2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards at the NGVA, Federation Square, Melbourne 

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2016 National Architecture Awards

Thursday 3 November | Sydney
The Ivy Ballroom

The National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981. These awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. The National Architecture Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture and the event is sure to be a spectacular occasion.  

Visit the 2016 National Architecture Awards website for more information.


2016 Gold Medal Tour - Ian McDougall, Howard Raggatt

At the 2016 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards Ian McDougall, Howard Raggatt and the late Stephen Ashton, the Founding Directors of ARM were announced as the 2016 Gold Medallists.

‘ARM is a practice that has been a genuine leader, influencer, provocateur, culture builder and disseminator of ideas for nearly three decades, and at the core of the practice are three outstanding architects who have created some of the most extraordinary buildings in the short post-colonial history of this country.

Ashton, Raggatt and McDougall's work has had an impact across the national design landscape: in Western Australia with the Perth Arena, in Queensland with the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct, in Adelaide with major works to the Adelaide Festival Plaza, in Canberra with the National Museum of Australia and most recently in Sydney where they have been appointed to undertake the refurbishment of the Sydney Opera House – a cultural heartland project if ever there was one. And it is in their home city of Melbourne that one can most fully experience their contribution. A walk down the Swanston Street civic spine might start at the recently completed (and controversial) William Barak building, past Storey Hall at RMIT University (also controversial at the time) and the major redevelopment of the Melbourne Central shopping precinct, to the recent refurbishment of Hamer Hall on the banks of the Yarra River and the extraordinary Melbourne Recital Hall and Melbourne Theatre Company Theatre, before finishing at the practice's decade-long reconfiguration of the Shrine of Remembrance.

Outside of their work on commissioned projects, Ashton, Raggatt and McDougall have played an equally significant role as national "culture builders". Through their multiple exhibitions, lectures and contributions to national conferences, they have never shirked a responsibility to publicly explain or proselytise about their design work - or architecture more generally - as a critical cultural endeavour. As an extension of this they have also been erudite teachers, including professorial roles, with a deep commitment to supporting and nurturing the next generation of design thinkers.’ – Jury Citation

2016 Gold Medal Tour Dates


The 2016 Gold Medal Tour is proudly sponsored by BlueScope

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2016 Regional Architecture Conference - evoke

8-10 September, Townsville

With regional, tropical Queensland as the backdrop for the conference, evoke draws keynote speakers from Scandinavia, Asia and closer to home, crafting diverse conversation. Viewed as an ‘experience’ itself, the conference will engage Townsville’s local arts and architecture communities through an exhibition and fringe events running in parallel. Townsville’s ‘spirit of place’ will be discovered by the senses through immersion and involvement.

Inspiring and evocative, evoke is a conference that will focus on architecture and ideas that surpass function; those that connect with the human condition as does art, through experience of light, place, landscape and time.

Visit the website for more information! 

Call for Creative Director- 2018 National Architecture Conference

The National Architecture Conference is one of the major events of the Australian Institute of Architects. Held annually, the Conference is attended by over 1,000 delegates. Since 2005, the Conference has been planned using a strategic and operational model that has seen it grow rapidly and substantially as a must-attend event in the annual calendar of many Australian and international delegates.

The Conference is funded by the Institute and managed by the Institute’s Events Unit, under the direction of the General Manager Member Engagement.

The scope of the Creative Director role and responsibilities is primarily focused on the themes, content and style of the event, with the formal and operational aspects being the primary focus of the Institute’s management team.

Please find the expression of interest documentation and requirements here.

Expressions of interest closes on Monday 10 October 2016.

Venice Architecture Biennale 

The Venice Biennale is the premier architectural forum in the world. Australia’s representation in Venice presents an opportunity to showcase the highest levels of thought, research and design in Australian architectural culture. Our participation in the Biennale sets the example for Australian design achievement.

We are pleased to announce the Australian exhibition for 2016, The Pool by Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet. Selected for its incisive interest in the connections between landscape, culture and architecture, The Pool is set to transport visitor’s poolside. An immersive multi-sensory experience, within the new DCM pavilion, the exhibition will profile a series of Australia’s most remarkable pools.

With the opening of the new Australian pavilion in the Giardini in 2015, the spotlight will be firmly on Australia and its architecture for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

For more information click here

2016 National Architecture Conference- How Soon is Now?

28-30 April, Adelaide

The ceaseless appetite for the new means that architecture is constantly projecting, speculating and theorising. Instead of always looking into the future or back into the past, projects are already demonstrating the new ways in which architecture operates in the world. 

The future is right now!

The challenge for architecture is to not retreat into itself and be ostracised from the extraordinary moment in history in which it finds itself. But rather to recognise its place in contemporary practice, and to stake a claim for its agency within that system.

We want to explore the agency of architecture to make real changes in the world, empowering architects to participate in the massive transformations that are occurring to cities, to global as well as local societies and to the sustainability of our planet.

How Soon is Now continues the shift of conversation from a self-reflective and internal one to an open, collaborative and discursive one. The focus is on exemplary buildings and the experiences and knowledge of the people that fund, conceive, create and inhabit them.

Speakers include, Julie Eizenberg (USA), Sadie Morgan (UK), Nasrine Seraji (France), Thomas Fisher (USA) and Amica Dall (UK).

Visit the website for more information!

2015 National Architecture Awards

The National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981. These awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. Held on Thursday 5 November in Brisbane the awards recognised 42 projects across 46 national honours in the coveted Awards program spanning 14 diverse categories.

To see the list of winners click here!

Risk – 2015 National Architecture Conference 14 to 16 May 2015

The 2015 National Architecture Conference- Risk took place in Melbourne from 14-16 May 2015. With a sell-out crowd of over 1,500 delegates the conference drew on speakers from across the world to explore the troubled nexus between the architectural necessity of risk-taking and a building environment predicated on the minimisation of risk. 

Visit the risk website for more information: http://wp.architecture.com.au/risk/

2015 Australasian Student Congress- People

The 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress- People took place in Melbourne from 2-4 July 2015. 

Speakers included Takaharu Tezuka [Japan], Riccardo Vanucci [Italy], Julie Stout [New Zealand] Steve Larkin [Ireland], Laurent Gutierrez [HongKong], Anna Rubbo [USA], Veronika Valk [Estonia] and Sandra Manninger [USA] as well as a fantastic line up of domestic speakers including Sean Godsell, Tone Wheeler, Phil Harris / Adrian Welke, Jeremy McLeod, Eugenia Lim, John Gollings, Paul Pholeros, Paul Memmott, Lucy Humphrey and Des Rogers

For more information please visit the website

2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

The 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards recognise and honour the accomplishments of individuals who contribute to society  through architecture and the built environment and were held on Thursday the 19th of March at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 

The 2015 Gold Medallist, Peter Stutchbury and subsequent Gold Medal talk headlined the awards night. Other awards announced on the evening included National Presidents Prize, Leadership in Sustainability Prize, William J Mitchell International Area Committee Prize, Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize, Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, Emerging Architects Prize, BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize and the announcement of the 2015 Dulux Study Tour winners.

To view the media release please click here. 

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Should you be unable to attend one of our events a substitute delegate is welcome to attend on your behalf as long as this is approved by the Institute prior to the conference. All cancellations or changes to a registration must be made in writing to the National events team c/o Australian Institute of Architects: events@architecture.com.au

All cancellations and refunds will incur an administration fee. No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the event. ‘No shows’ to the event will be charged the full registration fee.