This is the Australian Institute of Architects' weekly e-newsletter - 20 Jan 2014. Tell us what you think
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Waterproofing in Buildings - Preventing leaks and law suits by design

Presented by: Ross Taylor, Building Repair and Waterproofing Consultant (Ross Taylor and Associates), this interactive seminar looks at the legal exposure of architects to the increasing problem of water related defects in new buildings. 
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2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Thu 20 Mar, Tasmania
Join us at the beautiful Peppermint Bay in Tasmania for the 2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards which recognise and honour the accomplishments of individuals who contribute to society through architecture and the built environment. Tickets now on sale!
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Making 2014 - Save 20%!

Book now for a 20% early bird discount (until 6 March). Also, the earlier you book the more you will save on flights and accommodation. We have a number of hotels available at a special rate for delegates and we’re tweeting any specials we come across too (#making2014).
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Archicentre and Architect Agreement - Urgent reminder

During the last few months a new Archicentre and Architect Agreement has been prepared. Details are available from Archimail 13, a copy of which – together with a copy of the new Agreement – can be found in the Archicentre eLibrary. Please sign and return this new agreement if you wish to remain an Archicentre architect after Jan 31After this date, bookings will only be offered to architects with whom we have established new agreements.

Competitions & Opportunities


Subcategories for the International Architecture Award

National Council has approved changes to the International Architecture award category. Five new subcategories have been introduced: Small Project Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, Residential Architecture and Public Architecture.
Enter the Awards now. Entries close 13 March 2014.
For further information download the International Architecture Award overview or contact

2014 Venice Biennale - Help support the Australian exhibition

Be a part of the Biennale by supporting the Australian exhibition in 2014! The exhibition would simply not be possible without generous support and tax-deductible donations from the architecture community. We hope that you will be able to support this important cultural program. Donations made before 2 Feb will be acknowledged in the official catalogue. Please click here to donate online or download the form for return post/fax.
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Volunteer in Venice

Applications close Fri 31 Jan 
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the world’s largest gathering of architecture. If you are interested in assisting in Venice, now is your opportunity. For more information on volunteering please click here. To apply for a volunteer position, please complete the online form.

Venice 2014 - Austral Bricks Club

Austral Bricks is proud to continue its support of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, and will once again be welcoming the Australian architecture community to join the Austral Bricks Club. Members of the Austral Bricks Club will go in the running to receive an incredible experience at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
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Inspire 2013

Inspire 2013 is now available to buy from Architext. This is the fourth in the ten-volume series that presents an unfolding, inspirational visual survey of the Institute's Awards from 2010 to 2019, charting the best in peer-reviewed Australian architecture through the course of a decade.
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Survey - The changing role of architects

As a member of the Institute's national network of Practice Committees; an architect in private practice; in commercial practice; an in-house practice or an architect in public practice or other form of practice engaged in procuring buildings and/or infrastructure you are invited to participate in a study on the changing role and responsibility of architects in building procurement in the building and construction industry. Download survey here and submit here.

Inflection - call for submissions

Inflection, a new architecture journal from the Melbourne School of Design is now accepting submissions. This issue's theme is inflection: a moment of ambiguity imbued with potential. 200 word abstracts for pieces up to 3000 words are due Feb 28. For more information, visit or email

Sponsor news


2014 Dulux Colour Awards

The 2014 Dulux Colour Awards are now open, welcoming architects, designers, specifiers and students to showcase their creative use of colour in both residential and commercial design.
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