New Acton South, Fender Katsalidis

New Acton South, Fender Katsalidis
photo John Gollings

What's on


2018 ACT Architecture Awards
Saturday 23 June

Tickets can be purchased HERE

2018 ACT Chapter Events 

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School Holiday Program
Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July 2018

Step into the shoes of an architect for 2 days …….

The ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, are offering a 2 day design workshop. University of Canberra architecture students will guide you through the various steps architects take developing a brief, exploring designs, preparing drawings and making a model for your very own dream house.

You can choose whoever you want to design for - yourself, a friend, someone who’s famous, a superhero(ine), a pet or an imaginary character. You will need to think about what their needs and wants are for the house they will live in. You also get to decide the site where the house will be located. It can be an imaginary place like a tropical island, up in the mountains or even on the moon, or you can locate it somewhere real like your house site.

At the end of the workshop, you get to take your Dream House drawings and model home to share with your family.

Who can participate?

If you’re between 9 years old to 12 years old, interested in design ideas, and want to have fun building a model, then this is the workshop for you. You don’t need to have any technical or drawing skills before this workshop.


You will be placed in groups and partnered with a tutor to assist in developing ideas through all stages of the workshop. There will be approximately 1 tutor to 8 children. These tutors are University of Canberra architecture students who are also student members of the Australian Institute of Architects.


Students are to bring their lunch or purchase items from the University Refectory. All visits to the Refectory or other areas of the University will be supervised by tutors. Morning and afternoon tea including drinks and fruit will be provided on both days.


Registration for the 2 day workshop is $180.00 which covers the cost of all materials for drawing and model making. Places are limited to 45 students so register early to avoid missing out.


To attend the workshop register HERE and please complete the following Registration Form 2018 and return to

*Please note: your registration will not be complete until this form has been returned. 

 If you have any other questions please email or phone 6208 2100 for queries.


We are pleased to announce after a successful 2017 program, that the ACT Chapter Mentoring Program is back for 2018

Mentoring complements training at university and experience in the workplace, offering perspective on the broader industry and a greater understanding of the culture in which architecture takes place. The program pairs architects at different points in their career to provide support, guidance, and a setting in which to cultivate ideas and aspirations. Feedback shows that mentors often gain as much insight from the process as the mentee, and we encourage participation from a range of backgrounds and positions. Mentoring is an rewording process valuable at any stage in your career. 

The program will begin on 19 March and we are now accepting applications for both mentors and mentees. The program is open to graduates of the Master of Architecture program or Architects, all of whom must be current members of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Applications close COB Wednesday 4 April 2017. For further information on the benefits of the program, please contact the ACT Chapter

Links below: 
Information pack
Mentor application
Mentee application

2018 ACT Architecture Awards - Exhibition of Entries
March - June

All exhibition boards of this year's entries are on display at the ACT Chapter until awards night on 23 June. This exhibition features some of the best new architecture in the ACT. Come along and view the entries before winners are announced. 



The 2017 Griffin Lecture with George Megalogenis, journalist, political commentator and author was an absolute success!

To read a transcript of the 2017 Griffin Lecture, please click HERE

Named in honour of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony.

The aim of the lecture is to address big issues in architecture and design; to examine national matters of interest in the built environment. The lecture is delivered by individuals of the time - commentators, politicians and the profession. Previous speakers include Gough Whitlam, John Gorton, architects Roy Grounds and Romaldo Giurgola, Manning Clarke, Lucy Turnbull and Clover Moore. It is a public lecture at National Press Club.

Journalist, political commentator and author, George Megalogenis delivered the 2017 Griffin Lecture for the Australian Institute of Architects. His lecture made the case for a big Australia without a big Sydney and Melbourne, and explain why decentralisation is our number one policy challenge for the 21st century.