From the CEO

10 Mar

As reported in last week’s E-news, on Monday 3 March, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia officially opened 41X, declaring it Victoria’s new home of architecture.

To mark this milestone we are publishing a couple of articles that delve a little deeper into the project. This week, writer Josh McAlister focuses on the redevelopment from the perspective of Lyons Architects, looking at the design process in detail. You can read the article here.

Next week the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards will be presented at Peppermint Bay in Tasmania.

The AAAAs is an occasion to celebrate those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to society through architecture and the built environment. Among the accolades is the announcement of the 2014 Gold Medallist, who will also make a special address on the night. The night also sees the presentation of the President’s Prize – awarded to an exceptional individual whose contribution to the profession of architecture has been profound and far reaching.

Also presented are the Leadership in Sustainability Prize, the William J Mitchell International Committee Prize, the Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, the COLORBOND Steel Student Biennale, the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize, the Dulux Study Tour and the Emerging Architect Prize.

I encourage you to come and celebrate the work of your colleagues with us. More information about the event can be found here.

Before I go, here’s just a quick note to keep an eye on your in-box. The Institute’s annual policy update will be going out this week. I look forward to sharing with you our progress of the last twelve months and our plans for 2014.

Kind regards,


David Parken
CEO, Australian Institute of Architects