This is the Australian Institute of Architects' weekly e-newsletter - 20 Jul 2015. Tell us what you think
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From the CEO

Non-conforming products are a significant problem in the building and construction sector. To address this, the Institute has engaged with key stakeholders as part of Construction Product Alliance Group to raise awareness about NCPs within the industry and engage with policy makers and regulators ...
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Education Update: History of the AACA and its role in the development of the NCSA

Associate Professor Kirsten Orr (University Technology Sydney) has just released a paper that reviews the history of the incorporation of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) in 1974 and its role in the development of the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA) in light of the attempts to deregulate the profession in 2014.

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What's on

Gold Medal Tour

Peter Stutchbury's Gold Medal Tour commences on 28 Jul in Newcastle, traveling around Australia. See all the dates here. 

Tickets can be arranged through your local chapter.

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Growing your business with Technology: Online CPD

15 Jun - 31 Jul
This online course gives participants an understanding of digital business technologies by analysing small to medium sized architecture practices.

Register online. 

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ACIF Forecast Breakfasts

Join the Australian Construction Industry Forum for a forecast series over breakfast in the following cities next week.

Sydney: Mon 20 Jul 
Brisbane: Wed 22 Jul 
Melbourne: Thur 23 Jul

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NSW Country Conference

Bathurst, 22-25 Sep
The 2015 NSW Country Division Conference is themed 'We've come so far, so far - Architectural history informing our future'. The three day event offers ten formal CPD points.

Register at early bird rate until 10 Aug. 

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Competitions & Opportunities

Leadership in Sustainability Prize 

Entries are open for the 2016 Leadership in Sustainability Prize. The prize recognises individuals and/or groups who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the advancement of sustainability in the build environment. 

Nominate here before Mon 14 Aug.

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Call for Sustainable Houses Open Day

Be part of Australia’s largest sustainable home’s event on September 13 2015. Registrations for homes to open their doors for Sustainable House Day are now open. If you have designed an outstanding environmentally sustainable home the event is a great way to promote your work and give visitors the chance to see and learn. Homeowners can participate by registering online before Fri 31 Jul.

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Media Opportunity

The Weekend Australian Magazine is looking for an architecturally designed seaside holiday house featuring an open fireplace or outdoor fire pit to feature in an upcoming magazine piece on winter escapes.
If you know of such a house please send through a description and some images for consideration. High-res images will be required if your project is suitable.

Please email Megan Lehmann by COB Tuesday 21 July.


Notice board


Coincraft Beta Testers

Coincraft is a resourcing and practice scheduling tool built by architects locally in Melbourne. They have just completed the ability to track project time, budgets and forecast a practice's cashflow, and are looking expand the amount of practices testing the system. Coincraft will work closely with you to develop the features needed to create a tool that is useful for your practice. Anyone who registers to test the product through the Institute will be offered a chance to purchase Coincraft with a 35% discount once complete. Register here.

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