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Around the country

September 2017

Newcastle & NSW Country Divisions

The NSW regional area continues to provide a full program of events including exhibitions, CPD talks, awards and networking events throughout the year outside metro Sydney for both Newcastle and Country Divisions. 

Click here for the ARB CPD Information Sheet.

The Newcastle awards program opens in November each year and runs until the gala awards presentation night in March. The Country Division Architecture Awards run from May to October each year, with winners announced at the Annual Conference each year.


 Country Division events                                   Newcastle Division events

 Country Division Architecture Awards               Newcastle Architecture Awards


NSW Country Division coordinates several regional CPD seminars known as ArchiMEET and Architecture on Show, and an annual conference throughout the year. ArchiMEET is a brand of the Institute and incorporates 4 formal CPD points per event and is generally a full day seminar with no less than three guest speakers and one sponsored ArchiTECH talk. Architecture on Show is a free public and members event and is eligible for one informal CPD point. Details on each of the regional seminars and online registration will be updated here throughout the year. All Institute members can attend these events so if you are travelling please come by and visit us.

Collaborate NSW Country Division Conference 2017

2017 NSW Country Division Conference: Collaborate

Design always includes collaboration: partnering with contractors, visioning with stakeholders or creating across disciplines. Come collaborate and hear 10 unique perspectives on this process from inside and outside of the profession. Community driven heritage building rescues, large and small practice joint ventures, affordable housing inspiration, saving regional cities, and one speaker with strategies for coping with it all!

Taking place from the 3–6 October, at the Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort, the NSW Country Division Conference is a must attend event. Catch up with colleagues and friends from across NSW and beyond, obtain CPD points and join us for a week of lively conversation and fun.  The winners of the 2017 NSW Country Division Awards will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on the Thursday evening.

Speakers include Ken Maher, Amy Child, Garry Murray, SueAnne Ware, Andrew Nimmo along with Ann and Oliver Gee. 10 Formal CPD Points will be available for those who attend the 3 day program.
The current program can be downloaded here.


TYPE: Early bird (closes 25 Aug) / Full rate / Day rate
Member: $630 / $695 / $330
Non member: $770 / $850 / $450
Graduate/retired/overseas member: $420 / $460 / $300
Student: $370 / $400 / $160
Partner/child 16+: $390 / $420 / $160
Child (5–15 years): $170 / $190 / $90
AILA member: $330 (Wednesday only)
Awards Dinner only: $160

* Please note a 1.5% surcharge will be added to credit card payments
* The early bird rate will close on August 25 after which full rates apply – register now to save

To register for the conference
click here. Alternatively, if you wish to pay by EFT the registration form can be downloaded here.

Registration fees include attendance at all conference sessions along with return transfer to Sawtell for Wednesday’s proceedings, refreshment breaks and lunches. The Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening, dinner Wednesday and NSW Country Division Awards Dinner Thursday night are also included.

Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay, please complete the form found here and return to the hotel.

Enquiries: If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact

Sponsors Ritek and AWS are looking to host a golf afternoon at the Pacific Bay, numbers are limited. If you would like to participate please register your interest when registering for the conference. Further details will be sent to you.

We would like to thank our event sponsors AdbriMasonry, AWS, Cemintel, Enware, Hebel, ITI Australia, Polyflor, Ritek and Termimesh. Please take some time during the refreshment breaks to visit the trade displays and support these businesses who continue to support NSW Country Division.

2017 Country Division Conference Sponsors


Early Bird

(closes 25 Aug)

Full Rate

Day Rate





Non Member




Graduate/ Retired/Overseas Member








Partner/Child 16+




Child (5-15 years)




AILA Member




(Weds only)

Awards Dinner Only




NSW Country Division AwardsCountry Division Awards

Entries for the 2017 NSW Country Division Awards are now closed. Winners will be announced during the NSW Country Division Conference in Coffs Harbour (3–6 October 2017). For more information, please see above.

As well as recognising the best new architecture in regional NSW, the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the work of regional members’ pursuit of design excellence, and their collaborations with architects from across NSW. 

Local by Design

Local by Design

The Local by Design brochure was launched by out-going Country Division Chair, Sarah Aldridge, at the 2016 Country Division conference and promotes the value of using regional architects to potential clients and the community.

‘This initiative by the Country Division uses six award-winning projects as exemplars of the kind of work we can do’, she said. ‘Awards represent the profession’s own seal of approval, so there can be no dispute about the quality of the work shown in the brochure. Two other criteria for selection were ‘geographic spread’ and ‘range of project types’.

Sarah suggests that country architects take copies into their local councils and libraries, as well as information centres and design shops.

Members can request copies (minimum 20 per batch) for despatch from the NSW Chapter office. Phone 02 9246 4055 or email


Save the Date

Country Division hosts four ArchiMEET events throughout the year. Each event is based on a theme and feature a range of diverse and interesting speakers. CPD points are also available. See the list below for the 2017 events.

The 2017 Country Division Conference will be held in Coffs Harbour from 3-6 October. This year's Conference theme is COLLABORATE and the speakers will be announced shortly. The Conference will provide a number of fantastic networking opportunities so lock the dates in your diary now.

As in previous years, the Conference will also feature this year's Country Division Awards Presentation, award entries will open in May.

- Download the Save the Date card here

Thank you to our sponsors

Country Division would like to extend a special thanks to our Major Event Partners for 2017:

Polyflor CRS ITI Australia

If you are interested in sponsoring an event in our 2017 program please contact Mel Nelson.

Architecture on Show

As part of each regional seminar, Country Division also hosts a Free Public Architecture on Show event, to help promote country architects and their work. All NSW Country Architecture on Shows will be held on the Thursday night for the regional seminars ArchiMEET and include a minimum of three local architects whom will showcase current project successes and challenges with fifteen slides in fifteen minutes.This is a FREE event and is open to the public - All welcome. Nibbles will be provided however we ask that all attendees purchase their own drinks for some programs.



Newcastle Division Events

The Newcastle Division runs a host of events throughout the year for both members and public engagement with architecture.These events include two formal CPD seminars called ArchiMEET, Newcastle Architecture Awards, Architecture On Show, University Design Lecture Series, Annual Blase Yacht Race and National Seminar Series. We assist with events for our affiliate groups such as University student architecture body SONA, and graduate architect group eMAGN.

CPD Events

Safety Vinyl Floor Coverings
Thursday 17 August, 12.30–2pm 

Presenter: Lisa Griffin
, Polyflor Australia

Slips, trips and falls are the second most common work-related injury. Not all safety floors are treated equally, and this CPD presentation will assist in ensuring you specify correctly to minimise risk. Understand what the key health and safety issues are and the legislation and industry standards that should be considered. Better recognize the characteristics of different safety floorings, their application and maintenance, and what sustainability and environmental credentials they offer.

Lisa has spent the past decade immersing herself in the flooring industry, developing a strong passion for ensuring products are not only 'aesthetically fit for purpose' but also meet compliance, supporting many architectural and designer specifications along the way. Lisa is also a graduate from the International Dementia Design School, and believes that floorcoverings are an integral part of today’s built environment.

For over 50 years Polyflor Australia have been supplying resilient vinyl flooring suitable for a wide variety of residential and commercial installations including healthcare, aged care, education, retail and office fit-outs. Many of Polyflor’s environmentally preferred floor coverings have achieved GreenTag certification, PVC Best Practice and are 100% recyclable via Recofloor, the industry’s leading take-back scheme that was co-founded and funded by Polyflor. Whether you require a safety floor with slip resistant properties or a durable floor with a designer finish, Polyflor have got you covered.

1 formal CPD point

Institute Members FREE | Non-members $40 

Venue: Engineers Australia, Suite 3/125 Bull Street, Newcastle West (enter via Dick Street)

Register online



The 2017 School of Architecture & Built Environment Lecture Series will showcase a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international practitioners.

The fortnightly lecture series will provide valuable exposure and insight into practice as well as networking opportunities for students, industry and the local community.

Venue: Newcastle City Centre at ‘The Lockup’ gallery, join us every fortnight for a catch up over drinks and nibbles followed an exciting and memorable guest presentation.

for further information download the 2017 schedule here.

Would you like to be the Creative Director for one of our ArchiMEET events? You don't have to be a member of the committee to run one. We provide all of the administration support you require. If you have a great topic and know of three fantastic guest speakers that you would like to invite and will engage your fellow members then we want to hear from you! 

ALL Newcastle ArchiMEET Registration FEES: Members $50 | Graduates $30 | Sona Students $20 | Non-Members $85 (Non-Members have an opportunity to receive a $25 discount as a referral from one of our trade partners exhibiting at ArchiMEET - ask your trade rep how). Includes working lunch, trade display access, seminar attendance / collateral, and post talk drinks.    

Have you recently built or are in the process of completing a project in Newcastle? We would love for you to showcase your challenges and successes with 10 slides in 10 minutes with other members at our next showcase. 

The Australian Institute of Architects and its participating members offer education to graduates on the practice of architecture through the national PALS program. It is comprised of 15 online modules integrated with face to face tutorials facilitated by practicing architects and local experts and held in the local state and territory offices. The emphasis is on adult learning principles so you study the online modules in your own time and attend sessions that give you an opportunity to gain expert advice, share knowledge amongst your peers and get in touch with a broad range of Institute events.

The Regional Division base a PALS course in the Newcastle over 3 consecutive Saturdays.

2018 dates to be advised.

2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards

2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards 

Entries for the 2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards are now closed. Thank you to all the practices who submitted a project in this year's program. 

As well as recognising the best new architecture in Newcastle, the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the work of Newcastle and regional members’ pursuit of design excellence, and their collaborations with architects from across NSW. Winners of the Newcastle Architecture Awards have the opportunity to progress to be considered at state level via the NSW Architecture Awards.

Congratulations to all those who won an award in 2017, the full list of winners and commendations can be viewed here.