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Berger Remains Committed to the Development of Local Architecture Profession

from left: Mr. Michael Lashley, President, Barbados Institute of Architects receiving the sponsorship cheque from Ms. Karen Grant, Marketing Assistant, Berger Paints Barbados Ltd. At right: Andre Brathwaite, Vice President, Barbados Institute of Architects

The company will be a major sponsor of the premier regional conference for architects from 30 countries, the Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects (FCAA) 8th Biennale, to be held from September 27-29 at the Hilton Hotel.

Speaking during the official presentation of the cheque at the offices of Berger Paints on Spring Garden Highway, Marketing Assistant Karen Grant indicated that Berger was excited at the opportunity to be involved with the event. “The FCAA conference is an important avenue for the continued development of local architects and other professionals in the area. It also presents a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our newest line of products, Berger Royale – a UV resistant and durable paint which we are very excited and proud to present to persons from across the region.”

Grant further stated that Berger has an excellent working relationship with the local architectural fraternity. “Berger’s decision to sponsor the conference is as a result of over 20 years of working closely with local architects. The local architectural fraternity has remained loyal to Berger and so we believe this conference also serves as an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude to them.”

Speaking on behalf of the Barbados Institute of Architects, President Michael Lashley indicated that this substantial contribution by Berger demonstrates the good faith that the company has in the profession of architecture and its future development.

“The generous donation that Berger has provided will go a long way towards the professional growth of our architects,” he said.

Lashley and Grant also agreed that in this time when the country is seeing a reduction in visitor arrivals, conferences such as this one represent an extremely positive direct and indirect boost for the local tourism and business sectors.

“We are expecting delegates from across the Caribbean region, many of whom have never visited the island and who are excited at the opportunity to visit a highly sought-after destination such as Barbados,” Lashley said. “This factor along with the solid line-up of regional and international speakers is sure to result in over 200 participants at this event, all of whom will definitely want to explore the island and engage in some retail therapy while they are here.”


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, 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.