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MONA – Museum of Old & New Art,
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National events, speakers, conferences & exhibitions

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

Elsewhere on the site you can find information for:


Building on the popular International Speaker Series which currently tours capital cities, the inaugural Regional Speaker Series will tour through three regional cities in 2014 including Geelong, Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

The Regional Speaker Series requires one curator whose expertise focuses on themes which are specific to regional-based architects. The Regional Speaker Series Creative Director will work to secure an international speaker for the series and source architecturally significant venues for the presentations. 


If you would like to be a part of building what is sure to be a highly-valued series for regional architects, please send the following details to by COB 14 May 2014.

• Full Name
• Organisation
• Phone Number
• Email Address
• Have you had any past experience in working groups?
• Why would you like to be the Regional Speaker Series Creative Director?

For further information contact the National Events and Sponsorship team on 02 6121 2000 or

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National Architecture Conference

Held annually, the National Architecture Conference is a major event of the Australian Institute of Architects and is attended by over 1000 delegates.

8 to 10 May 2014
Perth Convention Centre
21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

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With the 2014 National Architecture Conference being held in Perth it's time to start making plans! For the best prices, we highly recommend getting in as early as possible with flights and accommodation. We'll tweet about any specials we come across so be sure to keep your eye on #making2014. Don’t forget to book before the early bird registrations close to save 20% off your registration.

The Conference Fringe Events will run between Thursday 8 May and Sunday 11 May. Architectural tours, exhibitions and related performances are being organized, as well a range of SONA and EmAGN events. The opening party will be held on Thursday 8 May with the conference sessions being held on Friday and Saturday. There will be closing drinks held directly after the conference. Most fringe events will be held in the city centre.

Visit for all the information on the Conference, including speakers, fringe events, accommodation deals and tickets.

2015 Conference Creative Director/s

The 2015 Creative Director/s will be announced at the 2014 National Architecture Conference: Making.

2014 Gold Medal Tour

Phil Harris and Adrian Welke, co-founders of Troppo, have been awarded the 2014 Gold Medal at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards!

Driven by a desire to produce socially responsible architecture, the pair founded Troppo in Darwin in 1980, and have since grown the practice to include offices in Perth, Adelaide, Townsville and Byron Bay cultivating a portfolio of over 2500 projects ranging from tiny remote buildings to full-scale city design. Their ethos epitomises the importance of building for place and people: producing work that is sympathetic to the land, using locally relevant materials to create settings that work for the informal Australian lifestyle.

'Troppo's work pioneers a unique and special Australian approach to architecture: irreverent but sophisticated, inventive with a tinge of larrikin spirit. In 34 years of practice they have evolved an architecture that deals with the heat, the rain, the place and subtleties of climate, while understanding and reviving the lessons of the Top End's important history and legacy of projects,' Paul Berkemeier, National President and Jury Chair said.

Click here to view the full 2014 Gold Medal Jury citation.

The 2014 Gold Medal Tour will take place on the following dates:

Saturday 28 Jun
Gold Medal Talk & AS Hook Address – Darwin

Thursday 25 Sep
Gold Medal Talk – Perth

Tuesday 7 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Brisbane

Wednesday 8 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Townsville

Thursday 9 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Sydney

Wednesday 15 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Adelaide

Wednesday 29 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Canberra

Thursday 30 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Melbourne

Registrations for these talks to open soon, and remember this talk is free to Institute members, so spread the word!

Please contact your local chapter for more information.

Venice Architecture Biennale

Augmented Australia by creative team felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad will bring 21 unrealised Australian projects to life through three-dimensional augmented models, images, voiceovers and animations. The exhibition will comprise 10n historical designs, 10 unbuilt public buildings by contemporary architects and the new Australian Pavilion by Denton Corker Marshall.

For more information on the exhibition, creative directors, to enter a contemporary unbuilt project and the Venice Architecutre Biennale, visit

National Architecture Awards

Recognising outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture, the National Architecture Awards is a spectacular occasion of celebration and networking. It is the night-of-nights of Australian architecture, celebrating the best and boldest designs of the year in Australia's most celebrated work of architecture!

The 2014 National Architecture Awards will be held on 6 November 2014 in Darwin, NT. Save the date, and watch this space for more information.

The 2013 National Architecture Awards were held at the Sydney Opera House in collaboration with the 40th anniversary of the Opera House. To view the winners of the 2013 National Awards view the media release.

AusIndoArch: Tropfix

Save the dates!

This conference will bring tropical architects from both Indonesia and northern Australia together to discuss our unique ways of building, different approaches to using the land and how architects can lead the shaping of healthier, more urbane, sustainable tropical cities. It will bring neighbours together culturally, through tropical architecture, and is guaranteed to be a unique and highly enjoyable conference.

The AusIndoArch: Tropfix conference is to be held on 7 and 8 November 2014, so save the dates in your diaries, and keep your eyes on this page for more information coming soon.

International Speaker Series

The 2013 International Speaker Series gave us inspiring talks by Kevin Mark Low, Valerio Olgiati and Gilles Perraudin.

A range of exiting International architects will be touring Australia as part of the International Speaker Series in 2014. Watch this space for more information.

Remember, not only are these talks architecturally inspirational often with an opportunity to meet international architects, the International Speaker Series is also a great way to obtain formal CPD points.

Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards

Thursday 20 Mar, 2014
Peppermint Bay, Tasmania

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic evening!

The Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards recognise and honor the accomplishments of individuals who contribute to society through architecture and the built environment.

The Gold Medalist announcement and subsequent Gold Medal talk by Troppo Architects, Adrian Welke and Phil Harris was the highlight of the 2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards presentation night. This event created a wonderful opportunity for some of Australia's great architectural minds to share their experiences and knowledge in a social setting. Other awards announced on the evening included the National Presidents Prize, Leadership in Sustainability Prize, William J Mitchell International Area Committee Prize, Glenn Murcutt Student Prize, Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize, Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, Emerging Architects Prize and the announcement of the Dulux Study Tour winners.

For the full list of award winners from the evening view the media release.