Australian Institute of Architects' weekly e-newsletter - 16 December 2013
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Gender Equity Policy

Last week the Institute announced a major breakthrough for gender equity in the profession of architecture with National Council officially approving the organisation’s first Gender Equity Policy. Announcing the policy, Institute President and gender equity advocate, Paul Berkemeier said, ‘The disparity between male and female representation within the profession has been well documented and a growing concern not only for the Institute as the industry’s representative body but also for members of both genders.’
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Seasons Greetings

As this is our last e-newsletter of the year, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and safe festive season and a very happy new year. We look forward to bringing you many fantastic events, activities and opportunities to engage with us and the profession in the new year! 

Holiday closing dates
The Institute closes Fri 20 Dec and reopens Thu 2 Jan. 

What's on

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 on sale in January.
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Making 2014 - 20% discount

8-10 May, Perth
Why not treat your design-savvy loved ones (or yourself) to a Christmas gift with a difference? Tickets to the 2014 National Architecture Conference! And if you book now, you'll get a 20% early bird discount. Click below for details on the latest speaker line up, themes, events, information on accommodation and travel, as well as registration.
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PALS - last chance for 20% off!

The Institute is offering all members a 20% discount for PALS if you renew your membership and register TODAY. To take up this offer please email us once you have renewed your 2014 membership with your name, member number and contact phone number.
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Competitions & Opportunities

Volunteer in Venice

Applications close Tue 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.

Austral Bricks Club - Venice

Austral Bricks is proud to continue its support of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, and welcomes the Australian architecture community to join the Austral Bricks Club. To join the club and be in the running to win an incredible Biennale experience, click the link below.
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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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Notice Board

Survey - Standard forms of contract

Melbourne University Law School invites you to participate in an online survey about your experience with, and use of, standard forms of contract. The findings of this survey are expected to be published in a report in mid-2014. Participation is voluntary and participants can withdraw at any point in the survey. The questionnaire should take approximately 15-20 mins to complete. 
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Call out for projects

New national news site The New Daily is looking for interesting Australian properties to showcase in its My Home column. The column features unique residences and the stories behind them. Email Kate Jones for more information.

Inspire 2013

We are delighted to launch Inspire 2013, 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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Sponsor news

AWS launches BAL40 website

AWS has launched a website designed to provide information to those currently living or planning to build in a bushfire rated zone. The website advises how to take precautions to protect homes, maximise safety, and is a guide to bushfire rated aluminium windows and doors.
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Coating technology sets a new standard

BlueScope has ensured its newly improved COLORBOND® steel with Activate™ technology meets or exceeds building standards, after the product's metal coating specifications were included in the National Construction Code (NCC) and referenced Australian Standards prior to its launch.
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Architects urge emergency shelter design

An innovative architect touched by the Japanese earthquake in 2011 has challenged the community to increase its focus on emergency shelter design. Architect Jun Sakaguchi's emergency shelter featuring exterior cladding made from ZINCALUME® steel was displayed at the recent 3x3x3 Design Challenge at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
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