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There are only two weeks remaining until the Federal Election. Earlier this month the Institute launched a campaign, Designing Australia’s Future, calling on members to join the Institute in challenging our political leaders to commit to meaningful change for Australia’s built environment. As part of this campaign we have written to the major political parties to get their position on the key policies the Institute advocates for. To date we have received a response from Labor and this has been added to our election campaign portal.

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The presentation of this year’s awards takes place at the historic Locomotive Workshops at Australian Technology Park on Friday 1 July at 6:30pm. This promises to be a memorable night in a wonderfully spacious venue. The new seated dinner arrangement should be appealing, plus we have a star attraction in the wild and witty Judith Lucy as MC. I hope to see many NSW members at the architectural ‘night of the year.’

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NSW Architecture Awards Night
Friday 1 July 6:30pm - Midnight

Have you booked your ticket for the NSW Architecture Awards yet? The NEW deadline for ticket bookings is this Wednesday 22 June. 

Join us to celebrate on a Friday night with a seated dinner, Judith Lucy MC'ing and a midnight finish.
Single tickets and tables of 10 are still available but limited, so don't miss out! 

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The 2016 federal election is underway and politicians are developing strategies designed to win your vote. We would like you to help out by starting a conversation with your local candidates, whether for the House of Representatives or the Senate.

The Institute has already asked the major parties about their positions on a range of issues, and we are awaiting  their responses, which we will then publish.
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What's on

NSW Codes SEPP: Commercial and Industrial
Thursday 23 June 9:00am - 10.30am

Speaker: Peter SmithSmith & Tzannes   

The NSW Codes SEPP enable exempt and complying development for a range of uses and development types. Complying development offers a quick and cost effective approval path as an alternative to a development application and construction certificate. Peter Smith will cover the detail of their standards, interpretation and scope as they apply to commercial and industrial development.

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Transitioning to BIM | A primer for architects building or looking to build capacity in Building Information Modelling
Thursday 30 June 9:00am - 12.30pm
Speakers: Michael GraveCOX ArchitectureAdrian King, XChange ConsultingScott BeazleyMitchell Brandtman 

Better collaboration and integration is the dream for any practice and this is the promise of BIM (Building Information Modelling). As it takes a stronger hold the reasons to jump into the pond become more compelling. To BIM or not to BIM, that is the question.

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It's Awards season!

Good luck to all entries in the State and Territory Awards program with winners revealed over the coming weeks. There are plenty of exciting projects from around the country in the running so keep an eye on social media and e-news for the results as they are announced.  

Women in Architecture: Daphne Chong

The National Committee for Gender Equity have been profiling some of the women that are shaping the profession of architecture. Catch the interview with Daphne Chong, NSW architect from GHD Woodhead.

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Image: RMS Parramatta by Intrec

Competitions & Opportunities

Launching the Paula Whitman Prize for Gender Equity

We are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize. The prize aims to recognise exceptional leadership and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architectural practice, education and governance.

Entries for the 2017 prize open on 13 June 2016 and will close on 16 September 2016.

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Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture

This prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member towards the advancement of architecture in the areas of leadership, publication, community or education.

Entries close 16 August

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Notice board

Position Vacant

fjmt Sydney seek a design-focused mid-level Architect /Urban Designer to join their  growing Sydney team. You will need to be a motivated team member with a degree in Architecture, eligible for Institute member-ship, with 3-5+ years experience. We seek a strong graphic portfolio coupled with strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills. 

Available for immediate start. Send a 3 page summary CV / Portfolio detailing your architectural experience with recent project examples highlighting strong graphic capability and references to Elizabeth Carpenter quoting ‘Mid-level Architect / Urban Designer - Sydney Studio‘.  


Call for Heritage Committee Recruitment

Applications are invited for the appointment of members to the State Heritage Register, Approvals Heritage, Conservation, and the Grants Committees. These committees advise the Heritage Council of NSW on matters relating to the effective management and promotion of NSW's heritage.

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Specifying Green Building Innovations
21-23 July 2016
Pre-register for FREE to visit SEE Sustainable Experience, Australia’s green building and construction product showcase event being held at Australian Technology Park (Exhibition Hall) in Redfern.

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Designing a Tall Timber Building WoodSolutions Workshop
Thursday 23 June 9:00am - 5:00pm

In this free CPD one-day workshop, experienced professionals from timber and construction industries will speak on recent examples of multi-storey timber apartment and office buildings in Australia to illustrate the design, structures and cost savings of timber buildings.

Venue: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills.

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Invitations for Expressions of Interest in Sessional Teaching at UNSW Architecture
UNSW has always benefitted from strong links with architectural practice and practitioners who provide invaluable teaching and learning opportunities for our students. Currently we have over 200 sessional teaching staff working with us in the Faculty across all of our programs. Their contributions are vital to our inter-disciplinary educational paradigm. We are undergoing an exciting period of change at UNSW and to refresh and enliven our programs we would like broaden our cohort even further, from emerging practitioners to the most experienced with specialist skills. We invite you to respond to our call.
Interested practitioners can express interest in casual teaching appointments by completing the EOI form available here.


Built Environment Meet Parliament NSW
Thursday 11 August

Speakers: Jeff Speck, world-leading expert on walkable cities; introduced by the Institute’s National President, Ken Maher. Sarah Aldridge, Chair, NSW Country Division, will participate in a panel on regional towns and cities.

Sponsored by The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning, the focus of BEMP NSW in 2016 will be on presenting new information and insights into how we consider our urban environments, and progressing how we consider areas such as design, planning, policy, funding and infrastructure.

The Institute is a partner association for this inaugural NSW event organised by Consult Australia. Registrations open on 25 May.

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Positions Vacant

The Office of the Government Architect (OGA) is a small, multi-disciplinary team of qualified design professionals which supports the NSW Government to create vibrant, connected and prosperous places for our people. The OGA has a high-level of experience in government and industry and draws on a range of disciplines, including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and allied services. Our focus is on the design quality of the built environment and the public domain. We play a key strategic and advocacy role in providing independent advice that supports the success of NSW’s vision for its cities and communities.

The OGA is going through an exciting period of organizational and operational change. Click on each of the following positions for full information - Principal Policy Officer; Principal Urban DesignerSenior Design Advisor; and Design Research Officer.


Refuel provider: IN2 Architectural Products

IN2 Architectural Products have launched a new CPD learning platform, recognised through the Institute's Refuel CPD program. As a special launch offer, members can receive 50% off online CPD (until 10 September). 

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EDG - Renew or subscribe for EOFY and informal CPD points

Renew or take out a subscription to the Environment Design Guide (EDG) to take advantage of the end of financial year and earn informal CPD points from self-directed study. Members receive a discount subscription rate*.
* Note: A+, graduate and student members receive a complimentary subscription to EDG

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