Transfer of Knowledge

Transfer of Knowledge add

This year ADNZ celebrates 50 years in operation. Defign takes a look back at one of ADNZ's biggest strengths - its people.

During its development, ADNZ has had many members contribute decades of experience, time and energy to the cause. With a goal of bringing greater ethics and standards to the design industry along with providing a supportive collegiate environment - the organisation recognises the value of its veteran membership base.

In all professional bodies the power of mentoring from senior members should not be underestimated.

ADNZ life member, Ian Cumberpatch, who has more than 34 years of involvement with ADNZ, says it is more important than ever that those in the design and construction industry contribute their time and give back to their professional bodies.

"Of course people are busy and time is scarce. When there’s lots of work that's when it's easy to get a bit complacent and sit back on our laurels. But I think that's when it's even more important to have the support of an industry body and to give back.

"Busy times bring new people to the industry who want to get involved and that's when it's important to maintain that continuity and transfer of knowledge so that core values aren't lost", says Ian.

Murray Borland who has been involved with ADNZ for more than 40 years agrees and feels strongly about the responsibility that older members have in passing on their knowledge to younger members.

"It's like anything, you've got to give and take and it's important to give back. Training members at the grass roots level is a very important role for ADNZ and it needs to be a process of succession and mentoring internally within our ranks. No one knows the organisation better than those that knew it in the first place," says Murray.

ADNZ has recently launched an Intern Membership which calls on its senior members to get involved. An intern member is required to have a mentor who is a registered architect, ADNZ professional member or holds a current design licence. If they don't know anyone who fits the bill, ADNZ will assign an ADNZ member to be their mentor. The programme hopes to guide young members through the industry - ensure they understand best practice, ethical standards and provide them with a network to rely on and trust.

ADNZ CEO Astrid Andersen says mentoring is a two way relationship which has benefits for everyone involved.

"As an organisation we see both junior and senior practitioners as vitally important to the success of our organisation and the design industry as a whole. There needs to be a mutual respect and appreciation for what each has to offer. I would recommend that anyone who can join a professional body does. The connections you make with people at different stages of their careers are invaluable. I also recommend that all professional bodies continually review how they are integrating their new and more senior members. Working together utilising a range of perspectives and experience brings out the best in everyone."

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