MONA Museum of Old New Art

MONA – Museum of Old & New Art, Fender Katsalidis
Photo Brett Boardman

What's on

around the country

Gold Medal Tour
Various locations from 25 Sep

National Architecture Awards 2014
Darwin, 6 Nov

Darwin, 7-8 Nov

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:

 2014 Regional Speaker Series

Kunle Adeyemi

Nigerian architect Kunle Adeymi is founder and principal of NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice, based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Kunle will tour Australia in November and will be focusing his presentations on designing in regional locations. 

Tuesday 25th November
Deakin University Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong VIC
To book click here

Gold Coast
Wednesday 26th November
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Southport BC, QLD
To book click here

Thursday 27th November
Australian Institute of Architects- NSW Chapter
'Tusculum' 3 Manning Streetm Potts Point NSW
To book click here

                Waterfront Development
Photo Courtesy of NLÉ
                  Mabushi Residential Development
Photo Courtesy of NLÉ

The 2014 Regional Speaker Series is proudly supported by AWS.

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2014 International Speaker Series
Simone Carena, MOTOElastico – Italy/Seoul

Simone Carena, architect from Italy/Seoul, will visit Australia in October as part of the 2014 International Speaker Series!

Simone Carena is co-founder of MOTOElastico, one of the leading architecture offices in Korea.

Based at the most controversial frontier of Asia, MOTOElastico is a groundbreaking firm with projects published internationally. The field of exploration is vast and uncharted: architecture, interiors, design, exhibition, media, art. The 'moto-elastico' bounces between Korean know-how and the Italian why-not, between design and construction, investment and profit, dream and reality, learning and sharing, tradition and innovation, technological development and environmental sensibility. Each MOTOElastico project is carefully developed in order to produce unique landmarks deeply rooted in the 'superlocal' culture.

Monday 20 October, 6.30-9pm
Austral Bricks Showroom
490 Swan Street, Richmond VIC

Tuesday 21 October, 6.30-9pm
Queensland Chapter - Australian Institute of Architects
70 Merivale Street, South Brisbane QLD

Thursday 23 October, 6.30-9pm
NSW Chapter - Australian Institute of Architects
'Tusculum' 3 Manning Street, Potts Point NSW
Online registrations have now closed. To register for this event please complete this form and bring it along with you on the night

Friday 24 October, 6-8.30pm
Australian Institute of Architects- WA Chapter 
33 Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009
Online registrations have now closed. To register for this event please complete this form and bring it along with you on the night. 


Membership Type     Price    
Institute Member    $60
A+ Institute Member   $45
Institute Member – Graduate, Retired, Affiliate   $40
SONA Member   $20
Student Non Member   $55
Non Member   $80


The Architext bookshop are supplying copies of Simone Carena's publication 'Borrowed City' for purchase, at a special discounted rate for attendees! Pre-order your copy today and pick it up on the night using this form. It is also very likely there may be the opportunity to have it signed by Simone himself on the night!


2.0 formal CPD points are available with the Simone Carena International Speaker Series, to claim these points attendees will be required to complete all of the following questions; please print these as copies will not be available on the night.

1. What in the presentation challenged you to think about architecture and its practice differently?
2. What are some implications of these for the practice of architecture broadly?
3. What impact will the material raised in the session have on your work place and the future practice of architecture
4. What is the difference between the “Borrowed City” and the Rented City?
5. Explain an effective method of reusing building materials  
6. In your view, what will be needed to make more good spaces in high density cities?

CPD Leaning Outcomes - After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Analyse examples of adaptation and reuse in building designs 
- Describe some of the philosophies behind documenting and decoding a sustainable society, as in the “Borrowed City” research
- Justify the use of waste products as effective, innovative and culturally significant building materials
- Understand an architect’s relationship with geography from the search for the “genius loci” to the dynamics of exploration

The International Speaker Series is proudly sponsored by
Austral Bricks.


AusIndoArch: Tropfix

Tickets on Sale Now!

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 in Darwin.

For more information and to purchase tickets 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. For more information click here.

To view the media release announcing the shortlist for the 2014 National Architecture Awards, please click here.

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.

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 Jury Chair said.

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

Photo by David Sievers 


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

Saturday 28 Jun
Gold Medal Talk – Darwin

Thursday 25 Sep
Gold Medal Talk – Perth
To register for the Perth Gold Medal talk please click here.

Monday 29 Sep
Gold Medal Talk – Hong Kong

Tuesday 30 Sep
Gold Medal Talk – Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday 1 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Singapore 

Tuesday 7 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Brisbane
To register for the Brisbane Gold Medal talk please click here.

Wednesday 8 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Townsville

Thursday 9 Oct
EmAGN Presentation – Newcastle 

Friday 10 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Sydney
To register for the Sydney Gold Medal talk please click here.

Saturday 11 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Adelaide
To register for the Adelaide Gold Medal talk please click here

Wednesday 29 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Canberra
To register for the Canberra Gold Medal talk please email the ACT Chapter.

Thursday 30 Oct
Gold Medal Talk – Melbourne
To register for the Melbourne Gold Medal talk please click here.

The AS Hook address will take place at the AusIndoArch conference in Darwin on Friday November 7. For more information visit

Registration for all Gold Medal talks will be available online soon.

And remember... this talk is FREE to Institute members, so spread the word!

The Gold Medal Tour is proudly supported by the Institute’s Principal Corporate Partner, BlueScope.


2016 National Architecture Conference

Call for a Creative Director

Thank you to everyone who submitted an EOI for the role of the Creative Director for the 2016 National Architecture Conference. Applications for this role have now closed. 

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 of historical designs, unbuilt public buildings by contemporary architects and the new Australian Pavilion by Denton Corker Marshall.

For more information on the exhibition, creative directors, and visiting the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, visit

Call for Creative Director – 2015 Queensland Regional Conference

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Queensland Regional Architecture Conference.

We are now reviewing the applications and hope to have a decision soon.

International Speaker Series

Teresa Moller, Chile

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first International Speaker Series of 2014. We were extremely lucky to be joined by Teresa Moller, Landscape Architect from Chile for this series. Teresa travelled to Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne throughout August, selling out tickets in almost all locations. 

Teresa's works include public, private, institutional and corporate projects in both Chile and abroad. For more information on Teresa Moller click here.

Australian Awards for Urban Design

Congratulations to all of the winners at the Australia Award for Urban Design 2014. The event was a great success, held at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday 14 July.

BEMP 2014: Productivity by Design

This year’s Built Environment Meets Parliament turned a spotlight on a new generation of design solutions that will unlock waves of economic and social dividends in our cities. Great design unleashes creative solutions that accelerate opportunity. Thank you to everyone who attended this years event at Parliament House on Tuesday 15 July 2014. 

National Architecture Conference 2014

The National Architecture Conference is a major event of the Australian Institute of Architects, attended by over 1000 delegates. This year it was held in Perth from 8 to 10 May 2014.  We would like to thank all who attended and helped make it a great event.  

The Institute is excited to announce the Creative Director’s for the 2015 National Architecture Conference. Donald Bates, Hamish Lyon and Andrew Mackenzie have partnered to explore the changing role of risk in architecture for the 2015 Conference, which will take place in Melbourne, 14-16 May.

We're looking forward to seeing you next year!

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.

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:

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.