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Newcastle & NSW Country Division

The NSW regional area continues to provide a full program of events including exhibitions, CPD talks, awards and networking events throughout the year outside metro Sydney for both Newcastle and Country Divisions. 

Click here for the ARB CPD Information Sheet.

The Newcastle awards program opens in November each year and runs until the gala awards presentation night in March. The Country Division Architecture Awards run from May to October each year, with winners announced at the Annual Conference each year.

The Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards are administered by the members of the Newcastle committee which runs from May to September as an initiative of the five lower hunter councils. For further information regarding LHUDA please contact Peter Kemp.

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 Country Division events                                   Newcastle Division events

 Country Division Architecture Awards               Newcastle Architecture Awards



NSW Country Division coordinates several regional CPD seminars known as ArchiMEET and Architecture on Show, and an annual conference throughout the year. ArchiMEET is a brand of the Institute and incorporates 4 formal CPD points per event and is generally a full day seminar with no less than three guest speakers and one sponsored ArchiTECH talk. Architecture on Show is a free public and members event and is eligible for one informal CPD point. Details on each of the regional seminars and online registration will be updated here throughout the year. All Institute members can attend these events so if you are travelling please come by and visit us.


A new brochure launched by out-going Country Division Chair, Sarah Aldridge, at the 2016 Country Division conference promotes the value of using regional architects to potential clients and the community.

‘This new publicity venture by the Country Division uses six award-winning projects as exemplars of the kind of work we can do’, she said. ‘Awards represent the profession’s own seal of approval, so there can be no dispute about the quality of the work shown in the brochure. Two other criteria for selection were ‘geographic spread’ and ‘range of project types’.

Sarah Aldridge suggests that country architects take copies into their local councils and libraries, as well as information centres and design shops.

Members can request copies (minimum 20 per batch) for despatch from the NSW Chapter office. Phone 02 9246 4055 or email nsw@architecture.com.au


2016 NSW Country Division Conference

Once again the 2016 Country Division conference was the place to be, with the creative directors Scott Carpenter and Sarah Aldridge delivering a fantastic line up of speakers and topics. Held at Mantra on Salt, Kingscliff, the presentations ranged in topics from the macro to the micro: urban master planning to facade detailing, high end residential design to the cultural significance of the memorial baths in region Queensland towns and much more. 

As with every year, the highlight of the four days was the annual awards dinner. Seven well-deserving projects have received awards this year and can be viewed here

Great thanks to Scott and Sarah and the events and awards team at the Australian Institute of Architects - Lisa Cram, Hannah Brugman and Caitlin Buttress for an incredibly successful conference. As one member mentioned at the final dinner, this year's conference had confirmed his decision to attend every year, as it rejuvenates and re-inspires his commitment to the practice of architecture.

Lock in your diaries for Coffs Harbour next year!


As part of each regional seminar, Country Division also hosts a Free Public Architecture on Show event, to help promote country architects and their work. All NSW Country Architecture on Shows will be held on the Thursday night for the regional seminars ArchiMEET and include a minimum of three local architects whom will showcase current project successes and challenges with fifteen slides in fifteen minutes.This is a FREE event and is open to the public - All welcome. Nibbles will be provided however we ask that all attendees purchase their own drinks for some programs.


NSW Special Projects - Grants - ANNOUNCED!

The grant program has been established with the following objectives:
            • Promotion of the value of architecture to the community in the Country Division area
            • Marketing of architectural services in the Country Division area
            • Research into regional practice
            • Development of regional architecture
            • Strategic goals of the Institute
            • Continuing financial viability of the grant program
The Country Division is proud to announce the 2016 Special Grant has been awarded to Kevin Debman and the project, The Story So Far.
This project represents the second stage of the Story So Far, which  commenced in 2014,  and will be an  important completion of the Country Division archives.
The project has been selected for its long term benefits and value for the Country Division, ensuring valuable historical records of advocacy are stored, and illustrates the contribution of regional architects to the regional landscape.



Newcastle Division Events

The Newcastle Division runs a host of events throughout the year for both members and public engagement with architecture.These events include two formal CPD seminars called ArchiMEET, Newcastle Architecture Awards, Architecture On Show, University Design Lecture Series, Annual Blase Yacht Race and National Seminar Series. We assist with events for our affiliate groups such as University student architecture body SONA, and graduate architect group eMAGN.

The Newcastle committee administers the Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards - see www.lhuda.com.au for information about these awards please contact the Newcastle Committee Chair -  Peter Kemp.

The ‘Practice Matters’ lecture series, hosted by the University of Newcastle's School of Architecture & Built Environment, showcases a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from industry experts within the architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and construction management professions as well as State Government and key decision makers. Held in the City Centre of Newcastle, the fortnightly lecture series provides valuable exposure and insight to the professions as well as networking opportunities for students, industry and the local community.

Venue: Newcastle Town Hall with drink and nibbles at Watt Space Gallery beforehand. Cnr King and Northumberland Streets, Newcastle.

More information on lecture series dates for 2017 will be available soon and will also be advertised through the fortnightly Newcastle ENews.

Would you like to be the Creative Director for one of our ArchiMEET events? You don't have to be a member of the committee to run one. We provide all of the administration support you require. If you have a great topic and know of three fantastic guest speakers that you would like to invite and will engage your fellow members then we want to hear from you! 

ALL Newcastle ArchiMEET Registration FEES: Members $50 | Graduates $30 | Sona Students $20 | Non-Members $85 (Non-Members have an opportunity to receive a $25 discount as a referral from one of our trade partners exhibiting at ArchiMEET - ask your trade rep how). Includes working lunch, trade display access, seminar attendance / collateral, and post talk drinks.    

Have you recently built or are in the process of completing a project in Newcastle? We would love for you to showcase your challenges and successes with 10 slides in 10 minutes with other members at our next showcase. 

The Australian Institute of Architects and its participating members offer education to graduates on the practice of architecture through the national PALS program. It is comprised of 15 online modules integrated with face to face tutorials facilitated by practicing architects and local experts and held in the local state and territory offices. The emphasis is on adult learning principles so you study the online modules in your own time and attend sessions that give you an opportunity to gain expert advice, share knowledge amongst your peers and get in touch with a broad range of Institute events.

The Regional Division base a PALS course in the Newcastle over 3 consecutive Saturdays - dates to be advised for 2017.

The course is a personal and interactive program for a small number of students. This more intimate discussion format enables more detailed group discussions. Note that if numbers do not reach eight, the course will be cancelled and a full refund will be offered to those registered.

A+ Members: $500  |  Members: $770  | Non-members $1200

2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards

 2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards 

The 2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards are now open for entries. As well as recognising the best new architecture in Newcastle, the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the work of Newcastle and regional members’ pursuit of design excellence, and their collaborations with architects from across NSW. Open to projects located in the Newcastle region, winners of the Newcastle Architecture Awards have the opportunity to progress to be considered at state level via the NSW Architecture Awards.

To enter a project in the Awards please click here for more information

The winners of this year's Awards will be announced at a dinner event on Thursday 9 March at the Merewether Surfhouse, Newcastle. Tickets will be on sale soon.