The Australian Institute of Architects' weekly e-newsletter - 7 Mar.
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Advocacy and Policy Update

This month's advocacy and policy report covers:

  • High-risk building products
  • Ministerial Changes
  • Universal Access
  • Value of good design recognised by Infrastructure Australia
  • Designer Terminology
  • AILA living cities alliance
  • Procurement
  • City of South Perth Amendment No. 46
  • Greater Sydney Commission
  • Planning Reform
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What's on


Now you can aim higher with timber - the 2016 NCC code changes

This seminar series will cover the changes to the National Construction Code allowing timber buildings of up to eight storeys.

Live stream: Tues 5 Apr, 9am - 12.30pm*
Vic: Tues 5 Apr, 9am - 12.30pm 
Qld: Tues 12 Apr, 9am - 12.30pm
NSW: Thu 14 Apr, 9am - 12.30pm

*content available on-demand for two weeks post live stream. Must purchase by 5 April

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Green Cities Conference: 22-24 Mar, Sydney

2016 marks a decade of Green Cities, Australia’s leading sustainability conference for the built environment, and the time has come to dial things up.

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Construction Quality survey

We are all aware of the controversy over construction quality in the last few years, purportedly exacerbated by building products sourced overseas. The Institute is interested in the breadth of the problem for our industry so that we can feed meaningful information to the government at all levels.

Closing Fri 11 Mar

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Competitions & Opportunities


Final Reminder: EOI National Committee for Gender Equity

The committee is now entering its second term and is seeking Expressions of Interest from Institute members in ACT, SA, TAS, NT, QLD and Vic. The committee meets quarterly via teleconference with one face-to-face meeting a year, scheduled Thu 28 Apr in Adelaide, coinciding with the National Architecture Conference. 

Closing Fri 11 Mar

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Notice board

Riversdale Time for Drawing at the Arthur Boyd Education Centre - 22-25 Apr

In honour of Juhani Pallasmaa and his current 2016 Droga Residency, the Riversdale Time for Drawing studio will focus on the sense of touch in reference to his Australian lecture series. The program aims to develop sensory awareness through integration of drawing, somatic movement and mindfulness and is supported by the growing list of Juhani Pallasmaa books which advocate the need for sensory intelligence training in architectural education and practice.

More information here.

World Environment Day Awards

Each year, the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia and the important work of Australian environmental leaders through its World Environment Day Awards. Entries for the 2016 World Environment Day Awards are now open! 

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2016 SONA Renewals

It’s time to renew your SONA membership and on that note, we have some exciting news! Beginning 1 Mar 2016, we have a new pricing structure for SONA membership which means that your commitment to your education in architecture is recognised throughout your SONA membership journey.

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Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 membership renewals

All those who renewed before 31 Dec were eligible to win one of multiple prizes including membership refunds, book vouchers and seminar passes.

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