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2018 Young Professionals Experience Survey


We recently sent an email to all our members asking if you could complete the 2018 Young Professionals Experience Survey.

The Institute’s Young Professionals Experience Survey 2018 will take only 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will then directly assist the National EmAGN Committee to better guide their focus and provide emerging professionals with a stronger voice through the Institute.

 *Please note this survey is conducted through Survey Monkey and is subject to the Terms of Use, Security and Privacy Policy. Personal or Sensitive Information the Institute collects from you is treated in accordance with the Institute’s Privacy Policy.

Update from EmAGN NSW

The Value series is a forum for young and emerging architects, providing a platform to speak and share ideas.  The talk, themed ‘Travelling Research’, focused on the research work of two recipients of the Beyra Hadley scholarship; Casey Bryant and Kate Daly.  Casey shared his travels through Europe and associated research into intergenerational care facilities and their relevance in the Australian context.  Kate shared her travels to the Nordic Region, Japan and Barcelona and the outcomes of her research into regionalism.

EmAGN NSW is in the midst of organising an upcoming talk, focusing on the theme of Career Breaks and Co-parenting.  This event will be run in collaboration with the Gender Equity Taskforce and is structured in a Q&A format to encourage discussion.

EmAGN NSW have a strong desire to focus efforts towards improving the advocacy of young and emerging practices.  We are currently working towards developing practice profiles and sharing through a range of social media platforms.

Hannah Slater and Chloe Rayfield,
EmAGN NSW Chairs

Update from EmAGN WA

EmAGN WA’s active representation in the EBE network encourages the development of connections outside our profession (but within our field) and enables broad discussions of diverse ideas and issues relevant to our work. The inaugural multi-disciplinary quiz night was a resounding success! Emerging Built Environment (EBE) professionals from Planning, Landscape Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Engineering and Law associations got together with EmAGN WA members and friends for a fantastic evening of questions and answers, with a side of networking, fun was had by all.

We are also hard at work curating the programme for the annual 3 Over 4 Under event on 11 October – watch this space!

Amanda Hendry
EmAGN WA Chair

Public Urban Screening Night in Tas

The event is open to all so whether you’re part of the construction and design industry, an emerging or established architect, a student of architecture or simply interested in architecture get on down to Hobart Brewing Co. and huddle around the fire with us and a warm cider! Film details coming soon.​

Update from EmAGN WA

To start, we analysed other EmAGN’s state based mentoring activities, preparing a matrix of who were the target participants, the breakdown of accountability and responsibility, timeframes and structure.  We acknowledged the organic mentoring programs individual practitioners have created and maintained in WA that may benefit from a mentoring document.  Support is provided to graduates seeking registration through EmAGN’s Regifrustration, a stage we thought prudent to focus on initially for 2018.  We found differing ideas on timeframes for mentorship, from a few targeted meetings to an extended relationship.  The pros and cons of multiple mentors offering a variety of perspectives in comparison to establishing a relationship with the time to work and reflect on certain aspects of career.

 The resultant mentoring framework is designed to be an easily accessible document providing structure to individuals led mentoring.  This document includes templates for setting up a mentor/mentee agreement, mentee goal orientation/areas of interest prompts, timing of meetings and mentee/mentor reflections after meetings.  A launch event to accompany the release of the framework happens next month.  This networking event will be facilitated by EmAGNWA to help pair up prospective mentors and mentees. Our hope is for the document to be trialled, tested and improved for 2019.

Amanda Hendry, EmAGN Chair WA 

Dulux Study Tour 2018 : Call for entries

This is your opportunity to be part of an exciting and coveted program that inspires and fosters Australia’s next generation of emerging architectural talent – the Dulux Study Tour 2018. Winners will embark on an exciting architectural tour of London, Berlin and Milan. Simply visit the Dulux Study Tour website to access the online entry form and to read up on the 2017 winners’ adventures. Entries close 14 Sept 2017.



EmAGN National President message

A message from the EmAGN National President


Welcome to 2016, a year in which EmAGN will be celebrating a decade of contribution to the Australian architectural community and in particular supporting graduates and emerging architects.

EmAGN is very proud of their accomplishments over the last ten years and, in addition to planned celebrations at the upcoming National Conference in Adelaide, we will be reflecting on some of the successful initiatives delivered while also finding out where some of our emerging architect prize winners are now in our e-news articles throughout the year.

I was fortunate to join the Dulux Study Tour Alumni late last year in Brisbane for their annual event and hear stories from the adventures of last year’s recipients while on a mini study tour of the sundrenched city. We visited some incredible pieces of climatic responsive architecture by iconic QLD architects and got a flavour of what the tour is all about – education and building relationships. We have received record entries for the 2016 tour and the quality of submissions illustrated the immense talent this country has to offer. The 2016 winners will be announced at the National Conference.

The AWS Emerging Architect Prize (EAP) continues to deliver high quality recipients to the forefront of architecture, and this year we are delighted to announce the inaugural EAP tour. In February the 2015 winner, Nic Brunsdon from WA, will be touring the country delivering a talk on the theme “Pride and Vulnerability”. Check in with your local committee for dates.

If your New Year’s resolution was to be more active in the profession, then EmAGN local committee’s want to hear from you. It’s proven that active engagement leads to some of the most incredible opportunities and allows your voice to be heard.

We look forward to seeing you at our events this year.

Rob Henry
EmAGN National President

The Pool

Aileen Sage
Words by Amelia Holliday

Like many emerging practices Aileen Sage was drawn to the Institute’ s Expression of Interest (EOI) request for submissions for the Creative Director role at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. The Venice Biennale is the world’s largest architectural festival, celebrating ideas, thinking and design. For us it presented a unique opportunity to be part of showcasing Australian architecture internationally, highlighting the country’s varied expertise and growing reputation for progressive architecture. Within this context, we were interested in how we could frame Australian architecture for an international audience. We were also aware that thousands of the world’s most influential architects, designers, urban planners, academics and critics will visit the Biennale exhibitions, and there is considerable discussion and commentary in the architectural press and general media as a direct result – a daunting prospect!

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Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland and Michelle Tabet | Image Alexander Mayes Photography


We recognised early on that in order to put together an engaging and memorable exhibition that could be appreciated on many levels by both architects and non architects alike we would need to collaborate with someone who brought a different insight to the project – someone outside of architecture but someone who had an innate architectural sensibility – someone who understood urban issues but who potentially worked at a different scale or mode to our small architectural practice. Michelle Tabet, an independent urban strategist with an international planning background fit the bill perfectly.

For us the Pool is not just about the typology of a pool (natural /manmade, inland /coastal, public /private) but also a pool of collaboration. The three creative directors and a number of our collaborators currently all share a studio space in the William Street Creative Hub – an affordable space for cultural and creative enterprise fostered by the City of Sydney and we see this as the pool that has made this project possible. We are particularly looking forward to collaborating with our extended team that has been drawn from varied fields including architecture, planning, art, science and design – all of whom excel within their fields and bring to this project an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience, adding depth and complexity to the concept.

Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet and Isabelle Toland | Image Alexander Mayes Photography
Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet and Isabelle Toland | Image Alexander Mayes Photography

Together we want to create an immersive and memorable experience that leaves a lasting impression and taps into the memories and stories of many. We also want to tell a story of a uniquely Australian place that resonates with the general public as much as with architects and would provide an opportunity to create a place of respite with in the busy and information-heavy Biennale experience.

At Aileen Sage we carefully select the consultant team for each design challenge we are engaged with and that includes both typical project commissions and extracurricular projects. We love working with people from different fields and backgrounds and we often include our clients in this process. In starting Aileen Sage we were motivated to work on projects of many different scales and also those outside a traditional architectural model.

Aileen Sage Architects

Michelle Tabet


The Pool

The Pool is a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity. Be they natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent, the creative directors will invite visitors to the new DCM designed pavilion to explore the pools of Australia in all their forms. From pools of necessity to the pools of excess, the pool is a key architectural device, a memory and also a setting. It has the unique ability to evoke both the sacred and the profane. It also aptly represents a distinctively Australian democratic and social space – a great leveller of difference.

The exhibition will create a pool within the new exhibition space through an immersive multi sensory experience that will transport visitors poolside. In doing so it will bring to Venice a suggestion of a particular Australian architectural condition. This condition will be augmented and expanded through the use of light, scent, sound, reflection and perspective to create a series of perceptual illusions. Within this designed landscape, a series of Australia’s most remarkable pools will be profiled. Resource, celebration, community, commemoration, leisure and lifeblood, the exhibition content will reach deep within the Australian psyche.


Contribute your inspirational Australian pool #ThePoolVenice



We are looking for the many inspirational pools of Australia.

These pools may take many forms and mean different things to different people – from coastal pools and rockpools to inner city pools, private backyard pools or the local municipal pool; commemorative pools or reservoirs, waterholes and billabongs – our landscape is made of both pools of necessity and pools of excess. Pools are an element of sport and survival, leisure and lifeblood, social spaces and places of quiet contemplation.

We are seeking to crowdsource a database of photographs and short narratives to inform our research for the exhibition. Please share with us what the pool means for you, what you love about that pool, your childhood or recent memories of it, or its impact on your everyday life.

Your contribution to our research will help us frame the exhibition and the stories we share with the world at Venice. See website for details

Deadline for submissions: 17th July 2015

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Bondi Icebergs | Jenna Rowe | #ThePoolVenice

National Seminar Series + Free Live Stream

Attendees will gain an awareness of different pricing strategies and learn how to improve their approach to writing fee proposals. More info here

Don’t forget as part of the changes to graduate membership, all graduates now have access to free live streaming of the National Seminar Series. To register for this service, contact the CPD team.