Recap of The 2024 Australian Architecture Conference

The Australian Architecture Conference has drawn to a close for 2024. This year, we hosted 19 internationally renowned keynote speakers, ran architectural tours spanning the city of Melbourne, led engaging panel discussions on the pressing issues of our profession and awarded our 2024 Prize Winners with merits for their stellar contributions to the profession. 

The Conference was held from Thursday, 9 May through to Saturday, 11 May and offered attendees 10 CPD points along with the chance to discuss critical insights with the minds responsible for shaping the future. The first day of the Conference hosted panels from six keynote speakers including Paul Monaghan, Dana Cuff, Nigel Bertram, Barbara Bestor, Yasmeen Lari and Alberto Veiga.  

It was our pleasure to provide a platform for our Award Winners who each delivered inspiring addresses following their announcements. The 2024 Prize recipients were:  

  • Gold Medal, Philip Thalis (NSW) 
  • National Presidents Prize, Naomi Milgrom (VIC) 
  • Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize, Monica Edwards (NSW) 
  • Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize, Simon Anderson (WA) 
  • Leadership in Sustainability Prize, Abbie Galvin and Paulo Macchia (NSW) 
  • Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture, Hudson Smith (QLD) 

Day two was no less exciting with six Action Panel Discussions and nine keynote addresses. Our second day also held The Australian Institute of Architect’s Annual General Meeting where we welcomed our 2024-25 National President, Jane Cassidy and 2025-26 National President-Elect, Adam Haddow.  

Thank you to our members and guests who attended our landmark event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on! 

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