From the National President

28 Sep

World Architecture Day
World Architecture Day is 5 October. The International Union of Architects (UIA) has themed the day ‘Architecture, Building, Climate Commitments and Solutions’. As the world’s national governments approach COP 21, the international climate treaty negotiations taking place in Paris later this year, the UIA is joining with its member organisations to highlight the essential role of architecture, design and town planning in reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions.

The day will promote actions and solutions that apply the enormous power of architecture and urban design in coping with global climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time.
The UIA will also underscore the contributions of architects worldwide during the COP 21 meetings themselves (Paris – 30 November-11 December 2015). A delegation, led by the UIA President, architect Esa Mohamed of Malaysia, will represent the profession.


Public awareness campaign – Where I’d Like to Live

On World Architecture Day, the Institute is launching Where I’d Like to, a national public awareness campaign promoting the value of architecture to the community.

Challenging the idea of architecture as elitist, expensive, and intangible, the campaign will be anchored by the pillars of liveability, affordability and community. The first stage, Where I’d Like to Live, will focus on residential designs, the following stages on public and commercial (Where I’d Like to Work, Play, Learn, Be etc).

Where I’d Like to Live will unfold throughout October and November across online and social media in partnership with The Design Files. The campaign will have an onsite presence at a number of public outreach events including architecture festivals, Open House events and the National Architecture Awards.

We are inviting members, industry friends and colleagues to support this low budget campaign. Share where you’d like to live via #whereidliketolive


Planned Cover – life insurance
The Institute’s wholly owned insurance broking entity Planned Cover has expanded its product offering into life insurance products. I encourage members to participate in the lifestyle survey which will be circulated later this week to highlight the personal risk exposures members may wish to consider insuring including Life, Total Permanent Disability, Trauma, Income Protection and Buy Sell Agreements.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the product at Planned Life Cover



Jon Clements
National President.