EmAGN | Value Series Launch

The Emerging Architects & Graduates Network is excited to be launching the VALUE Speaker Series on Friday the 1st of December 2017. This bi-monthly series provides a social forum for local architects to discuss how values inform practice.

Come along with friends (non-architects are welcome), and hang out on Friday in this relaxed and casual setting.

Peter Rich
Johannesburg, South Africa

Qianyi Lim
Sydney + Melbourne, Australia

Gallery 4A, 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney
TIME 6:00 for a 6:30pm start
Light refreshments will be provided
Free event open to students, grads, architects, and friends.
Bookings preferred, but not essential: http://bit.ly/2Aoc4pw

Please follow EmAGN NSW on Instagram for ongoing updates for this event: @emagn_nsw

EmAGN Social | Gold Medal Breakfast with Peter Elliott

Peter Elliott, AM was announced as the 2017 Gold Medallist earlier this year. Following on from his Gold Medal Lecture in Sydney, join EmAGN NSW and Peter for breakfast and a casual conversation about his work, lessons in practice, and approach to his career.

A Melbourne architect who commenced practice in 1975, Peter Elliott is Principal of the award-winning practice Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design. The work of the practice has won more than 70 National and State architectural and industry awards, including an Order of Australia in 1987 for services to architecture (public housing).

When: Friday 25 August, 7:30am-9:00am
Where: Juanita Nielsen Community Centre, Community Hall, 31 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
Cost: Free for Institute members, $10 non-members.
Bookings essential. Follow the link: www.trybooking.com/RLJS

Note: The Gold Medallist Lecture will be held the night before (on 24 August). Tickets for that event are at www.trybooking.com/295024
Thanks: The 2017 Gold Medal Tour is proudly sponsored by BlueScope

EmAGN Talks | Regi(fru)stration

It’s that time of the year again. If you’re looking to register as an Architect in 2017 or if you’re preparing for next year or beyond, come to Tusculum to hear about the process in NSW.

Topics covered will include:

  • Registration process overview
  • Recently registered Architects talking about their experience
  • Looking at some examples of exam questions
  • Role play of interview

Regi(fru)stration event info:

When: 6pm for 6:15pm start, Thursday 10 August 2017
Where: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point NSW
Cost: Free for Australia Institute of Architects members, $10 for non-members
Bookings: https://dynamic.architecture.com.au/eregister/?id=5591

For more information about the Architectural registration process in NSW, go to the Architects Registration Board website here.

EmAGN TALKS | Emerging Architect Prize Tour

The 2016 National Emerging Architect Prize was awarded to Amy Muir from Muir Architecture in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession through design excellence, education and industry leadership. Amy will be conducting her tour of several of the Chapters in her role as the National Emerging Architect Prize recipient, speaking with local winners, architects and representatives from the Prize sponsor, AWS.

Amy will be touring ‘DOING: To Do or Not To Do’ around the country in February and will visit Sydney on Thursday 16th February 2017 and you’re invited to attend. Following her presentation, she will have a panel discussion with Anita Panov and Andrew Scott (panovscott) 2016 NSW Emerging Architect Prize winners, Grace Mortlock (Other Architects), and Casey Bryant (Trias).

When: Thursday 16 February, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point NSW
Cost: $15 Institute members, $24 non-members

For more information about the Prize, entry dates for the 2017 Prize, or Amy’s inter-state tour dates go to: http://architecture.com.au/events/national/prizes-competitions#emergingarchitectprize

EmAGN TECHNICAL | Luxmy Factory Tour

Join DARCH | EmAGN NSW on a tour of Luxmy Furniture‘s workshop and gain insight into how furniture and joinery is manufactured in Australia. Look at new products and finishes and learn how to specify and detail furniture and joinery. This tour offers 1.5 formal CPD points.

When: 11am-1pm, Saturday 29th October 2016
Where: 19 Moxon Road, Punchbowl NSW
Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Pay on the day.
RSVP: darch@architecture.com.au
For member rates, please include your Institute of Architects membership number
For formal CPD points, please include your full name and registration number
Note: Please wear closed-toe shoes when attending the tour.


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!


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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Tuesday@Tusculum: Collaborative Property Development

//Come and listen to property development projects in Sydney & Melbourne being run by architects and community groups with the aim of creating housing with a stronger social and environmental focus.

//Speakers: Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architecture), Phillip Thalis (Hill Thalis), Kirsten Hay (Seed Consultants). Moderators: Adam Haddow (SJB), Phuong Le (MPA Projects).

//Date: Tue 22 Sep, 6pm for 6:30pm start
//Location: Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
//Register: http://architecture.com.au/events/state-territory/nsw-events-awards


GET:GOING Because Leadership Matters

GET:GOING Because Leadership Matters looks at what is going on with diversity and gender issues in architecture, how other professions have addressed this, and what can architects do to get:going on gender equity. Join us to hear speakers such as Elizabeth Broderick, Peter Bailey, Dr Naomi Stead, Dr Karen Burns and Justine Clark.

We’ll also be celebrating the launch of the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) Champions of Change program.

RSVP at the link below before it gets booked out and share this event with your boss and manager because leadership matters!

This event is organised by the Gender Equity Taskforce from the NSW branch of the Australian Institute of Architects.


T@T: People Making Cities


Tuesday 3 March 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Introduction: Ksenia Totoeva from Lazhnimmo
Curator: DARCH – Emerging Architects and Graduates Committee
Speakers:  Ryan Reynolds from Gap Filler, Marni Jackson from City of Sydney’s Creative City Sydney  and John O’Callaghan from JOC Consulting 

Major urban renewal projects challenge the fabric of our cities. They are the manifested negotiation between the often competing political and economic forces that drive development and the needs of communities. This February marks 4 years since the Christchurch earthquake; a natural disaster that has placed the city at the forefront of a global debate about urban renewal. While government authorities began the slow task of rebuilding, several community initiatives sprung up in response to a demand for urgent intervention to sustain city activity and vibrancy. The need for these responses bore out organizations such as Gap Filler and Life in Vacant Spaces who saw vacant sites activated by temporary creative projects and have become synonymous with a new DIY creative movement that sits – at times uneasily – alongside the massive government master plan.

Dr Ryan Reynolds, co-founder of Gap Filler, discusses the role of community action, performance and creativity in making cities.

He is joined by City of Sydney Cultural Projects Manager and former manager of Renew Newcastle, Marni Jackson and John O’Callaghan, Director of JOC Consulting and Urban Planner.

Tuesday 3 March 6:00pm for 6:30pm
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.
FREE for Institute members | $10 Non-member | $5 Non-member students.
Register online or pay at the door. Numbers are strictly limited.