This is the Australian Institute of Architects' weekly e-newsletter - 3 Aug 2015. Tell us what you think
Institute News

From the National President

After more than ten years of dedicated service to the Institute in the role of CEO, and after much careful consideration, David Parken has concluded that it is time for a leadership change in the CEO role at the Institute and has advised National Council of this decision at its meeting on 30th July. 

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Theme announced for World Architecture Day 2015 - Architecture, Building, Climate

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has announced the theme for this year's World Architecture Day (5 Oct) - Architecture, Building, Climate. The theme ties in with events for the international climate treaty negotiations at COP21.

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What's on

2015 Gold Medal Tour

Peter Stutchbury's Gold Medal Tour is kicking off around the country. Tickets booked through your local chapter.
25 Aug: Sydney - Larger venue tbc
26 Aug: Melbourne - Book here
27 Aug: Hobart - Book here
7 Oct: Canberra - Book here
8 Oct: Perth - Book here
9 Oct: Adelaide
13 Oct: Brisbane
14 Oct: Darwin

Competitions & Opportunities

SMEG Tour Competition

SMEG Australia are offering an amazing opportunity to win a trip to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale - including flights, accomm, Vernissage passes and a tour of the Guido Canali-designed SMEG HQ. 

To enter - simply submit a residential kitchen completed in the last 12 months that has 2 or more SMEG appliances specified.

Closes 31 Aug

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2016 Leadership in Sustainability Prize 

Entries are open for the 2016 Leadership in Sustainability Prize. The prize recognises individuals and/or groups who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the advancement of sustainability in the build environment. 

Closes 17 Aug

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William J Mitchell International Area Committee Prize 2016

This annual prize is in recognition of Australians who have made a significant contribution to the profession, study or advancement of architecture beyond our shores.

Closes 3 Sep

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2016 Dulux Study Tour - Open for entries

The Dulux Study Tour is now in it's 9th consecutive year and is one of the most highly coveted programs. The prize fosters and inspires the next generation of emerging architectural talent in Australia. The winners are taken on a whirlwind ten day world tour, visiting and engaging with high profile practices and iconic buildings. 

Closes 17 Sep

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Member call-out: Tell us your stories

Do you have an innovative project in the works or an unconventional practice philosophy? Do you do something on the side that informs your work method? 

We want to hear your stories - whether about projects or practice - and shine a light on our members, these feature pieces will be shared through our social media networks and become features in eNews.

If you would like to be featured, email us at


Sponsor news

Erco lighting at the Venice Pavilion

The new Australian Pavilion in the Giardini at the Biennale di Venezia was opened in tandem with the Art Biennale in March this year. 

ERCO spotlights were chosen for the illumination of the exhibition space. Requiring a flexible, versatile solution, a double garland of recessed ERCO track equipped with Opton LED spotlights were used.

Work Place/ Work Life Forum 

As part of the Architecture Media Design Speaks series, Work Place/Work Life is happening in Sydney on 18 Aug. 

The forum will discuss the future of workplace design - 6 formal CPD are available for Institute members. 

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