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Show your SONA membership receipt to your SONA rep at your uni in the month of March to receive your free SONA carry bag! Check locally for specific pick up locations.

How SONA membership can help you with your education and future career!

Magazines – Read all about it
Learn more about the profession of architecture when you receive Architecture Australia and Architectural Product News delivered free to your door.   As a benefit of SONA membership you receive a complimentary annual subscription to Architecture Australia, which is published every two months.  When you become a SONA member, your name is automatically added to a list sent to Architecture Media.

For a short time only, you are also eligible for a 50 % discount on subscriptions for other titles published by Architecture Media, such as Houses, Landscape Architecture Australia and Artichoke.  To take up this offer, refer to the discounted flyer included in your membership pack. If you haven’t collected a pack, your university’s SONA representative will be able to help when you show them your membership confirmation email.  Complete your subscription details and return the form to the postal address provided, or scan and email to Don’t delay, as this offer expires on 30 April 2016.

Upscale is a national design, build and mentoring event held in conjunction with the National Architecture Conference in Adelaide. Work as a team to design and then create a built outcome in a day alongside architects and builders. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn new skills.

SuperStudio – Sharpen your skills
Entry is free to SuperStudio, a national, 24 hour, team design competition held in Semester 2. The national prize for SuperStudio is flights to the Venice Architecture Biennale for your team! Get involved, meet new people in your chosen profession, make new friends and have a great time. You must be a SONA member to enter.

Networking – Take note
SONA connects you to your peers and the profession through local and national events and competitions. Events may include peer to peer classes, design competitions, networking events at architects’ offices, architectural speed dating for professional feedback on your work plus many more!

National Conference – How Soon is Now?
Travel to the National Architecture Conference in Adelaide:  How soon is now? Purchase a SONA early bird ticket to receive a huge discount and be exposed to new ideas. Get inspired by others who have chosen the same direction as you – architecture!  As a SONA member you can save $85 (it’s like getting your full price membership back!) with the conference ticket at $275 for members but $360 for non-members.  Save even more with the SONA Early Bird pricing at $215! Purchase here.

Agony Architects – Looking for answers?
Members can now view Agony Architects, an online interview series with a range of witty and wise professionals answering the big questions like – How to get a job in architecture? How to start a business in architecture? With a broad range of questions commonly asked now answered by a range of architectural professionals you may find the answers you seek here (If you don’t – let us know)!

Party – Dress to impress
SONA makes it easy for you to meet professionals and students from other year levels and universities with heaps of local events! The Opening Party at the National Architecture Conference is sure to be the best one yet!

Acumen/EDG – Stimulate your mind
Receive free access to the Environment Design Guide (EDG, pronounced ‘edge’) and Acumen, the Institute’s online practice advisory service. As a SONA member you can familiarise yourself with products the professionals use and have access to useful information for assignments. Worth a huge $315.00!

E-News – Get connected
Receive SONA e-news bi-monthly to your inbox, informing you on items of interest and keeping you connected to what SONA is doing nationwide throughout the year. In addition, receive weekly Institute e-news updates on events, competitions, prizes, policies and industry news.

Advocacy – Influence the future
SONA provides student representation on state and national Australian Institute of Architects’ committees. SONA executive and SONA representatives advocate on behalf of students.

The Institute
SONA is the student body of The Australian Institute of Architects. Membership is viewed favourably by many future employers and participation in extracurricular programs shows a keen and positive engagement with your chosen profession.


Here are some of the ways the Institute and SONA look to assist you through your degree:

Year 1 – As a first year you can receive magazines and documentation as a brilliant introduction into the industry, and stay up to date on events.

Year 2 – In second year you can speak to your SONA representative about ways to up skill and get specific training.

Year 3 – Third year brings the possibility of internships!

Year 4 & 5 – In fourth and fifth year you can become an advocate for the industry and work with SONA to help you on your move into the work place with networking opportunities.


You get out of your membership what you put in! Attend events, get involved, assist your local SONA rep, share your ideas for improving student education and make your university a great place to study!

There are many opportunities available, for example you could apply to be next year’s SONA rep, volunteer at the National Conference or the Venice Architecture Biennale – speak to your SONA rep today about the endless possibilities!