New South Wales

Marrickville Library | BVN | Photograph Tom Roe

New South Wales CHAPTER

The Institute’s NSW Chapter is headquartered at Tusculum, a heritage listed Colonial Regency villa in Potts Point. We support more than 3000 members through a wide range of programs including: CPD and public talks; publication of Australia’s longest running architectural journal, Architecture Bulletin; an extensive awards program; advocacy campaigns; and heritage services.

We actively engage with local and state government to promote best practices in urban planning and the profession in general. Since 1949, we have also maintained a register of significant architecture in NSW, focusing on 20th century heritage.

The NSW Chapter recognises the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional land owners of Tusculum. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Programs and Activities

Luxe on Eve | Smith & Tzannes | Photographer: Ben Guthrie

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.

Bungarribee Parklands Shelters | Stanic Harding Architects | Photographer: Simon Wood

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.


Bridgewater Park Amenities | Urakawa Jenkins Architecture | Photographer: Guy Wilkinson Photography

Continuing Professional Development is an important avenue to improve professional knowledge and competence. CPD is compulsory for registration in NSW.

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

National Award for Commercial Architecture | International House Sydney | Tzannes | Photographer: Ben Guthrie

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

National Commendation for Commercial Architecture | Barangaroo House | Collins and Turner | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

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

Discover upcoming events now.

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI | Photographer: Brett Boardman

Discover more about our tailored CPD, events and programs for members in Newcastle and regional NSW.

Architecture Bulletin is the official journal of the NSW Chapter.

Looking for a room to hire or the latest architectural jobs in NSW?

Check out our notice board for the latest information. 


Senior Counsellor Service

Photographer: Nik MacMillan

Senior Architect Counsellors are appointed to provide advice to members and the public on the practice of architecture on voluntary a basis.

Continuing Education

NSW CPD Program

Continuing professional development (CPD) activities at the NSW Chapter help members enhance their skills, gain new knowledge and insights about different aspects of the profession, and maintain registration.

Our events are curated to provide highly relevant and valuable learning opportunities for our members and the broader built environment community. They cover a broad spectrum of topics aligned to the four units of competency defined by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Competency Standards in Architecture. These are design, documentation, project delivery, and practice management.

Regional Divisions

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI | Photographer: Brett Boardman

Newcastle Division

The Newcastle Division runs a host of events throughout the year for both members and public engagement with architecture. These events include formal CPD seminars, informal talks including Architecture on Show, the Newcastle Architecture Awards, and programs from our Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN).

Country Division

NSW Country Division coordinates several regional CPD seminars throughout the year – known as ArchiMEET – as well as an annual three-day conference.

ArchiMEET offers attendees formal CPD points and takes place in different regional centres across NSW.

The NSW Country Division Conference offers members a full program of local and interstate speakers addressing topics relevant to regional practice.

Montoro Cellar Door | Source Architects | Tom Ferguson

Architecture Bulletin

Journal of the NSW Chapter

Architecture Bulletin is the NSW Chapter’s journal and is managed by the NSW Editorial Committee. Architecture Bulletin has been an important cultural focus for the NSW Chapter of the Institute for more than 60 years, and is its official publication of record.

During this time, Architecture Bulletin has continued to evolve to match the expectations of members and present intelligent debate around the issues of contemporary practice in a balanced and inclusive manner.

Published four times a year, Architecture Bulletin is read by a broad cross-section of the Institute’s membership – students, graduates, architects, academics – and others passionate about the creative act and practical dimension of architecture. Members can keep up to date with news, issues, events and social activities throughout the state.

More than 3000 people subscribe to Architecture Bulletin, with an estimated readership of more than 10,000 throughout architectural practices.


For EDITORIAL enquiries, please contact

For ADVERTISING enquiries call +61 2 9246 4055 and download the 2020 Architecture Bulletin media kit which includes editorial guidelines, advertising rates and booking deadlines.

To SUBSCRIBE to Architecture Bulletin download the subscription form.


Thank you to our patrons who ensure the ongoing viability of Architecture Bulletin.

Major Patron
Mirvac Design

Supporting Patrons 
Crone, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, NBRS Architecture.

The Patrons Program was first introduced in 2006. To date, Architecture Bulletin Patrons have helped fund the publication’s transition to full colour and enabled us to maintain our focus on meaningful content, debate and relevant information, without undue reliance on advertising revenue.

We invite your firm to consider the benefits of joining our other Patrons in helping the NSW Chapter continue to bring this respected publication to members and readers.

Current issue - LIFE LESSONS

This edition of Architecture Bulletin delves into various aspects of architectural education from tertiary through to professional registration and ongoing learning. The dialogue between education, regulation and professional practice continues to be a critical point of discussion in the industry, as does the relationship between education and current quality issues in the construction industry. Cultural issues such as studio culture and inclusion are also touched upon.

Read the LIFE LESSONS Vol 77 No 1 – May 2020

Notice Board


Looking for a new career opportunity in New South Wales? View architectural and built environment job openings below.

The National Trust (NSW) is the largest community based, not-for-profit conservation organisation in Australia, operating for more than 70 years. Our vision is to bring the heritage of New South Wales to life for future generations. We achieve this by advocating, conserving and protecting our built, cultural and natural heritage and by educating and engaging the community through the sharing and interpretation of all Australian heritage stories in ways that awaken a sense of place and belonging.

The National Trust is seeking an experienced Director of Conservation Advocacy to be responsible for the management, oversight and facilitation of all advocacy matters on behalf of the organisation.

We’re seeking someone with outstanding technical knowledge and a proven ability to build strong relationships and manage stakeholders across Government, industry and affiliate organisations across New South Wales, locally and – in collaboration with the other National Trusts of Australia – federally. The right candidate for this role will be a consummate content expert and one of the primary spokespeople for the National Trust (NSW) on matters of conservation and advocacy. You will have experience and passion for lending your voice to broadcast and print media, public speaking engagements both in real time and online, and on social media.

About the Role

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, your key responsibilities will be:

  • Leading state-wide advocacy campaigns on natural, built, cultural and industrial heritage, including Government and industry relations and engagement, affiliate campaigns and mobilising local campaigns through regional Branches of the National Trust (NSW). This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of submissions, presentations, speeches, and reports.
  • In partnership with the Director, Marketing and Communications, acting as a primary spokesperson to media and on social media for all advocacy matters.
  • Developing position statements and policies to support advocacy campaigns.
  • Management of operational matters relating to, and acting as the National Trust’s representative on, Technical Committees comprised of expert advisors that include members of the community, local Councils and external organisations.
    Management of initiatives and campaigns emerging from consultation with Technical Committees, Conservation Policies Taskforce and the National Trust Board of Directors.
  • Management of the National Trust Register including the preparation, amendment and updates of listings.
  • Managing nominations for the State Heritage Register to the Heritage Council of NSW on behalf of the National Trust.

About you

  • You will be a highly organised go-getter with the ability to multi-task and prioritise for a busy department whilst also delivering outstanding output that is core to the mission and vision of the National Trust (NSW).
    You will also have:
    Strong presentation and inter-personal skills, and the ability to communicate and interpret complex legislation, policy, regulatory and community issues at State Government, Local Government and Board Director level.
  • Experience in building a movement around a cause and driving advocacy campaigns externally and internally that influence and engage stakeholders in Government, Industry, like-minded organisations and wider the community.
  • Strong problem solving capabilities and excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent people management.
  • Change management expertise, both at an organisational and sector-wide level.
  • The ability to be professional and remain calm under pressure.
    • Five to 10 years’ experience in a similar role, ideally within the heritage sector.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a discipline related to heritage conservation advocacy such as public policy or government relations, archaeology, architecture, anthropology, history or urban planning.

We’re looking for someone who lives and breathes conservation, enjoys engagement with community and government, and has a desire to actively promote and celebrate the importance of our built, cultural and natural heritage. We offer a flexible work environment and a great workplace culture that is focused on bringing the heritage of New South Wales to life for future generations.

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.
For a full position description or any enquiries call: 02 9258 0159 or email  To apply, submit your CV together with a covering letter addressing the key accountabilities to:
Closing date: 19 June 2020

Architectural / Interior Design studio with strong design focus and interesting local and international projects is looking for a documentation architect with 8+ years of experience to join the team.

Capacity to manage medium size projects, design and resolve complex construction details is essential, as it is the knowledge of local planning system and VectorWorks. Knowledge of Sketch Up is desirable.

Please email CVs to

All Australian Architecture, Sydney are seeking an emerging Architect with some experience to design, model and document high end private homes.

You’d be part of a very small team that focusses on our clients needs, sustainability and diversity of design. This role requires a creative conceptual thinker who learns quickly and has attention to detail.

Interested parties need to have completed their studies and be available to work 35 hours / week, from our office on the Northern Beaches.


• Gain specialist knowledge & experience in high end private homes

• Excellent training and equipment provided

• Small design team offering maximum exposure

• Career advancement opportunity

• Flexible hours & innovative remuneration package

• Traditional & Contemporary design challenges


We are a small friendly architectural design studio in the Northern Beaches focusing on innovative & quality residential design.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the architectural process including client contact, design, project documentation, construction detailing & management.

Grow & develop your skills with the potential for exciting career advancement, including designing and running your own projects.

Our small team allows for fantastic opportunities to work through projects from start to finish ensuring a complete and fulfilling architectural experience within a supportive and flexible environment.


The successful candidate for this position would;

• Live locally

• Have excellent computer skills – especially in Archicad

• Have excellent communication & conceptual skills

• Show an ability to think and resolve problems

• Have at least 3-5 years work & Archicad experience

How to apply:

Initially we are only taking applications by email.

Email us your CV in PDF format to staff[at]
I can’t promise to reply to all applications, sorry.

Posted 23 June 2020

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Room Hire

The NSW Chapter has rooms now for hire from small meeting rooms to host interviews, small meetings or your interstate workplace to our large boardroom and theatre-style event space for up to 100 pax.

Contact us for more information and to book.

Chapter Staff

Tessa Goodman

Awards and Prizes Officer

Kat Han

Events & Partnerships Officer 

Melissa McDonald

Member Services and Administration Officer


Wilma Walsh

Communications Officer


National staff located in nsw
David McSorley

National Education Project Officer 

Kate Moore

National Education Manager

Otto Nothnagel

National Manager, CPD Program Development


Contact us

NSW Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects

3 Manning Street
Potts Point, NSW 2011

P: +61 2 9246 4055


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