The Barbados Institute of Architects (BIA) has sealed the deal with Aqualoc Corporation, which specializes in the distribution, installation and manufacturing of world class water proofing products.
The 14-year-old company is now a Gold Sponsor of the Federation of Caribbean Association of Architects (FCAA) 8th Biennale and Congress which is being held at the Hilton Barbados, September 27-29, 2012.
Glenn Johnson, principal of Aqualoc, explained that the decision to support the Congress was a unanimous one by their board of directors. “We felt that we would truly be supporting a worthy effort and felt that the contribution of our organisation would certainly be a good investment,” he said. “We are happy to partner with the FCAA Biennale and look forward to showcasing our wide range of waterproofing and corrosion control products to architects from across the region.”
Newly elected president of the BIA, Andre Brathwaite was pleased to have Aqualoc on board. He commended Aqualoc for their commitment to supporting the conference, especially during these harsh economic times, when finances are quite limited.
“Despite challenging times, the local manufacturing companies have been very supportive of this venture. So far, we also have several local companies who are supporting this conference through the trade show and advertising in our conference booklet.” said Brathwaite. “We are however extremely grateful to Aqualoc, now our third Gold Sponsor, who have helped us to get closer to our target budget. We thank them for their generous and continued support.”
The highly anticipated event will draw architects from the Caribbean Basin to explore Caribbean identity and aesthetics, preservation of our architectural history, and lessons in regeneration and sustainability, especially from the Haitian experience. In addition to international keynote speaker Kate Stohr, there will be contributions from well-known Caribbean architectural historians Professor Henry Fraser and Dr. Karl Watson from Barbados as well as media communications specialist Mr. Stanley Sneed from St. Croix.
The Biennale will also feature a trade show, which is free of cost to the Barbadian public. Other major sponsors for the Biennale are Berger and Oran Ltd.
About The FCAA Biennale
The FCAA is a regional association, which promotes the professional, artistic, intellectual and friendly relations between the architects of CARICOM and other Caribbean Basin countries. The Biennale comprises a general business meeting, architectural competition and exhibition, trade show and educational forum. The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘The Joy of Architecture’.
No other regional event brings together architects from the English, Spanish, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean. The FCAA represents national associations of architects from Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), Dominica, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands.
About the BIA
The Barbados Institute of Architects is the host of the FCAA 8th Biennale & Congress. The BIA is a professional body, which works with government and regulatory agencies such as the Architects Registration Board, Building Authority, Division of Energy, Environmental Protection Department, National Heritage Department, and Town & Country Development Planning Office to improve the design quality of the built environment. The Institute provides guidance to local students, schools and colleges on the requirements for the education of architects and helps the public learn more about the profession of Architecture.
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