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From the CEO

At the end of last year, we announced a major breakthrough for gender equity in the profession of architecture with National Council officially approving the organisation’s first Gender Equity Policy. In addition to approving the policy, Council endorsed the establishment of a National Committee on Gender Equity.

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Help support the 2014 Australian Exhibition at the Venice Biennale

Be a part of the Venice Architecture Biennale by supporting the Australian exhibition in 2014! The exhibition would simply not be possible without generous support and donations from the wider architecture community. Augmented Australia welcomes tax-deductible donations from all members of the architecture, design and construction community and we hope that you will be able to support this important cultural program.
Please click here to donate online or download the form for return post/fax. For more information on Australia’s exhibition and attending the Biennale, visit our website.

What's on

A Weekend Away

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Mar
Bruny Island, Tas

A Weekend Away is regional in focus and provides a forum to raise issues across design fields, within and beyond the island state. Speakers include Juhani Pallasma, Richard Leplastrier.
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2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Thu 20 Mar, Tasmania
Join us to celebrate those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to society through architecture and the built environment. Among the accolades is the announcement of the 2014 Gold Medalist, who will also make a special address on the night. Tickets now on sale!
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Built Environment Meets Parliament – Save the Date!

Tue 15 Jul, Canberra
Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is an annual conversation between parliamentarians and industry leaders that showcases the relationship between Australian communities and their built environment; an opportunity to explore the issues that help shape national prosperity. This is a two-day event that incorporates the presentation of the Australian Award for Urban Design and the full-day BEMP summit. More information will be available soon! 



The new space race

Since 2010, key changes to Section J of the National Construction Code have led to an increase in spatial requirements for building services in BCA Deemed-to-Satisfy compliant buildings. Read the full article.  

2014 National Architecture Awards – Project Attributions 

The Institute publishes the project attributions of all entries in the National Architecture Awards Program. To check project attributions for entries in the 2014 National Architecture Awards click here.


Competitions & Opportunities

Gender Equity Committee - Expressions of Interest

Interested individuals of both genders are invited to nominate themselves by Expression of Interest, for membership of the Institute’s Gender Equity Committee. This National Committee was established at National Council’s last meeting and it will be responsible for giving practical effect to the Institute’s Gender Equity Policywhich was adopted by National Council in December.
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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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Australian Interior Design Awards

Entries close Wed!
These awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, and presented in partnership with Artichoke magazine and Designex.
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Notice board

Media opps

Radio National By Design is looking for amazing stories to showcase throughout 2014. If you have a residential design that has an interesting story tell (and a client that is happy to be involved), send through a paragraph summarising the story along with low-res images to

Production company Artemis International is developing a documentary series about Australian-Chinese design ventures and are looking for unusual architectural projects in early stages of development. Contact Rob McGlynn at

Are you visiting New Zealand in 2014?

The Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects is always keen to have overseas architects speak in the area of Hamilton in New Zealand. If you’re travelling to New Zealand in 2014 and interested in an opportunity to speak please contact Matt Grant, NZIA Branch Secretary, via email on

Survey - Standard forms of contract

Closes Fri
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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Sponsor news

Australia’s Building Code change creates exciting opportunities

The Australian Building Code Board recently approved amendments enabling timber framing to be used on a wider range of projects.
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AWS - A day in the life of an architecture student

Making its debut at 2013 Australia & New Zealand Student Architecture Congress, Nexus in Newcastle this short film features Sarah Herbert and reflects on life as an architecture graduate. 
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Essential Exterior Timber Design Seminar 

This free seminar will explore how timber may be used in exterior applications. Presentations feature winning projects in last year's Australian Timber Design Awards. The speakers are experts on timber cladding, exterior finishes, timber windows and timber preservation for external applications. 
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