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Welcome to the Australian Institute of Architect’s Governance page. On this page you will find the Institute's Annual Report, Articles of Association, Code of Professional Conduct, Member Consultation Policy, Privacy Policy and Strategic Plan.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of The Australian Institute of Architects Limited. The Board works closely with National Council who is responsible for the over-arching policy of the Institute.

Board of Directors as at August 2016

Name Position
Prof Ken Maher LFRAIA National President
Mr Richard Kirk FRAIA President Elect
Mr Jonathan Clements FRAIA Immediate Past President
Ms Helen Lochhead FRAIA Hon Treasurer
Mr Philip Griffiths FRAIA Hon Secretary
Ms Genevieve Overell Independent Director
Ms Sarah Richardson Independent Director
Ms Giselle Collins
Independent Director 


Prof Ken Maher LFRAIA

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 nine years as Chairman. A Professor at UNSW Built Environment, in 2015 Ken was elected President of the 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 Cooperative 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 in 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.



Richard Kirk FRAIA


Richard Kirk is the founding Director of KIRK, which was established in 1995. With studios in Brisbane and Kuala Lumpur, the practice works across a diverse range and scale of projects throughout Southeast Asia.
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 National President Elect of the Australian Institute of Architects and a 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.



Jon Clements LFRAIA, Hon. AIA

Immediate Past President

Jon Clements is a founding director of Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects (JCB). JCB was established in Melbourne in 1998 and the practice currently employs more than 50 architects and interior designers. JCB has delivered a diverse range of projects throughout Australia and overseas and their built work has been widely published in local and international media. JCB has regularly been recognised for excellence in Australian Institute of Architects and industry awards programs.

As a natural extension of Jon’s interest in practice, he has held a number of advocacy roles for the architectural profession and in architectural education. Jon is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Past President of the Victorian Chapter (2012 to 2014).

Jon has participated on state and national visiting panels for accreditation of architectural education at both Melbourne University and Deakin University and he maintains an active association with various schools of architecture providing professional critique and guest lectures.

Jon was a member of the Building Advisory Council of Victoria between 2011 and 2015 and he is also the current Institute nominated Board Member at Architecture Media. Jon has been a member of numerous Institute and industry awards juries and he chaired the Institute’s National Architecture Awards’ Jury in 2016.



Prof Helen Lochhead FRAIA

Hon Treasurer

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer.

Prior to her appointment as Dean of UNSW’s Built Environment Faculty, she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney including Executive Director roles at the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect. 

Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works ranging from a five-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney leading up to the 2000 Olympics to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. She has been instrumental in shaping more major precincts around Sydney Harbour than most, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. More recently she led the development of a 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD and was instrumental in setting a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour.
Professor Lochhead maintains a high profile in the profession and her professional contribution has been recognised through many industry awards including Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Urban Design and Sustainability Awards, the Australian Institute of Architects Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, the National Association of Women in Construction Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the Australian Institute of Architects NSW President’s Prize.

High-level appointments include the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the NSW Heritage Council and competition juries and design review panels across Australia. All are a testament to her standing in the profession.

A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York, Professor Lochhead’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities. In 2014-15 she was also the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.



Philip Griffiths FRAIA

Hon Secretary

Philip Griffiths is the Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter President and practice Principal of Griffiths Architects. Philip combines a close day-to-day involvement in design with his primary responsibilities for the strategic direction of the practice.

Philip studied architecture at the Southbank Polytechnic, London and became co-founder of Considine and Griffiths Architects in 1984. Since Griffiths Architects emerged in 2005, Philip has overseen a broad scope of work, providing advice to Federal and State governments, local councils and governing bodies, preparing conservation plans, master plans as well as carrying out conservation and adaption works to Council House, The WA Ballet Centre, the Archbishop’s Palace, Stirling Gardens and St Andrew’s Church.

Philip has been responsible for projects throughout Western Australia from Adele Island off Cape Leveque to Israelite Bay on the Southern Ocean. Projects have ranged through all building types, with a large proportion of them being in heritage conservation on places of international, national, state and local significance. Heritage services range through all elements of heritage practice and the provision of expert advice in SAT. Philip provides guidance and advice to other architectural practices on heritage and design.

Philip has professional affiliations with the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom, Architects Board of Western Australia, Royal Institute of British Architects, Heritage Council of Western Australia (appointed 1992), Fremantle Prison Advisory Trust, (appointed 1991), Member Representing the Heritage Council & Related Professions, Australia ICOMOS, and Docomomo.



Genevieve Overell

Independent Director

Genevieve is the Director, Government Advisory at Deutsche Bank AG Australia and New Zealand.  
A fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Public Administration of Australia and a lawyer by background, Genevieve is an Independent Member of the Audit Committee of the Victorian Government’s State Revenue Office, Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee member of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Architects, Policy Advisory Committee member of the German Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Senior Mentor for the Women in Banking and Finance’s 2016 Mentoring for Success Program.

Genevieve was previously Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government responsible for planning, building and heritage approvals and policy.  
Before government, Genevieve was a partner at KPMG specialising in major public infrastructure projects including the development of Federation Square and the redevelopment of Melbourne Docklands and a member of the Legal Profession Tribunal, Victoria.

Genevieve’s former non-executive roles include Chairman, Victoria's Building Advisory Council, Non-Executive Director of Victorian Interpreters and Translation Service LanguageLink, a Government Business Enterprise, Non-Executive Director of the International Diabetes Institute of Australia (now Baker IDI), Councillor of the Property Council of Australia, Victorian Division and a member of numerous Victorian Government audit committees.



Giselle Collins

Independent Director

Giselle is a Chartered Accountant and past head of property, treasury and finance departments in publishing groups and large corporates. As a Senior Manager for KPMG in Switzerland, Giselle ran large global merger transactions for clients such as AstraZeneca, Novartis and ABB.

More recently, as CEO of a property group and General Manager at NRMA Motoring and Services, she has successfully managed structural and operational improvements to businesses within her portfolio in the areas of property, hotels/holiday parks and treasury.

With 13 years of experience across a diverse range of boards, including as Chair of The Heart Research Institute and Chair of the Travelodge Hotel Group, Giselle currently sits on two hotel/accommodation investment boards as Nominee for Indigenous Business Australia.



Sarah Richardson

Independent Director

Sarah brings strategic, financial and corporate governance skills from three decades of board and executive experience in not-for-profits, SMEs and multinationals in Australia, France and the US. She has served on 11 infrastructure, health, education, sport and agrifoods boards in the last decade (eight currently) and is Director of her own SME consultancy.
Sarah holds a BA, BCA, MBA (Hons) and GAICD and has received multiple awards for her not-for-profit, consultancy and corporate work. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Women on Boards, the Australian Marketing Institute (Fellow, CPM, Awards Judge), Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, Victoria University of Wellington Alumni Association (Regional Ambassador – Sydney) and University of Chicago Alumni Association (Founder and former Chair, Perth Branch). Sarah is looking forward to combining her community passion with her communication skills to build awareness and advocacy for design within Australia.





The Institute's 87th Annual General Meeting was held at 41X in Melbourne on Friday 13 May 2016. The proposed governance changes as outlined in the Notice of the AGM (below) were passed and will come into effect on 22 August 2016.

The minutes for the meeting are available here.

Annual Report

The Institute's state and territory, corporate, public and financial activities for previous years are outlined in the relevant Annual Reports below.

To request a hard copy version of the latest annual report contact the Executive Support Team.

2015 Annual Report

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Download the Notice of AGM

2014 Annual Report

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Download the Notice of AGM (members only - requires log in)

2013 Annual Report

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Previous reports (full versions - requires log in)


Articles of Association

Since formation in 1929, first registration in NSW in 1930, and now with ASIC, the 'constitution' of the not-for-profit corporation limited by guarantee is the Institute's Memorandum and Articles of Association. Its contents are amended from time to time by the Institute's voting members at a general meeting.

The Regulations set procedures expanding on aspects of the Articles and are made and varied from time to time by National Council – the Board of the Institute. They are compiled in the Memorandum and Articles of Association (see above).

Code of Professional Conduct

This is the code governing the conduct of members of the Australian Institute of Architects after 31 January 2006.

Download the Code of Professional Conduct.

Gender Equity Policy

This policy establishes a set of policy principles to ensure the Institute and its members are aligned in valuing and exhibiting principles of fairness and equity, which lead to the provision of equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all men and women engaged within the architectural profession, and to eliminate gender-based impacts on the participation and progression of women within the profession.

Download the Gender Equity Policy.

Member Consultation Policy

This policy governs the Institute's engagement with members and stakeholders.

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Privacy Policy

This policy governs the Institute's collection and use of members' and stakeholders' information.

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Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is the organisation's blueprint. It is based on a suite of defined strategic outcomes and objectives, considered from the following four key perspectives: stakeholder perspective, internal processes, learning and growth and financial perspective.

The Strategy Map defines how the Institute will achieve its goals.

Download the Strategy Map.
Stakeholder perspective
Outcomes Objectives
S1 Membership of the Institute is valued
S11 To deliver and promote valued, inspiring and relevant services and events to support practice, members and prospective members
S12 To embrace diversity and ensure equitable access to the benefits of membership regardless of location, gender, age or ability
S13 To recognise and promote members' contributions and achievements
S14 To structure and promote membership appropriate to all career stages and circumstances
S15 To expand outreach to non-members within the profession
S2 Partners are strong and aligned with the Institute
S21 To develop effective collaboration with subsidiaries, relevant corporations and industry stakeholders
S3 Public policy on architecture and the built environment is substantial and effective
S31 To influence government and the community to recognise and deliver quality architecture and a sustainable built environment
S4 The community values architects as leading professionals
S41 To deliver and promote valued, inspiring and relevant services and events to support practice, members and prospective members
S42 To embrace diversity and ensure equitable access to the benefits of membership regardless of location, gender, age or ability
S43 To recognise and promote members' contributions and achievements
S44 To structure and promote membership appropriate to all career stages and circumstances
S45 To expand outreach to non-members within the profession
Internal processes perspective
Outcomes Objectives
P1 Effective engagement with members and stakeholders
P11 To deliver effective communications to members and the community
P12 To effectively respond to input and feedback from members and stakeholders
P13 To encourage and facilitate members engagement in policy-making
P2 Exemplar employer
P21 To attract, engage and retain exceptional people through best practice human resources management and operating environments
P3 Exemplary governance
P31 To implement best practice in governance
Learning and growth perspective
Outcomes Objectives
L1 Future of the profession is secured through knowledge development and transfer
L11 To influence and contribute to the development of architectural education and research
L12 To develop dynamic knowledge databases for the benefit of members, the profession and the community
L2 Members achieve excellence through life-long learning
L21 To require members to develop their knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development
L3 The Institute acknowledges its presence and responsibility in a global context
L31 To foster links and collaborate with overseas architectural organisations
L32 To promote Australian architecture internationally
L33 To encourage member awareness of global issues affecting the built environment
L4 The Institute is an innovative, learning organisation
L41 To develop organisational skills and resources to lead change and achieve the strategic vision
Financial perspective
Outcomes Objectives
F1 Financial strength to lead
F11 To grow the value of group net assets to achieve economic sustainability
F12 To grow the value of group net assets to achieve economic sustainability
F2 Effective financial management
F21 To maximise management effectiveness through timely, transparent and comprehensive financial reporting, analysis and forecasting