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    Pace of progress to improve building safety too slow for community comfort

    February 11, 2019
    The outcomes from Friday’s Building Minister’s Forum will fall short of community expectations when it comes to ensuring Australians’ safety, according to the Australian Institute of Architects. National President Clare Cousins, who represented the architectural profession at the meeting, said the slow pace of progress on such a grave issue was of serious concern. ‘The blaze at ...
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    Reform still needed to ensure building safety

    February 11, 2019
    The Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian Chapter is calling for a heightened focus on reform in the wake of the Spencer Street apartment building fire overnight. Chapter President Amy Muir said building quality and safety must be a priority for the government. ‘It is extremely fortunate that last night’s fire at the Neo200 apartment block did not ...
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    2019 Member Election results

    January 24, 2019
    The Institute is excited to announce the recently elected members to Chapter and National Councils, International Chapter Chair and NSW, SA, Tas & WA Chapter Presidents. Congratulations to our new Council members and thank you to our outgoing members for their important contributions in 2018.   NATIONAL COUNCIL Congratulations to the Institute’s Nationally-Elected National Councillors who represent the whole membership ...
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    Institute welcomes new CEO

    January 16, 2019
    Image: John O’Rourke   The Australian Institute of Architects has today announced the appointment of Julia Cambage to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the architecture profession’s peak body. Ms Cambage joins the Institute, which represents more than 11,000 members in Australia and overseas, with over 20 years of CEO experience. Most recently, she was CEO for ...
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    Institute says plans to demolish Anzac Hall are ‘shocking, distressing’

    November 1, 2018
    Plans to demolish award-winning Anzac Hall, as unveiled today by the Australian War Memorial, have been described as ‘deeply distressing’ by the Australian Institute of Architects. While fully supporting moves to honour and better tell the stories of Australia’s servicemen and women, National President Clare Cousins said the Institute was shocked at the lack of consultation ...
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    Rigour and reimagining: Winners shine at 2018 National Architecture Awards

    November 1, 2018
    From the rugged Tasmanian coast to the soaring skyscrapers of Spring Street, the winners of this year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards have shown how a defined sense of place, commitment to sustainability and professional ingenuity continue to drive innovation and transformation in Australian architectural practice. The winners of 12 named awards, 20 national ...
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    Advocacy Update: Building Safety – Cladding

    October 23, 2018
      Following on from our original 2017 Member Alert on non-conforming building products, the use of flammable cladding on the facade of Australian buildings has come under further scrutiny. There has been widespread removal and replacement of non-compliant cladding. Building owners are commencing legal proceedings against building professionals, including architects, to recover costs of dealing with aluminium ...
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    45th anniversary an opportunity to reflect on the power of great architectural icons

    October 19, 2018
    As far as Australian architectural icons go, there is no building more symbolic of our nation than the Sydney Opera House, a work of art that captures the imagination of people the world over. On its 45th anniversary, the Australian Institute of Architects celebrates this magnificent feat of architecture, the tremendous role it has played in ...
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    Anti-competitive’ lending practices cost consumers and small business: Banking Royal Commission

    October 9, 2018
      The refusal of many banks to approve construction loans for architect-administered contracts is anti-competitive and is imposing costs on consumers and small business, according to a submission to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. The joint submission by the Australian Institute of Architects (the Institute), ArchiTeam Cooperative and the ...
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    Institute opposes exploitation of Sydney Opera House sails

    October 6, 2018
    The Australian Institute of Architects has voiced its support for Sydney Opera House chief executive Louise Herron in upholding the policy of her organisation and opposing the use of the sails of the World Heritage listed Opera House in a manner contrary to that policy. ‘The management of the Opera House has a duty to the ...