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What's on

around the country

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

NSS2: Contract Administration
2 – 18 May 2017

New South Wales events and awards

The Institute's NSW Chapter manages a regular program of events, awards, continued professional development (CPD) and public programs throughout the year. For upcoming events please view our events calendar below. 

To keep up to date with the NSW Chapter news and upcoming events simply subscribe to our fortnightly ENews by forwarding your name and email to

For more information about the different programs we run please click here.

NSW Events Calendar


Our core professional and cultural programs are listed below. To find out more please click on the relevant links. All upcoming events are listed in the Events Calendar above.

NSW Architecture Awards 
Our annual awards program also provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture in Australia and internationally. The NSW Architecture Awards are judged each Autumn, with winners announced each July before the National Architecture Awards.

Regional Newcastle & Country Events 
Our Newcastle and Country Divisions run a regular program of events outside of the Sydney Metro area, including the Newcastle and Country Division Awards.

Tuesdays@Tusculum Talks 
This regular talks program engages with a range of topics and speakers from the fields of architecture, urban design, and related creative disciplines. It aims to provide a link to current debate, policy and creative ideas in architectural practice, and are open for both members and non-members to attend.

Architecture on Show 
A free public talks program developed in collaboration with local councils in Sydney and curated by Institute members. Talks usually engage local speakers or those working on projects affecting the local community.

NSW Graduate & Student Awards 
Awarded annually these awards recognise the best projects and emerging architectural talent from NSW's four major schools of architecture. See program news below.

Mentoring Program 
This program pairs architects at different points in their career to provide support, guidance, and a setting in which to cultivate ideas and aspirations. See program news below.

DARCH - Emerging Architect and Graduate events 
The NSW Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) run a regular program of talks, tours and networking events.

Sydney Architecture Festival 
An annual public facing festival celebrating design, architecture and the built environment, run in collaboration with the Architect's Registration Board. 


NSW Graduate and Student Awards 2016

Winners were announced on Friday 27 May at a special prize giving event in Sydney.

Award winners across four categories – Digital Innovation in Architecture, Structural Innovation in Architecture, the First Degree Design Award and NSW Design Medal - represent the best projects and emerging architectural talent from NSW's four major schools of architecture. Presentations were emceed by current NSW Emerging Architect Prize winner Brendan Murray of major architectural practice JPW, and attended by more than 160 people.

The most prestigious honour of the night, the NSW Design Medal, went to Hope Dryden and Robin Lloyd for their project LIGO – a transformation of the Australian Institute of Architect's NSW Chapter offices to become a library and cultural hub for architecture. Commencing with a series of reflections on the future of books and digital technology the project takes inspiration in the intersection between the traditional contents of libraries- liber (books) andthe physical matter from which books are made - lignum (pulped wood).

Medal runners-up Thomas Trudea and James Vlismas were selected for their project Legible Surface which explores alternative approaches to adaptive reuse of existing buildings, through a design proposal for White Bay Power Station. The project was recognised for its 'maturity, subtlety and nuance', the jury noting its 'potential to influence and shape further future projects'.

A special High Commendation also went to Cameron White for his project Tocal Apiary; proposing an architectural addition to the Tocal Agricultural College campus for a new type of research and education facility focused on bees and honey production. The jury noted the project's 'original research, clarity of idea, compactness of programme, and memorably evocative pencil renderings executed by a sure hand'.

These masters students are now vying for a travel bursary with Bangladeshi Architects in Australia to travel with award winning architect Rafiq Azam to see the works of legendary architects Louis Khan, Paul Rudolf and Mazharul Islam in Bangladesh.

A number of other awards were announced on the night. See attached media release for more information.

An exhibition of student and graduate work is on display at the NSW Chapter offices, Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point in Sydney until Friday 10 June. 

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2016 NSW Chapter Mentoring Program

We are pleased to announce that the NSW Chapter Mentoring Program will return in 2016, following a highly successful program launched last year.

Mentoring complements training at university and experience in the workplace, offering perspective on the broader industry and a greater understanding of the culture in which architecture takes place. The program pairs architects at different points in their career to provide support, guidance, and a setting in which to cultivate ideas and aspirations. Feedback shows that mentors often gain as much insight from the process as the mentee, and we encourage participation from a range of backgrounds and positions.

Applications have now closed for this year and we will welcome our Mentors and Mentees at the launch of this year's program being held on Thursday, 21 April 2016 at 6:00pm. For further information on the benefits of the program, please contact the Mentoring Coordinator.

The NSW Chapter Mentoring Program is kindly sponsored by dwp|suters

and supported by GET | EmAGN DARCH | SONA