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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.

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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 

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!

AusIndoArch: Tropfix

AusIndoArch: Tropfix was a conference like no other, This conference brought together tropical architects from both Indonesia and Northern Australia together to discuss the unique ways of building, different approaches to using the land and how architects can lead the shaping of healthier, more urbane, sustainable tropical cities. AusIndoArch: Tropfix conference was held on 7 and 8 November 2014 in Darwin.

For more information on the conference please visit http://wp.architecture.com.au/ausindoarch.


National Architecture Awards

The 2014 National Architecture Awards were held in Darwin on November 6. Recognising outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture, the 2014 National Architecture Awards was a spectacular occasion of celebration and networking. Congratulations to all the winners! 

To view the media release announcing the winners of the 2014 National Architecture Awards click here


2014 Gold Medal Tour

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

'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.

The 2014 Gold Medal Tour took place from June through to November with the Gold Medallists finishing the tour by delivering the AS Hook address in Troppo's home town, Darwin. 


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 www.architecture.com.au/venicebiennale


2014 Regional Speaker Series

Kunlé Adeyemi, Nigeria | The Netherlands

Unfortunately due to issues with flights Kunlé Adeyemi was unable to make it to Australia in time for the tour causing in a cancellation of the 2014 Regional Speaker Series.


International Speaker Series

Simone Carena, Italy | Seoul

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

Simone Carena is co-founder of MOTOElastico, the best Italian architecture office 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.


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.


The Australia Award 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

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic evening! The 2014 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards were held on Thursday 20 March 2014 in Peppermint Bay, Tasmania

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: 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.