Bay View House,
CSA Craig Steere Architects, Photo: Angus Martin

What's on in WA

Hello from the Chapter President

Hi everyone,

One of the key responsibilities of the Institute is to advocate for the sustainability and progress of the architecture profession. For quite some time architects have become increasingly devalued in design and construction and as an Institute we need to be reversing that trend.    

In practical terms that means having influence with decision makers and an effective presence in the media. It also involves operating more collaboratively with other industry organisations, academia and government to capitalise on each other’s strengths. Collectively, our messaging about the importance of high quality design is more powerful.

I was delighted when our last national council meeting adopted policies on affordable and indigenous housing, multi-residential standards and internships. Our next task is to develop a position on the procurement of architectural services at both local and state government levels. The methods currently used are not delivering good results, and our members are suffering, as we have seen in the media . We will also be looking at how architects can become more involved in the growth industry tourism. 

Recent highlights:
  • Reduced registration costs for CPD events resulting in increased attendances
  • Sold out REVIT workshops at Curtin University
  • Meeting with Hon Peter Tinley, State Minister for Housing
  • Joint Association of Consulting Architects meeting with Master Builders Association
  • Awards Presentation Night to be attended by Hon Peter Tinley, State Minister for Housing
Best wishes

Meeting with Hon Peter Tinley, State Minister for Housing
Awards Exhibition of Entries

Western Australian events, awards & prizes

The Western Australian Chapter's program of awards provides opportunities for public and peer recognition of the state's achievements in architecture. Its awards and events program features many highlights of the state's architectural calendar.

The Institute acknowledges the generous support of our major state partners.



     2018 WA Architecture Awards 
Expressions of Interest

The Institute would like to hear from members interested in joining a jury for the 2018 WA Architecture Awards. We also require someone to take on the role of Chair of Juries.
Previous entrants and winners are strongly encouraged to take part. 

Click here to find out more about joining an Awards Jury

Click here to find out more about become a Chair of Juries 

Thanks to everyone who came to the Awards on Friday night and BIG congratulations to HASSELL for taking out the George Temple Poole Award for Willetton Senior High School.

Click here to view all the award winners.

View photos from the night here.
*Images by Aimee Jones Photography

 Housing is calling for architects to enter the Hilton Design Competition which is being run by the Department of Communities (Housing) and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The competition marks a search for a new kind of public housing, inviting novel typologies for infill development in Western Australia that can challenge expectations and generate variety, equity and affordability. It will demonstrate how design quality can be achieved through an ‘economy of means’ to create public housing that is modest, inclusive and place responsive.

Short-listed entries will be entitled to receive a prize of $10,000 and the  winning entry will be offered a contract to apply their model to the design of 14 new public housing units on seven lots in Hilton.

Stage One closes 8 September 2017.

Visit to enter.

Download the Competition Brief

The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. Entrants need to be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. This prize is sponsored by Architectural Window Systems (AWS).

Entering the 2017/18 Emerging Architect Prize

E.G. Cohen Medal

Eustace Gresley Cohen was an English born farmer and architect. He practised architecture in Bunbury and became involved with the Institute of Architects of WA. 

He always took a very keen interest in the work and progress of young people in architecture. 
It was for this reason that he established in 1924 a bronze medal to recognise students who have set themselves apart with their work, their attitude to their fellow peers and the respect they have within the profession.

Students are nominated from both The University of Western Australia and Curtin University, submitting a written submission and attend an interview.

The medal is presented at the Exhibition Opening for the WA Architecture Awards at the end of June, by the grandson of Eustace Gresley Cohen.