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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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Balmoral House
Thursday 26 May 9:30am - 10:30am

Tour leaders: Polly Harbison & Clinton Murray 

Inspired by an Isamu Noguchi sculpture, the Balmoral House by architects Polly Harbison and Clinton Murray is a meditation in concrete that plays with solid and void; light and dark; interior and exterior. The house “engages remarkably with its surroundings, being at once both intensely public and intensely private. Built on a sloping Sydney harbour site, it presents as a striking concrete sculpture to the street. The joy of art is integral to the house’s design… and is embedded into the form.” (RAIA Jury citation; the project was awarded a 2015 NSW Chapter ‘Architecture’ award and an RAIA national ‘Architecture’ award).

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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.

An optional architects dinner will be held in Port Macquarie following the seminar from 7:30pm. Dinner is $60 per head, for dinner and drinks. Bookings are essential - register online.


Architecture on Show: The architect and builder relationship
Saturday 28 May 2:00pm

Whether it is a small extension to a home or a public library used by thousands of people, the dynamic between an architect and builder can play a critical role in the project’s success. Join us to explore this relationship, focusing on the unique circumstances that occur when the builder on a project is also a practising architect.

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Adrian Ashton Prize 

Open to all those reporting on architecture and design in NSW, this prize recognises quality communication, public engagement and high-quality debate. Submissions open until Wednesday 25 May to all those reporting on architecture and design in NSW, including for the first time this year  books, events and expanded digital media.

Proudly sponsored by Bates Smart 

David Lindner Prize

Have a research idea you’d love to explore? Each year the David Lindner Prize supports a funded body of research in design issues involving the public realm. Submit your idea before Friday 27 May to be in with a chance of receiving  $5,000 towards carrying out the research and having your work published in the Architecture Bulletin.

Proudly supported by the Lindner family. 


Marion Mahony Griffin Prize 

This prize acknowledges the significant contribution of women architects to the profession across a number of industry platforms including architectural education, journalism, research, professional practice and theory, as well as for built architectural work. Do you know someone you feel should be recognised for their work? Nominate them before Friday 27 May.

Proudly sponsored by Bespoke

AGM - Voting for the Changes
deadline this Friday 13 may

Voting for the proposed changes to National Council will be counted at the next AGM, which will be held in Melbourne on Friday 13 May.
The notice of the AGM includes the revised proposed changes, an explanatory memorandum by Clayton Utz, as well as all the information you will need ahead of the AGM, including proxy forms for those members who are unable to attend in person. Questions and feedback prior to the AGM are welcome – please email

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Policy and Advocacy update -  May

This month’s policy update covers two federal initiatives; the Smart Cities Plan and a summary of the Federal budget.

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Fire safety guidelines for external walls

CSIRO have developed a guideline to help the construction industry better understand how to ensure compliance with the relevant codes and standards for fire safety of external walls on high-rise buildings.

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Venice Biennale Travelling Studio

Fifteen students from the University of Sydney are undertaking an international travelling studio to exhibit at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Working in collaboration with Auckland University of Technology, the jointly developed brief of Space, Time, Existence, is broadly framed around the notions of architecture, ethics and civic space.

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ACIF Construction Forecast

What will be the demand for architects, engineers, builders, suppliers and contractors until 2026? The Australian Construction Industry Forum will be releasing their 10 year construction forecast including indicators of demand across residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction work. Available for pre-order now.

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Architect Jure Kotnik
Wednesday May 11 5:30 for 6:00pm start

This week the former Dean of Architecture at UON, Lindsay Johnston has secured a fantastic Slovenian Architect - Jure Kotnik to speak at the Wednesday evening lectures.

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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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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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RIBA 2016 President’s Awards for Research – call for submissions 
deadline Thursday 30 June

The RIBA President's Awards for Research are designed to promote and celebrate the best of research in the field of architecture and the built environment that contributes to new knowledge and understanding in architecture and the practice of architecture.  Submissions are welcome from all levels and spheres of architectural and built environment research from any country.  
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Sponsor news

2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Canberra - Oct

Adventures into the profoundly frightening, deeply uncertain and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century. NOT IN MY BACKYARD is taking place at some of Australia’s most iconic venues including the National Gallery, the National Museum of Australia and the National Arboretum. 

Institute members are offered AILA member rates. Earlybird closing 30 June.

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Australian Interior Design Awards presentation

The 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards shortlist has been announced and tickets for the awards dinner are now on sale. The gala celebration will be held in Sydney on Fri 10 Jun, the awards recognise the innovative thinking and visionary solutions of Australia’s design industry

Image: Squint/Opera office by SIBLING, photo by Christine Francis

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Amy Muir: National Emerging Architect Winner

Amy Muir graduated from RMIT with first-class honours in 2002 and was awarded both the Anne Butler Memorial Prize and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria’s Association of Women in Architecture Prize for her final thesis project.
Elevated to Director of Architecture, Amy worked for Carr Design for seven years.
In 2011 Amy co-founded Muir Mendes (now Muir Architecture) and now runs the practice as the sole director. The practice has since been recognized with awards at state and national level.
See the full video here!

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