hello; calling for newcastle committee members

DARCH, the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Emerging Architects and Graduates Committee, is looking for Newcastle-based committee members. Involvement in the Committee provides you with support and resources to engage and bring together the community of emerging architects and graduates in Newcastle; organising tours, talks, and social events to bring people together. We are looking for two emerging architects or graduates to work together to achieve this.

Being on the DARCH committee involves:

> A minimum commitment of 1 year
> Attendance or teleconference to the monthly DARCH committee meetings
> Representation and participation in the AIA Newcastle Division committee meetings and activities
> Coordination and organisation of at least 3 events a year (with DARCH support)
> Establishing a support base in Newcastle to enable a sustainable approach moving forward

If you’re interested in applying for this position, send in your one page CV and cover letter to darch@architecture.com.au

Expressions of interest close Tuesday 21 June 2016.

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DARCH tour of Barangaroo South

On Saturday over 30 emerging architects & graduates braved Sydney Train’s trackwork to make their way out to Barangaroo South to attend our tour lead by the ever-so-knowledgeable Avtar Lotay of Richard Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP). At one of the pop-up waterside venues Avtar and his team took us through a presentation focused on the design and planning of Barangaroo (minus the politics). What was clear was the amount of design detail and thought put into the development by RSHP both at a macro and micro scale. We later meandered through Barangaroo’s streets to experience for ourselves the intended views and connections between city and harbour, and the intersections between public & private through the lobby spaces.

We’d like to thank the team at RSHP for sharing so much insight and knowledge on this tour, the team at Lendlease for letting us use the pop-up space and carry out this tour, and all the participants who attended.

Our apologies to those who were on our waiting list as this tour was at capacity. To hear about our future events, please sign up to our mailing list to hear about any upcoming tours, and follow us on social media to be kept up to date.


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2016 David Lindner Prize


Do you have ideas for a research proposal which looks at issues concerning the public realm and urban renewal? Apply for the 2016 David Lindner Prize to win funding of $5,000 towards carrying out your research.

This prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects through research to engage in important and challenging design issues involving the public realm. Dedicated to encouraging new research on architecture in the public realm, the prize seeks submissions exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current architectural discourse in Australia and internationally. The prize is awarded annually to an individual whose submission generates ideas for solving real challenges facing our cities, and contributes to the profession as well as the broader community.

The prize was established in memory of David Lindner, a talented young Sydney architect who tragically disappeared in Iran in 1993. The Institute would like to thank the Lindner family for their generous support. This prize is run with the support of DARCH – the NSW Emerging Architect and Graduate Network (EmAGN)

Hurry, entries close Friday 27 May 3 June. For more info and to apply go to 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.

Emerging Architect Prize 2016

Last chance to nominate an amazing emerging architect (within 15 years of graduation, within 10 years of registration) for the 2016 Emerging Architect Prize. The Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena.

To nominate someone in Stage 1, get your submissions in by Friday 22nd April. Submit the following via the online entry system:

  • the nominator’s name and contact details
  • the nominee’s name and contact details
  • a brief (max 150 words) outlining the reason for the nomination

So simple!

The Chapter Winner gets:

  • $1000 cash prize
  • Sponsored to attend the National Architecture Conference
  • One year of free membership with the Australian Institute of Architects* (contact your local chapter for further details)

You then go into the running to be the National Winner who gets even more prizes!

For more info go to the Australian Institute of Architects website here.

Note, you will need to be an Australian Institute of Architects member to nominate an individual or collaboration. The nominee will also need to be a member, but they will be given the opportunity to sign up before Stage 2 submissions if they aren’t currently a member.

2015 DARCH Horse Awards Winners

Congratulations to all our winners of this year’s DARCH Horse Awards!

We’d like to thank a few people. Special thanks to our event sponsors, Austral Bricks, for hosting us at your CBD Design Studio. Thanks to our judges Brendan Murray, Kati Westlake and Sam Crawford for giving so much of your time to judge and award our winners this year. And in particular, thank you to all the architects who submitted nominations to this year’s DARCH Horse Awards. We really wish we could award all nominees as their contribution to the architectural profession is greatly appreciated.


James Liu (built project), nominated by Dale Swan at Conrad Gargett Anchor Mortlock Woolley.

For the recently completed heritage project at St John’s Church on Oxford Street – after being dilapidated for more than 10 years, and difficult development history.

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AMP Capital (unbuilt project), nominated by SJB, Silvester Fuller, MAKE Architecture, Lippmann, Carterwilliamson, Aspect Studios.

For showing great courage, entrusting and believing in a bunch of emerging architects, some without previous experience in multi-residential work. This is a rare and difficult opportunity for any practice, for which we commend the recipient working with the City of Sydney.

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Vince Marino of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, nominated by Christine Major of Welsh + Major Architects.

In recognition of a very successful collaboration with Welsh +Major Architects on 2 projects in the Rocks; the adaptive reuse of former Rocks Police Station and accessibility upgrades to Science House. Vince was the Project manager on both these projects. He was instrumental in negotiating often conflicting requirements, especially in helping to resolve heritage with fire safety, accessibility and the commercial drivers. Vince created a process that allowed all these matters to be met as well as delivering design excellence in an innovative way. A successful project is in part due to a great client and Vince, has been a great client for these projects, congratulations Vince.

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Boris Tosic of Elan Construct, nominated by Dominic Alvaro of Woods Bagot.

The 2015 DARCH Horse Builder has been nominated for demonstrating exceptional creativity, promoting true craftsmanship, and generating engaging and functional built solutions delivered within tight time-frames and the usual budgetary constraints. His optimism, energy and passion inspire others and deliver excellence.Boris Tosic_Stage 02_02 Photo_WB03


Ray Parslow, nominated by Huw Turner at Collins and Turner.

For excellent collaboration on environmental signage, graphics and brand pieces on Brisbane’s south bank that celebrates the life of Australia’s first master brewer. You had us at beer. As the submission reads – nominated for statutory signage

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Specialist contractor

Jaime Marina from MouldCAM, nominated by Peter Ireland from AJC.

For helping to realise the complex design of the ‘Man Cave’. This project uses technologies from yacht-building and demonstrates prefabrication techniques that represent a contemporary form of craftsmanship – which we’d love to see more of in the future, in all its forms.

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Urban Provocateur

Ben Driver of Hill Thalis, nominated by Rachel Hemming of Smith and Tzannes.

This year’s winner is the epitome of the urban provocateur in his constantly active voice within the industry and in public debate, from his involvement in the Sydney Architecture Walks to being recognised as one of the “One-Forties” – an inspiring young voice of twitter – firing off engaging political and urban discourse. His ability to engage with and resolve a vast range of macro and micro design problems is evident in the breadth of his architectural output– from strategic transportation policies to bespoke detailing. His diverse architectural advocacy excites and engages the general public and other architects.

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Government Authority

Niall Macken of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, nominated by Christine Major of Welsh + Major Architects.

In recognition of a very successful collaboration with Welsh +Major Architects on 2 projects in the Rocks; the adaptive reuse of the former Rocks Police Station and accessibility upgrades to Science House. The success of these 2 projects was in a large part due to Niall’s excellent brief, expert heritage advice and his willingness to explore new ideas and challenge assumptions during design and construction. Thankyou Niall, we know that whilst architects are familiar and expert at exploring boundaries, a strongly creative approach can be difficult to promote within an Authority and we appreciate your perseverance and bravery in these matters.

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Government Authority

Graham Jahn, Bridget Smyth, Margaret Desgrand, David McNamara, Tony Smith of the City of Sydney, 
nominated by Carterwilliamson, Silvester Fuller, MAKE Architecture, Lippmann, SJB, Aspect Studios.

The City of Sydney has for many years been outstanding in recognising the importance of design at all stages of the city design process. This includes

  • Design Strategy to master plan important city sites,
  • Design Testing to inform good planning controls and create new public domain in association with new development,
  • Design Competitions to encourage clients and architects to explore a range of design solutions and extend design possibilities,
  • Involving architects in design review and planning approvals
  • Heritage controls to preserve important cultural and heritage fabric; and
  • Fostering developers to engage younger architects to support fresh design approaches and architectural careers.

Much of this work by the City of Sydney occurs before the building architects commence design. It is undertaken by architects within Council working with planners to create the best framework and processes for delivering great design. The Quay Quarter is an exemplary project that has involved design at all these levels. Congratulations City of Sydney we thank you for creating and delivering on these excellent processes that foster and support great city Architecture.

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2015 David Lindner Prize – applications close 21 April

This prize aims to inspire graduates and emerging architects to contribute to the growth, innovation and development of architectural design and theory through a funded body of research.

The winning proposal will be announced at the annual NSW Architecture Awards on July 2 2015 and awarded funding of $5,000 towards carrying out the research.

The Prize was established in memory of David Lindner, a talented young Sydney architect who tragically disappeared in Iran in 1997.

Submissions for the 2015 David Lindner Prize open on Tuesday 10 March.
The closing date for entries is Tuesday 21 April.
Proposals should be sent to the Awards Manager at hannah.burgess@architecture.com.au

For more information:
Read the details in the images below, or download the pdf document by clicking here.
You can also contact Hannah Burgess, Events Officer, Australian Institute of Architects
T: 9246 4055 E:hannah.burgess@architecture.com.au

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2014 DARCH Horse Awards – Nominations close soon


Now in its third year, the DARCH Horse Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions by non-architects in the pursuit of a high quality built environment. And this year nominations close Friday 14th November.

A DARCH Horse is awarded to a person or persons nominated by any Australian Institute of Architects member. Nominees will have made an outstanding contribution to architectural practice or an architectural outcome, through a collaborative, enriching, supporting or visionary pursuit of their own field of expertise. The categories include:

    • Government Authority
    • Builder
    • Client
    • Developer
    • Consultant
    • Specialist Contractor
    • Urban Provocateur

The awards will be presented on Thursday 27th of November. We are excited to announce that this year, with the generous support of our Principal Partner AUSTRAL BRICKS, the awards presentation evening will be again held at Austral’s CBD Design Studio.

For more information about the event and how to enter, go to www.darchhorseawards.com