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From the National President

This is my last e-news column as National President before I hand over the reins to Ken Maher. While my tenure has involved a range of challenges it has also been a very rewarding experience and clearly the most enjoyable aspect has been the regular opportunity to meet and work with a huge number of members who are committed to volunteering their time in support of our profession.

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What's on

Practice: Small
Thursday 28 April 9:00am - 12:30pm

Presenters: Andrew Benn Benn & Penna Architecture  | Matt Chan Scale Architecture | Sam Marshall Architect Marshall
What’s key to running a small architectural practice and creating a firm business foundation? Three accomplished small practice architects share their practice strategies and learnings.

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Architecture on Show: Green Square Library and Plaza
Saturday 30 April 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Chris McBride, Senior Design Manager (Architecture) for the City working on the Green Square Library and Plaza Project will be joined by Project Architect Matthias Hollenstein of Stewart Hollenstein Architecture and Urban Design practice. They will discuss the project and the broader Green Square Masterplan, including the design process and concept.
Venue: Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown Street, Sydney

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Tuesdays @ Tusculum: Spektrum Architects
Tuesday 3 May 6:30pm

A young architectural studio based in Denmark, Spektrum Arkitekter’s extensive portfolio of work integrates architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and citizen involvement. Join us to hear Sofie Willems and Joan Raun discuss their approach to socially sustainable architecture in the context of Copenhagen, including a closer look at a number of key built projects.

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This event is proudly sponsored by AWS: Architectural Window Systems

CPD Improving Architectural Practice
Monday 9 May 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Speaker: Tim Horton, NSW Architects Registration Board
The NSW Architects Registration Board data shows that 45% of the enquiries they receive relate to poor practice management by architects. Can this be so? If so, what’s not working and what can be done to remedy this?
Venue: City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle.

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Practice: Small-ish
Thursday 12 May 9:00am - 12:30pm

Presenters: Ally Morcombe and Jason Andersen Practice Management consultants | Chris Major and David Welsh Welsh + Major | Sam Crawford Sam Crawford Architects

In a series of in-depth presentations, two accomplished practitioners and one accountant/architect team of practice managers take a forensic look at the strategies driving architectural practice of 10 to 15 staff. 

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Fit For Purpose
Friday 27 May

Presenters: Caroline Pidcock Pidcock Architecture + Sustainability | Turpin + Crawford Turpin Crawford Studio | Sarah Lebner Light House Architecture and Science
The best designers aspire to create a product that is fit for purpose.  This one day Country Division CPD seminar in Port Macquarie brings together talented professionals from the disciplines of art and architecture. Each practitioner’s work explores art, science and the environment to produce results that are truly fit for purpose.
Venue: Glasshouse, 32/40 Clarence Street Port Macquarie.
Register online.

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Conference kicks off this week!

The 2016 National Architecture Conference commences this week with the opening party on Thursday evening. Join in the conversation online via #HowSoonNow2016.

2016 AAAAs 
Friday 29 April 6:30pm     

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. 

Venue: William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval.

Book tickets here.


Conference Fringe event: Women Transforming the City
Thursday 28 April 2:30 - 5:00pm

Parlour, the National Committee for Gender Equity and AWS invite you to Women Transforming the City – Part 2, a lively discussion about women shaping our cities and environments. 

Supported by AWS, ODASA, Uni SA and KT Wines

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The Pool Venice: Limited edition scarf

The Pool Creative Team have partnered with The Woolmark Company and Romance Was Born to create a limited edition designer scarf. This exclusive delicate scarf, made from 100% Australian Merino wool, features a beautiful water-inspired print, designed by Romance Was Born in collaboration with Archibald Prize winning Australian artist, Del Kathryn Barton.

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Notice board


Visit the EmAGN exhibition at DesignBUILD

The Institute exhibition at this year’s DesignBUILD in Melbourne will feature works from 15 emerging architectural practices. The exhibition will present a group of built works that make the most of opportunities within a project to create inspired designs displaying ingenuity, economy, and durability.

The exhibition is located next to the Central Hub, on the show floor. Entry is free.

EmAGN would like to thanks AWS and MaxiPlywood for their generous support of this project.

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GAO200: current & former staff event
Saturday 30 April  11:00 am

All current and former staff of the Government Architect’s Office and Government Architect’s Branch are invited to an informal reunion at the bicentenary exhibition at the State Library of NSW. Imagine a City – 200 years of Public Architecture in NSW chronicles some of the diverse projects by the government architect and their staff over the last two centuries.
Venue: Mitchell Galleries, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

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Talk Turf with us over lunch
Friday 6 May 12:30pm – 1:45pm

AILA NSW and Lawn Solutions Australia are hosting a lunch in Parramatta to talk turf. Specifically turf grass research and development in Australia, breeding, genetic purity and quality assurance programs undertaken by LSA, and turf species, durability and performance. We will also chat to Neale Tweedie from Grech’s Turf to get the Grower’s Perspective.
Venue: Pemulwuy Boardroom, Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trust
Level 7, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta, NSW

Register online.


Sandstone Labyrinths & Wood Protection
Thursday 19 May 5:30pm - 8:00pm

AILA NSW, Auswest Timbers, Intergrain and Gosford Quarries will run a Landscape Technical on Sandstone Labyrinths and Wood Protection.
Come along and get the low-down on the break-down: specifying timber, exterior timber coatings and sandstone selection.
Venue: Austral Bricks Design Studio, 50 Carrington St, Sydney CBD.
Register online. 


Building the future now. Sustainable architecture vs. globalization
Thursday 19 May 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Mario Cucinella - founder of Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) and Green Building the Future, and Ken McBride - co-founder of innovarchi and Principal at Hassell, deliver two key-note presentations on the topic of sustainability and globalisation. Developed in response to the 2016 Sydney Biennale theme ‘The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed’ both speakers will explore how new ideas of environmental and social sustainability might shape a fairer future. Followed by a panel discussion with Tshering Lama O'Gorman, Australian Himalayan Foundation.
Organised by Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with the Biennale of Sydney.

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BIM - Revit Modelling Course

Tafe Illawarra Wollongong is presenting a course introducing students to the Revit 3D software. The course covers three stages:
1) Introduction to Revit & 3D Modelling,
2) Advanced Modelling of Buildings and
3) Advanced Revit Skills for Indicative Energy and Cost Benefit Analysis, Quantity Take Offs.

The course meets the Commonwealth Government’s criteria for skill set subsidy and is consequently much cheaper than the price advertised.
Subsidised cost:
$1,289 for students not holding a prior qualification; and
$1,504 for students with a prior qualification.

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Two Positions Vacant | Architect & Civil/Structural Engineer

NATSPEC is increasing the information it provides to the industry including specifications, technical documents and BIM. We therefore seek additional architects and engineers to join our team in Sydney. Consider the role as an opportunity, by becoming an expert in a subject. Must have a minimum of 5-years construction industry documentation experience and excellent written and verbal English skills. Salary commencing at $80K plus super.
See for the job description. Email CV to


Position Vacant | Architect

Collins and Turner is seeking passionate and detail orientated architects, to work on all stages of a broad range of exciting projects. Please send your CV in confidence to

Sponsor news

Architecture Speaker Series at DesignBUILD

The Institute has curated a Speaker Series at DesignBUILD this year, addressing some of the key challenges that affect architects. Speakers and panellists include Chris Barnett, Colin Dib, Jarrod Edwards & Cameron Ritter, Fiona Winzar and Kristin Brookfield, who will be covering a range of topics such as Bringing Australian Housing into the 21 Century, Intelligent Construction and effective application of BIM processes and Design quality and product compliance.

Wed 4 - Sat 6 May, Melbourne
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Australian Interior Design Awards

The 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards shortlist has been announced and tickets for the awards dinner are now on sale. The Australian Interior Design Awards recognizes the innovative thinking and visionary solutions of Australia’s design industry, and is co-presented by Artichoke magazine and the Design Institute of Australia.

Fri 10 Jun, Sydney

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(Image: Methodist Ladies College Boarding House by CODA Studio, photo by Peter Bennetts)

Castle Hill

This stunning project was awarded with AWA’s Best Use of Windows & Doors: Residential New Construction Under $500,000 for 2015!

From the moment you enter the front door of the property, your gaze is drawn through sizable glazing toward the lush, grey-green of the bush beyond, creating a sense of connected space and openness

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