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From the National President


It’s just over a week since I had the privilege and responsibility of taking on the Presidency, at a time when a lot is happening at the Institute - the opportunities we have before us are exciting. I was delighted by the overwhelming support given to the much needed governance changes at the AGM, and also to have Jennifer Cunich on board as our new CEO.

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Biennale Architettura 2016, Venice - opening this week

After much anticipation, the Venice Biennale officially kicks off this week! Over 350 Australians are descending upon Venice to celebrate the world’s largest architectural gathering and the official opening of The Pool on Thursday morning. Stay tuned for pictures which will be unveiled on our website.
This celebration brings to a close what has been our most fruitful fundraising campaign for the Biennale Architettura to date, rounding off with the successful application of the Australian Government's Catalyst grant. A first for the Institute, the fundraising program supports more than 70 arts and cultural projects across the country. Read more on the Catalyst grant.

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What's on


The Foundation 2017 Droga Architect Residency program

Applications for The Foundation’s 2017 Droga Architect Residency program are now open to architects based outside Australia. Please send your overseas colleagues the application link, closing 30 June. Also, look out for a special publication, available later this year, of Juhani Pallasmaa’s special Droga lecture series, where he inspired capacity audiences across 5 Australian cities.‚Äč

Image: Juhani Pallasmaa and Glenn Murcutt. Sydney Opera House, Feb 2016. Photo by Philippa Nicole Barr

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2016 Dulux Study Tour

The 2016 Dulux Study Tour is now on its 10th day having already endured a whirlwind visit to Copenhagen and London. The group are now in Madrid for the final two days of practice and site visits and will be visiting Selgas Cano, Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos Asociados and Estudio Entresitio, to name but a few. 

Follow the 2016 Dulux Study Tour on the blog here and via #2016DuluxStudyTour on Instagram and Twitter. 
Extended coverage is also available in ArchitectureAU.

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Competitions & Opportunities


Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture prize is now open

This prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member towards the advancement of architecture in the areas of leadership, publication, community or education.

Closing 16 Aug
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Vivid Sydney: 27 May - 18 Jun

Vivid Sydney kicks off this week with a huge range of events taking place. Including the 2016 Good Design Festival, which brings together the annual Good Design Awards Gala Night and After Party, the Good Design Exchange and the Good Design Showcase Exhibition. Learn how great design improves the quality of our lives and helps shape a better Australia, contributing to a more prosperous and sustainable world.

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Sponsor news

WoodSolutions - NCC changes

Due to recent NCC changes, designers can now specify diagonally and vertically aligned timber cladding with the same Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) simplicity as traditional horizontal applications.

The changes came into effect on 1 May 2016.

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BondorPanel® recognised in Guy Maron projects 

Congratulations to Guy Maron who was recently honoured with enduring architecture awards for his work on buildings including The Bicentennial Conservatory in Adelaide. Bondor is proud to have contributed to this award-winning heritage-listed building. When designing the conservatory, Guy undertook a rigorous examination of the outcomes the building needed to achieve functionally—in this case sustaining plant life, such as temperature, humidity and sunlight, and then designing an envelope that would provide the right conditions.
BondorPanel®, purpose designed for controlled environments, provided the perfect solution and it forms a significant part of the structure. If you are thinking of using insulated panel in a creative way, we would love to hear from you. Visit our website to get in touch.


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