2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards at the NGVA, Federation Square, Melbourne 

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around the country

National Architecture Awards
Thursday 5 November,
University of Queensland

National events, speakers, conferences & exhibitions

Events on this page include the National Conference, Venice Biennale, and other conferences, exhibitions and forums.

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2016 National Architecture Conference- How Soon is Now?

28-30 April, Adelaide

The ceaseless appetite for the new means that architecture is constantly projecting, speculating and theorising. Instead of always looking into the future or back into the past, projects are already demonstrating the new ways in which architecture operates in the world. 

The future is right now!

The challenge for architecture is to not retreat into itself and be ostracised from the extraordinary moment in history in which it finds itself. But rather to recognise its place in contemporary practice, and to stake a claim for its agency within that system.

We want to explore the agency of architecture to make real changes in the world, empowering architects to participate in the massive transformations that are occurring to cities, to global as well as local societies and to the sustainability of our planet.

How Soon is Now continues the shift of conversation from a self-reflective and internal one to an open, collaborative and discursive one. The focus is on exemplary buildings and the experiences and knowledge of the people that fund, conceive, create and inhabit them.

Speakers include, Julie Eizenberg (USA), Sadie Morgan (UK), Nasrine Seraji (France), Thomas Fisher (USA) and Amica Dall (UK).

Visit the website for more information! 

2015 National Architecture Awards

Thursday 5 November | Brisbane
University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building

The National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981. These awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. Held on Thursday 5 November in Brisbane the awards recognised 42 projects across 46 national honours in the coveted Awards program spanning 14 diverse categories.  

To see the list of winners click here

2015 Gold Medal Tour- Peter Stutchbury

At the 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards, Peter Stutchbury was announced as the 2015 Gold Medallist.

In thirty-four years of practice, Peter Stutchbury has mastered the art of creating architecture that speaks of the place it inhabits – buildings that are environmentally sustainable, culturally specific and locally embedded. Peter’s buildings also exhibit deft use of simple, readily available materials to produce sophisticated details that celebrate the intrinsic qualities of locally sourced materials and trades. What is most remarkable about his work is the clarity of his response to program and environment, instantly accessible to all who see and experience his buildings.

Peter Stutchbury’s standing in the profession is evident in the calibre of colleagues who count him as a cherished friend and who are active advocates of his contribution to architecture in Australia and internationally. Of particular relevance are the past and present employees who have been nurtured in the studio of Peter Stutchbury Architecture and count Peter as a valued mentor.
Committed to advancing Australian architecture through practice, teaching and participation in broad-based professional activities and organizations, including the Australian Institute of Architects, Peter Stutchbury is also a founding member of the Australian Architecture Association and a founding director of the Architecture Foundation Australia.

For his contribution to the advancement of architecture, Peter Stutchbury is a worthy recipient of the 2015 Gold Medal. - David Karotkin (Jury Chair)

2015 Gold Medal Tour Dates

28th July - Newcastle
25th August - Sydney 
26th August - Melbourne 
27th August - Hobart
7th October - Canberra
8th October - Perth 
9th October - Adelaide
13th October - Brisbane
14th October - Darwin

2015 A.S. Hook Address

19th Nov – Sydney


The 2015 Gold Medal Tour is proudly sponsored by BlueScope

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Call for Creative Director- 2017 National Architecture Conference

The National Architecture Conference is one of the major events of the Australian Institute of Architects. Held annually, the Conference is attended by over 1,000 delegates.

Since 2005, the Conference has been planned on a strategic and operational model that has seen it grow rapidly and substantially as a must-attend event in the annual calendar of many Australian and international delegates.

The Conference is funded by the Institute and managed by the Institute’s Events Unit, under the direction of the General Manager Member Engagement.

The scope of the Creative Director role and responsibilities is primarily focused on the themes, content and style of the event, with the formal and operational aspects being the primary focus of the Institute’s management team.

Expressions of interest closed on Monday 19 October 2015, the received submissions are currently under review. 

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Venice Architecture Biennale 

The Venice Biennale is the premier architectural forum in the world. Australia’s representation in Venice presents an opportunity to showcase the highest levels of thought, research and design in Australian architectural culture. Our participation in the Biennale sets the example for Australian design achievement.

We are pleased to announce the Australian exhibition for 2016, The Pool by Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet. Selected for its incisive interest in the connections between landscape, culture and architecture, The Pool is set to transport visitor’s poolside. An immersive multi-sensory experience, within the new DCM pavilion, the exhibition will profile a series of Australia’s most remarkable pools.

With the opening of the new Australian pavilion in the Giardini in 2015, the spotlight will be firmly on Australia and its architecture for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

For more information click here

Risk – 2015 National Architecture Conference 14 to 16 May 2015

The 2015 National Architecture Conference- Risk took place in Melbourne from 14-16 May 2015. With a sell-out crowd of over 1,500 delegates the conference drew on speakers from across the world to explore the troubled nexus between the architectural necessity of risk-taking and a building environment predicated on the minimisation of risk. 

Visit the risk website for more information: http://wp.architecture.com.au/risk/

2015 Australasian Student Congress- People

The 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress- People took place in Melbourne from 2-4 July 2015. 

Speakers included Takaharu Tezuka [Japan], Riccardo Vanucci [Italy], Julie Stout [New Zealand] Steve Larkin [Ireland], Laurent Gutierrez [HongKong], Anna Rubbo [USA], Veronika Valk [Estonia] and Sandra Manninger [USA] as well as a fantastic line up of domestic speakers including Sean Godsell, Tone Wheeler, Phil Harris / Adrian Welke, Jeremy McLeod, Eugenia Lim, John Gollings, Paul Pholeros, Paul Memmott, Lucy Humphrey and Des Rogers

For more information please visit the website

2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

The 2015 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards recognise and honour the accomplishments of individuals who contribute to society  through architecture and the built environment and were held on Thursday the 19th of March at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 

The 2015 Gold Medallist, Peter Stutchbury and subsequent Gold Medal talk headlined the awards night. Other awards announced on the evening included National Presidents Prize, Leadership in Sustainability Prize, William J Mitchell International Area Committee Prize, Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize, Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, Emerging Architects Prize, BlueScope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize and the announcement of the 2015 Dulux Study Tour winners.

To view the media release please click here. 

Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend one of our events a substitute delegate is welcome to attend on your behalf as long as this is approved by the Institute prior to the conference. All cancellations or changes to a registration must be made in writing to the National events team c/o Australian Institute of Architects: events@architecture.com.au

All cancellations and refunds will incur an administration fee. No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the event. ‘No shows’ to the event will be charged the full registration fee.