The Australian Institute of Architects' weekly e-newsletter - 18 Apr.
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Governance review - feedback summary

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments and queries to us about our proposed governance changes.

National Council fully supports this proposal, and we have reviewed and taken on board your feedback. We have received a number of positive responses supporting the move to a contemporary best practice governance model, as well as some concerns and questions which have been collated into core themes: clarity about structure, the relationship between the National Council and the Board, gender equity and remuneration of the Board.

To better equip you for making your decision on the proposed changes, we have prepared a short and immediate response to each of these themes.

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What's on

2016 AAAAs

This year's Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards are taking place after the first day of the National Architecture Conference. Join the celebration and have the opportunity to hear from the 2016 Gold Medallist at the Adelaide Oval. 

Fri 29 Apr, 6.30pm
William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval
Book tickets here

Conference Fringe event: EmAGN Bar Tour

What better way to see the best of Adelaide’s architectural hospitality designs than on the arm of a local?‚Äč Check out three bars in Adelaide's CBD with speakers discussing the venues along the way.

Fri 29 Apr, 6-10pm

Co-sponsored by CSR & SMEG
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Conference Fringe event: EmAGN breakfast

Come along to celebrate with your peers, network with other emerging architects and congratulate the all-new 2016 Emerging Architect Prize winner, as announced the night before at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards.

Sat 30 Apr, 7.30-9am

Sponsored by AWS
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Last Chance: 2016 Architecture Awards Project attribution

Project attributions for projects entered in the 2016 Architecture Awards are now listed here. Entrants and members of the public are invited to review these attributions. It is extremely important the names are listed correctly and that the name has been agreed on by all parties involved in the project. Problems must be identified by Fri 22 Apr. Please contact your local chapter with any feedback regarding attributions. 

Venice Biennale: The Pool companion book

The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia, is a companion publication for the highly anticipated contribution to the Biennale Architettura 2016, curated by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday) with Michelle Tabet.

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Competitions & Opportunities


National Design Competition for New Conservatory

A national competition has been launched for the design of the Ian Potter National Conservatory for the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra. This competition is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects in accordance with its published policy. Eligible architects are invited to submit Expressions of Interest. 

Stage one: National EOI closes Thu 5 May, 4pm
Stage two: Up to four entrants will be selected to participate in the design competition

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Sponsor news


'Bling Box' home leads energy efficiency

The Lim family designed and built their new home, setting a precedence for how residential architecture can showcase both impressive minimalist design features and energy-saving thermal performance. 

Nicknamed 'the Bling Box' for its boxy looking exterior, this family home incorporated eco-friendly Bondor products that are paving the way to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint in residential buildings which currently account for 10 per cent of Australia’s total carbon emissions.

Find out more about Bondor’s energy efficient products.

Image: Bling Box by Bernard Lim, photo by Aron Lee Photography

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