendance of delegates from all parts of the Dominion, the Dunedin representatives being Messrs J. L. Salmon, Basil B. Hooper, and H. M&ndeno. There was no election of office-bearer* on this occasion, it having been decided that those elected last, year should hold office until April nest, when the Architects' Registration Act, passed in November of last year, should become operative. The principal business was the reception of reports from the various branches of the institute in the Dominion as to progress made in the profession. One of the most interesting of these was the report of the Educational Committee, who had gone very thoroughly into the question of training architectural students. The Architects' Registration Act provides that future admissions to the profession must be by examination or the production of some recognised diploma. Considerable discussion took place as to the advisability of establishing. a chair of architecture in connection with tho New Zealand University. The claims of the Canterbury College to have such a chair established in Christchurch were forcibly urged by the Christchurch delegates, who argued that the existence of a chair of engineering in the Canterbury College would bo of great assistance to architectural students, as'well as economical. Whilst it was agreed that a chair of architecture was desirable, no definite decision was arrived at. Meanwhile architectural training at the different technical colleges and art classes will be encouraged. Another subject which provoked a deal of discussion was architectural competitions. It has been felt for a considerable time past that injustice was sometimes done to competitors for architectural designs through the conditions having been drawn up by assessors who were not properly qualified. It was pointed out that the appointment of a duly-qualified architect as assessor was in the interests of both promoter and competitor. It was decided that assessors should bo qualified architects, and that when conditions are drawn up the assessor should bo taken into close consultation with the promoters, this being the only practicable way which would inspire confidence in the various competitors. A standard size for bricks was also discussed. It was pointed out that it would be difficult to arrange a standard size of bricks for tho Dominion. The decision arrived at was that different branches of the institute should arrango for a uniform size of brick in each district. The delegates were hospitably entertained by the members of the Christchurch branch.

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N.Z. INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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N.Z. INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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