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From the NSW Chapter Manager

Dear Members
It is a great honour to have been elected your President. I am energised but also humbled by this appointment. I recognise all too well that Joe Agius has been extraordinarily effective in this role. He’s a hard act to follow – but I promise you I will give it my best shot.
My three big priorities are Advocacy, Equity and Membership.

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NSW Architecture Awards Jury Presentation Days – this Friday & Saturday

Allocated presentation times for the Awards Jury Presentation days this Friday 13 March and Saturday 14 March have been sent to all entrants. Please remember to check the email you provided in your online submission for these details. Due to the number of presentations scheduled, these allocated presentation times are non-negotiable.
A reminder that all jury presentations are open to both fellow members and the public, and we welcome you to stay to view other presentations, or invite along colleagues and friends. All presentations will be held at Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.
For full details of the judging process and 2015 jurors, please visit the NSW Awards website. We look forward to seeing you later this week.

Remembering | SCEC
Tuesday 17 March 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Speakers: Stephen Pierce photographer, Philip Cox from Cox Architecture, John Andrews Architect (via video)

More information. 2 informal CPD points.

FREE for Institute members | $10 Non-member | $5 Non-member students.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point. Register online or pay at the door. Numbers are strictly limited.

NSW Gender Equity | Champions of Change
Wednesday 18 March 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Join the NSW Gender Equity Taskforce (GET) for an evening with Elizabeth Broderick - Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Peter Bailey - CEO of Arup Australasia, along with Palour's Dr Naomi Stead and Justine Clark to discuss the status of gender equity in architecture, the role of leadership in driving change, and the launch of the Australian Institute of Architects' (NSW Chapter) Champions of Change program.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point. Please RSVP here.

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Inaugural Jim Kerr Memorial Address 
Saturday 18 April 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Speakers: Memorial Address by Dr Tasman Story and Inaugural Memorial Address by Joan Domicelj AM

Jim Kerr’s gift was to articulate with great clarity how the care of special places might be achieved. He disseminated his ideas widely for discussion and tested them on real, culturally vital sites around Australia. He would continually update his policy document The Conservation Plan based on his experience in producing conservation plans. The Annual Jim Kerr Memorial  Address pays respect to his legacy by perpetuating  open enquiry into the understanding of place and the constant review of progress in conservation planning practice.

Venue: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. Tour Optional short tour of the Sydney Opera House at 4:00pm. Numbers are limited, so pre-booking is necessary but a FREE event.

Copies of the latest edition of The Conservation Plan can be downloaded here. Contact here for full information.

The David Lindner Prize
Entries open 10 March

The David Lindner Prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects to engage in important and challenging design issues through research. To nominate for the prize entrants must submit a written proposal dedicated to encouraging new research on architecture in the public realm, exploring a range of topics relevant to current architectural discourse in Australia. Nominees can either be put forward as a self-nomination or can be nominated by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. Nominations close 21 April.

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2016 NSW Emerging Architects Prize
Nominations now open

Do you, a colleague of yours, or a uni friend deserve to receive the 2016 NSW Emerging Architects Prize? If so, Stage One nomination entries are now open. The Emerging Architects Prize has been developed to recognise an individual emerging architect or architectural collaborator’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the professions role within the public arena. Nominees can either be put forward as a self nomination, or can be a nomination made by a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

For information on prizes and how to nominate please click here. For further information email Nominations close 11 April.

50 Shades of Z: real world examples - zero energy developments
Tuesday 24 March 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Moderator: Tone Wheeler
Speakers: Prof. Paul Cooper, Director Sustainable Buildings Research Centre University of Wollongong; John Caley, Ecological Design; Alexander Symes, Alexander Symes Architecture.

FREE for Institute members | $10 Non-member | $5 Non-member students.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point. Register online or pay at the door. Numbers are strictly limited.


The (real) cost of unpaid internships

It can be tempting in tough economic times to think that putting interns or work experience students to work is a savvy way of giving your business a competitive advantage. The truth is, this is a questionable, and very risky, business strategy. 
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What's on

AAAAs - tickets on sale now!

Thursday 19 March, Melbourne
Join us to celebrate those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to society through architecture and the built environment. The 2015 Gold Medallist will headline the ceremony.
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Inspiring Spaces - Tye Farrow

Wednesday 25 March 5:30pm - 7:00pm
This session will explore health facilities that make people better and educational buildings that encourage learning. Tye Farrow has designed award-winning projects across Canada and around the world , a significant contributor to health and humanity through the medium of architecture and design. 
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RISK 2015 - Early Bird ends soon

14-16 May, Melbourne
With only four weeks left until early bird closes, now is the time to purchase tickets to the 2015 National Architecture Conference- Risk. Be sure to purchase your tickets to the conference before Thu 26 Mar and you could save up to $150!

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Soft Landings Framework Seminar
Thursday 19 March

Soft Landings provides a framework of activities for clients and their project teams to embed into their existing project management processes in order to avoid common pitfalls and deliver a better performing building. It aims to create virtuous circles no matter whether the project is trying to achieve exemplary environmental standards or is a simple extension or retrofit of an existing building, the culture can be applied to ensure outcomes match the clients' intentions. Australian Institute of Architects members register at the CIBSE member rate.

Register here.
A Smarter Country - a documentary

In a climate of uncertainty, green pioneers are
pushing ahead with their visions of the future.

This documentary follows Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Professor Tim Flannery, Senator Christine Milne, and Matthew Wright, founder of Beyond Zero Emissions, as they work to embrace change and educate the public.Through A Smarter Country - we glimpse a future that moves from old technologies to a world that could be more creative, sustainable and equitable, and the pioneering people who are intent on taking us there.

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Sustainable Heritage Conservation Workshops
Saturday 11 April

Speakers: Former NSW President Caroline Pidcock and Institute Fellow Anne Warr

Caroline Pidcock and Anne Warr will be presenting a workshop on sustainable design at the National Trust Centre which include topics on significance-guided decision-making, sustainability and design considerations in common interventions, structural issues and solutions, and the value of retaining authentic fabric.

Full information.


Competitions & Opportunities


NORD in Australia - drawing competition

Closes this Thursday
Win a night on the town and tickets to a special presentation by 2015 Droga Residents Johannes Molander Pedersen and Morten Rask Gregersen (NORD, Denmark). 
Submit a conceptual drawing of Australia’s architectural relationship to Denmark, to celebrate NORD's visit as part of the Australian Institute of Architects' Droga Architect in Residency program.

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NSW Election

The NSW Chapter’s election platform was distributed to the political parties for comment at the end of January. A response from the Liberal Party was received last week. No other responses have been received to date.
NSW Housing Contracts
As most of you know, new provisions of the Home Building Act (NSW) from 1 March 2015, mean that the current ABIC SW-2008 H NSW and ABIC MW-2008 H NSW contracts no longer comply with the amended Act.
The Institute, through its ABIC Joint Venture with Master Builders, has been working together with MBANSW on updated versions of both contracts for a number of months to meet the new legislative provisions.
The current status is as follows:
  • ABIC MW-2008 H NSW is expected to be available for purchase by the end of March. This version will not be suitable for single dwellings and is intended for multi-storey, multi-unit or complex residential building projects.
  • ABIC SW-2008 H NSW is still undergoing revision and a final date for release is not yet available. This version will suit single and duplex owner-occupied dwellings.  As soon as the new contract is available for sale we will notify all NSW members.
Please note that the use of the ‘old’ versions of the contract would put the contractor, at least, in contravention of the amended Act and therefore the Institute recommends that you do not use or rely on the older versions. Once the new 2008 H NSW contracts are released, the superseded (non-compliant) 2008 H NSW versions may be returned to the place of purchase for a full exchange (no charge).
If you have any queries about the 2008 H NSW contracts, sales or returns please contact Dominique Kelaher.

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28-30 April, Sydney
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