DARCH SOCIAL | Gold Medal Breakfast

Ian McDougall, Howard Raggatt and the late Stephen Ashton, the founding directors of ARM were announced as the 2016 Gold Medallists earlier this year. Further to their lecture on Wednesday 3rd August at the Institute’s NSW Chapter, please join DARCH | EmAGN NSW for a discussion over breakfast with Ian McDougall and Howard Raggatt.

When: 7:30am-9am, Thursday 4 August 2016
Where: Droga Apartment, 46-54 Foster Street, Surry Hills
Cost: Free
RSVP: Email darch@architecture.com.au (registrations essential; numbers strictly limited)

A big thank you to the 2016 Gold Medal tour sponsor Bluescope, and to the Australian Institute of Architect’s Foundation for generous use of the Droga Apartment.

ARM gold medal breakfast

2016 David Lindner Prize – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRI 3 JUNE!


We’ve heard your requests and we’ve listened! The deadline for applications for the David Lindner Prize has been extended to Friday 3rd June 2016. So finish tweaking those applications, tell all your friends who would like to send in an application of their own, and go in the running to win $5,000 to carry out your research.

More information and eligibility requirements at the link below.

David Lindner Prize


New DARCH co-chairs Phuong Le & Joseph O’Meara

Joseph O'Meara and Phuong Le

The votes are in! We would like to announce our two newly elected DARCH co-chairs, Phuong Le and Joseph O’Meara.  Phuong and Joseph replace out-going co-chairs Ksenia Totoeva and Tim Hastwell as they take on other exciting endeavours. We thank them for all their time and contribution to DARCH over the last few years. We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ksenia who was elected as national EmAGN President and who will continue to remain an honorary DARCH committee member. (See the full list of committee members here.)

— A bit about Phuong and Joseph —

Phuong Le is an architecture graduate working at MPA, a construction management company, as Projects Administrator in the delivery team of design & construct workplace fit outs. She has a varied portfolio of experience having worked in Sydney and Melbourne in architectural practices on both high-end residential developments and affordable housing projects, and at the University of Melbourne tutoring design and environmental subjects, and conducting research work. She studied her Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne and the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at University of Sydney.

Phuong is an avid organiser of many things and is passionate about good design, environmental sustainability, and fostering community. She has been actively involved with DARCH since 2013 and is currently also on the NSW Chapter Committee of the National Association of Women in Construction.

In her spare time Phuong freelances as a photographer specialising in architecture, documentary, and conference photography. She also enjoys going on long bicycle rides and spending sunny afternoons in the backyard with her five boisterous hens.

Joseph O’Meara is a registered architect working at BVN, one of Australia’s largest architectural practices, as a Project Architect. His portfolio covers a vast variety of building typologies from health and research to public and education buildings. He has also designed several residential scale projects as a sole practitioner.

Joseph completed his Masters of Architecture with Honours at the University of Sydney and won the Society for Responsible Design (SRD) National Design Award, open to recent graduates, for his design thesis on high-rise vertical farming. His design ethic encompasses a resolute commitment to the environment, he is actively involved in promoting ecologically sustainable design and is a Green Star Accredited Professional.

Joseph has lectured and tutored at both the University of Sydney and Billy Blue College of Design and has been keenly involved with the Institute in the education and promotion of architecture. His enthusiasm and dedication is evidenced by his contribution as a mentor in the Institutes Mentoring Program and as a tutor in the Institutes PALS (Practice of Architecture Learning Series) program.

Since joining the DARCH committee Joseph has helped organise numerous architectural events, talks and site tours to encourage, support and inspire young members of the profession.

EMAGN at ‘How Soon is Now?’


Are you in Adelaide or will you be heading to Adelaide form the 28th – 30th April? If you are, head on down and check out ‘How Soon is Now?’, the annual conference organised by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EMAGN) have organised a few events specifically for our demographic, starting with the not-to-be-missed EMAGN / SONA Bar tour on Friday 29th at 6pm: http://wp.architecture.com.au/howsoonisnow/events/#bartour

We anticipate the following morning may be a bit of a struggle for a few so have breakfast organised with AWS on Saturday morning from 7:30am to celebrate our 10 years of work with the Institute: http://wp.architecture.com.au/howsoonisnow/events/#breakfast

Both these events are ticketed so please book yours soon to avoid disappointment. See you in Radelaide!

2015 NSW Emerging Architects Prize Winner Q&A


Join us to hear from this year’s Emerging Architect Prize winner Brendan Murray, as he shares his design work and experiences as a young architect working in large practice, on public works.  Brendan is an Associate with the architectural firm JPW, where he has practiced for the past 10 years, completing major projects including the award winning White Bay Terminal in Sydney, and National Worker’s Memorial in Canberra. The annual Emerging Architect Prize recognises the contribution of an emerging architect or architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement. Brendan’s talk will be followed by a Q+A conversation and drinks.

Speaker: Brendan Murray, JPW
Tuesday 17 November 6:30pm for 7:00pm start
FREE for Institute members | $10 Non-member | $5 Non-member students.
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point
Register online

2015 Foundations | Building an Emerging Practice


After another successful series in 2014, Foundations is touring again this year visiting Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.  2015 Foundations, Building an Emerging Practice aims to share industry knowledge and address challenges that emerging architects face.

The Fundamentals of Start-up Marketing + Creating Business Networks
Monday 16 November 5:30pm -7:30pm

The Art of Negotiating + Insurance 101
Tuesday 17 November  5:30-7:30pm

Vesna Trobec, Studio Trobec
Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein, Stewarat Hollenstein

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Click here for full information and registration.

David Lindner Prize


Entries are now open for the 2014 David Lindner Prize, a $5,000 grant towards research related to architecture in the public realm.

Last year, Nathan Etherington won the prize and used it to fund his research into one of Sydney’s most toxic environments, the Alexandra Canal. The grant allowed him to develop a background and sophisticated architectural and urban solutions for the future of the area. Titled ‘Do No Disturb: Toxic urbanism and the Alexandra Canal’, the research was published in the NSW Architecture Bulletin (2014 Summer Edition) and received widespread commendation.

For more information on how to enter, click here
To view Nathan Etherington’s article in the NSW Architecture Bulletin, click here