The Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Chapter weekly e-newsletter - 14 March.  Tell us what you think
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From the NSW Chapter Manager

I am looking forward to visiting Chapters in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland over the coming weeks. I will have a chance to speak to staff in person as well as attend some Chapter councils and events. This will be an opportunity for me to get a very real sense of how the Institute’s recent changes have impacted at a local level, as well as discussing the positive signs of progress and near-term improvements the organisation is making. 

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The NSW Chapter and the Gender Equity task force (GET) was proud to host a very successful breakfast on International Women's Day last week. Celebrating women in architecture, the breakfast featured Justine Clarke, the 2015 Marion Mahony prize winner, addressing her career and research work. The breakfast was set against the stunning harbour skyline at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Sydney Architext Bookshop has closed its doors after 28 years

The Sydney Architext Bookshop opened its doors in 1988 and has provided books, services and a friendly smile from its proud manager, Anne Proudfoot, for the past 28 years. The bookshop closed its doors for the last time last Friday with all remaining stock being sent to a new venue for design literature in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Architext and the NSW Chapter of the Institute takes this opportunity to thank all its members and customers for their patronage and support over the years.

Mentoring Program 2016

The 2016 Mentoring Program will launch on 12 April and applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. Eligible participants include architecture Masters students, graduates and architects, all of whom must be current members of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Information PackMentor ApplicationMentee Application

Applications close COB Wednesday 23 March

The NSW Chapter Mentoring Program is kindly sponsored by dwp|suters
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Women in Architecture: Clare Kwok

In the latest Women in Architecture profile, we speak to Clare Kwok associate architect at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, about her experience in retail and multi-residential design.

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Image: South Morang Central Shopping Centre by CHC Architects, photo by Rachael Dere

What's on

New Ideas for Old Buildings: Creative Spaces and the Built Environment
Tuesday 15 March 6.30pm

Speakers: Craig Allchin (6 Degrees, Renew Newcastle), Sarah Carrington (Future City), Marianne Foley (Arup), Helena Genaus (Rising Sun Workshop), Rebecca Conroy (Artist). Moderated by Tim Horton (NSW Architects Registration Board).
Current building regulations can sometimes produce insurmountable barriers for small creative enterprises by making it costly and difficult to use existing buildings for new cultural purposes. How do we support these activities and better manage regulatory burden on creative enterprise, without compromising safety, amenity or access requirements? Join us for a discussion with voices from across the creative, urban planning and building sectors to discuss the common challenges and potential solutions.
Tuesdays@Tusculum is proudly supported by AWS: Australian Architectural Window Systems
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2016 NSW Awards Presentation to Juries
Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 March - all day

We welcome you to the Institute next week to see all 176 entries in this year’s NSW Awards presented to juries. The event is free and open to all - public, students and fellow entrants. Timetables will be released shortly.

For those awaiting their scheduled presentation time thank you for your patience – we will issue these individually asap.

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2016 Newcastle Architecture Awards
Thursday 17 March 6.00pm - 11:00pm

Winners of the 2016 Newcastle Architecture Awards will be announced this Thursday! Book your ticket now to celebrate in style overlooking the ocean at beautiful Merewether Beach.

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The NSW Housing Code and Complying Development for Commercial and Industrial
Thursday 17 March 9:00am - 12:30pm

Presenter: Peter SmithSmith & Tzannes

The NSW Housing Codes and Codes SEPP are revolutionising the process of building approvals in NSW, opening up opportunities for the profession in terms of efficiency and design.

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Kensington Street and The Old Clare Hotel
Thursday 24 March 9:00am - 10:30am

Tour leaders: Tim GreerTonkin Zulaikha GreerMike HorneTurf Design

The redevelopment of the Kensington Street Precinct marks a major milestone in the Central Park project on Broadway. Driven by a strategy of contemporisation through a teasing out and prioritising of fabric that was already there, workers cottages, warehouses, administrative buildings and an old pub have been reimagined.

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2016 NCC Change | Now you can aim higher with timber

This seminar series will cover the changes to the National Construction Code allowing timber buildings of up to eight storeys. Including special guest speaker James Fitzpatrick of fitzpatrick+partners (NSW only).

Live stream: Tuesday 5 April, 9:00am - 12.30pm*
NSW: Thursday 14 April, 9:00am - 12.30pm 

*content available on-demand for two weeks post live stream. Must purchase by 5 April

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Competitions & Opportunities

Houses Awards 2016: Entries closing Friday 18 March

The Houses Awards are open to any residential project located within Australia and completed between 1 January 2015 and 29 February 2016. Excellence is awarded in nine categories ($1000 cash prizes), with the best house receiving the premier award of Australian House of the Year ($5000 cash prize).

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Notice board

ASI Steel Excellence Awards 2016

Entries are now open for projects fabricated in Australia using predominantly Australian steel.
The awards are conducted biennially to promote excellence in steel design recognising creative approaches with structural and architectural elements in the built environment. Projects completed since July 2014 are eligible for entry.

Entries close Friday 20 May 2016 at 5:00pm

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RobIArch 2016
Workshops 15–17 March | Conference 18-19 March

RobIArch returns this Easter and will take place at the iconic Sydney Bay in Australia. Just like 2012 and 2014, RobIArch 2016 will feature a range of high-end, hands-on robot workshops by academia and industry. CPD points available.
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WoodSolutions Seminar - Case studies on
Tall Timber Buildings in Australia

In this FREE CPD seminar, experienced design professionals will speak on recent examples of multi-storey timber apartment and office buildings in Australia and Sydney to illustrate the design, structures and cost savings of timber buildings.

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Black Lines 2016
15 March to 3 April

This group exhibition showcases leading fine art and commercial architectural photographers from around Australia and New Zealand. Opening night is Thursday 17 March at 6:00pm.

Please RSVP your attendance here.
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Committee Members needed
MYOP is the front face of the Institute's NSW Sustainability Committee. Their aim is to inform, share, challenge and progress thought-leadership and contemporary thinking around the issue of sustainability and the built environment. We are looking for passionate, motivated people to become involved so if you are interested, please contact Dave Bennett, Nigel Justins or Andy Marlow for full information.                  

Studio Space Available
A mezzanine space is available for rent in our recently upgraded Paddington studio. 40m2 with private rooftop terrace and scope for meeting area. Abundance of natural light, close to Rushcutters Bay. Flexible with layouts to suit individuals or small practice. Please email for more information.
Position Vacant | Architect
D+R Architects are seeking qualified, enthusiastic architects. Applicants will have proven abilities with the design development of retail/mixed use projects. Minimum of 5 years local experience with significant projects of this type, possess good communications, presentation and sound skills with AutoCAD, REVIT (3 years minimum) are required of applicants. Please email your resume for consideration.         


2016 SONA Renewals 

It’s time to renew your SONA membership and on that note, we have some exciting news! This year, we have a new pricing structure for SONA membership which means that your commitment to your education in architecture is recognised throughout your SONA membership journey.

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Sponsor news

Perspectives Short Film Series with AWS

To celebrate International Women's Day, AWS has released the next instalment of the 'Perspectives' video series. The short film features interviews with Rebecca Naughtin alongside Bruce Allen and Edwina Brisbane on the value of mentoring.​

Watch the short film here.

Working Overseas: A Planned Cover Guide

During the recent Building Abroad Seminars, Planned Cover shared insight about insurance when working internationally. Not always at the top of everyone’s radar, it’s important to ensure you have the right policies and cover in place. Click here for Planned Cover’s Guide to Working Abroad. For more information contact your insurance broker or speak with Planned Cover on 03 8508 5400. 


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