2020 Queensland Architecture Awards | Mon Repos Turtle Centre | KIRK | Photographer: Scott Burrows

Queensland CHAPTER

The Queensland Chapter identifies and responds to issues that stand to impact the profession and our members.

We deliver a variety of activities aligned with the Institute’s strategic plan, including mentorship programs for student members and a program of Chapter awards and prizes. We liaise with local and state bodies as well as authorities to promote and represent the interests of our members and the community.

The Queensland Chapter acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples as the traditional owners of the site on which our office stands. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Programs and Activities

Casuarina House | Vokes and Peters | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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.

QUT Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct | Wilson Architects and Henning Larsen Architects, Architects in Association | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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.


Park Road House | LineburgWang | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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

View our range of online and face-to-face professional development opportunities.

Spinnaker House | Sparks Architects | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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

Black Mountain Residence | Morriarchi Architecture | Photographer: Andy MacPherson Studio

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

Looking for a room to hire or the latest architectural jobs in Queensland? Check out our notice board for information.

Get up to date information about Covid-19 restrictions and what it means for construction in Queensland.

Voting in the Institute’s 2021 Annual General Elections is now open for those National and Chapter election streams where there are more nominees than the number of positions to be filled.

Looking for the latest architectural jobs in Queensland? Check out our notice board for information.

Black Mountain Residence | Morriarchi Architecture | Photographer: Andy MacPherson Studio

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

Black Mountain Residence | Morriarchi Architecture | Photographer: Andy MacPherson Studio

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

Looking for the latest architectural jobs in Queensland? Check out our notice board for information.

Queensland Architecture Awards

12 Creek Street, The Annex | BVN | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones


Our awards program in Queensland is driven by the dedication and professional generosity of approximately 40 architects across our seven regions. The Queensland Chapter encourages you to consider playing this vital role in the 2022 Queensland Architecture Awards.

Appointment as a Queensland Award Juror offers you the chance to contribute to your profession, to recognise and award the design excellence of your peers, and presents an excellent opportunity for personal and professional development.

To contribute as a juror, you’ll need to confirm you’re a Level 1 financial member, and all nominations will be submitted to the Queensland Chapter Council for consideration and approval.


The Australian Institute of Architects Awards program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of our Queensland architects. The program also provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture within Queensland, across Australia and internationally.

Cairns Performing Arts Centre | CA Architects and Cox Architecture in collaboration | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones
Central Queensland | Waltzing Matilda Centre | Cox Architecture | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones


The Australian Institute of Architects Awards program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of our Queensland architects.

We’ve received 107 entries across the 10 categories, throughout all 7 regions.

2022 Enduring Architecture Award – Call for nominations

Do you have a longstanding, favourite building in QLD you feel should be recognised with an award?

This award is open to buildings of at least 25 years of age, the Enduring Architecture Award recognises achievement for the design of buildings of outstanding merit, which remain important as high quality works of architecture when considered in a contemporary context. Nominations are welcome from Institute members, non-members and non-architects, but must provide adequate content for consideration by the jury.

Church Street Public Housing Exterior shot
Commendation for the Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture | Church Street Public Housing | Parish O’Neill, Cox Rayner and Bligh Voller | Photographer: Toby Scott

our queensland chapter program


The Queensland Chapter offers a wide range of professional development activities for members across the state. Our initiatives include workshops with industry professionals, practice forums and webinars.


With over 2,000 members spread across Queensland, we offer and support a range of networking activities and initiatives. Our very active groups and committees work with the Chapter team to schedule enjoyable opportunities for peer-to-peer engagement. 



17 December 2021

Face masks will become mandatory in shops and retail centres, hospitals, aged care facilities, public transport and rideshare vehicles across the state from 1am tomorrow (Saturday 18 December). For other indoor settings, masks are not mandatory but are recommended, even where only vaccinated people can attend.

Wearing masks will help slow the spread of the virus and allow more people to get their vaccinations, including vulnerable people and healthcare workers who are due to get their third dose. This mandate will be revised once Queensland is 90 per cent fully vaccinated.

Support for small business

With the incoming mask mandate and hospitality and entertainment businesses now following the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction, additional information, resources and support is available to businesses.

Queensland Health has advice for workplaces to prepare for and manage COVID-19.

The requirements for close and casual contacts will change from 1 January 2022, with testing and quarantine eased for vaccinated people. When these changes take effect, it will be easier for businesses to understand and plan for what will happen if their workplace becomes an exposure site. There is a four-step procedure for owners which includes:

  • Step 1: Determine if your staff had contact with the COVID-19 positive person within their infectious period
  • Step 2: Determine the duration of contact
  • Step 3: Determine the proximity of contact
  • Step 4: Queensland Health formal risk assessment. 
    More information is available on the Queensland Health website.

A free COVID Safe for Business course is available from TAFE Queensland, to help businesses and their staff to manage the entry of customers, including checking their vaccination status.

Download signage to display so customers are clear on the vaccination requirements before they enter.

11 December 2021

From 1 January 2022, there will be changes to how contact with a COVID-19 case is managed. Requirements will ease for vaccinated people.

These changes are detailed in the Managing the risk for COVID-19 exposures in businesses and venues plan.

This guidance will help businesses plan and manage situations where COVID-19 positive people have been in their business or venue.

From 1 January 2022 different requirements will come into effect for casual contacts and vaccinated and unvaccinated close contacts.

Access the details of these requirements on the Queensland Health website.

From 1 January 2022 businesses or venues listed as exposure sites are extremely unlikely to be closed when a positive case is detected and will be able to undertake routine cleaning to minimise disruption.

For the rest of this year businesses can continue operating as they are now. If your business is confirmed as an exposure venue, you may have to close for cleaning, and some staff may need to quarantine. Once that cleaning is complete the business can re-open. Current requirements are available here.

Businesses can continue to access the COVID-19 cleaning rebate to help cover professional cleaning expenses. Find out more here.

Support for businesses to manage the new public health measures is available from the Business Queensland website.

Work is now underway to add information about managing COVID-19 contacts to the COVID Safe For Business online training developed by TAFE Queensland.

Businesses are encouraged to ensure customers are using the Check In App when entering their premises to assist future contact tracing efforts.

8 December 2021

Queensland Health has released the new Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction outlining the rules coming into effect for businesses and Queenslanders from 17 December 2021.

From 17 December, there will be no capacity restrictions on non-essential leisure businesses that are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people, including:

  • hospitality venues such as pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets
  • indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas, casinos
  • outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks
  • festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
  • activities – either indoor or outdoor – such as convention centres and showgrounds, marathons and fetes
  • Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

These businesses will need to display signage clearly outlining the requirement to be vaccinated to enter the premises and use best efforts to ask for evidence of vaccination from customers at the time of check-in or at the point of sale/service. Support for businesses to manage these requirements is available here.

A free, online training course developed by TAFE Queensland is now available to help businesses implement the new measures and manage the entry of customers and visitors, including checking their vaccination status. Register for the course here.

Unvaccinated people will still be able to access essential services and activities, such as retail outlets, places of worship and public transport.

Essential businesses can also voluntarily elect to adopt these measures if they believe it best suits their business needs and customer expectations. However, for some businesses, capacity restrictions will still remain. A list of the requirements for different types of businesses is included in the new public health direction.

Changes to Queensland’s border restrictions

From 1am AEST Monday 13 December 2021, Queensland’s border restrictions will ease further for fully vaccinated residents and visitors. For more information visit the Queensland Health website.


Building and construction is considered an essential service, and remains open for business. You must follow your COVID-19 plan, ensure your hygiene and social distancing measures are in place and wear a mask wherever possible.

Read more about the restrictions details on movement and gathering, businesses and events and face masks on the Queensland Government’s website.

More information For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au For more information on responding to COVID-19 in the workplace, go to https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces

The Australian Government is taking action to support businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis. For more information on assistance for businesses, go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

BOAQ provides additional guidance for small business support

For more information for employers see Queensland Government: Business Queensland’s Business health and safety resources for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Queensland Government has also provided a Guidance: Workplace Health and Safety note that provide useful guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 at the workplace.

For more information, head to the Queensland Health website.

The Check In Qld app website provides answers to common questions or you can contact 134 COVID (12 42 68) for support.

Notice Board


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

Join the POD Team!
We are seeking a special human who has a rare combination of skills in Landscape and Architecture to join our multidisciplinary practice, in Cairns.

This is not an early career graduate position. We need someone who is a team player, with high level technical skills and experience, who can work autonomously and supervise others.

Essential skills required:

  • Min 5 years postgraduate experience in architecture design and documentation on cultural, commercial and residential projects
  • Min 2 years of experience working on landscape architecture on cultural, commercial and residential projects
  • Excellent design and documentation skills in Revit
  • Adobe InDesign and Photoshop (and full suite)
  • Excellent verbal, written and graphic communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects from inception to completion
  • Experience in contract administration in landscape and architecture
  • Alignment with POD’s values and philosophy.

Additional skills that would be beneficial:

  • Project management and contract admin. experience
  • Community engagement experience
  • Comfortable with remote travel
  • Tropical Horticultural Knowledge & Experience.

We know this is a big ask, but we trust you are out there somewhere!

Please submit your CV and portfolio to POD.

Are you an enthusiastic, hardworking Architect or Technician with 10+ years’ experience in a similar role, looking to develop your experience and career?

Role Accountabilities

The role will be responsible for supporting all aspects of project work in the Rockhampton Studio, in particular, supporting the Studio Principal with the design and delivery of a range of projects (including client, sub-consultant and builder liaison).

Duties will include:

  • Developing sketch / concept designs;
  • Design development;
  • Project documentation;
  • Sub-consultant coordination;
  • Supporting construction and delivery phases (including on-site activity);
  • Attendance and coordination with clients;
  • Internal team leadership including mentoring of Graduate Architects.

Here at ThomsonAdsett you will be working as part of a team, both within the Rockhampton Studio and across the broader ThomsonAdsett business with colleagues across all four Studios.

About you

To be successful in this role you will be someone who:

  • Has a positive and growth-minded attitude;
  • Wants to learn and develop your skills and abilities;
  • Is passionate about producing high quality design and documentation outcomes;
  • Is a good communicator;
  • Has client management skills;
  • Enjoys working in a team environment;
  • Has project coordination and contract administration experience;
  • Has effective time management and organisational skills;
  • Is experienced with Revit.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. This role is located in Rockhampton; ThomsonAdsett will consider relocation support for the right candidate.

Please email your cover letter, CV and portfolio to workwithus@thomsonadsett.com.  Applicants must have the right to work in Australia

NRA Co-Lab is an established multi-award-winning architecture and urban design practice. An opportunity has arisen for a talented and motivated Architect with strong design flair to join our Brisbane studio.

We offer:

  • An outstanding CBD based studio space overlooking the Brisbane River
  • A creative collaborative and inclusive team environment
  • A long-term career growth path
  • Great projects to work on

Do you consider yourself to be:

  • Committed to the art and science of designing exemplary buildings and spaces
  • Creative and inventive
  • Design excellence oriented
  • Passionate about delivering great architecture
  • Prepared to go the extra mile to achieve value for our clients
  • Highly skilled solver of complex problems
  • Confident in a leadership role

The successful applicant will also need to demonstrate:

  • Advanced proficiency skills in Revit
  • Experience preparing, planning application and construction documentation in Revit in Australia
  • A comprehensive knowledge of BIM and Adobe Creative Suites
  • Demonstrated high level presentation skills including proficiency in Rhino, Grasshopper, 3D, Studio Max
  • Experience in designing, documenting complex building projects and urban places
  • A thorough knowledge of the NCC, relevant Australian Standards and a working knowledge of the Qld Planning Legislation
  • A sound and demonstrable knowledge of contemporary detailing
  • Good people skills and team participation/leadership
  • Excellent spoken English and communication skills
  • Minimum of 5 years, preferably 10 years post graduate experience in an Australian Architectural practice

Above Industry salary package and career path will be negotiated commensurate with the level of your previous experience and achievements.

Please submit your cover letter, CV and a sample portfolio via the email to careers@nracolab.com We look forward to hearing from you.

Want to advertise a job? Free job listings are an exclusive benefit for Institute members. Contact qld@architecture.com.au to find out more.

Chapter Staff

Chapter staff located in Queensland
Chido Zimunhu

Member Services Officer (Awards)

Rhiannon Dow

Member Services Officer (Marketing and Admin)

dr. Naima Iftikhar

Member Services Specialist (CPD and Research)

National staff located in Queensland

Commercial and Business Development Lead


National Membership Programs Officer


National Partnerships Coordinator

Bonnie Stein

Strategic Innovation and Enterprise Coordinator

Contact us

Queensland Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects

2/270 Montague Road
West End, QLD, 4101

P: +61 7 3828 4100
E: qld@architecture.com.au

Office hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm


Chapter Partners

Major State Partners
State EmAGN Partner