From the International Chapter Executive Director

On behalf of the members of the Institute, I would like to pass on congratulations to Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning, who have recently been elevated to Life Fellows of the Australian Institute of Architects. This is in honour of their long-term significant and distinguished contributions to the profession with eminent careers in practice, design, education and commitment to challenge and improve the livelihoods of communities. Julie and Hank were the recipients of the 2019 Gold Medal, and you can read more about them here.

It is so important to celebrate the achievements of our profession and their contribution to community at this time. COVID-19 has, and continues, to affect our communities and will present an ongoing challenge for us all. The important role of the built environment in keeping us safe and well has never been so important – particularly in our homes – and the pandemic has also forced us to re-think our approach to our public buildings and spaces. The long-term social, environmental, health and economic benefits of well-designed and constructed buildings and cities to our environment and community is enormous, and will, in the long-term, provide enormous savings and benefits to all of society.

The Institute’s role in advocating for the profession is more relevant than ever and we also must look toward ways of supporting our own community at this challenging time. In the coming weeks, the Institute will role out a platform that will help bring our community together virtually, and if you would like to be involved in testing this as we move into the development and implementation phase of the project, we are seeking member involvement. If you are willing to contribute please let me know here.


Jennifer Nichols

Executive Director, International Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects