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About the Institute

The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia, representing 11,000 members. The Institute works to improve our built environment by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design.

Our 2018 - 2020 Strategy

The Institute's new three-year strategy, developed in close consultation with members,
sets out a clear vision and mission for the Institute, identifying core activities and goals that empower members and enhance the unique value delivered by a successful architectural profession.


Clare Cousins FRAIA

Clare Cousins FRAIA, Acting CEO

Clare Cousins established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects, in 2005. Engaged in projects large and small, the studio has a particular interest in housing and projects that nurture community.

Clare is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the current National President Elect. Clare was elected in 2016 as a Nationally Elected Councillor, and is the current National Practice Committee chair. She has also contributed in Victoria as a Chapter Councillor, Small and Medium Practice Forum member, Member Services Committee (chair), AA Editorial Committee (chair), Constructive Mentoring Program mentor and state and national awards juror. Clare was recognised for her work and professional engagement in 2013 with the Institute's National Emerging Architect prize.

Clare is an inaugural investor in Nightingale and is now undertaking her own Nightingale project, a socially, financially and ecologically sustainable multi-residential housing model where architects lead the project as both designer and developer.

Richard Kirk LFRAIA

Richard Kirk LFRAIA, Acting National President

The work of the practice has been widely published and has received recognition through a number of prestigious professional and industry awards.

Richard is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects and Life Fellow of the Institute, Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland, South Bank Corporation Board Member and Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel Member.

Richard has been involved with the Institute for over 20 years and was previously the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter President and a Chapter Councillor since 2008. Richard has also served on the Board of Architects of Queensland and was a member of the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel.

Board of Directors

National Council

Mission & Vision


To make the world a better place through architecture


A strong architectural profession that inspires clients and promotes community and the public interest through exceptional design and an ethical approach to the built environment


To develop and promote a strong architectural profession and be the public voice for architecture

Please see the
Australian Institute of Architects' Strategic Plan

Brands & associated companies

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