Each year an ongoing program of events and awards are delivered Australia-wide at both chapter and national levels.
At a state level, these events included successful and relevant programs such as the Monday night talks at Tusculum in Sydney, and Process, a monthly event for young architects in Melbourne.
National events included the highly successful National Architecture Awards and planning for the national conference, exchange 2005.
National events were impacted by the recent move by the NSW Board of Architects to introduce compulsory continuing education for architects registered in that state, with other states to follow. Planning for exchange 2005 was adjusted to take this requirement on board, with a solid continuing education program developed for members to acquire both informal and formal points.
The RAIA continued to support the graduate awards program and a series of prizes, with an increased awareness of sponsor, student and university interaction.
The National Architecture Awards were held in Canberra in October last year at two of RAIA Gold Medallist Colin Madigan’s best known buildings, the National Gallery of Australia and the adjoining High Court building.
Working within the framework of a newly signed joint venture agreement with trade show organizers dmg World Media, planning got underway for our national conferences to be co-located with Designex and the new Form and Function trade shows in Melbourne in 2005 and Sydney in 2006.
Working with exchange 2005’s Creative Director, Kerstin Thompson, we revised both the format and style of the conference to include local architects and embrace the city of Melbourne.
To coordinate and better increase the profile of its many national events, the RAIA appointed a full-time national events manager.
We would like to warmly thank our National Architecture Awards sponsors for 2004 - BlueScope Steel, manufacturers of COLORBOND® steel, as principal sponsor, together with Caroma, Tarkett and Form and Function.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank our national conference sponsors for 2005: dmg World Media; Pilkington; Karel*CAD; the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage, the Australian Greenhouse Office; the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing; City of Melbourne; and Hertz.