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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:

Risk – 2015 National Architecture Conference 14 to 16 May 2015

No one wants to be a safe architect. Safety assumes the conventional and the predictable. Who wants that? Unless of course you want to stay in business – because few builders, developers or government departments aspire to risk-taking, just as few EOIs require a respondent to demonstrate a capacity to take a risk and challenge an assumption. This conference will explore this troubled nexus, between the architectural necessity of risk-taking and a building environment predicated on the minimisation of risk. 

As a conference about risk within this profession it is only natural that the conference itself should take a calculated risk in its form and structure. As such we intend to embrace the time-honoured risk of talking not just at each other but to each other. Risk 2015 will be a conference of conferring, combining the presentation of great architectural projects from around the world with the ideas, narratives and motivations that lie behind that work. Sessions will include a range of keynote speakers from Europe, America and Asia, as well as extended panel discussions and short interrogative sessions bringing together the work and ideas of many Australian architects. The National Architecture Conference 2015 will ask one core question: ‘What is the changing role of risk in architecture?’

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

Image courtesy of LAB Architecture Studio 

2015 Australasian Student Congress- People

Save the date: 2 - 4 July 2015, Melbourne

The theme of the congress is based around the idea that “Architecture is not about form but formations of people”. Architecture is more than form, materiality and details; it is in architecture that we work and rest, it's where we fall in love, where we protest; architecture changes behavior, it unites and divides, provides shelter and inspiration. It is these thoughts that underpin People- the 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress.

In 2015 Melbourne’s metropolitan architecture schools will come together to host the first Architecture Student Congress in the city since 1964. Amidst a backdrop of expanding populations, urban migration and tightening purse-strings; we invite you to join us on a journey around the city as we seek to investigate questions of post-occupancy, politics of space, humanitarian implications and how architects engage with the public domain.

Arguably the most important event for architecture students, many consider the congress as a once in a lifetime experience and the highlight of their architectural education!

Website launching in February... stay tuned for more information!

Call for a Creative Director – 2016 Australian Exhibition at the 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.  

With the opening of the new Australian pavilion in the Giardini, the spotlight will be firmly on Australia and its architecture. Do you have a captivating idea on what Australia’s exhibition should represent?

The Creative Director, or curatorial team, is the key creative intellect of each Biennale. Expressions of Interest for the role of the 2016 Creative Director are now open, with submissions closing 29th January 2015. 

Please click here for the EOI Brief and here for supporting information. Any queries should be directed to venice.biennale@architecture.com.au or 02 9246 4013. 
We want your idea!

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.