Marrickville Courtyard House by David Boyle Architect

Marrickville Courtyard House, David Boyle Architect
Photo: Brett Boardman

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New South Wales Council & committees

This page has information on NSW Chapter Council, committees, forums, office holders and fellows. For information on council or committee business, please contact the NSW Chapter office.

NSW Chapter Council

The Chapter Council is responsible for managing the Institute's business in NSW. The Chapter President is the National Councillor elected by the NSW members.

Chapter President  Andrew Nimmo
Immediate Past President  Shaun Carter

Chapter Council members
Alex KibbleAshley Dunn / Callantha Brigham / Howard SmithJacqui Connor / Joseph O'Meara (EmAGN) / Kathlyn LosebyKsenia Totoeva (EmAGN President) / Monica EdwardsPeter Kemp (Newcastle Chair) / Peter SmithMichael TawaPhuong Le (EmAGN) / Sam CrawfordSarah AldridgeSteven DonagheyTricia Helyar (Country Chair)

Student Chapter Council members
Jacques Chevrolet (SONA USyd) / Kieran Patrick (SONA UTS) / Luke Grey (SONA Newcastle) / Matthew Burnett (SONA UNSW)

NSW Country Division Committee

Chair Tricia Helyar

Country Division Committee members 

Brent DunnChris JenkinsNoel Thomson (Treasurer/Heritage) / Sarah AldridgeVirginia Wong See

Newcastle Division Committee

Chair Peter Kemp

Newcastle Division Committee members
Caine KingCassie StronachGarry Jones (Treasurer) / Joel ChamberlainMatthew TravisRebecca WhanShane Smede

Committees & forums

In addition to the above Council and committees, there are the following associated committees and forums. For more information about these, contact

Awards & Honours Committee

The purpose of the Awards & Honours Committee is to promote the design and professional excellence of Institute members through the chapter’s awards and prizes programs, and individual nominations. The objectives are to: 

1. Promote the design and professional excellence of members, both to the membership and the wider public;

2. Ensure that criteria and processes related to the chapter’s awards and prizes are appropriate, relevant and maintain the highest levels of integrity; and  

3. Recommend and nominate to Chapter Council members for Institute and public honours.

Built Environment Committee

The Built Environment Committee exists to inform and support the Chapter’s representation on issues related to the development of government policy and legislation, major projects, and the affairs of the building and construction industry so that the Institute is a relevant and respected contributor in the public sphere. The objectives are to:;

1. Inform the public debate by preparing and promoting chapter positions on the built environment, planning and urban design, supported by strong and clearly articulated Institute policy;

2. Facilitate contact between the Institute, relevant professions and kindred organisations that share an interest in design quality and the built environment; and;

3. Promote the engagement of architects in the design and delivery of NSW’s built environment.

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee ensures that the content and editorial direction of Architecture Bulletin informs, supports and promotes the Chapter’s advocacy agenda. Its objectives include:

1. Inform the Chapter’s public message as part of a coordinated advocacy strategy, demonstrating excellence in the how and why of architecture;

2. Provide an ongoing platform for members to contribute to architectural discourse and the public record of the work of the NSW Chapter; and

3. Enhance the profile of the Institute, through its members, as an intelligent and valued contributor to matters affecting both the architecture profession as well as our shared built environment.

Education & Research Committee

The purpose of the Education & Research Committee is to advance architecture through the improvement of student and professional education standards, and integrate existing research in support of the chapter’s advocacy agenda. It aims to:

1. Promote the profession of architecture and the profile of the Institute through specific educational and/or research programs;

2. Support and facilitate initiatives that contribute to the life-long learning of members and prospective members;

3. Maintain standards, policies and procedures for the education of architects and for architectural research, and contribute to the continual improvement of these policies; and

4. Support and encourage research in architecture, and its integration into the chapter’s advocacy agenda.

EmAGN NSW Committee

EmAGN NSW is the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter of Emerging Architects and Graduates Committee. It was established in 2005 to enable and encourage young architects to contribute to the profession. We hold frequent educational and networking events for the emerging demographic. EmAGN NSW was formerly known as 'DARCH'.

Visit the EmAGN NSW website or contact Phuong Le at for further information.

Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee exists to inform, support and promote the Chapter’s representation on such issues so that the Institute is a relevant and respected contributor in the public sphere. Its goals are to:

1. Promote the appreciation, identification, protection and appropriate adaptation of our shared architectural heritage;

2. Enhance the profile of the Institute as a valued contributor to matters of built environment heritage, supported by strong and clearly articulated Institute policy and a vital and relevant Register of Significant Buildings;

3. Assist in defining, expanding and promoting the chapter’s architectural collection; and

4. Facilitate relationships between the Institute, relevant professions and kindred organisations that share an interest in heritage and the built environment.

Practice Committee

The Practice Committee promotes and continually improves the standards of practice and service provided by Institute members, and the circumstances under which they are engaged. It aims to:

1. Continually improve the standard of professional practice maintained by Institute members in NSW;

2. Promote the fair and equitable engagement of architects in the design and delivery of NSW’s built environment; and

3. Facilitate discussion and action on regulatory matters concerning NSW’s built environment.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee’s purpose is to inform, support and promote the chapter’s CPD program in order to provide members with the highest quality content to assist their ongoing professional development. It’s objectives are to:

1. Inform the design and content of the CPD program through the engagement of best as well as innovative practice;

2. Support the professional development of members through a CPD program that responds to current as well as anticipates future domains of professional architectural practice; and

3. Promote engagement by members of all stages and interests, practice sizes, as well as geographic location, so that they can operate at the cutting edge of the profession.

Expression of interest to be a NSW Chapter advisory committee member

With the aim to promote transparency, efficiency and engagement, the Australian Institute of Architects – NSW Chapter offers to all members the opportunity to be involved in the following seven Advisory Committees (as approved by Chapter Council in July 2017):

Heritage Committee – focuses on heritage matters related to our shared built environment.

Editorial Committee – informs & supports the Chapter’s advocacy via Architecture Bulletin.

Education & Research Committee – develops student & professional education standards.

Professional Development Committee – provides members with high quality CPD content.

Practice Committee – improves the standards of practice & service provided by members.

Built Environment Committee – supports the development of government policies.

Awards & Honours Committee – promotes nominations, awards & prizes programs.

The EOI process will formally open on 6 November 2017.