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Fulton Trotter Architects believes in the importance of supporting communities to be connected and strong, and therefore believes in our people taking on leadership roles in industry and community groups. These contributions have recently been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

We congratulate Director, Mark Trotter, who has been awarded a Life Fellowship by the AIA, their highest membership honour. This is awarded to Fellows of the Institute who, in the opinion of the National Council, have made notable contributions to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship.

In further good news we congratulate Directors, Katerina Dracopoulos, Justine Ebzery, and Ryan Loveday, along with Associate, Wendy Hay, on being awarded a Fellowship by the AIA. This is awarded to those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice. Each nomination requires the endorsement of two voting members and the Chapter Council.

L to R: Wendy Hay, Katerina Dracopoulos, Mark Trotter, Ryan Loveday, Justine Ebzery

Mark Trotter | Life Fellow AIA

Mark has been a Director of Fulton Trotter Architects for over 30 years. As Managing Director of FTA from 1994 to 2004, he led the practice through a significant and challenging period of renewal as the practice grappled with recession, technological change, and succession of a generation of directors. He also was primarily responsible for building FTA’s Sydney presence through the first ten years of the century.

Mark has shown a commitment to our industry since his architectural registration in 1983. From there he has served as the AIA Gold Coast Region Chair and was the first Queensland Chapter Regional Chair to be elected to Chapter Council, serving for eight years. He was the convenor for the 1998 AIA National Conference.

Since 2009, Mark has been highly involved in Learning Environments Australasia (formerly CEFPI) having served as the Queensland and Australasian Chair and currently as the Australasian representative on the International board of The Association of Learning Environments, International. Mark has previously been the Queensland President and a long serving national committee member of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA), as well as a Board member of the charity, Art from the Margins.

In 2014 he was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, an internationally recognised award enabling the research on the Design of Schools for disengaged Youth. More recently, Mark was appointed to Adjunct Professor at QUT’s School of Design, where he has tutored and been a guest lecturer for many years. In partnership with QUT and ACU Universities, Mark has also founded and is the Chief Investigator of the GrandSchools Project, a five year, federally funded, research project exploring a new model for intergenerational learning and living.

Katerina Dracopoulos | Fellow AIA

Katerina has been the Co-Chair of the Queensland chapter of Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) and is currently organising the 2021 LEA conference. Katerina is also the Co-Chair of the AIA Queensland Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and has served as an AIA Awards Jury member.

Justine Ebzery | Fellow AIA

Justine has a keen interest in practice management and community architecture. Justine is the current Queensland Chair of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum for the ACA as well as a Board member of Art from The Margins. Previously Justine served as the Queensland Secretary of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and on the Capital Committee of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

Ryan Loveday | Fellow AIA

Ryan has a long standing interest in the education and development of architects. He has been a convenor and tutor for the Institute’s PALS course in Queensland for over five years and has contributed to the national PALS program preparing candidates for professional registration. He has been a sessional tutor at QUT in professional practice and guest of the Griffith and UQ architecture courses . With a passion for community and regional design, Ryan is also the co-founder of Places for Ageing Australia, a forum which aims to explore the future of housing and living as we age.

Wendy Hay | Fellow AIA

Wendy has contributed regularly to architectural events and award programs with AIALEA, and Brisbane Open House. She has also been actively involved in the AIA CPD and Community Engagement committees. She is a wonderful mentor with students in the office, and in tutoring positions at QUT. She has a particular interest in the interface between built and landscape environments, and a focus on sustainability. Wendy is currently furthering her study in this area, undertaking a Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Living at UTAS, while also leading our practice’s Climate Change task force.

We extend our congratulations to all of the 2021 fellow recipients and would like to thank the AIA for hosting such a wonderful celebration.

Images: © Australian Institute of Architects