"Good design can create connectivity even in a world of distance. Let us continue to build the BIA to be a strong voice of 'good design principles' and 'professionalism' in Barbados."
It is with great pleasure that I thank the members of the Barbados Institute of Architects (BIA) for electing me as your incoming president.
Being a part of the council for the last two years has been an eye opener on where the BIA presently is and where it needs to be. As a younger architect within our architectural fraternity, I look to my right and left and see few of my counterparts which provoke the thought that our institute is in dire need of vibrant and active involvement of the future generation of architects as well as its current membership.
The voice of the BIA needs to be louder and proclaimed in unison that we are forward thinking; forward moving; and always in service of the public interest and the development of Barbados. As such I continue to echo the words of our immediate past president, Mr. Christian Marshall, “…the BIA must become a professional organization…”
To exude professionalism is a learnt behaviour and we as a body of professionals must strive to embody this ideal for the institute as an example to those who will carry the torch of the BIA into the future.
2021 was undoubtedly worse than we all expected with the prolonged uncertainties and residual effects of the pandemic on our lives. While some of us pray for the end of these perilous days many of us have come to the realization that we may have to learn to coexist in the world with this foe. So my wish for us all is that we look towards the year 2022 with a spirit of HOPE in each other and in ourselves; that as an architectural community filled with problem solvers we work together to create a better Barbados in response to the many complexities of the future which we now see unfolding before us.
BIA President, Ms. Neomie Tavernier
Good design can create connectivity even in a world of distance. Let us continue to build the BIA to be a strong voice of “good design principles” and “professionalism” in Barbados.
Barbados Institute of Architects.