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National Council

The Australian Institute of Architects National Council is the ultimate policy-making body of the Institute, responsible for over-arching policy which is common to all Chapters.

Chapters have the responsibility for developing and adopting Chapter-based policy, which is particular to the legislative, economic and political requirements of that Chapter.

Submissions to amend, amplify or rescind National Policy may be made through a National Committee or through the Chapter President at National Council, following Standing Orders.

National Councillors (see Articles of Association) are directors of the company which is the Institute, who are either:

  • Chapter-Elected (the Presidents of the Chapters)
  • Nationally Elected (by all the voting members)
  • the SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture) President
  • the EmAGN (Emerging Architects and Graduates Network) President

National President – Ken Maher


Photo: Brett Boardman

 

Ken Maher LFRAIA FAILA

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 9 years as Chairman. A Professor at UNSW Built Environment, in 2015 Ken was elected President of 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 Co-operative 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 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

National Committees

The National Committee system services the National focus of the Australian Institute of Architects. Each National Committee is responsible for consideration and implementation of an activity area of the Institute.

The Committees are made up of a representative from each Chapter, together with a National Councillor.

National Committees provide advice on the co-ordination and harmonisation of activities within the Institute, and review and introduce Institute Policy.

The Committees are

  • National Committee for Gender Equity
  • National Education Committee
  • National Practice Committee
  • National Sustainability Committee
  • National Committee for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Committee staff contacts:

Online nomination & voting

At the appropriate time members may nominate and, if a ballot is necessary, vote for:

  • Chapter Council
  • Chapter President
  • Nationally Elected Council Members
  • International Area Committee Members

Only eligible members may participate.

The Australian Institute of Architects' Online Nomination and Voting Service complies with the Institute's regulations for elections.

For support and assistance using this system please contact the Membership Team or on  1800 770 617.

Go to the online voting system.

National Council Charter

Download a copy of the Institute's National Council Charter.

Chapter Council Charter

Download a copy of the Institute's Chapter Council Charter.

Past Presidents

2015–16 Jon Clements 1975–76
Blair Mansfield Wilson
2014–15 David Karotkin 1974–75
Harold Bryce Mortlock
2013–14 Paul Berkemeier 1973–74
Robert Peter McIntyre
2012–13
Shelley Penn
1972–73
Henry Jardine Parkinson
2011–12
Brian Zulaikha
1971–72
Kenneth William Shugg
2010–11
Karl Fender
1970–71
Ronald Andrew Gilling
2009–10
Melinda Dodson
1969–70
John David Fisher
2008–09
Howard Tanner
1968–69
Jack Hobbs McConnell
2007–08
Alec Tzannes
1967–68
Acheson Best Overend
2006–07
Carey Lyon
1966–67
Mervyn Henry Parry
2005–06
Bob Nation
1965–66
Gavin Walkley
2004–05
Warren Merton Kerr
1964–65
Raymond Berg
2003–04
David John Parken
1963–64
Max Ernest Collard
2001–03
Graham Jahn
1962–63
James Campbell Irwin
2000–01
Edward Robert Haysom
1961–62
Henry Ingham Ashworth
1999–00
Nigel Warren Shaw
1960–61
Thomas Brenan Gargett
1998–99
Graham Humphries
1959–60
Kenneth Charles Duncan
1997–98
Eric Graham Butt
1957–59
Wilfried Thomas Haslam
1996–97
John Stanley Castles
1956–57
William Purves Godfrey
1995–96
Peter Robertson Gargett
1954–56
Edward James Weller
1994–95
Virginia Louise Cox
1952–54
Robert Snowden Demaine
1993–94
James Taylor
1950–52
Cobden Parkes
1992–93
Robert Cheesman
1948–50
Jack Denyer Cheesman
1991–92
Jamieson Sayer Allom
1946–48
William Rae Laurie
1990–91
Robert Lindsay Caulfield
1944–46
Roy Sharrington Smith
1989–90
Ronald Barrie Bodycoat
1942–44
John Francis Scarborough
1988–89
Dudley Keith Wilde
1940–42
William Ronald Richardson
1986–87
Robert Darwin Hall
1939–40
Otto Abrecht Yuncken
1985–86
Graham Alan Hulme
1938–39
Frederick Bruce Lucas
1984–85
Roland David Jackson
1937–38
Louis Laybourne-Smith
1983–84
Richard Melville Young
1936–37
James Nangle
1982–83
David Alan Nutter
1935–36
Guy St John Makin
1981–82
Richard Norman Johnson
1934–35
Arthur William Anderson
1980–81
Michael Laurence Peck
1933–34
Charles Edward Serpell
1979–80
Alexander Ian Ferrier
1932–33
Lange Leopold Powell
1978–79
Geoffrey Lawrence Lumsdaine
1931–32 Philip Rupert Claridge 
1977–78
John Davidson
1930–31
William Arthur Blackett 
1976–77
Eustace Gresley Cohen
1929–30 Alfred Samuel Hook