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2017 National Architecture Awards
2 November 2017

2017 Gold Medal Tour

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 Country Division Architecture 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 Country Division Architecture Awards please visit the NSW Architecture Awards website

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). 


A total of 31 projects by regional-based members are competing in this year’s Country Division Architecture Awards. Show support for your favourite by voting in the 2017 People’s Choice Award – open until 5pm on Friday 29 September. VOTE NOW


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 ten 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 three-day program.

The current program can be downloaded here.
More information on the speakers can be downloaded here.


TYPE: Early bird (closes COB Friday 1 September) / 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

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.


Online registrations are now closed.

Onsite registrations will be accepted. If you wish to register on the day please bring your completed registration form to the registration desk during the following allocated times:

  • Tuesday 3 October:  6:00-6:30pm at  Novotel Pacific Bay: Charlies Betting Tee
  • Wednesday 4 October:  8:00-8:50am at Novotel Pacific Bay Jetty & Harbour Foyer
  • Thursday 5 October:   8:45-9:00am at Novotel Pacific Bay Jetty & Harbour Foyer
  • Friday 6 October:    8:30-9:00am at Novotel Pacific Bay Jetty & Harbour Foyer

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.

ArchiMEET - Goulburn


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




The next ArchiMEET event will take place in Goulburn on Friday 24 November.

Curated by NSW Country Division Committee member Tim Lee, the full day program will offer attendees four formal CPD points. Full details to be announced. 

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 2017 program please contact Mel Nelson


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


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!


2017 Newcastle Architecture Awards

Entries for the 2018 Newcastle Architecture Awards will open in November. Congratulations to all those awarded in 2017 - the full list of winners and commendations can be viewed here.

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.

For more information about the Newcastle Architecture Awards please visit the NSW Architecture Awards website


ArchiMEET: Context-ualised Architecture

As movement towards development and density quickens, how do we better mediate with existing contexts and ensure we’re positively contributing to the public realm? Are we engaging enough with the fine-grain relationships between open space and built form? This half-day seminar examines the importance of context, and how architect’s might better influence connectivity between contemporary architecture and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Thurs 26 October, 12–5pm
Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way




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