Dr Cameron Bruhn is the newly appointed CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects, having previously been the Dean and Head of School for Architecture at University of Queensland. Image: Supplied.
  • Dr Bruhn will succeed interim CEO, Barry Whitmore.
  • Was the editorial director of Architecture Media from 2009 to 2018.
  • Dr Bruhn will leave his role as Dean and Head of School at UQ.

Dr Cameron Bruhn has been appointed the new CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects. Dr Bruhn will take over from interim CEO Barry Whitmore, assuming responsibilities on 11 April 2023, and leaving his current role as Dean and Head of School – School of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

“On behalf of the Board, I am thrilled to announce Cameron’s appointment as our new CEO,” said Board Chair and National Council Director, Peter Hobbs.

“During what was a rigorous recruitment that produced a number of high-quality candidates, Cameron impressed us with his grasp of our organisation, of the key issues that our profession faces, and with his sense of energy and optimism that he will bring to the role.

Peter Hobbs. Image: Supplied.

“Cameron’s experience in the industry, in his role as editorial director of Architecture Australia and as Dean of Architecture at UQ – in addition to his absolute love of the profession – makes him the ideal leader to move the Institute forward.”

Dr Bruhn said the leadership appointment came at a critical moment in the life of the organisation, and that he was looking forward to working collaboratively to shape a vibrant future for the Institute.

“My vision is for a lively and sustainable peak body, positioning it as a critical infrastructure that anticipates and nurtures the needs of the membership and addresses the complex demands of a career in the profession,” Dr Bruhn said.

“In parallel, I will use my ability to advocate and connect with the diverse industry and government stakeholders who shape the built environment to give clarion voice to the value and impact of the profession and its contribution to the lives of people, places and communities.”

“The Institute has made an august contribution to the progress of Australian architecture, and I will work to positively lead the organisation toward its centenary and beyond.”

Dr Bruhn was the editorial director of Architecture Media, Australia’s leading cross-platform publisher and events organiser for the built environment community from 2009 to 2018. Dr Bruhn holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UQ, and a practice-based PhD from RMIT University.

Mr Hobbs added: “Cameron is going to bring a special energy to the Institute”.

“As an educator, we expect he will engage with SONA and EmAGN and harness the energy of this important cohort, as an excellent communicator, he will become an effective advocate to various stakeholders including government, industry partners and the private sector,” he said.

“Cameron will be an excellent voice for the issues most important to the Institute – inclusivity, sustainability, and the public recognition of the significant role Architects play in shaping our community”.

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