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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 May 2017

Name Position
Mr Richard Kirk LFRAIA National President
Ms Clare Cousins FRAIA President Elect
Prof Ken Maher LFRAIA Immediate Past President
Ms Helen Lochhead FRAIA National Council Elected Director
Mr Andrew Broffman RAIA
National Council Elected Director
Ms Genevieve Overell Independent Director
Ms Sarah Richardson Independent Director
Ms Giselle Collins
Independent Director 


Richard Kirk LFRAIA

National 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 National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a 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.



Clare Cousins FRAIA


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 and the current National President Elect. Clare was elected in 2016 as a Nationally Elected Councillor, and is the current National Practice Committee chair. 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 AIA 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.



Prof Ken Maher LFRAIA

Immediate Past President

Ken Maher is a leading Australian architect, active in practice and academia. He advises governments on design, sustainability and the future of cities throughout Australia and internationally. Ken has a strong interest in the role of design contributing to public life. He writes, lectures and speaks regularly on the value of design, cities, sustainability and public responsibility in architecture.

Ken is a Fellow of HASSELL, following 20 years as a Principal and nine years as Chairman. A Professor at UNSW Built Environment, in 2015 Ken was elected President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel and a board member of Urban Growth NSW and the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Ken’s recognition as a designer is reflected in the numerous awards received for projects he has led. In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal and in 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.



Prof Helen Lochhead FRAIA

National Council Elected Director

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.



Andrew Broffman RAIA

National Council Elected 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

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

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 13 years of experience across a diverse range of boards, including as Chair of The Heart Research Institute and Chair of the Travelodge Hotel Group, Giselle currently sits on two hotel/accommodation investment boards as Nominee for Indigenous Business Australia.



Sarah Richardson

Independent Director

Sarah brings strategic, financial and corporate governance skills from three decades of board and executive experience in not-for-profits, SMEs and multinationals in Australia, France and the US. She has served on 13 infrastructure, health, education, sport and agrifoods boards in the last decade (six currently) and is Director of her own SME consultancy.

Sarah holds a BA, BCA, MBA (Hons) and GAICD and has received multiple awards for her not-for-profit, consultancy and corporate work. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Women on Boards, the Australian Marketing Institute (Fellow, CPM, Awards Head Judge), Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, Victoria University of Wellington Alumni Association (Regional Ambassador – Sydney) and University of Chicago Alumni Association (Founder and former Chair, Perth Branch). Sarah is enjoying combining her community passion with her communication skills to build awareness and advocacy for design within Australia.



Annual General Meeting

The Institute's 89th Annual General Meeting is being held:

12.30pm, Tuesday 15 May 2018
Australian Institute of Architects, 
Level 2, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

In this meeting, Members will receive and consider the Institute's audited financial statements and other statutory business; congratulate and welcome our new President, President Elect and Elected Directors; and vote on a special resolution to amend the Institute’s current Constitution including the full recognition of the International Chapter.  

Click to download the Notice of the AGM including explanatory notes for the proposed revised Constitution and proxy form. Click to download the proposed amendments to the Constitution. 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.

2017 Annual Report: Published 19 April 2018

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2016 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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Download the Notice of AGM

2014 Annual Report

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Download the full Annual Report (members only - requires log in)
Download the Notice of AGM (members only - requires log in)

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.

Download the Employee and Member Behaviour Policy & Handbook here.

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. 

Read more about the Strategic Plan.