DARCH TALKS | Regi(fru)stration

Are you thinking about registering as an Architect but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you’ve submitted your log book and are preparing for the exam and interview. Come to Regi(fru)stration to learn about changes to the registration process for 2017, hear about experiences of people who have recently passed, and gain some tips on how to approach the exam and interview.

When: 6:15pm for 6:30pm start, Wednesday 17 August 2016
Where: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point NSW
Cost: Free for Institute members, $10 for non-members
Bring: Questions and a whole lot of enthusiasm!


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

DARCH Tour | International Convention Centre Sydney

Join DARCH for a guided construction site walk as we visit the International Convention Centre Sydney… while under construction! The tour will focus on the architectural and sustainability features of the project as well as visit the Convention Centre, Exhibition Halls, and Theatre. Designed by HASSELL and Populous, get an insight into the design and delivery process, and the transformation underway across this 16 hectare site.

The tour will be led by Gordon Brown – Project Manager for ICC Sydney at LendLease.

Note: This is a construction site. Full PPE must be worn. All attendees are to wear steel capped boots, hard hat, high-vis vest, gloves, and protective glasses. Long sleeve tops and long pants must also be worn. Strictly no admittance without full PPE.

3-5pm, Friday 24 June 2016
Where: Darling Harbour – meet outside Cyren Restaurant at 2:45pm sharp
Cost: $15 via online payment through AIA portal (click here)
RSVP: by the web portal above Wednesday 21 June or until tickets sold out (strictly limited spaces available so get in quick)unnamed(1)

No refunds available if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend.

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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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


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.


Pics by Joseph O’Meara

DARCH Tour | Barangaroo South – BOOKED OUT!


DARCH will be going on a guided walking tour of Barangaroo South lead by Avtar Lotay, Managing Director of Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) Australia which will examine the master-plan and urban planning principles that has guided the evolution of this key extension to the city. The walking tour will include key public domain spaces to explore the precinct’s urban fabric and master-plan response to the city context, and a presentation on the project’s design process.

When | 11am – 1pm, Saturday 21st May 2016

Where | Barangaroo South

Cost | $15 on the day

RSVPThis tour is now booked out

(Note: This tour is anticipated to sell out. Only individual RSVPs will be accepted. Only people who receive an acceptance RSVP will have been confirmed to attend the tour.)


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.