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  • World Architecture Festival 2016, Reception at Australian Embassy – Remarks by Grant Marani

    December 16, 2016
    Grant Marani FRAIA It is remarkable to have so many Australian architects gathered abroad in a location other than Venice. Venice of course is our biennial celebration and contribution, in a specific form, to the speculative world of architectural discourse, but in Berlin we gather to consider and celebrate in a global colloquium the far more ...
  • View from London

    July 8, 2016
    Dik Jarman Aff RAIA Brexit emotions have rolled over the UK in the past days like a slow relentless tsunami. Sitting in my office in the Midlands it feels as if everything will be rearranged by this decision and the general mood is currently one of loss rather than the excitement of a new beginning. Even though ...
  • View from Singapore

    May 19, 2016
     Justin Hill FRAIA Normally buoyed by a healthy property market, with many new condominiums on the go at any one time, things are slowing in Singapore. We are no longer running out of sand, concrete and piling rigs (as we did during the rapid roll-out of two large casino developments in recent years). Word on the ...
  • The International Chapter

    August 11, 2015
    At the Special General Meeting held in Canberra on Friday 31 July, the special resolution to amend the Institute’s Articles of Association, as advertised, was passed. As such, what has formerly been known as the International Area Committee, will henceforth take the name of the “International Chapter”. It is important to note, however, that the ...
  • LÖWENBRÄUAREAL, Zürich, Switzerland

    March 21, 2015
    Janine Campbell RAIA   Project: LÖWENBRÄUAREAL, Zürich, Switzerland Architects: GIGON/GUYER and atelier ww Brewery manufacturers in recent years have relocated from the outskirts of cities leaving large districts of sites ripe for urban rejuvenation, such as Sydney`s Carlton United Brewery development designed by Jean Nouvel Zürich`s famous Löwenbräu brewery area is now also under development, and until recently, was a makeshift ...
  • What’s happening in New York

    February 12, 2015
    Grant Marani FRAIA New York is in the midst of a construction boom that will significantly reshape the ever-changing Manhattan skyline. Downtown, redevelopment at the World Trade Center continues with the completion of the 1,776-foot ‘One World Trade Center’, designed by David Childs of SOM, and Fumihiko Maki’s ‘Four World Trade Center’; ‘Three World Trade Center’, ...
  • Architecture should serve the people

    February 12, 2015
    Steven Smit RAIA. In October 2014 the Chinese president Xi Jin Ping commented on ‘strange’ Chinese architecture in a speech to Chinese professionals active in the cultural fields (‘art should serve the people’). What he probably means is less waste, fewer frivolous building designs and more responsibility exercised by designers and building approval bodies. The speech has started ...
  • From the Chair

    October 24, 2014
    Dik Jarman Aff RAIA There isn’t just a certain type of person who leaves their country to explore the world in search of new professional experiences and opportunities as these journeys start from all walks of life; but there are definitely certain aspects of personality that one must have to continue on this journey successfully for ...
  • Jury Chair Debrief – Peter Wilson

    August 1, 2014
    Peter Wilson Aff RAIA and 2013 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist, shares his experience on International Awards Jury. The jury process was as international as the submissions for the international Awards. By necessity submitted material was circulated digitally for pre selection. This from my experience simulates closely the procedure for spatially focused juries where, in a ...
  • UIA Durban 2014

    May 8, 2014
    Architecture Otherwhere is the theme that will be both defined and studied at the profession’s next global event – UIA Durban 2014. Held triennially, the congress takes place at Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) from 3-7 August 2014, when approximately 6000 delegates are expected to descend on Durban from around the globe. It is the third time ...
  • John Wardle chats to our Singapore members

    March 28, 2013
    By Fiona Nixon. On the evening of Friday March 15th the Institute hosted a talk by John Wardle in Singapore. More than 40 members and friends were inspired by a broad survey of John’s work, such as custom-made ‘breakfast in bed’ trays given to employees for Christmas; immaculate houses and thoughtful institutional buildings; and high-rise office towers ...
  • What’s going on in Hong Kong

    November 25, 2012
    By Ronald Lu. A new Chief Executive for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was sworn into office in July this year.  The new Chief Executive, Leung Chun Ying (or better known as CY Leung), studied valuation and estate management at Bristol Polytechnic in the UK, and was the president of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors ...
  • From the Chair

    November 7, 2012
    The International Area Committee has undergone considerable change and is moving forward. October is when the International Area Committee (IAC) conducts its annual face to face meeting, immediately following the elections of new members. This year the meeting was held in Singapore prior to the 2012 World Architecture Festival (which was well attended by Australian architects ...
  • Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture event at SPACE

    November 6, 2012
    An event took place at SPACE in Singapore to congratulate the five finalists of the Jorn Utzon Award. The certificates were presented by National President Shelley Penn and Chair of the International Area Committee, Hank Koning. The event also marked the release of the ‘A Series’ short films by Creative Agent, Lindy Johnson and Filmmaker, Alex ...
  • The World Architecture Festival – Hank Koning

    November 5, 2012
    While at the International Area Committee October Face to Face meeting in Singapore, I was lucky to be able to attend the World Architecture Festival – lucky in that Grohe, one of the sponsors, was nice enough to give me a free ticket, otherwise I have to say, it’s rather expensive. But it was delightful ...
  • Australian architects take on the world

    November 5, 2012
    Australian architecture firms have taken on the world and triumphed at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards winning eight out of thirty-three categories. The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart took out the Completed Building – Health category. Martin no.38, Singapore by Kerry Hill Architects has won the Completed Building – ...
  • Under Construction

    November 5, 2012
    In Basel, Herzog & DeMeuron currently have another project under construction. `Baselworld`, the annual watch and jewellery fair, and ArtBasel, have outgrown the current accommodation and will expand into a new exhibition hall designed by HdeM, to be completed April 2013. Parts of the façade under construction can now be seen in the gallery below. `Art ...
  • Basic shapes – powerful expression

    November 5, 2012
    Candio & Buettler is a young Zurich based studio for architecture and industrial design. On Saturday the 20th of October, the new logistics support building designed by the studio for the Swiss brand Jura, was officially opened by Roger Federer (the linked article is in German). The tennis star is the patron of several established Swiss brands ...
  • A Series

    October 29, 2012
    Australian architects taking on the world. Click below to watch the 2 part video by Alex Chomicz and Lindy Johnson.
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    Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture Video

    October 11, 2012
    Video credits: SRH Communications