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Making 2014 - Fringe program announced

The first of the exciting array of fringe events have been announced on the Making website with more updates soon!
Also, register before 6 Mar to secure a 20% early bird discount. A Payment Plan option is available for those planning to attend the National Conference. If you are interested, download the Payment Plan Form from the registration page and email it to

What's on


2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Thu 20 Mar, Tasmania
Join us to celebrate those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to society through architecture and the built environment. Among the accolades is the announcement of the 2014 Gold Medallist, who will also make a special address on the night. Tickets now on sale!
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Australian Design Alliance surges ahead

On 6 February members of the Australian Design Alliance (AdA), including the Institute, gathered at Government House in Canberra for an event hosted by AdA Patron His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE. This event marks three years since the AdA’s launch and signals the organisation’s firm commitment to advocating for a national agenda for design that demonstrates the critical role design and design thinking play as enablers for innovation. 
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Competitions & Opportunities

Gender Equity Committee - Expressions of Interest

Interested individuals of both genders are invited to nominate themselves by Expression of Interest, for membership of the Institute’s Gender Equity Committee. This National Committee was established at National Council’s last meeting and it will be responsible for giving practical effect to the Institute’s Gender Equity Policywhich was adopted by National Council in December.
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International Architecture Award

Entries close 13 Mar
Completed a project abroad? The International Architecture Award is open to any domestic or foreign practices which have completed projects overseas. New subcategories have been introduced to increase the accessibility of the Awards program: Small Project Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, Residential Architecture and Public Architecture. Enter now.
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UIA announces new international award

The UIA announces the launch of its international award: Friendly Spaces Accessible to All. This award celebrates excellence in architecture that is accessible to all and respects the principles of universal design. The award will be presented to completed projects that have created attractive, inclusive and sustainable environments where the recognition of human diversity through friendly architectural expression has been central to the design process.

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Between Green and Sustainable

Emerging Ideas for Asia and Australia
This 2-3 hour lecture and workshop features internationally-known advocate for sustainable architecture Nirmal Kishnani, Assistant Dean and Program Director at the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore.
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Survey - making architecture more profitable

A software entrepreneur is researching how managing your architecture business can be made easier and more profitable. The intention is to work collaboratively to find pain points and share key findings among the architecture community.  
If you would like to take part, please visit the link below.
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Green Interior Awards

Searching for Australia’s best buildings with green interiors: the Green Interior Awards recognises architects and interior designers who specify eco-friendly interior materials and products. Categories to enter are Office, Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Aged Care and Education. Enter your projects following the link below. 
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Sponsor news

Australian Timber Design Awards

Entries close 27 Jun
Entries for the Australian Timber Design Awards are now open. Entries may be considered for five Application Awards and various Recognition Awards (previously the "Best Use Of" Awards). Additional awards include the Sustainability Award, the Rising Star Award, the Small Budget Projects Award ... and the very popular People's Choice Award. Winners will be announced in Sydney at the Awards Presentation Night in mid-September. 
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Bi-fold doors that allow accessibility

When Uniting Care Ageing approached Graham P Murray Architects to design their new aged care facility, architects found that sourcing stylish and accessibly friendly materials was a daunting task. To fulfill the brief of ‘welcoming and open’, architects saw the external environment as a key element to the design, and wanted to create open plan living and a connection to outdoor living spaces to give residents the freedom they need.
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