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    Housing win for first homeowners

    May 13, 2019
    MEDIA RELEASE 13 May 2019 The Australian Institute of Architects welcomes the Government’s commitment – subsequently matched by the Opposition – to introduce a new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme from 1 January 2020. National President, Clare Cousins, said the measure would help Australians on lower and middle incomes enter the housing market earlier. ‘We welcome this measure that ...
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    Urban growth an opportunity for good design

    May 13, 2019
    MEDIA RELEASE 13 May 2019 Architect and leading design academic Helen Lochhead will bring her experience in planning, urban and landscape design to her new role as Australian Institute of Architects’ National President in a time of growth and development across our cities and regional communities. As more than one million additional people are expected to swell the ...
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    ‘Circuit-breaking’ architecture conference to challenge and inspire

    May 3, 2019
    Groundbreaking architecture leaders and boundary-testing practitioners will deliver fresh perspectives and challenge the status quo at Collective Agency, the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 National Architecture Conference. The conference will feature a line-up of global architects, thinkers and designers including University of Johannesburg Director of Research, Lesley Lokko; Het Nieuwe Instituut Director of Research, Dr Marina ...
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    2019 NSW Awards shortlist announced

    May 2, 2019
    1 May 2019 Led by Chair of Juries Peter Poulet, this year’s juries for the 2019 NSW Architecture Awards have revealed their shortlist of 97 entries. The shortlist was developed following an intensive schedule of presentations and juries will now undertake site visits of shortlisted projects across 12 categories. This year’s program attracted a wide ...
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    Notre-Dame de Paris

    April 16, 2019
    The Australian Institute of Architects adds its voice to the outpouring of regret at the extensive fire damage sustained by the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris overnight. Speaking on ABC News 24, National President Clare Cousins said the 850-year old structure was an example of architectural endeavour at its finest. ‘Notre-Dame de Paris is not only a ...
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    Australian War Memorial’s claims contradict own Tender documents on Anzac Hall

    April 9, 2019
    8 April 2019 The Australian Institute of Architects is calling on the Australian War Memorial management to clarify false and misleading claims published yesterday about the future of Anzac Hall. In comments reported in the Canberra Times, a spokesperson for the Australian War Memorial is quoted as saying, ‘The replacement of Anzac Hall represents best value for money while maximising exhibition ...
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    Federation Square decision reinforces value of public architecture

    April 8, 2019
    MEDIA RELEASE 8 April 2019 The Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter warmly welcomes Heritage Victoria’s decision regarding Federation Square which recognises, values and upholds the significance of this iconic site. Ms Muir said the Victorian Government’s subsequent decision to launch a review into Federation Square’s future was very welcome. ‘The Institute has been advocating consistently against the Victorian ...
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    Federal Budget Briefing and Budget in reply – Budget Highlights pertinent to the Architecture Profession

    April 3, 2019
    The budget surplus was the centrepiece of the 2019-2020 budget. The 2019-20 Budget is a pre-election budget. There is a focus on apprenticeships and education. The key messages are focusing on jobs and growth. Emphasis has been placed on delivering the ‘First surplus in 12 years’. Infrastructure is a centrepiece, with the government announcing an ...
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    2019 Newcastle Architecture Awards winners announced

    March 21, 2019
    Jury Prize winner: Maitland Riverlink by CHROFI Architects with McGregor Coxall. Photo by Brett Boardman. 21 March The Maitland Riverlink by CHROFI Architects with McGregor Coxall has emerged as the preeminent project in this year’s Newcastle Architecture Awards, collecting a swathe of honours including the prestigious Jury Prize. This public building provides a gateway uniting two key aspects of Maitland’s key identity for ...
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    Statement on VCAT ruling regarding Lacrosse

    March 1, 2019
    Responding to yesterday’s VCAT ruling relating to the 2014 Lacrosse building fire, the Australian Institute of Architects said the decision once again highlights the paramount importance of people’s safety in the built environment. National President Clare Cousins said the Lacrosse fire has been a catalyst for important reviews into building regulation in Australia and their recommendations ...