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NSW Country & Newcastle Divisions

The NSW Chapter provide a full program of events throughout the year across NSW, including talks, formal CPD, awards and networking events outside the Sydney metro area for regional members. 

Details of all upcoming regional events will be updated here, as well as in the NSW Events Calendar. 


 Country Division events                                   Newcastle Division events

 Country Division Architecture Awards               Newcastle Architecture Awards


NSW Country Division coordinates several regional CPD seminars throughout the year - known as ArchiMEET - as well as an annual three-day conference. ArchiMEETs offer attendees formal CPD points and take place in different regional centers across NSW. The NSW Country Division Conference offers members a full program of local and interstate speakers addressing topics relevant to regional practice.  


NSW Country Division Awards

The NSW Country Division Architecture Awards celebrate the work of architects working in regional NSW. The program not only recognises the design excellence in country NSW, but also celebrates the achievements of our Country Division members practicing architecture, often in remote regional locations.

The awards are open to members practicing across regional NSW. They run from May to October each year, with winners announced at the Country Division Conference. For more information about the program including details of how to enter, please visit the NSW Architecture Awards website

Entries for the 2017 NSW Country Division Awards are now closed. 

2017 award winners were announced at the NSW Country Division Conference in Coffs Harbour on Thursday 4 October. Fifteen projects from across the state were recognised this year, including a marine rescue centre in Ballina, a heritage adaptation in Central Orange Conservation Area, and a design-led affordable housing scheme in Thirroul. Congratulations to all 2017 recipients – see the full list of winners via the NSW Architecture Awards website.


Please check back soon for details of 2018 programs. For information of all upcoming Institute events in NSW please visit the NSW Events page


NSW Country Division ArchiMEET - Sustaining the Future

On Friday 24 November the final Country Division ArchiMEET of 2017 bought together members from the Southern Highlands region to discuss new directions in sustainability. Held in the historic town of Goulburn, this one-day seminar explored how sustainable principles are informing new directions in urban design, housing and education for long lasting change. Our thanks to all our event speakers - David Clarke (DWP), Shannon Battisson (The Mill: Architecture + Design), Harold Guida (Guida Moseley Brown Architects), and James Daley (Architectural Window Systems) - and partners for their support, and to creative director Tim Lee for curating the day.

Collaborate NSW Country Division Conference 2017

2017 NSW Country Division Conference: Collaborate

Over 90 delegates travelled to Coffs Harbour in October for the 2017 NSW Country Division Conference. Shaped around the theme ‘Collaborate’, the packed three-day program included ten speakers sessions, as well as site visits, a member forum, film screening and an awards dinner.

Speakers included Ken Maher, Amy Child, Garry Murray, SueAnne Ware, Andrew Nimmo along with Ann and Oliver Gee. More information on the speakers can be downloaded here.

Photographs from this year's conference - taken by attendee Malcolm McNeil (McNeil Architects) - are available to view here.

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

We would like to thank our event sponsors AdbriMasonry, AWS, Cemintel, Enware, Hebel, ITI Australia, Polyflor, Ritek and Termimesh. 

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.

Thank you to our sponsors

NSW 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 2018 program please contact Miranda Grace


The Newcastle Division runs a host of events throughout the year for both members and public engagement with architecture.These events include formal CPD seminars, informal talks including Architecture on Show, the Newcastle Architecture Awards, and programs from our Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN).

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 get involved. If you have a great topic and know of three fantastic guest speakers that you would like to invite get in touch!


Entries for the 2018 Newcastle Architecture Awards are now open for entries, closing 2 February 2018). Submit your online entry today by visiting the NSW Awards website

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. Winners are announced annually in March, with the option to progress to the state-wide NSW Architecture Awards.

Congratulations to all those awarded in 2017 - the full list of winners and commendations can be viewed here. For more information about the Newcastle Architecture Awards please visit the NSW Architecture Awards website


Please check back soon for details of 2018 programs. For information of all upcoming Institute events in NSW please visit the NSW Events page


ArchiMEET: Context-ualised Architecture

On Friday 1 December 2017 this half day seminar in Newcastle examined the impacts and importance of context, and how architect’s might influence and advocate for better connectivity between contemporary architecture and surrounding neighbourhoods. Presenting a range of both local and inter-state projects, four speakers addressed the impacts of context to successful outcome, and explored mechanisms and processes we might enact to promote a better performing built environment.

Our thanks to all the day’s speakers - Anita Panov and Andrew Scott (panovscott), Marcus Trimble (Bennett & Trimble), Chris Johnstone (Bosque Studio) and Lisa Griffin (Polyflor) – and our supporting partners. This event was curated by Jason Elsley of Derive Design. 


PALS is the Australian Institute of Architects' Practice of Architecture Learning Series. PALS 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 objectives of the PALS program are:

  • to consolidate knowledge and skills in architectural practice as a sound foundation for successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination,
  • to improve capabilities more broadly in day-to-day practice within the profession
  • to act as a refresher course for those coming back to the profession or moving here from another country
The NSW Chapter run PALS courses in both Sydney and Newcastle. Dates for the 2017 Newcastle PALS course are 17 June, 24 June and 1 July (10am to 3pm each day). 

More more information and registrations please visit the PALS website

The University of Newcastle's School of Architecture & Built Environment run a regular lecture series called 'Practice Matters'. It showcases a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Construction Management professions.

Venue: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300
For upcoming event details click here


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