Taking in the picturesque architecture of Singapore while being led on an educational tour was only a fraction of what the 2018 HIA National Conference had in store for members and sponsors. Throughout the conference it was obvious that the immersion in amazing networking opportunities and the chance to listen to extensive business and building industry advice greatly impacted those who attended – leaving an everlasting impression.
With an action-packed line-up filled with events, tours and guest speakers, held at the best tourist destinations, HIA members saw a display of some of the finest Australian housing designs and international architecture.
Domenic Nardelli, managing director of Aquila Homes in Western Australia says having it offshore gave HIA members the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective.
‘We heard from [internationally recognised] designers and architects, who shared their concepts which are very relevant to our own industry in Australia,’ he says.
This was a view shared by Peter Fry from Peter Fry Agencies in North Queensland who valued the chance to hear the planning views from the Singapore Residential Building Design Panel of Cameron Woo and Peng Beng Khoo at the Business Building Sessions. He said he could not get enough of the international architecture and the exposure to a new culture: ‘a lot of people were new to Singapore or new to that area of Singapore and the experience of [the events] certainly captured that culture’.
The three days in Singapore provided the perfect opportunity for HIA members to network with others in their industry.
‘I found networking and catching up with people then and there [was] a good opportunity,’ Peter says.
Domenic had a similar experience, saying ‘It’s a great opportunity…to network, [and] get fresh ideas and concepts’.
The Business Building Sessions, sponsored by James Hardie, once again proved to be a great success. An educational and entertaining time for attendees, the Business Building Sessions promote possibilities for business and personal growth within the industry, and provide attendees with added motivation from guest speakers and leading business figures.
‘The speakers at the Business Building Sessions were thought provoking and inspirational. This provided a very positive and energetic atmosphere for discussion,’ Domenic commented.
With such a strong line-up of keynote speakers, it was evident that attendees struggled to find a favourite. ‘Across the board, all of [the speakers] were [highlights],’ Peter says.