Lahznimmo Architects’ Andrew Nimmo will from today (Tuesday) become president of the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, replacing the outspoken Shaun Carter.

Mr Nimmo is known for his expertise in urban design, masterplanning and public placemaking, and has spent two terms (four years) as a NSW chapter councillor.

In assuming the presidency, Mr Nimmo said he must both thank and admonish Mr Carter – “Thank him for an excellent and committed term where he has worked so hard in raising the public profile of the profession; and admonish him for being a tough act to follow for the next presidency.”

He said he would continue Mr Carter’s “legacy of public engagement and informed critique”, which has in recent months been most noticeable in his advocacy for social housing and heritage, particularly with Save Our Sirius.

Mr Nimmo said it had been a difficult few years for the Institute and said it was concerning there were so many good architects that did not see value in being members.

“There is a new governance structure in place and the next two years must be a time for consolidation and regaining the trust and respect of the members in NSW,” he said. “That will be my priority.

“I want to strengthen ties with the networks through continuing Shaun’s initiative of taking Chapter Council on the road. These forums allow us to listen, but also explain the work that the Institute does.”