The Institute's weekly e-news - 27 Feb.
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From the National President

Just last week ballots closed for our 2017 elections and I’m delighted to congratulate Suzanne Hunt who has been elected our first female WA Chapter President and nationally-elected Councillors Prof Helen Lochhead (NSW) and Adrian Fitzgerald (Vic) on their success.

They will join Yvette Breytenbach (Tas), Mario Dreosti (SA) and Andrew Nimmo (NSW), who were all elected unopposed as Chapter Presidents earlier in the year, and SONA President Jemima Ninnes on National Council from our next meeting in March.
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2017 National Conference, 4-6 May

New speaker announcement:

Vo Trong Nghia - Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia Architects was founded in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2006, specialising in green projects, which utilise not only landscape plants, but design green façades and roofs which work as a bio-skin for buildings.

The National Architecture Conference is one of the biggest events of the Australian architecture calendar. Register now to receive priority access to the fringe program which launches in the coming weeks.

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Inaugural winner of the Paula Whitman Prize

Congratulations to Catherine Baudet, co-founder of Women in Architecture Queensland, who has been announced as the inaugural winner of the Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize, presented at the Queensland President’s Dinner last Friday.

The Jury, chaired by Immediate Past President Jon Clements, was impressed by her outstanding leadership in supporting women in the profession of architecture for over 30 years.
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2017 MPavilion Announcement

2014 Venice Biennale director Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten from Rotterdam based practice OMA, have been announced as the architects for the 2017 MPavilion in Melbourne. Gianotten presented at the 2015 National Architecture on the topic of Risk in Architecture. It is available for purchase via our Continuum online CPD platform.

Photo credit: Andrew Tang

What's On


NSS: The Anatomy of a Leak

Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most expensive defect in modern buildings. Waterproofing specialist Ross Taylor will explain how leaks originate, provide insights into preventing defects and the documentation necessary to manage your practice's risk.

Sydney: 7 Mar, 9am
Melbourne & Livestream: 9 Mar, 12pm
Brisbane: 22 Mar, 9.30am

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Notice board

Policy and Advocacy Update

With the Institute having identified advocacy as a strategic pillar for the foreseeable future, a policy review is now underway to see which of our existing policies we retain and which are to be updated.

The review will include broad consultation with members to identify the most important issues and what needs to be done to ensure our message to governments and the public is clear.
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New contract available

Announcing the launch of the Institute’s latest contract, the Architect-Specialist Consultant Agreement 2017 (ASCA2017). ASCA2017 is intended for use where the architect directly engages and pays a specialist consultant on a specific project.It can be used to complement the Institute’s current Client Architect Agreement. The contract document is published and sold alongside a User Guide, Reference Copy, editable schedules and template guide letters. Members and subscribers with Acumen access will also be able to download the supporting documents from Acumen.

ASCA2017 and supporting documents are available now through our contracts website.



SONA: Calling Student Volunteers

The Institute is looking for active SONA member volunteers to assist with the National Architecture Conference: Praxis from Thursday 4 May – Saturday 6 May 2017 in Sydney.
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Sponsor News

Seminar: Discover New Directions in Mid-Rise Timber Construction

Melbourne: 8 Mar, 7.30am
Brisbane: 9 Mar, 7.30am

Traditional timber framing and new massive timber building systems are revolutionising the design and construction sector.

This one day seminar will have case studies from international and local experts and details on how you can access specialist resources for your projects. Speakers include: Andrew Waugh, Jonathan Evans, David Byland and Paolo Lavisci.

Register here.

Dulux® Colour Awards® 2017: Entries Open

Rules were made to be broken, so in its 31st year, the Dulux Colour Awards is celebrating bravery in design. Architects, designers, specifiers and students are invited to demonstrate their inventive, unique and forward-thinking colour applications in built environments. Entries close 17 March 2017.

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