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2021 Canberra Medallion Winner | House for Hiroko | Anthony Knobel Architect | Photographer: Regina Seelig

Australian Capital Territory CHAPTER

The Institute’s ACT Chapter works towards making a positive contribution to the Territory’s built environment. We provide support for our members through various programs including CPD activities, design competitions, advocacy campaigns and awards.

We promote innovative, sustainable and increased housing diversity in the Territory, as well as equitable employment practices in our local workforce.

The ACT Chapter recognises the Ngunnawal people as the traditional land owners of Canberra. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Programs and Activities

Marist Jubilee Building | Collins Caddaye Architects | Photographer: Stefan Postles

The Institute is committed to developing and promoting a strong architectural profession and advocating for safer, more sustainable communities. Learn about local and national advocacy initiatives.

Ribbon House | Rob Henry Architects | Photographer: LightStudies

Our Chapter and National Awards programs are an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the valuable contribution architecture makes to our communities locally, nationally and internationally.

CPD

Diana’s Studio | Moss Architects | Photographer: Ben Wrigley

Continuing Professional Development is an important avenue to improve professional knowledge and competence.

View our range of online and face-to-face CPD opportunities.

National Award for Interior Architecture | Monaro Mall Canberra Centre | Universal Design Studio and Mather Architecture | Photographer: Tom Ross

Meet our Chapter Councillors and discover the local committees helping shape our work and the built environment.

National Award for Sustainable Architecture | Synergy | BVN | Photographer: John Gollings

Our Chapter hosts a range of local events celebrating architecture and catering to the profession and the broader community. Discover upcoming events now.

Shine Dome | Roy Grounds - Grounds Romberg & Boyd Architects | Photographer: iandolphin24 | Licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Architects from the Federal Capital Commission designed much of Canberra’s houses and public buildings in the city’s early years. As a result many of the older suburbs exhibit this largely cohesive ‘FCC style’ that is unique to Canberra.

National Award for Sustainable Architecture | Synergy | BVN | Photographer: John Gollings

Our Chapter hosts a range of local events celebrating architecture and catering to the profession and the broader community. Discover upcoming events now.

Looking for a room to hire or the latest architectural jobs in the ACT? Check out our notice board for the latest information. 

Looking for a room to hire or the latest architectural jobs in the ACT? Check out our notice board for the latest information. 

Continuing Education

ACT CPD Program

The ACT Chapter holds a series of talks and events for members as a part of its continuing professional development (CPD) program. Our speakers include local and visiting national and international architects, as well as specialist consultants from other built environment disciplines.

The Chapter also holds Practice of Architecture Learning Series tutorials to help participants prepare for the Architectural Practice Examination.

ACT Chapter President

2021 – CURRENT

Jane Cassidy SFHEA RAIA

“In my life and in my work I’ll be advocating for strategic planning and actionable policies to address climate change. I have recently switched from a sportscar to an electric bike for my commute to work. As advocated by the national emerging architect Sarah Lebner, ‘I will be the change’.” – Jane Cassidy

ACT Chapter President | Jane Cassidy

2020 – 2021 | Shannon Battisson

2018 – 2020 | Philip Leeson

2016 – 2018 | Rob Henry

2014 – 2016 | Andrew Wilson

2012 – 2014 | Tony Trobe

2010 – 2012 | Sheila Hughes

2008 – 2010 | David Flannery

2006 – 2008 | Melinda Dodson

2002 – 2006 | Catherine Townsend

2000 – 2002 | Colin Stewart

1998 – 2000 | Dominic Maiuto

1994 – 1998 | Graham Humphries

1993 – 1994 | Annabelle Pegrum

1992 – 1993 | Peter Freeman

1990 – 1992 | Colin Stewart

1988 – 1990 | Alastair Swayn

1986 – 1988 | Eric Graham Butt

1984 – 1986| Barry Malcolm Cameron

1982 – 1984| Geoffrey Thomas Butterworth

1980 – 1982 | Ian Thompson

1978 – 1980 | Mervyn Bryce Willoughby-Thomas

1976 – 1978 | Anthony Kimbal Cooper

1975 – 1976 | Neil Renfree

1974 – 1975 | Arthur Chrisus Tow

1972 – 1974 | William Frank Batt

1970 – 1972 | Horace Holt

1968 – 1970 | John Goldsmith

1966 – 1968 | Peter Firman Harrison

1964 – 1966 | Edward John Scollay

1962 – 1964 | Malcolm Johnson Moir

Canberra Medallion

2021 Winner

House for Hiroko
Anthony Knobel Architect

House for Hiroko is a delightful and modest response to a couple’s life-long ambition to commission a home that celebrates and encapsulates a culturally rich life lived abroad. It is set around a central dining space, the heart and soul of the house, a thoroughfare between internal rooms, and a link between the courtyard gardens – a convergence of space, light and landscape that is both intimate and open, protective and permeable. 

The arrangement and scale of rooms, the proportion of solid to void, the overlay of natural materials, appears effortless; just as it should be. Domestic and refined; calm and in balance. 

From the street the modestly proportioned exterior of the house is clad with painted brickwork; a protective outer layer. As the brick peels away, and the interior and private spaces are revealed, materials soften, and timber, glass and concrete create a warm and permeable transition into the home, and from the home out to the garden. The butterfly roof is underplayed; visible but not striking; composed. 

House for Hiroko expresses the clients’ heritage and yet feels very much of its place. The jury was unanimous in selecting House for Hiroko for The Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New). 

AWARDED 2021 Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter – Canberra Medallion

AWARDED 2021 Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter – Malcolm Moir & Heather Sutherland Award for Residential Architecture – HOUSES (New)

Notice Board

ACT JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for a new career opportunity in the Australian Capital Territory? View architectural and built environment job openings by logging in and viewing our job board on the Institute’s Community page. 

Want to advertise a job? Free job listings are an exclusive benefit for Institute members. Members can now post and manage their own job ads themselves through communities. When a member logs into Community, there is a tile that will take them straight to the jobs board. 

Chapter Staff

Francesca Cooper

Member Services Officer

 

Contact us

ACT Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects
PO Box 3373
Manuka, ACT 2603

2a Mugga Way
Red Hill, ACT 2603

P: +61 2 6208 2100
E: act@architecture.com.au

Our office can be tricky to find.
We are on the corner of Mugga Way,
Melbourne Ave and Tennyson Cres.

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