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    NSW President says our construction industry needs nothing short of a revolution

    July 22, 2019
    20 July 2019 Kathlyn Loseby The magnitude of the crisis currently facing Australia’s construction industry demands nothing short of a revolution, turning current building practice on its head to put quality and safety back on top where they belong. As an architect with three decades’ experience working on all manner and complexity of projects in Australia, ...
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    National building agreement welcome, now focus on action

    July 18, 2019
    The Australian Institute of Architects has welcomed the agreement today from the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) to take a national approach to implementing all 24 recommendations of the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence report. Attending the industry roundtable in Sydney this morning, the Institute was also supportive of discussions that envisaged an expanded role for the Australian Building ...
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    Architects welcome Victorian combustible cladding response

    July 16, 2019
    The Australian Institute of Architects has welcomed the Andrews Government’s action on combustible cladding, and repeated its call for urgent national reforms. Victorian Chapter President Amy Muir said the announcement today of a $600 million package of rectification works for buildings found to have flammable cladding was a sensible and overdue step. ‘The Institute has been calling for urgent action on flammable cladding ...
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    Joint call for bolder reform of construction process to better protect consumers

    July 12, 2019
    The Australian Institute of Architects and the Owners Corporation Network (OCN), the representative body for unit owners, have jointly called for bolder reforms to improve the quality of construction and better protect consumers. While welcoming proposals put forward in the NSW Government’s Building Stronger Foundations discussion paper, such as introducing a new building practitioners registration scheme, ...
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    State’s best architecture celebrated at New South Wales Architecture Awards

    July 7, 2019
    FRI 5 JULY –Winners of the 2019 New South Wales (NSW) Architecture Awards have been announced, honouring the state’s leading architecture, with public projects dominating across multiple categories. Across 12 categories, 51 awards were given including named awards, architecture awards andcommendations from 97 shortlisted projects and 212 entries. Awards were also given to outstanding public and ...
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    An education in architecture – 2019 state winners

    June 30, 2019
    This year’s South Australian Architecture Awards, run by the Australian Institute of Architects, has seen a strong field of educational projects flex their collective design muscle across a range of categories. Chief among these is the Adelaide Botanic High School by Cox Architecture and DesignInc which this year won the Dr John Mayfield Award for Educational ...
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    Perth Children’s Hospital an ‘inspired creation’

    June 29, 2019
    Perth Children’s Hospital has been awarded the most esteemed accolade, the George Temple Poole Award, at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 WA Architecture Awards. Celebrating excellence in design and construction, the Awards were held on Friday, June 28 at the award-winning Optus Stadium. Designed as a joint venture by JCY Architects and Urban Designers, Cox Architecture ...
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    NSW reforms a sensible step for safety – time to act nationally

    June 27, 2019
    The Australian Institute of Architects has welcomed more detail on the NSW Government response to building safety issues, labelling it a belated but sensible step to maintain safety and public confidence. The Institute’s Immediate Past President, Clare Cousins, today said the Berejiklian Government’s Building Stronger Foundations discussion paper requirement for registration of builders, designers, engineers – in addition to ...
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    10 point plan for restoring public confidence in the construction industry

    June 27, 2019
    Kathlyn Loseby – NSW Chapter President A spate of recent incidents, generating extensive media coverage, has brought significant attention to the safety and quality of Australia’s built environment and has severely impacted public confidence. These include the Lacrosse Tower Fire, Melbourne 2014; the Grenfell Tower Fire, UK, 2017; the Opal Tower building evacuation, Sydney, December 2018; the ...
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    2019 National Architecture Conference wrap up

    June 24, 2019
    Congratulations and thank you to the 2019 National Architecture Conference curators Monique Woodward and Stephen Choi for curating such a thought-provoking and disruptive program. Our session captains and speakers empowered delegates with captivating and challenging presentations. Read an insightful and comprehensive wrap up of Day One and Day Two by Michael Smith, architect and co-founder of Atelier ...