Welcome to the April edition of the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network monthly newsletter.

Congratulations to Kelly Rattigan from WA who took out the National Emerging Architect Prize announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA) held in Adelaide on March 21st.  The winners of the Dulux Study Tour were also announced at this event. Congratulations to James Coombe, Anna Maskiell, Emily Ouston, Shaun Carter and Weian Lim who will be travelling to Dubai, Berlin and London. In its 5th year running the Dulux Study Tour is a once in a lifetime trip, offering the winners an insight into world renowned international practices and candid site tours with local architects. 

Amongst other accolades, Lawrence Nield was announced as this years Gold Medallist at the AAAA’s. Please contact your EmAGN rep or local chapter for details about the EmAGN Gold Medal event in your state, proudly sponsored by BlueScope Steel.

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EmAGN Contacts


Anthony Balsamo(SA)

Australian Capital Territory

Will Gardner

New South Wales

Jacqueline Connor

Northern Territory

Alice Chambers


Luke Pendergast

South Australia

Mark Berlangieri


Jarrod Hughes


Yvonne Meng
Angela Woda

Western Australia

Yen Nee Goh

April 2012

Territory: ACT
Name of state group: Faction*
Name of representative: Will Gardner

Faction* have an exciting year planned which is now beginning to take shape. We are always looking for enthusiastic new members, and if you would like to contribute please contact us via email or keep in touch with Faction* by following us on facebook or twitter.

Entries for the ACT Emerging Architect Prize, proudly sponsored by HBO+EMTB and May+Russell Architects, close on the 19th of April. Good luck to all entrants.

An upcoming event of note is the EmAGN Gold Medal Breakfast for this year’s winner Lawrence Neild in August. Stay tuned for details.

State: NSW
Name of state group: DARCH
Name of representative: Jacqueline Connor

As entries are open until 30th April for the 2012 NSW Emerging Architect Prize, DARCH held a Q&A(rchitect) forum on 11th April at Tusculum. Hosted by Peter Salhani, editor of the NSW Architecture Bulletin, speakers included Matt Chan, the recipient of the 2011 prize, James Sandwith of Hassell Studio & EAA, Genevieve Murray of hungerford+edmunds, Marcus Trimble of Bennett and Trimble, Hannah Tribe of Tribe Studio and Andrew Donaldson of Architect Marshall.  For entry details see The 2013 Emerging Architect Prize

Make-Space for Architecture is a new independent venue promoting the agency of architecture in Sydney which intends to nurture and promote critical practice in the industry. Make-Space has a temporary home at 47 George Street from March 27 to April 23 and is showing the Breaking Out and Breaking In Distributed Film Festival- Inside Man, The Bank Job and Inception with an architectural critique. For more details see: www.ms4a.org

See our new website www.darch.com.au  Contact us at darch@architecture.com.au to join our mailing list, send any suggestions or to find out about our fortnightly meetings.

DENT: With the dry season amongst us, events are gearing up.

Territory: NT
Name of state group: DENT
Name of representative: Alice Chambers

Gold Medallist Tour
Newly announced Australian Institute of Architects 2012 Gold Medallist Lawrence Nield with be in Darwin on the 12th & 13th of April to give a presentation of his work & chat with the emerging architects & graduates. This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet the renowned Australian Architect in an informal setting. Events are free, but spaces are limited. To find out more, contact the NT Chapter - 08 8936 1820 | nt@architecture.com.au

Emerging Architect Prize
Entries have now opened for the 2012 Emerging Architect Prize.
This is a great opportunity for emerging architects to be recognised for their achievements & contributions to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the professions role within the public arena. The winner will be announced at the annual NT Institute Awards night. Chapter winners will then go on to be judged by the National Jury, with the National Emerging Architects Prize being announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards in 2013.

Darwin Festival
We are looking for some creative & innovative people to assist us in developing an event for the Darwin festival. For anyone interested, or looking for more information please contact dent@architecture.com.au For all event details please contact the NT Chapter - 08 8936 1820 | nt@architecture.com.au or visit the DeNT facebook page.


State: QLD
Name of state group: YAQ
Name of representative: Luke Pendergast

2012 National Architecture Conference_The Fringe Experience
YAQ have been working hard to create an array of exciting fringe events to coincide with the 2012 National Architecture Conference. Scroll down to the ‘Other’ section of this newsletter for all the details.

nag: EmAgn Golden Medial Breakfast

State: SA
Name of state group: NAG | New Architects and Graduates
Name of representatives: Mark Berlangieri

2012 Gold Medal Breakfast
NAG in conjunction with EmAGN hosted a breakfast with the 2012 Gold Medallist for Architecture - Lawrence Nield. Lawrence shared with the group his experiences from early in his career exploring notions that continued to influence his work. Following a brief review of contemporary architectural styles Lawrence presented four critical techniques for the crating of materials – carving, modelling, casting and opening.

We thank and acknowledge the sponsors of the event BlueScope Steel and host ISIS.

Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards
Congratulations to Adrian Kenyon, University of South Australia, Master of Architecture, fifth year student who received the 2012 Colorbond Steel Student Biennale prize. 

Congratulations to Dr Samuel Jeyaseelan recipient of the 2012 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture.

Next Event: NAG WINE TOUR! Check facebook for details.   

Design Festival: nagdesignfestival.tumblr.com
site: www.architecture.com.au/sa
fb: New Architects Group
e: nag-sa@hotmail.com

MERG: Dress like an architect

State: WA
Name of state group: MERGE
Name of representatives: Yen Nee Goh

Students, graduates and young architects put on their favourite pair of spectacles for a social get together hosted by SONA in April. The infamous black rimmed frames, iconic symbols of creative geniuses, were the conversation starter of the night. Kudos to SONA for a spectacle – ar night.

In June, we’ll be visiting a Northbridge based practice Fratelle Group to learn more about their team, current projects and aspirations for the future. RSVP to merge@architecture.com.au
If you know of anyone who would like to hear about MERGE’s events, but aren’t on our mailing list, then get them to subscribe to the Merge Newsletter by clicking here.



Going to the National Conference? Great! Make the most of the experience by attending the EmAGN and SONA fringe events. Amongst the many offerings are small bar tours, pechakucha, a photographic comp, a closing party and an exhibition of emerging architects work. Check it out here

Dulux Study Tour

Dulux study tour 2012
Less than a month to go
The 2012 tour departing on 5th May will visit the United Arab Emirates, Berlin and London to interface with some of the top architectural practices in those countries. Congratulations to Shaun Carter, James Coombe, Anna Maskiell, Emily Ouston and Wei An Lim for winning a spot on the 2012 Dulux Study Tour.

Follow the 2012 tour on twitter and click here to follow the Dulux Study Tour blog.

The Dulux Study Tour is proudly supported by Dulux and Davis Langdon, An AECOM company

Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards


The 2012 Australian Achievement Architecture Awards (AAAAs) were held on Mar 21 at the Adelaide Zoo.

Among the awards presented was the highest honour the Australian Institute of Architects can bestow, the Gold Medal for Architecture.

In 2012, the Gold Medal has been awarded to Lawrence Nield, who has made an outstanding contribution to architecture for over 45 years. His career combines a prolific and continued output of significant architecture and urban design projects, services to the Institute, academic and teaching achievements, including a distinguished list of writings and publications.

His broad and principled approach to architecture reveals an uncommon understanding of our history, the arts and other intellectual achievements, and his projects draw on a diverse range of architectural interests and studies. 

As bearer of the Gold Medal, Lawrence is presented with the opportunity to travel Australia, to meet and speak with a great diversity of architects, graduates and students, a grand tour that culminates at the end of the year with the delivery of the AS Hook Memorial Address.

The Awards also saw the presentation of the National President’s Prize which recognises and celebrates the exemplary contribution of an individual to the advancement of architecture, and is typically awarded to those working outside the traditional areas of design, practice and education.

This year, the Prize has been awarded to Lucy Turnbull in recognition of the contribution she has made to the Institute and also to architecture and design more generally. Lucy has been a powerful advocate for the profession and has had a long standing interest in the role cities play, and in architecture and design. 

Also announced on the night was the inaugural William J Mitchell Prize, named in honour of the late Bill Mitchell, former dean of architecture and planning at MIT. The award aims to recognise Australians who have made a significant contribution to the profession, study or advancement of architecture. John Andrews is the first recipient of this award.

The Leadership in Sustainability prize was awarded to Rob Adams and the City Design Division, the Neville Quarry Architecture Education Prize went to Shane Murray, with David O'Brien awarded a Commendation in the same category, the winner of the Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture was Samuel Jeyaseelan and the winner of the Emerging Architect Prize was Kelly Rattigan.

Full list of winners:
Gold Medal for Architecture – Lawrence Nield
National President’s Prize – Lucy Turnbull
William J. Mitchell International Committee Prize – John Andrews
Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize – winner: Shane Murray, commendation: David O’Brien
Emerging Architect Prize – Kelly Rattigan
Leadership in Sustainability Prize – Rob Adams and the City Design Division
Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture – Samuel Jeyaseelan
Dulux Study Tour – James Coombe, Anna Maskiell, Emily Ouston, Shaun Carter and Weian Lim
Colorbond Steel Student Biennale – winner: Adrian Kenyon, commendations: Hannah Robertson, Christopher Trotta and Tor Dahl

2012 Gold Medal Tour


Gold medallist
The 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist was announced at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards on 21 March.

Lawrence Nield will now commence his Gold Medal tour.

Each Gold Medal presentation is FREE to Institute members. We encourage EmAGN members to attend both Gold Medal events in their state.





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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

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The Gold Medal Tour is proudly supported by Principal Corporate Partner, BlueScope Steel


Competitions and Opportunities

Emerging Architect Prize


emerging architect prizeThe Emerging Architect Prize has been developed to acknowledge an individual emerging architect’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the professions role within the public arena. Entries for the 2013 Emerging Architects Prize will be open at various times in each chapter throughout the year with some chapters currently open. For more information about the opening dates, eligibility and criteria for this prize, and to enter online, please click here.

2012 Viridian Vision Awards Now Open!

  Vision Awards

Viridian is excited to announce the opening of our 2012 Vision Awards which celebrate and promote the energy efficient and innovative use of glass in Australian architecture.

WIN a trip to the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale!
In a major change from previous years, the category prize structure has been revised and a new 'Overall Vision Award Winner' category has been added.  This winner will enjoy a trip to Venice, and secure 2 x Vernissage Passes to the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, courtesy of Viridian and the Australian Institute of Architects.

To find out more, visit viridianglass.com/visionawards

Entries close 30th April 2012

2012 Open Agenda


Open agenda
Open Agenda
is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture in Australia. Graduates from a professional Australian or New Zealand degree in architecture in the last ten years are invited to submit a proposal for an architectural design research project, to be developed, exhibited and published in 2012.

We are looking for text and graphic based proposals, and will award $6000 seed funding to three exceptional submissions. Registrations close 27th May 2012, with final PDF Submissions due on the 30th May 2012.

For more information see utsarchitecture.net/openagenda
or email: openagenda@uts.edu.au

2012 Australian Timber Design Awards - call for entries


timber design awardsThe Australian Timber Design Awards has been honouring excellence in timber design for thirteen years.
Entry is open to architects, builders, designers, engineers, interior designers and landscape architects. Categories cover all major building applications, a Rising Star Award, a Small Projects Award, a People's Choice Award and more.
Visit www.timberawards.com.au to view galleries of past winners and to fill in an entry form.
Entries close June 29, 2012.




WIN a Zip Holiday In Venice!


Timber awards

Zip Industries, manufacturer of the Australian designed Zip HydroTap, is supporting Australia’s presence at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, as a Pavilion sponsor and is giving you a chance to win a Zip Holiday In Venice!


  • Return flight for two from any Australian capital city to Venice.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Venice.
  • Invitations to preview the Biennale as guests of Zip and the Australian Institute of Architects.

Click here to enter competition. Please read Terms and Conditions before entering.

Upcoming Events

Build Design in Queensland


9-11 May, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Build & Design Queensland is the first trade expo of its kind to launch in the Brisbane region, designed exclusively as an inspirational hub for architecture, design and building industry professionals.

Proudly co-located with the Australian Institute of Architects 2012 National Architecture Conference, Build & Design Queensland will showcase over 150 leading suppliers of tomorrow’s design and building products and services, specifically tailored to the Queensland environment.

If you are a conference delegate or have secured your place at the Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards, maximise your time by visiting Build & Design Queensland and simply scan your conference badge for free and quick entry into this exciting new expo.

For more information visit bdqexpo.com.au


7 Kinds of Happiness: Conversations on Design and Emotion



Can designers create happiness?
Taking main stage at designEX 2012, 7 Kinds of Happiness: Conversations on Design and Emotion is a series of physical and digital conversations, curated by Office for Good Design. Each explore how happiness impacts the practice of leading local and international designers.

7 kinds of Happiness is made up of seven public conversations including a keynote lecture from Alice Rawsthorn (UK), panel discussions and a series of skype interviews from around the world. The program unpacks questions such as is personal happiness a design problem? What kind of objects and places make us most happy? If happiness becomes a desirable objective for designers, along with sustainability and social responsibility, could we in fact actively create a greater sense of community and belonging and a heightened civic well-being? 7 Kinds of Happiness uses the theme of happiness as a lens for people to talk about what they do.  For full programme details and to purchase tickets visit 7kindsofhappiness.com


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