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 2017 agenda
Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Cunich, shares the Institute's ambitious 2017 agenda.
View the PDF of the Institute's 2017 agenda.
Jennifer Cunich, Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Cunich has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Architects since May 2016. Jennifer is a leading figure in property with over 30 years’ experience in business and property sectors. Since commencing with the Institute she has undertaken an extensive organisational restructure and review of the Institute’s national policies.
Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia for more than 20 years. As Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, Jennifer Cunich was the voice of Australia's multi-billion dollar investment property industry in Victoria. One of Australia’s most experienced property lobbyist’s, Jennifer has spearheaded some of Victoria’s most successful property advocacy campaigns.
Jennifer is also a champion of promoting women in the property industry. Under her leadership the Victorian Division established the Women and Diversity Committee in 2015, charged with identifying leaders in the sector and promoting their contribution to the industry. Through this committee, dedicated events, initiatives and professional development for women have been delivered. The important contribution of women in the industry is starting to receive the recognition it deserves.
Ken Maher LFRAIA FAILA, National President
Ken Maher is a leading Australian architect, active in practice and academia. He advises governments on design, sustainability and the future of cities throughout Australia and internationally. Ken has a strong interest in the role of design contributing to public life. He writes, lectures and speaks regularly on the value of design, cities, sustainability and public responsibility in architecture.
Ken is a Fellow of HASSELL, following 20 years as a Principal and 9 years as Chairman. A Professor at UNSW Built Environment, in 2015 Ken was elected President of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel and a board member of Urban Growth NSW and the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Ken’s recognition as a designer is reflected in the numerous awards received for projects he has led. In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal and 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman Board of Directors National Council