Sponsorship Opportunities

The National Architecture Conference is one of the premier events in the Australian architecture calendar.

With more than 1400 attendees, over a three day period, the networking opportunities with existing and potential customers has never been more important.

There are still some limited sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017 conference. Contact Miranda Grace Miranda.Grace@architecture.com.au for more information.

Principal Corporate Partner



BlueScope is once again pleased to sponsor the Australian Institute of Architects’ annual conference, building on a successful relationship spanning more than 30 years. As well as sponsoring Institute awards and events, BlueScope’s specification team work alongside architects to – assist in the design of increasingly advanced buildings.

Over the past fifty years, our team has worked to make COLORBOND® steel stronger, lighter, smarter, cooler, more colourful, more durable and more sustainable earning COLORBOND® steel the position as one of the world’s toughest, most advanced building materials.

In 2017, we are proud to introduce new COLORBOND® steel Matt, which uses a new paint technology designed to diffuse light to provide a softer appearance and true matt finish. COLORBOND® steel Matt provides an elegant twist, which alongside our existing COLORBOND® steel range provides even greater design opportunities.

We wish all delegates an informative and productive conference and thank the Institute for allowing BlueScope to engage with individual architects, and the profession more broadly, to share ideas and to progress improvements stemming from these important conversations.

Image: Sunbury Aquatic Centre by dpw Suters Architects and the photographer is Paul Bradshaw

Supporting Corporate Partners


Dulux Australia has been supplying architects and specifiers quality coatings since 1918. From Decorative to Powder and Protective Coatings, to Texture and Timber finishes, Dulux offers high performance coatings with an extensive colour offer. Dulux World of Colour brings over 4,600 colours together for designers, architects and specifiers, offering a whole new world of possibilities.

Dulux is proud to support the 2017 National Architecture Conference and are committed to ongoing product development and innovation, often drawing inspiration directly from Australian architects to meet the demands of tomorrow.

Dulux BIM Solutions provides easy to use BIM content and plugins so you can add Dulux colours to your Revit® & ArchiCAD® models quickly and simply. Dulux BIM Solutions, inspiring colour creativity.

For more information on the Dulux product and colour range visit dulux.com.au/specifier



At AWS we make it our priority to have the products and expertise that provide innovative glazing solutions for Australian architects. The creative thinking and modes of practice that go into our projects, designing windows and doors, starts with the needs from you, architects.

Developing great window and door systems does not happen overnight. At AWS we’re continually learning, researching and investigating opportunities for future innovation. We have a team of designers who scrupulously design our systems, each of which is fully tested and certified to guarantee performance satisfaction. Our systems are manufactured nationwide, by Australia’s largest network of independent window and door manufactures, local craftspeople, experienced and committed to outstanding product outcomes.

AWS is proud to support the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference – Praxis: Process.Propositions.Production.



The Bondor/Metecno Group is Australia’s leader in complete thermal building solutions and lightweight architectural panels for over 65 years.

Group member MetecnoPIR has developed a range of innovative new products called Metecno Infinite, which utilises the inherent advantages of panel, specifically; high thermal performance, superior fire performance, lower building running costs, for simpler, cheaper and quicker construction. One product in this range, MetecnoKassett is an innovative curtain wall system tested to AS 5113 – external wall and fire spread requirements – and is a complete system solution for apartment and high rise buildings.

We are pleased to continue our support of the Institute and the National Architecture Conference, we are keen to work with architects and utilise the latest technologies and techniques to produce advanced buildings as evidenced by our work using MetecnoKassett to convert the heritage-listed Yorkshire Brewery building in Collingwood, which has been transformed into a modern 15 and 17 storey tower development.

Image credits: SMA Projects (developer). Hayball as the Architect. ICON Co. as Builder. Photographer: Peter Clarke.

Conference Partners


Premium Italian appliance manufacturer Smeg epitomises eternal style, quality and technological innovation; the culmination of Smeg’s long history of collaborations with internationally renowned architects and designers. This illustrious list includes Renzo Piano, Mario Bellini, Guido Canali, Marc Newson, Deep Design, Lapo Elkann of Italia Independent and Dolce & Gabbana.

Smeg is the only appliance manufacturer to form these collaborative partnerships, which validate Smeg’s reputation for being at the forefront of aesthetic, lasting design and superior engineering in the home.

Smeg Australia’s long-term partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects and support for their National Conference also highlights and celebrates the tradition of architectural collaborations.

With a total of four different aesthetic collections, Smeg is the only appliance manufacturer to offer genuine design choice to suit all interior styles and tastes. Each aesthetic is original; where form, ergonomics and function are rigorously applied.
The combination of and passion for genuine design choice and superior technology equals Smeg’s commitment to produce the most aspirational, elegant, ergonomic and resilient appliances available today.

Smeg truly is ‘technology with style’.



Knauf Australia is a proud sponsor of the Australian Institute of Architects. As part of the Knauf Group, a global leader in the construction materials industry, Knauf sources innovation from its global footprint.

In Australia, Knauf is a supplier of innovative lightweight construction systems that provide smart, active technology solutions for fire, water, sound and impact resistance as well as space-giving, air-cleaning, acoustic and aesthetic design solutions for all commercial and residential projects.

The company’s diverse and sustainable product ranges include plasterboard and steel framing systems for walls and ceilings, decorative, acoustic and air cleaning wall & ceiling linings, flooring systems and facade linings and plasters for internal and external applications.

As you ponder the spaces we live in and the materials to build with – no matter how complex a vision you may have – creating the materials and providing the solutions to translate your vision into reality, is a passion at Knauf.



WoodSolutions is an industry initiative providing information on timber and timber products to professionals and companies involved in design, building and construction. In the true sense of the adage ‘Praxis makes perfect’ our aim is to enable architects, engineers and designers to realise the full potential of designing and building with wood.

The architectural praxis plays an active role in shaping our perceptions on form and functionality, on how we define what constitutes a design paradigm of the past, present and future. Designing and building in timber constitutes a perpetual paradigm. The ongoing development of technologies and design techniques ensure that wood quality attributes are enhanced and utilised to match the appropriate applications and purposes.

The 2016 change to the National Construction Code allowing the use of lightweight and massive timber construction in multi-residential, hotels/motels and offices up to 25m*effective height (8 storeys) has opened a world of possibilities, worthy of being explored and put into practice.

To view and access resources on mid-rise timber buildings and case studies on designing and building in timber please visit the WoodSolutions website.

*No limits are set for the height of designs based on Performance Solutions.



For over three decades, DesignBUILD has supported Australia’s architecture, building, construction and design communities, as the leading commercial platform for manufactures and suppliers to showcase new products and meet key industry buyers and specifiers.

DesignBUILD is the only dedicated trade show to bring together Australia’s architects, building professionals, contractors and designer community together with manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who work across the residential and commercial industry sectors, for 3 days of unrivalled networking and inspiration.

Working closely with the Institute and industry partners, DesignBUILD is returning back to Sydney at a new home, to celebrate new ideas and witness first-hand the new trends arising within the industry and to see what’s in store for the future of the industry.

Join us at DesignBUILD from 3-5 May at the brand new ICC Sydney.


Central Innovation | Graphisoft

For over 25 years Central Innovation has been sourcing and developing the best of breed software, hardware, systems and training solutions for the architectural, construction and building industries.

Central Innovation is the name behind our reseller brand GRAPHISOFT Australia, the exclusive distributor and support organisation for the world leading 3D design and documentation tool ARCHICAD. We also supply world class software technologies for:

Clash detection, Solibri;
3D rendering and animation, Artlantis;
Design and drafting for mechanical, engineering and plumbing, DDS-CAD.
These BIM and CAD technologies have allowed us to assist thousands of companies in the AEC market to improve their design workflows, maximise efficiencies, reduce overheads and increase staff productivity.

Our experience has taught us that an efficient design system is not software alone. That is why we provide a single point of contact to our customers for all their software, hardware, systems consulting and training needs. Our aim is not to simply sell ‘products’ but to talk to them about their objectives and advise them on the best building design ‘solution’ for their needs.
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Brickworks Building Products

Brickworks Building Products is one of Australia’s largest building products companies, with a stable of brands dedicated to manufacturing high-quality products for Australia and the world for over 100 years.

Our current product range includes bricks, pavers, masonry blocks, retaining wall blocks, precast concrete panels, concrete and terracotta roof tiles, timber products, terracotta façades and specialised building systems.

Through product innovation and quality, together with outstanding service, Brickworks Building Products strives to cement its unrivalled position as Australia’s best building products company.

Supporting Sponsors


At Allegion Australia, we are all about keeping people safe and secure where they live, work and visit. Even though we have only been known as Allegion for three years, we have a long resume. In Australia, our journey started with Dalco in the 1960s, before we became part of Ingersoll Rand in late 1990s and finally Allegion in 2013. With more than 25 brands (including Brio, FSH, Legge, Schlage, LCN and Zero) sold in almost 120 countries across the globe, we specialise in security around the doorway and beyond. We produce everything from mechanical locks to the latest electronic and biometric products, enabling us to provide a complete door hardware solution for a project.

Allegion is honoured to support the 2017 National Architecture Conference. One of our key values at Allegion is ‘enjoy what you do and celebrate who we are’. We believe there is no better place for the best architects of Australia to meet, celebrate and share their passion for architectural design than at the National Architecture Conference.


Big Ass Solutions

Big Ass Solutions’ provocative moniker originated with massive overhead fans that brought comfort and energy savings. Today, Big Ass means quality, design and working directly with customers to solve problems. For design professionals, that means free support from the company’s extensive team of applications engineers, project consultants and outside reps.

Big Ass Fans’ line of industrial, commercial and residential fans reduce ductwork, increase the effectiveness of air distribution systems and efficiently circulate conditioned air which contributes to energy efficiency ratings such as NatHERS. Big Ass Light LEDs provide superb lighting while keeping energy costs and consumption down. The team is ready to assist during any stage of the design process – from initial designs to final installation. Use design.bigassfans.com.au for information gathering and technical downloads, or reach out to inquire about the company’s continuing education and lunch-and-learn opportunities.


Luxmy Furniture

Luxmy Furniture has been the leading manufacturer of commercial furniture for office, hospitality, public space, education and healthcare environments since 1997. Our international dealer network around Australia and Asia Pacific distribute our brands Woodmark, Lux Studio, Luxmy Healthcare, and Paustian, encompassing a comprehensive range of Australian and Danish design.

We also work closely with architects for custom upholstered and joinery pieces. Examples of our various collaborative seating and table pieces can be found throughout the International Convention Centre.

We also use our extensive speciality knowledge in joinery and furniture to provide CPD training directly in our Sydney factory where visitors can see firsthand the manufacturing process and techniques used.

In our continued commitment to the architectural community, Luxmy Furniture is honoured to support the National Architecture Conference and wish delegates an informative and inspirational visit.

Media Partner

Architecture Media

Architecture Media is an online and print publisher and events company with its focus on the built environment – practitioners, clients, suppliers and the wider community. Design adds immeasurable value to our environment, contributing to a sustainable future, economic success and our individual health, wellbeing and enjoyment. Architecture Media is about celebrating these achievements and sharing the benefits through websites, print and digital publications, awards programs and speaker events.

Our portfolio includes the highly regarded digital and print publications – Architecture Australia, Artichoke, Houses, Houses Kitchens+Bathrooms, Landscape Architecture Australia and Architectural Product News; and websites – Selector.com, ProductNews.com.au and ArchitectureAU.com.

Our awards and events programs include the Houses Awards, the Eat-Drink-Design Awards and the Australian Interior Design Awards (as a founding partner), plus a variety of talks, seminars and conferences, such as Work Place / Work Life, Old School / New School, Artichoke Night School and Our Houses, under the Design Speaks banner.

Insurance Partner

Planned Cover

Planned Cover is the Institute’s multi-award winning insurance broker who specialises in the numerous insurance requirements of design professionals. Planned Cover’s expert brokers appreciate the day-to-day exposures architects undertake in their professional capacity, however we also understand the risks associated with running a business, employing staff and operating in a digital environment.

Planned Cover advises its clients and provides insurance solutions for the ever increasing alternative modes of practice through which architectural and allied services are delivered today and will be in the future.

As the preferred supplier of insurance products to the majority of Australia’s architectural practices, small, medium and large our insurance brokers, internal Risk Managers and Claims Managers are well placed to educate, guide and advise architects on the risk exposures and risk mitigation options for the profession.

Planned Cover is proud to be a sponsor of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 National Architecture Conference.