The Australian Institute of Architects
Who we Are
Established in 1930, the Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architecture profession in Australia. We represent over 11,500 members globally and are dedicated to improving our built environment and the communities we call home by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design.
The built environment shapes the places where we live, work and meet. It affects how spaces and places function and has the potential to stimulate the economy and enhance the environment.
Architecture influences all aspects of our built environment. It brings together the arts, environmental awareness, sciences and technology. By combining creative design with technical know-how, architects create physical environments, which in turn, influence our quality of life.
Almost all Australians (97%) believe that cities and towns are better to live in when public buildings and public spaces are well-designed. Likewise, almost all Australians (96%) believe that homes and apartments provide a better living experience when they are well-designed.
Quite simply, good design adds value.
The Australian Institute of Architects and its members are dedicated to raising the quality of the built environment for all and to the advancement of architecture. We seek to improve the health and well being of all who live and work in our diverse communities.
By raising design standards in our cities, urban areas, commercial and residential buildings, the profession as a whole alongside the Institute plays a major role in shaping Australia’s future.
The Australian Institute of Architects is a member of the International Union of Architects (UIA).
The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising elected members as well as Independent Directors with expertise across finance, HR, marketing and other specialities. With a minimum of eight Directors, the Board is made up of the National President (Chair), Immediate Past President, President Elect and two National Council Elected members in addition to three Independent Directors.
The Board works closely with the member elected National Council, which represents all Chapters and is responsible for the overarching policy of the Institute, and the Executive management team.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 90th Annual General Meeting of the Members of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects was held on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at our NSW Chapter offices.
Attendance at the Institute’s AGM is open to all members. Under the Constitution, Members Level 1, Life Fellows, Fellows and Affiliates Level 1 may vote.
At the 2019 AGM, members received and considered the Institute’s audited financial statements for 2018 as well as congratulating and welcoming our new National President, President Elect and Elected Directors.
Our Governance Policies
Since its formation in 1929, first registration in NSW in 1930, and ultimately with the ASIC, the Institute has had a constitution document to reflect its status as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. The Constitution can only be amended from time to time by the Institute’s voting members at a general meeting. At the AGM in May 2017, the members voted to adopt a plain English form of constitution document that is typical of modern not-for-profit organisations.
CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Our members are bound by a Professional Code of Conduct, promoting the highest standards for the profession.
EMPLOYEE AND MEMBER BEHAVIOUR POLICY & HANDBOOK
We strive to provide safe and welcoming environments for our staff to work and for members to engage with peers.
The policies in this handbook set the standard of behaviour we all aspire to when interacting in Institute workplaces and events. This handbook sets out examples of these standards of behaviour expected of both members and staff and how the Institute will respond to specific types of conduct that falls short of those standards.
GENDER EQUITY POLICY
This policy establishes a set of policy principles to ensure the Institute and its members are aligned in valuing and exhibiting principles of fairness and equity, which lead to the provision of equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all men and women engaged within the architectural profession, and to eliminate gender-based impacts on the participation and progression of women within the profession.
MEMBER CONSULTATION POLICY
Our members are at the heart of what we do, and we value the contribution they make at all levels of the organisation. This policy governs the Institute’s engagement with members and stakeholders.
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