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“Where to now?” Local VIC SONA event review

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“Where to now?” Local VIC SONA event review

  SJB in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter and SONA, hosted an industry night “Where to now?” at SJB’s new studio in Oliver Lane Melbourne. Over forty students and practicing architects gathered on Wednesday for an informal workshop to talk about the industry, share insight into entering the design profession and receive feedback on their student work. The students from several Universities listened to advice about the realities they may face upon completion of their architecture degrees and...

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SONA SA gets involved with their local Architecture Awards – Student Design Project

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SONA SA gets involved with their local Architecture Awards – Student Design Project

SONA SA got involved with their local SA Chapter Architecture Awards Dinner earlier in July.  Teams worked with the theme Feather to build three elements to be exhibited at the dinner, with the three projects involving a common use of plywood. The dinner is an annual event that brings the SA Architecture profession together, and this proved a fantastic opportunity for SONA members to network with peers and professionals of the industry. See the full brief received by students. Thank you to SONA SA and the South Australian Chapter for...

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SONA’s Katina Vlandis Speaks to the Canberra Times on Women In Architecture.

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SONA’s Katina Vlandis Speaks to the Canberra Times on Women In Architecture.

University of Canberra SONA representative Katina Vlandis.   Check out the below interview between SONA’s Katina Vlandis and Tony Trobe of the Canberra Times.   TT: Since 1984 it has been against the law to discriminate against someone on the basis of gender but it seems to still be a social issue. KV: Those who question whether female architects are treated differently should consider a quote by revolutionary architect Zaha Hadid when she said ‘Would they still call me a diva if I was a man?’ I do not see gender as an...

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Calling for volunteers!

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Calling for volunteers!

The Australian Institute of Architects is calling for student volunteers to assist at the 2016 Regional Conference, evoke – the art of architecture from Thursday 8 September – Sunday 11 September 2016 in Townsville, Queensland. Volunteer tasks will include; registrations, general enquiries, directing delegates, as well as general setup and tasks associated with the event. In return for your help you will be provided with: A complimentary full conference pass for Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September – Includes opening party and...

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Atelier Red and Black continue their Preparing for Practice Mentorship Program for final year female students

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Atelier Red and Black continue their Preparing for Practice Mentorship Program for final year female students

  A message from Atelier Red+Black: In a profession where 40% of women graduates are not being retained long term, what can a single small practice do to become part of the solution? Our answer to this was the Preparing for Practice Mentorship Program which would help guide six final year students into thinking strategically about their future careers. The program format is open to any other practice wishing to actively contribute to this large but fixable problem.      Insights on the program from 2016 participant Thisuni...

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UCAN -Creatures of the Night

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UCAN -Creatures of the Night

If you’re a SONA member in Canberra, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to get involved with the 2016 ACT Architecture Awards.  

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SONA Archi Insights Competition at University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology

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The Student Organized Network of Architecture (SONA) and the Qld Chapter of the Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of the Archi Insights competition. They called on architecture students to share their personal ‘insights’ into their love of architecture, and students were judged by organisers and SONA Representatives Shehzad Jeevaji and Nicholas Purdy on the strength of the personal insight and the student’s logic in writing about it. The winning entry from UQ Architecture’s Harsh Bavishi, a third...

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From the SONA National President: Welcome to 2016

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Welcome to 2016! My name is Cale; I’m a third year architecture student at UWA, and I am your SONA National President. Together with the rest of the SONA Executive and the 19 Representatives from all the architecture schools around Australia, we’re just about ready to deliver a huge year for SONA and members like yourself.   A great architect can come from anywhere. So this year, we’ll be consolidating the work performed by Parlour along with SONA’s work over the last few years, and will be aiming to help make the...

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Architects do it with Models: KNAUF Design Competition

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Architects do it with Models: KNAUF Design Competition

As part of Student Congress in July, The Institute, in collaboration with Knauf, conducted a design and build competition for students: Architects do it with models. The competition offered students the chance to design the SONA pop up store , by creating a model to enter the competition, with the winner building it for use at the congress, displaying SONA merchandise for students to purchase during congress.  The winning team’s solution, Flip2, was an innovative, modular stand that demonstrated flexibility in assemblage and arrangement,...

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Architects do it with models

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Architects do it with models

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF THE BRIEF Calling all model making SONA members – you are invited to create a product display for a SONA pop up store using Knauf Plasterboard products! The challenge being to see how innovative you can be, by asking the question: What else is possible with Knauf plasterboard products? Show us what you can do in a 1:50 white card model. The winning team’s model will be built at 1:1 and displayed at the Australasian Student Congress – People, held in Melbourne (2-4 July). CHOOSE YOUR MATERIAL The white card model of the...

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A message from your SONA president

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A message from your SONA President, Paul Violett: What a year so far. SONA representatives from around Australia have run a huge variety of events including Q&As, office tours, competitions and lecture series’ with many more great things coming up. From now, ¾ year membership is available for $65 which not only gives you all the benefits of SONA up til April next year but gets you into SuperStudio 2015, UpScale as well as all the events your local Institute and reps have planned. The Institute has had two major events in Melbourne in...

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Jess

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Jess

Jessica Chaplin-Mills SONA Representative Curtin University 2014 There’s probably only one way to describe my experience. WOW. It’s something everyone should do. It has been a year that has opened my eyes further to the world that is architecture. The events and experiences I have had the opportunity to be involved in alone are amazing. And the people. The people you meet are beyond words. I have to say the best experience of the year has been organising and holding the One:One event for WA and knowing that those involved had a great...

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Fiona

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Fiona

Fiona Robertson SONA Vice President Elect SONA Representative RMIT 2014 SONA has been a highlight of my university experience thus far. I applied to become a SONA Rep not really knowing what to expect, but I am so glad that I submitted an application. I’ve gained confidence this year and I’ve begun to develop and grow invaluable skills that will be useful in the architecture industry. SONA has put me in touch with a national network of architecture schools and students, it has been an incredible opportunity to work with...

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Paul

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Paul

Paul Violett SONA President Elect 2015 SONA Vice President – Events 2014 SONA Representative University of Queensland 2013 If you have ever wondered about how to get more out of your architectural degree, I can’t think of a better way than becoming a SONA representative. Besides looking great on your resume, the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students and engage with professionals at a closer level is often hard to come by. In organising events, I felt I was able to help students interact with the profession and personally gain...

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Meherzad

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Meherzad

Meherzad Shroff SONA Representative University of Adelaide 2014 In my experience being a SONA rep requires the desire and drive to be a strong voice and to advocate on behalf of your peers. I became a SONA rep to be able to impact change and make a meaningful contribution to my architecture student body.Being a rep has its perks, but the friends made during my tenure and the impact I have had on the architecture student community will resonate longer. Networking and advocating with students, for students is the reason why SONA exists. If you...

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Christina

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Christina

Christina Solomon SONA Representative University of Queensland 2014 To apply for the role of the ‘Student Organised Network for Architecture’ (SONA) Representative at your chosen university may seem a little intimidating at first. However, from experience I can share with you that it has been an invaluable experience and I am very proud to have held this position. For any student willing to further their involvement and grasp a new perspective on architectural education and the profession I recommend nominating yourself, I promise you...

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Richard

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SONA Rep Testimonial – Richard

                Richard McRae SONA Representative Bond University 2014 My position as a SONA rep has allowed me to meet students from around Australia, attend local and national events and engage with some of Australia’s leading architects. It has been an invaluable experience for me on a personal level but more importantly, the position has also allowed me to inspire and encourage other students to become more involved in the profession which we are studying to be a part of. I strongly...

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Want to be a SONA Rep in 2015? Applications Now Open!

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Want to be a SONA Rep in 2015? Applications Now Open!

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Membership Engagement

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Membership Engagement

Looking to the future, the SONA team is currently investigating the opportunity to roll out a national mentoring scheme from 2015. We are currently looking at successful models that exist in Queensland and South Australia and preparing a survey for students and professionals to achieve the best outcomes. The idea of the mentor scheme is to team up professionals with groups of students enabling them to ask questions and gain an understanding of the industry before we’re thrown in the deep end, post graduation. Watch this space –...

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SONA Membership – $65.00 for 9 Months!

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SONA Membership – $65.00 for 9 Months!

If you have never been a SONA member before now is the time to join! If you were a member of SONA in 2013 or have been in previous years now is the time to renew your membership! 1st year undergraduate students are FREE! All other students pay the low price of $65.00 – it is our 9 months of membership special offer! All membership (joining or renewing) is online this year, so simply follow the link that is relevant to you Never before been a member – Join 1st year undergraduate student (Why wouldn’t you join its free?)...

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SuperStudio 2014 Registration Open!

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SuperStudio 2014 Registration Open!

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SONA FORUM

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SONA FORUM

  SONA Forum is part of SONA’s annual meeting comprising of SONA reps from all 19 accredited universities across Australia as well as SONA Executive. This meeting is used for setting SONA ‘s strategic direction for the following year. SONA members are encouraged to attend and participate in the SONA Forum! Date: Sunday 29 June Time: 9.50am – 12.10pm Venue:The Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter – ‘Tusculum’ 3 Manning Street POTTS POINT NSW

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One:One

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One:One

One:One is happening in Perth, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne on Saturday 03 May, with events in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra coming soon in 2014. Find out what One:One is all about and how you can get involved! WHAT is ONE:ONE? One:One is a  fast-paced design and build collaboration between architecture students, architects and builders. The event aims to foster and build relationships whilst also developing design and build skills. The theme for this year’s One:One event is Re:claim. This has been interpreted at a local level to make...

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SONA Hangover Breakfast

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SONA Hangover Breakfast

Come and enjoy breakfast at one of Perth’s premier architecture firms post the National Conference! Please join us at Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland for breakfast where you can reflect on the previous days events. Registered participants will take part in  a mini design competition – the prize – a ticket and flights to next year’s Student Architecture Congress ‘People’ in Melbourne. Please note that limited tickets are available so get in early to register for your hangover breakfast and chance to win...

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Architext Pop Up Book Shop – Winners

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Architext Pop Up Book Shop – Winners

Congratulations to the winning team members: Christina Cho, Jenna Campbell, Meg Chute and Cox Architecture WA Young Architects Group. We would like to say a big thank you to all who entered the competition, there were many outstanding entries. The winning team will now workshop and build their design in collaboration with BlueScope Steel. Team member Christina Cho has said on winning the competition “ It’s a great chance for the young architects in our office to get experience in designing, detailing and making”. The Architext Pop Up...

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Architecture Student Assembly in Bulgaria

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Architecture Student Assembly in Bulgaria

EASA (European Architecture Student Assembly), which each summer organizes a student Assembly in a different European country are this year visiting Bulgaria during the European summer! Each assembly typically consists of 500 students, tutors and helpers from over 50 nationalities and 250 architecture faculties in Europe and across the globe. The assembly is  about 2 weeks long and costs about 2-300€, including accommodations, food, workshops, lectures, and parties. Students that have attended say that attending was  far and away the best...

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Architext Pop-up Bookshop Design Competition

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Architext Pop-up Bookshop Design Competition

Showcase your excellence in creativity and design and help enhance the delegate experience by designing and coordinating the construction of the Architext pop-up bookshop for the 2014 National Architecture Conference. Inspired by the Western Australian landscape, you will design a pop-up bookshop in COLORBOND® steel’s new range of colours: Basalt, Wallaby, Gully, Cove, Mangrove and Terrain. Entries close 7 April 2014. Download the Design...

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Architectural Drawing Masterclass

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Architectural Drawing Masterclass

Architectural Drawing Masterclass with David Holm Saturday 15, 29 March and Saturday 12 April 10:00am – 12:30pm For SONA and Graduate Members only Take a tour around the city streets in this architectural drawing class with David Holm. David is a director of Cox Architecture and works within Australia and internationally on public architecture and place making projects. He will guide and teach this limited capacity program for three weeks only! Tour begins at Tusculum (3 Manning Street Potts Point) running for 2.5 hours. NO IPADS, NO APPS. ...

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Volunteer at Making

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Volunteer at Making

The Institute is looking for motivated student volunteers to assist with the National Architecture Conference: Making from Tues 6 May – Sun 11 May 2014, in Perth. In return for a free full conference pass, your volunteer tasks will include helping the Architext bookshop with setup and sales, conference registrations, general enquiries, assistance on Architecture tours, directing delegates, as well as general setup and tasks associated with the event. If you would like to get amongst the action, please email making@architecture.com.au with...

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Graduate architect selected as curator

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Graduate architect selected as curator

Lewis Wisden, Series 3 curator – Tuesdays@Tusculum Young graduate architect selected as curator of Tuesdays@Tusculum Talk Series 3. The Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter is pleased to announce the appointment of Lewis Wisden, a recent graduate of the University of Newcastle as curator of the Tuesday@ Tusculum talk series. The three part series of conversations will run from September to November 2014 and will explore the current and developing values and trends in Australian architecture transcending architectural interior,...

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Join or Renew your SONA Membership

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Join or Renew your SONA Membership

  If you have never been a SONA member before now is the time to join! If you were a member of SONA in 2013 or have been in previous years now is the time to renew your membership! 1st year undergraduate students are FREE! All other students pay the low price of $85.00 All membership (joining or renewing) is online this year, so simply follow the link that is relevant to you Never before been a member – Join 1st year undergraduate student (Why wouldn’t you join its free?) – Join A member in 2013 – Renew A...

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2nd International Utzon Workshop

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2nd International Utzon Workshop

Jørn Utzon often spoke of the sense of ‘the deep site’. In this Second Utzon Workshop, located in Tasmania, issues of the cultural and environmental site are central. With esteemed teachers and practitioners, including Lene Tranberg, Juhani Pallasmaa, Richard Leplastrier and John Wardle, participants will be guided through and exposed to an area of deep cultural significance in Australia. Registrations are now open! For more information please visit the website Please note that the submission of a justification will form a key...

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BPA Certificate Program!

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BPA Certificate Program!

Design a better world Are you ready to transform the building industry? Introducing the Autodesk® Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program The BPA Certificate Program is a free* online course for architecture and engineering students that teaches building science fundamentals and software tools for designing high-performance buildings. Deepen your sustainable design skills Learn to use the tools you need to meet industry demands Take your designs to the next level with valid performance analysis Through online, self-paced...

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TENTH ANNUAL PITTWATER ‘TOTAL IMMERSION’ ARCHITECTURE STUDENT SUMMER SCHOOL 16 – 22 February 2014

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TENTH ANNUAL PITTWATER ‘TOTAL IMMERSION’ ARCHITECTURE STUDENT SUMMER SCHOOL 16 – 22 February 2014

This will be the tenth annual Architecture Student Summer School with Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury and Lindsay Johnston. “The value the students derive from attending your program is unquestioned and they are almost incoherent with enthusiasm when they come back. You get our support because the job of education is just that – to provide opportunities for people to get enthusiastic about architecture” – Head of Architecture Program (who shall be nameless!) Dates: Sunday 16 – Saturday 22 February...

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Calling for volunteers!

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Calling for volunteers!

The Australian Institute of Architects is calling for student volunteers to assist at the 2013 Regional Conference, Hosted by the Queensland Chapter: Spirit of Place from Thurs 5 Sept – Sat 7 Sept 2013, in Cairns. Volunteer tasks will include; helping the Architext bookshop with setup and sales, satchel packing, registrations, general enquiries, assistance on Architecture tours, directing delegates, as well as general setup and tasks associated with the event. In return for your help you will be provided with: • Free full conference pass...

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Want to get published?

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Want to get published?

At the recently concluded Nexus Student Congress, SONA officially launched its new online publications program. The program uses the established ArchitectureAU.com website, which receives over 100,000 monthly hits to publish student work. With ArchitectureAU’s popularity and high quality presence, Australian student work will well and truly be where it belongs – on the world stage. This program will involve three intakes of student work a year- corresponding to the end of semesters and summer holidays, submitted on the SONA website....

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SuperStudio

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It’s that time of year again… Superstudio! All the cogs are in motion to bring you the biggest event on the SONA Calendar. Superstudio is a 24 hours ‘ideas’ design competition that runs simultaneously in every state and territory in Australia. Students will compete in groups of 3 in response to a brief that is kept confidential until 7pm AEST on Friday 2 August, around the country. In the past the creative director has been an elected student, last year we decided to change things up a little and invited ARM to curate the...

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Agony Architects

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A new series of short and sweet episodes available online to members. Agony Architects – where some of Australia’s wisest and most amusing architects answer the tricky questions. We hope their words of wisdom will answer some of the questions university cant, helping you learn what is really involved in getting a job in architecture, from what you put in your folio, to how you make your application stand out, from the low of rejection, to the high of acceptance and then what it takes to get the job done. Agony Architects charts the...

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2013 NSW Architecture Awards

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2013 NSW Architecture Awards

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SONA Catalogue: Student Architecture + Design Exhibitions

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SONA Catalogue: Student Architecture + Design Exhibitions

Hi there! This year we thought we should put together a catalogue of all the end of year student architecture + design exhibitions happening around Australia. We’ve designed it as 3x A3 posters, so feel free to print and pin up in your studios. Most schools made the deadline, and if you have any suggestions let us know so we can improve on it for next year. I hope you find the catalogue useful, and that you can make the time to see your colleagues’ work! See you at the exhibitions! Danny SONA Australia El...

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Design-Build Community Development Studio in Papua New Guinea

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Following on from the success of Sago Studio 2011, hosted by the University of Technology Sydney, applications are now open for students from all NSW universities to join the team for the next exciting design-build community development project in Papua New Guinea. Taking place over three weeks in February, Sago Studio 2013 will see a multi-disciplinary team of Australian and PNG students collaborate with two remote communities to address the complex challenges surrounding sanitation along the remote but culturally rich north coast of Papua...

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NSW Student Mentor Scheme

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The 2012 NSW Student Mentor Scheme is now open for registrations. More information is available here: NSW Student Mentor Scheme

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NSW Architecture Awards

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For the first time students are invited to the very prestigious NSW architecture awards presentation night in the Crystal Palace Ballroom, Luna Park. The SONA MEZZANINE event will begin at 5.30pm and conclude at 10.30pm. Places are strictly limited. Cost of a ticket $25 for SONA members or $60 for non SONA members entitles you to a free ferry trip to Luna Park, a welcome drink and carvery food station as well as entertainment and a chance to mix with your mentors. Amazing value! Register...

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Calling for Experience-d volunteers!

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The Australian Institute of Architects is calling for student volunteers to assist at the National Architecture Conference: Experience from Tues 8 May – Sun 13 May 2012, in Brisbane. Volunteer tasks will include; helping the Architext bookshop with setup and sales, satchel packing, registrations, general enquiries, assistance on Architecture tours, directing delegates, as well as general setup and tasks associated with the event. In return for your help you will be provided with: •Free full conference pass for Fri 10 and Sat 11...

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Welcome to the Australian student architecture community

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Welcome to the Australian student architecture community

Hi there and welcome back to the uni semester! My name is Danny Brookes and I’ll be representing you as SONA president this year. It’s a privilege to be involved in this student organisation and I hope you too see benefit in the many local and nationwide events that we organise. We have new SONA reps at each of our universities this year. They have plenty of energy and will be organising some great initiatives – so make sure you get involved. I’d also like to say a big welcome to our new National Manager Georgie Greenland, she’ll...

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Introducing your SONA reps for 2012

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Introducing your SONA reps for 2012

In mid February we invited our SONA representatives from across Australia to attend a training workshop in Melbourne. Our reps learnt about the range of SONA initiatives we’ll be introducing in 2012, and we also planned a calendar of events.

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What’s new in 2012?

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What’s new in 2012?

We’re working hard to improve your experience of SONA. As well as our new and improved email, website and facebook services, we’re also introducing lower membership costs across the board, better communication of our state and national Australian Institute of Architecture co-run events, and offering a new Building Professional Development service that will offer employment tips through useful online tutorials. We’ve also negotiated some great ticket discounts to the 2012 National Conference Experience (May 10-12 in Brisbane) and a...

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Thank you for 2011

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Thank you for 2011

Hi Everyone, This is a bittersweet moment for me as I am preparing my last SONA email! I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all the reps, co-reps, committees and institute staff who have helped SONA over the past year. We have had some ups and downs, with some great events like SuperStudio, sTute and the clubSONA. Thank you to all who organized and participated. SONA Executive has been working hard over the past few months to bring to you a new and refreshed SONA for 2012. We have done workshops with the membership and...

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ex-lab

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ex-lab

www.exlab.org The EX-Lab, or Experimental Design Lab, is directing an intensive two week workshop focusing upon design through making utilising digital design and fabrication techniques. This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to digital and computational design tools and their relationship to digital fabrication technologies and techniques through the design, fabrication and construction of an installation piece using industry digital fabrication processes. The workshop will illustrate to participants how these...

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We Want You! Would you make a fantastic SONA Rep in 2014?

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We Want You!  Would you make a fantastic SONA Rep in 2014?

Would you make a fantastic SONA Rep in 2014?  Volunteer with SONA! Download the Position Description and Nomination Form now for your chance to represent the future of Australian architecture or read on to find out more about this exciting role! -Apply Now- Download the application form: Nomination Form + Postition Description Nominations close on Monday 25th of November 2013 – Whats it all about? – Position Description Position Title (University Name) SONA Representative Position Focus To deliver relevant and engaging...

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