This edition posted 15 October, 2010

From the National President

Karl FenderI recently attended the launch of the Victorian Chapter's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), with great anticipation. RAP allows us to offer indigenous Australians enhanced opportunities to learn about and prosper from architecture. It is an initiative that I am proud to say was set in motion during my time as Victorian Chapter President. We are deeply committed to this initiative, believing it has a nation-wide role. For that reason, we're bringing it to National Council as a template in the hope that other Chapters will embrace it. At present, I believe there are only 10 registered indigenous architects in Australia, so we were very fortunate to have both Reuben Berg and Jefa Greenaway at the launch, along with a member of the indigenous band Jarrah. Mark Liebler, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, also presented a heartfelt talk. Congratulations to all involved, in particular the RAP Working Party and Advisory Groups.
The RAP PDF is available at

Our 2010 Gold Medallists, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, have spent the past six months touring the country and sharing their insights, ideas and experiences as architects and collaborators on some extraordinary projects. The Gold Medal tour will culminate in Sydney on Tuesday 26 October with the Clares' delivering the AS Hook Memorial Address to peers and colleagues. This address provides insight into the life, work and principles of the current Gold Medallist and the state of the profession at that time. I hope you can join us.

On a final note, I'd just like to remind everyone about the 2011 National Architecture Conference which will be held in Melbourne next April. The work of co-Creative Directors Angelo Candalepas, Andrew Scott and David Neustein of Candalepas Associates, is well underway, and a number of intriguing speakers have already been lined up for next year's event. These include Luis Mansilla from Mansilla and Tunon, New York architect Lisa Iwamoto, and Fumihiko Maki, one of Japan's most venerated architects. To help kick-start the event, the Creative Directors have launched a blog - - where they post their ideas, ideal speakers, reader comments and up-to-date news about the conference as they develop. It's well worth checking out to see how the event is taking shape.

Best regards,

Karl Fender
National President

From the CEO

CEOLast month I was invited to give a presentation to the annual meeting of the Government Architects Network Australia (GANA) for the second consecutive year. This meeting of government architects from across the country represents a unique opportunity to share information and experiences on government policy regarding architecture and design, urban planning and development to benefit outcomes in their respective States. It was also a great opportunity to inform the group about the Institute's policy activities and priorities, including our recent policy win on the Trade Practices Act. I also alerted them to a range of recent national and international initiatives undertaken by the Institute, including: our commitment to and role in ASBEC's Second Plank Reports; our work on Planning Reform; ACIF's Project Initiation Guide and Integrated Project Teams; our advocacy for a Commonwealth Government Architect; total carbon modelling for 41 Exhibition Street; Universal Housing Dialogue Framework Agreement and Guidelines; the Copenhagen Climate Change Statement; the Canberra Accord; and, the Venice Architecture Biennale Australian exhibition 2010.

Further to this, congratulations to the South Australian Chapter and membership for successfully securing the appointment of the State’s first Government Architect. This is the culmination of many years work, and represents a welcome and necessary ‘next step’ to promote quality design and sustainability of the built environment across SA. We commend the State Government for the appointment of Sydney architect Ben Hewett who has experience in both practice and academia. The appointment follows the formation late last year of the Integrated Design Commission, and recent appointment of Tim Horton as SA Integrated Design Commissioner.  Nationally, we will continue to work to secure a Commonwealth Government Architect.

The recent release of the Prime Minister's Task Group on Energy Efficiency report, is a welcome addition to the national debate on the potential of energy efficiency to be at the forefront in reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. The former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, established a Task Group on Energy Efficiency to advise the Australian Government on options to improve Australia's energy efficiency by 2020. The Government has recently released the the Task Group's report which details recommendations to deliver a step-change improvement in energy efficiency and place Australia at the forefront of OECD energy efficiency improvement by 2020.The Task Group sought the views of a wide range of stakeholders in preparing the report, which included a submission from the Institute. Among our recommendations, we stressed the need for policy measures to encourage positive change, including energy efficient refurbishment and retrofitting, as well as sustainable design for new buildings. We referred to the work being undertaken by ASBEC, which suggests substantial GHG emissions abatement can be achieved in the built environment through energy efficiency measures.
The report has a chapter on energy efficiency in the buildings sector, acknowledging that 'harnessing energy efficiency opportunities in the buildings sector will be important in achieving Aust's long-term energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals'. The report goes on to say that 'much has been done in recent years to reduce barriers to action, but further opportunities remain'. The buildings chapter outlines six options for Government action and highlights two of these as priorities - developing a long term vision for the sector and strengthening Australia's building energy assessor capacity.

To download the report, please click here

And on a final note, it was an absolute pleasure to attend the 50th anniversary of the NSW Chapter's Country Division Conference for a day in Coffs Harbour last week. Architects from around NSW attended this sold-out event, which included a three day conference and dinners. It was a great honour for me to give a presentation on the recent and current activities of the national office and policy issues. Special guests included many of those who were among the first committee members, including Alan Manning Richards, 90 years of age, who spoke about how it all began. Other special guests included Allan Dibden, Vic Budd, Bruce Vickery, Robert Stynes, James Lyon, Tony Deakin and Helen Lochhead, Deputy Government Architect. Roslyn Irons, NSW Chapter Manager, and Brian Zulaikha, NSW Chapter President, were also present.
It was very encouraging to be amongst such an enthusiastic group and engage about issues that affect all architects. The NSW Country Division embraces the special challenges of practice in rural and regional areas with great vigor and a good positive spirit of shared values and offer each other generous support. It was great to witness this first hand and to be made to feel so welcome.

Kind regards,

David Parken
Chief Executive Officer


Grand Designs Second Series kicks off as First Series goes to air
Have you designed a cutting edge architectural home? Grand Designs Australia's Second Series is about to start production, and they're looking Australia-wide for potential owner / builders to feature. If you know of any projects with extraordinary plans or people, please contact Tel: 03 9947 0215
Owner-builders can register directly at:
This isn't necessarily about multi-million dollar budgets. Grand Designs Australia is looking for interesting or unique builds in every corner of Australia. Whether it be an amazing design concept, unusual construction materials, eco-friendly and self-sustainable dwellings, or spectacular and difficult locations in the inner city or the middle of the Australian desert, they want to hear from you! And don't forget to watch the Lifestyle Channel this month for the launch of series one, hosted by Peter Maddison.

SONA Superstudio winning team announced
Many thanks to BLUESCOPE for their ongoing support for students and SONA.

The winning team is from the University of Queensland - Tamarind Taylor, Elliot Harvie and Sam Bowstead. 
They win airfares to attend the Venice Biennale in 2012. The project is called Holographic Pony.

These four projects were Highly Commended by the panel

Brotown from New Zealand
Traffic from Western Australia
The Epic Adventure from Victoria
The Green Gauge Initiative from New South Wales

Take a look at all the National Finalists here
Judge's TOP 5 citations on the SONA website -
Congratulations to Kathryn, Amanda and Mary from Curtin University in their role as Creative Directors for Superstudio 2010.


2010 Architecture Awards
28 October, Canberra

The National Architecture Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture. Join us for the night-of-nights of the Australian architecture profession.  The 2010 awards evening will be held on Thursday 28 October 2010, within the architecturally significant National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Our awards ceremony will be one of the very first major events to take place in the stunning new Gandel Hall. Tickets are now on sale at and are selling quickly.

Attendees on the evening will automatically be in the running to win two incredible prizes.  BlueScope Steel will be giving away an Apple iPad, and thanks to Virgin Atlantic Airways 2 x Sydney-London premium economy flights will be up for grabs.  Winners of both prizes will be drawn and announced at the event.

The 2010 Architecture Awards are supported by the Institute's Principal Corporate Partner BlueScope Steel and Supporting Corporate Partners Lockwood, Dulux, Virgin Atlantic, Autodesk, Kingspan, AWS and Diversified Exhibitions.

Save the Date

Autodesk are proudly presenting Design Visualisation seminars including presentations by some of our WHEN contributors to the current Australian exhibition at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Brisbane – Tuesday 9 November
Melbourne – Wednesday 10 November
Sydney – Thursday 11 November

Don't miss this opportunity to see a snapshot of the 3D content from the exhibition, learn more about the concepts, inspiration and technology used to create these amazing ideas. More information regarding the speakers, venues and times will be available shortly.

AS Hook Address
26 October, Sydney
Lindsay and Kerry Clare were announced as the 2010 Gold Medallists at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAA) in March. Lindsay and Kerry have now completed their Gold Medal Tour around the country.  The AS Hook Address is being hosted in Sydney on Tuesday 26 October at Tusculum. Click here for more information.

The 2010 Gold Medal Tour and AS Hook Address is made possible by Principal Corporate Partner, BlueScope Steel.

2010 Venice Architecture Biennale
Open until 21 November, Venice

The Australian Institute of Architects has been overwhelmed by widespread positive response from both visitors and media who have attended the Australian exhibition titled ‘NOW and WHEN Australian Urbanism' at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. For the all the latest news and pictures, click here. To follow us on Facebook and become a fan click here and Twitter click here.

Catalogue orders
The Institute is now taking orders of the NOW and WHEN exhibition official catalogue, to purchase your copy click here.

2011 Future City Desk Diary
A 2011 Future City Desk Diary has now been released for sale. The diary celebrates the ‘WHEN' of the ‘NOW and WHEN' exhibition, and also the evolution of this component – how it came about and how architects across Australia embraced this concept. Images featuring in this diary are a selection of some of the 129 entries received for the “Designs for Australian Future Cities 2050 +” competition, producing a range of images that illustrate architecture's capacity as an urban art, animating the future in super-real designs that inspire.

These diaries are in limited stock and will sell out so make sure you order now to avoid missing out! Order now by clicking here


2011 Dulux Study Tour
Check out the exclusive Dulux Study Tour video, where we hear from Kevin Mcleod (of BBC's Grand Designs) on his thoughts about the tour!
EmAGN representatives across the country are getting excited about the 2011 Dulux Study Tour. To see fantastic photos of the models in your local capital city, get tour updates and be involved in the forum, be sure to visit the DST Blog

The Dulux Study Tour would not be possible without ongoing support of Dulux, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Davis Langdon.

Creative director wanted for 2012 National Conference
The Institute is seeking expressions of interest for the role of the Creative Director for the 2012 National Architecture Conference. For detailed information on submission requirements and the role of the Creative Director please click here. Submissions close Friday 5 November 2010.

Inventive and enthusiastic individuals, practices, schools of architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to submit their expressions of interest in the role.  The appointed Creative Director will be responsible for the conceptualisation of theme and content of the 2012 event.

BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize - entries now open
Entries for this year's BlueScope Steel Glenn Murcutt Student Prize are open with the competition to close on 22 November 2010.

All finalists will win flights, accommodation and tickets to Melbourne for the 2011 National Architecture Conference. The overall national winner will also take home an iPad and a $7000 cash prize.

This year, each Institute-recognised architecture school will identify relevant design studio programs and students that work within these programs will be assessed for possible entry into the prize. Each school, dependent on enrolled student numbers, will select one or two finalists to be considered by the National Jury based on the studio work within the preceding year.

The prize was developed with the generous support of BlueScope Steel as sponsor of the prize and Glenn Murcutt as patron, and provides a fantastic opportunity for young architectural students to be recognised for outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture.
For more information, click here

2011 Leadership in Sustainability Prize – Entries now open
Entries for the 2011 Leadership In Sustainability Prize are now open with the competition closing  5.00pm Wednesday 1 December 2010.

As governments and citizens around the world mobilise to advance sustainability, the important role the built environment can play in this is being increasingly understood. The goal of Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) is to achieve development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the processes on which life depends. The Australian Institute of Architects recognises that the advancement of sustainability in architecture and urban design can, and is happening through a range of inputs, all of which play their unique and valuable part. The Institute is offering this Leadership in Sustainability Prize which recognises an individual's outstanding achievement, through their architecture, effective advocacy, education and community engagement.

Singapore 4 October - 3 November 2010
ArchiFest is set to be an annual festival to celebrate the built environment. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, the festival's main aim is to provide a platform for the development of a vibrant design culture, and consequently a design conscious society, by encouraging and guiding the general public and design professionals of all fields. For more details, go to

Green Roofs Australia Conference 2010
20-23 October 2010 - Adelaide Zoo
This three-day conference will offer expert papers from both Australian and International speakers, an exhibition/trade show as well as a day of green roof and wall tours and workshops. For more details, go to

Building Information Modelling – Industry Forum
Melbourne, 16 Nov 
AMCA is hosting an industry forum on Tuesday 16 November at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre focusing on the range of benefits that Building Information Modelling (BIMP) offers the profession.  Objectives of the forum include: development of a common understanding of BIM across all levels of the building services supply chain; demonstration of the three integral components from AMCA's perspective; and provision of a roadmap, including access to resources that support product models to make BIM an efficient tool for all industry stakeholders. For further information click on the link to download or view the BIM Industry Forum Information Sheet or to register click here Registration Form. All enquiries to Sumit Oberoi at .

International Architecture Competition - SANTIAGO DE CHILE 2010
November 2010
The city of Santiago is calling for submissions for the landmark design of a wine museum. This is an amazing opportunity for the winning architect to become well known in a potentially growing market such as design of wine cellars and vineyards of all South America. Registration deadline is 11 October. The winners will be announced 3 November. To find out more, go to

World Architecture Festival – Discount Offer to Institute Members
Organisers of the World Architecture Festival are offering Institute members a special discount rate to attend the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona this November. Group discounts also available. Quote MPVOUCHER when booking online at or call+44 (0) 20 7544 5800 to speak to the WAF team. To date, more than 1200 guests have booked for the three day festival, which features 236 shortlist presentations, 512 entries in the Festival gallery, three days of interactive seminar content, and three keynote addresses. Architecture Media will join around 60 fellow media partners to distribute magazines at the event.

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Open to architects worldwide, this design competition is for the urban planning of Place Lalla Yeddouna in the medina of the city of Fez, Morocco. The preservation of the architectural and cultural heritage of the site, registered on the UNESCO world heritage list, is a fundamental aspect of the competition program. Submission of entries for the first stage: 8 November 2010.
Jury meeting: 14 December 2010. Submission of second stage entries: 11 February 2011.
For information and registration, click here

2011 Viridian Vision Awards
The Vision Awards is a program developed by glass manufacturer and Institute multi-program sponsor, Viridian™ to celebrate and promote innovative uses of glass for commercial and residential applications.
As we face a new world of climate change, with a greater emphasis on environmental stewardship, the Vision Awards continue to place the spotlight on energy efficiency as a key consideration of entrants' submissions.

With $20,000 prize money to be won, this is a prize not to be missed!

Entry submissions accepted until 31 March 2011, for projects
completed between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010.
For more details, click here

The organisers of the UIA TOKYO 2011 congress are calling on architects, engineers, researchers and students throughout the world to express their ideas on the congress theme: DESIGN 2050, and its three subthemes: environment, cultural exchange, life.
The deadline for submission of project abstracts is 31 October 2010. All information on the call for contributions can be downloaded from the congress

Lee Kwan Yew World City Prize
This biennial international award recognises individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the creation of vibrant, liveable and sustainable urban communities around the world. Through this prize, Singapore hopes to facilitate the sharing of best practices in urban solutions among cities and spur further innovation in the area of sustainable urban development.

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate will be presented with an award certificate, a gold medallion and a cash prize of S$300,000. Nominations are open till 31 March 2011. For details, click here


The Institute's new Find an Architect (FAA) website has been launched and aims to significantly improve the design and functionality that will not only benefit the public but you, the architect, and your practice.

This improved site provides a more simplified and seamless experience for the public in their search for an architect, while your practice profile pages enable you to exhibit more of your work in a richer and more diversified format. This site also allows you to display more contact information, include case studies (exclusive to A+ members) and provide more detailed examples of your work as it comes to light.

If you would like to provide any feedback or are experiencing any issues with the FAA site please email

For more information, click here

* All entrants that are successful in stage one must complete a stage two submission to be eligible to win. This includes a recommendation from a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. (is this right here????)

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A+ Membership
More exclusive benefits have just been introduced to A+ Practices through the Institute's updated Find an Architect Service (FAA). A+ Practices will be able to display case studies and more images of work completed as well as receiving top listings where applicable in search results.

And for those A+ Practices who haven't had the time or resources to develop your own website, the new FAA site now allows A+ Practices to exclusively create personal URL'sdirecting the public to your practice's profile page at no extra cost!

Remember, A+ members can now access the new ONLINE STANDARDS service through SAI Global. This service provides much easier searching, smoother navigation and the ability to save standards to your desktop for up to 2 hours.

To view the A+ campaign online, visit

For more information on how you can maximise the value of your membership or whether you are eligible to join as an A+ Member, contact your local Chapter or visit for more information.

Gallery of Australian Design (GAD)
The Gallery Of Australian Design (GAD) explores and promotes Australian design through exhibitions, discourse and events and is host to international design exhibitions for Australian audiences.

Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the Gallery showcases the contribution of design to our national identity, diversity, cultural values, international connections, inventiveness and talent.

Visit for more information on the gallery and exhibitions.

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