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Welcome to the Australian Institute of Architect’s Governance page. On this page you will find the Institute's Annual Report, Articles of Association, Code of Professional Conduct, Member Consultation Policy, Privacy Policy and Strategic Plan.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of The Australian Institute of Architects Limited. The Board works closely with National Council who is responsible for the over-arching policy of the Institute.

Board of Directors as at August 2018

Name Position
Ms Clare Cousins FRAIA
National President
Mr Richard Kirk LFRAIA
Immediate Past President
Prof Helen Lochhead FRAIA
President Elect
Ms Vanessa Bird FRAIA
National Council Elected Director
Mr Justin Hill FRAIA
National Council Elected Director
Mr Andrew Broffman RAIA
Interim Independent Director
Ms Genevieve Overell Independent Director
Ms Giselle Collins
Independent Director 

Clare Cousins FRAIA


Clare Cousins FRAIA

National President

Clare Cousins established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects, in 2005. Engaged in projects large and small, the studio has a particular interest in housing and projects that nurture community.

Clare is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, its current National President, Chair of the Board and Chair of National Council. Clare was elected in 2016 as a Nationally Elected Councillor. She has also contributed in Victoria as a Chapter Councillor, Small and Medium Practice Forum member, Member Services Committee (chair), AA Editorial Committee (chair), Constructive Mentoring Program mentor and state and national awards juror. Clare was recognised for her work and professional engagement in 2013 with the Institute's National Emerging Architect prize.

Clare is an inaugural investor in Nightingale and is now undertaking her own Nightingale project, a socially, financially and ecologically sustainable multi-residential housing model where architects lead the project as both designer and developer.

Richard Kirk LFRAIA


Mr Richard Kirk LFRAIA

Immediate Past President

Richard Kirk is the founding Director of KIRK, which was established in 1995. With studios in Brisbane and Kuala Lumpur, the practice works across a diverse range and scale of projects throughout Southeast Asia.

The work of the practice has been widely published and has received recognition through a number of prestigious professional and industry awards.

Richard is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Architects and Life Fellow of the Institute, Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland, South Bank Corporation Board Member and Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel Member.

Richard has been involved with the Institute for over 20 years and was previously the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter President and a Chapter Councillor since 2008. Richard has also served on the Board of Architects of Queensland and was a member of the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel.


Prof Helen Lochhead FRAIA


Prof Helen Lochhead FRAIA

President Elect

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer.

Prior to her appointment as Dean of UNSW’s Built Environment Faculty, she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney including Executive Director roles at the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect.

Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works ranging from a five-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney leading up to the 2000 Olympics to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. She has been instrumental in shaping more major precincts around Sydney Harbour than most, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. More recently she led the development of a 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD and was instrumental in setting a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour.

Professor Lochhead maintains a high profile in the profession and her professional contribution has been recognised through many industry awards including Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Urban Design and Sustainability Awards, the Australian Institute of Architects Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, the National Association of Women in Construction Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the Australian Institute of Architects NSW President’s Prize.

High-level appointments include the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the NSW Heritage Council and competition juries and design review panels across Australia. All are a testament to her standing in the profession.

A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York, Professor Lochhead’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities. In 2014-15 she was also the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.


Ms Vanessa Bird FRAIA


Ms Vanessa Bird FRAIA

National Council Elected Director

Vanessa co-founded Bird de la Coeur Architects in 1996. The studio specialises in housing, including multi-residential housing, social housing for government organisations, and Aged Care. After more than 20 years in practice, their work is widely published and has received numerous industry awards.

As Victorian Chapter President from 2016-2018, Vanessa engaged regularly with government and advocated for architecture in the formation of planning legislation including the Better Apartment Design Standards, Central City Built Form Controls and Fisherman’s Bend. She strongly promoted the critical role architecture plays in ensuring our cities and towns are sustainable and enrich the quality of life. She cemented close working relationships with the Government Architect, Creative Victoria, the Universities, Victorian Building Authority, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, City of Melbourne, Planning Institute of Australia, and Institute of Landscape Architects.

She joined National Council in 2016 as Victorian Chapter President was elected to National Council in 2018 as a Nationally-elected Councillor. She is the Chair of the Digital Transformation Steering Committee and a member of the National Awards Review Committee. She is an active member of the Victorian Medium Practice Forum, the Victorian Honours Committee.

She was a Victorian Chapter Councillor from 2001-2007, a member of the National Convention Committee 2003 and a founding member of the Smaller Practice Forum. Vanessa has taught in design and technology at RMIT University and represented the Institute on Course Accreditation Panels for the University of Melbourne and Deacon University. She is a frequent juror on Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Awards program and was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2008.

Justin Hill FRAIA


Mr Justin Hill FRAIA

National Council Elected Director

Justin Hill is a Director of the Singapore and Perth practices of Kerry Hill Architects. Originally from Tasmania, he received his architectural qualifications from The University of Adelaide, before moving north to Darwin, and then to Singapore to work with Kerry Hill in 1981. Over nearly 40 years, he has seen the practice develop from its early years, then often focussed on work in South East Asia, to one that is now internationally recognised and published, working throughout Australia and the world.  

A long term member of the Institute and a Fellow, he has been an active participant in the International Chapter of the Institute for many years, and is a former Chapter Chair, before his election to the National Council and Board of the Institute.

At International, he actively worked with his fellow Councillors in achieving the recent formal recognition of the International Chapter under the Institute Constitution, some twelve years after its re-establishment as an overseas committee. Prior to this he assisted the Chapter establish its now well respected Chapter Awards & Prize programs, and in progressing its initiatives, aimed at increasing connectivity between the Institute and its many members practicing overseas. He has also acted as Jury Chair for the Northern Territory Architecture Awards in 2013, and was a National Awards juror in 2015.

Concurrently he sits on the board of a Singapore based theatre company with not-for-profit status, Theatreworks [Singapore] Ltd, and is an established stage designer. Over the years he has designed more than 30 productions for theatre and opera. Many of these productions have toured in Asia, and to festivals in Australia, Japan and Europe.

In 2016 he won the second Australian Tapestry Workshop Design Prize for Architects, with his design entitled ’22 Temenggong Road, Twilight’. The tapestry is presently being woven in Melbourne and will be completed later in 2018.

Andrew Broffman RAIA


Mr Andrew Broffman RAIA

Interim Independent Director

Andrew Broffman is the managing director of Tangentyere Design, a social enterprise of the Alice Springs based Aboriginal NGO, Tangentyere Council. The practice's mission - broadly aligned with its parent organisation - is to work within the built environment for the advancement of Aboriginal people living in central Australia. The practice has a long history of involvement in Indigenous housing and other community projects, and has been recognised by its peers with a number of important architectural awards.

Andrew is the current Australian Institute of Architects NT Chapter President. In addition to being a Chapter Councillor, he has served the Institute on many committees, including the National Sustainability Committee and the National Committee for Gender Equity.

Andrew received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago and a Masters in Sociology from Brandeis University. He brings to the Board a passion for social justice in the built environment and experience in both urban corporate and small remote practices.


Genevieve Overell


Ms Genevieve Overell

Independent Director

Genevieve is the Director, Government Advisory at Deutsche Bank AG Australia and New Zealand.

A fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Public Administration of Australia and a lawyer by background, Genevieve is an Independent Member of the Audit Committee of the Victorian Government’s State Revenue Office, Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee member of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Architects, Policy Advisory Committee member of the German Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Senior Mentor for the Women in Banking and Finance’s 2016 Mentoring for Success Program.

Genevieve was previously Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government responsible for planning, building and heritage approvals and policy.

Before government, Genevieve was a partner at KPMG specialising in major public infrastructure projects including the development of Federation Square and the redevelopment of Melbourne Docklands and a member of the Legal Profession Tribunal, Victoria.

Genevieve’s former non-executive roles include Chairman, Victoria's Building Advisory Council, Non-Executive Director of Victorian Interpreters and Translation Service LanguageLink, a Government Business Enterprise, Non-Executive Director of the International Diabetes Institute of Australia (now Baker IDI), Councillor of the Property Council of Australia, Victorian Division and a member of numerous Victorian Government audit committees.


Giselle Collins


Ms Giselle Collins

Independent Director

Giselle is a Chartered Accountant and past head of property, treasury and finance departments in publishing groups and large corporates. As a Senior Manager for KPMG in Switzerland, Giselle ran large global merger transactions for clients such as AstraZeneca, Novartis and ABB.

More recently, as CEO of a property group and General Manager at NRMA Motoring and Services, she has successfully managed structural and operational improvements to businesses within her portfolio in the areas of property, hotels/holiday parks and treasury.

With 15 years of experience across a diverse range of boards, including as Chair of Aon Superannuation, The Heart Research Institute and the Travelodge Hotel Group. Giselle currently sits on a range of listed and unlisted boards such as Hotel Property Investments (ASX:HPI), Generation Life (part of ASX:GDG) and Darwin Hotel Limited. Giselle also sits on Australian Institute of Architects' subsidiary insurance board, IBL Limited and Chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for the Institute.




Annual General Meeting

The 90th Annual General Meeting of the Members of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects will be held at:

2:00pm AEST, Tuesday 14 May 2019
Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter 
Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point, Sydney

All members are welcome to attend. Under the Constitution, Members Level 1, Life Fellows, Fellows and Affiliates Level 1 may vote. 

In this meeting, Members will receive and consider the Institute's audited financial statements and other statutory business as well as congratulate and welcome our new President, President Elect and Elected Directors. Voting Members may vote in person or via proxy to adopt the minutes of the 89th AGM held in Melbourne on 15 May 2018. 

Full details of the 2019 Annual General Meeting are available below including explanatory notes for all items of business and a proxy form for you to use if you are unable to attend the meeting in person. Signed proxy forms must be received by the Company Secretary no later than 2pm AEST on 13 May 2019.  

Click to download the Notice of the AGM including explanatory notes. Click to download a copy of the proxy form.

Annual Report

The Institute's state and territory, corporate, public and financial activities for previous years are outlined in the relevant Annual Reports below.

2018 Annual Report: Published 18 April 2019

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2017 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report

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2013 Annual Report

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Previous reports (full versions - requires log in)



Since its formation in 1929, first registration in NSW in 1930, and ultimately with the ASIC, the Institute has had a constitution document to reflect its status as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. The Constitution can only be amended from time to time by the Institute's voting members at a general meeting. At the AGM in May 2017, the members voted to adopt a plain English form of constitution document that is typical of modern not-for-profit organisations. Access a copy of the latest version our Constitution.


Code of Professional Conduct

This is the code governing the conduct of members of the Australian Institute of Architects after 31 January 2006.

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Employee and Member Behaviour Policy & Handbook

The policies in this handbook set the standard of behaviour we all aspire to when interacting in Institute workplaces and events. This handbook sets out examples of these standards of behaviour expected of both members and staff and how the Institute will respond to specific types of conduct that falls short of those standards.

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Gender Equity Policy

This policy establishes a set of policy principles to ensure the Institute and its members are aligned in valuing and exhibiting principles of fairness and equity, which lead to the provision of equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all men and women engaged within the architectural profession, and to eliminate gender-based impacts on the participation and progression of women within the profession.

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Member Consultation Policy

This policy governs the Institute's engagement with members and stakeholders.

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Privacy Policy

This policy governs the Institute's collection and use of members' and stakeholders' information.

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Strategic Plan 2018 - 2020

Architecture is more than a profession; it is a vital force that builds a better community. A strong and respected architectural profession delivers measurable benefits not only to an individual client or project but extend beyond to improve the quality and sustainability of our built environment in its totality. This three year strategy, built on the three pillars of Education, Advocacy and Practice and developed in close consultation with members, sets out a clear vision and mission for the Institute, identifying core activities and goals that empower members and enhance the unique value delivered by a successful architectural profession. 

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