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2017 National Architecture Conference
PRAXIS: Process. Propositions. Production
4 – 6 May 2017, Sydney

NSS1: The Anatomy of a Leak
7, 9, 22 March 2017

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.
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Board of Directors

National Council

Mission & Vision


To make the world a better place through architecture.


The Australian Institute of Architects exists to enhance the cultural, environmental and economic well-being of the community by:

  • advancing contemporary practice and the professional capability of members, and
  • advocating the value of architecture and architects.


With the perspective of our stakeholders as paramount, we will create an Institute that members value, in partnership with organisations that are strong and aligned with our vision.

Our substantial and effective public policy on architecture and the built environment will influence governments, and the community will understand and value the leadership given by the architectural profession.

We will have highly effective communication with all our stakeholders and exhibit exemplary employment practices and the highest standards of governance.

The Institute will be an innovative, learning organisation, which acknowledges its presence and responsibility in a global context.

We will secure the future of the architectural profession through continuous knowledge development and transfer and by ensuring that members are committed to life-long learning for the benefit of the community.

Financially, we will have the strength to lead, and through effective, timely and transparent financial management, we will ensure accountability to our stakeholders.

Please see the Australian Institute of Architects' Strategic Plan.

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