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around the country

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

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

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.

Local by Design

Local by Design

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

‘This initiative 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 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


Save the Date

Country Division hosts four ArchiMEET events throughout the year. Each event is based on a theme and feature a range of diverse and interesting speakers. CPD points are also available. See the list below for the 2017 events. Tickets will be on sale soon.

The 2017 Country Division Conference will be held in Coffs Harbour from 3-6 October. This year's Conference theme is COLLABORATE and the speakers will be announced shortly. The Conference will provide a number of fantastic networking opportunities so lock the dates in your diary now.

As in previous years, the Conference will also feature this year's Country Division Awards Presentation, award entries will open in May.

- Download the Save the Date card here

'Talking Tourism - Build it and they will come'

Tourism visitation and expenditure is a critical component of many regional NSW towns and communities. New innovations in the share economy and social media are transforming tourism experiences and providing significant opportunities for individuals, organisations, towns and communities. This one-day seminar, located in the beautiful Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, will explore a number of innovative projects and policies related to regional tourism throughout Australia. 

Tim Ross - comedian, broadcaster and host of Man About the House series
Todd Henderson and Peter Walker - Directors, Cumulus Studio
John Whittingham - Director, Allen Jack + Cottier

Event Details
Date: Friday 24 March 2017
Time: 10.00am to 5.30pm
Venue: Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St Katoomba NSW

3 Formal CPD points available.


Thank you to our sponsors

Country Division would like to extend a special thanks to our Major Event Partners for 2017:

PolyflorCRSITI Australia

If you are interested in sponsoring an event in our 2017 program please contact Jo Huxley.

Architecture on Show

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.



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.

CPD Events

3S Lighting

Getting Colour Right and Internet of Lights

Quality of Light – many studies show that quality of light affects everything from retail sales to the satisfaction and productivity of office workers. So, how do you specify for quality?

Integration, ease of use, apps and cloud based services are driving the unprecedented success of smart mobile devices and are affecting the future of many industries which had an established and secure position in their markets.

Lighting – and for that matter the building management industry – is not exempt from this revolution.
App and cloud based services are enabled by the integration of sensor and connectivity components in LED lights. Lights are installed virtually everywhere, have (electrical) power, have access to spaces and form a dense network of ‘service nodes’: the ‘internet of lights’.

Many types of services could be provided by such a network, such as light maintenance and management services (through implementation of on-board diagnostic sensor and monitor functions), indoor location services (through Bluetooth and optical beacon technology) etc.

But how is this transition going to unfold? How do sensors and connectivity devices get integrated into luminaries? What types of wireless and wired connectivity are required? 3S Lighting will present Xicato’s technology contribution and will share its vision of these topics in this talk.

Presented by Ales Vasenda, MIES – 3S Lighting

Date: Thursday 23 November
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: Harbourview, 150 Wharf Rd Newcastle

1 Formal CPD point available
Members FREE, Non-members: $40


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 

Entries for the 2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards are now closed. Thank you to all the practices who submitted a project in this year's program. 

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. Winners of the Newcastle Architecture Awards have the opportunity to progress to be considered at state level via the NSW Architecture Awards.

Join us in celebrating the amazing work of Newcastle architects at the presentation evening on Thursday 9 March. The cocktail function will be held at the Merewether Surfhouse and you can purchase tickets to the event here