EmAGN & SONA Bar Tour


As part of the National Conference EDGE

The tour will take place along Palm Beach, Burleigh and Nobby’s Beach, featuring five bars with speakers discussing the venues along the way.  Tour groups will be a comfortable 20 people per group.  All groups will start and finish the night together but will embark on their own smaller group tours in between, so all can experience the larger rooftops and niche boutique bars on offer.

Participants will be communicated closer to the date with maps and venue details highlighted. A charter bus will be arranged to transport the groups on the night.

Date: Thursday 7 June
Time:  6pm – 10pm

Tickets cost: $25 for members / $45 non-members.
This ticket price includes a drink at each venue and nibbles at one venue.

Limited numbers so be quick and Register here

Living with Water event

Today, some cities suffer from rising sea-levels and unprecedented storms and flooding, while others endure drought and depleted aquifers. How can we build urban resilience in such uncertain times?”

It’s a full-day symposium on 20 March 2018, led by Foreground, in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne School of Design and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, that will bring together a series of  international and Australian experts, who will explore how design can help mediate the burgeoning new relationships between water, land and our communities.

Our international speakers include Kongjian Yu (founder of the world’s biggest landscape architecture practice and a renowned innovator in water sensitive urban design), Lykke Leonardsen (one of Copenhagen’s governmental leaders in dealing with rising seas and flooding) and Kristina Hill (Berkeley’s resident urban design and sea level rise expert).

You can read more about the program and other speakers here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/living-with-water-design-for-uncertain-times-tickets-42257987779?discount=SONAMember2018

The event is primarily aimed at professionals, but we’d like to get a good quotient of students of design in the built environment in the audience, so we’d like to offer SONA members a 50% discount on ticket prices (on top of the group discount rate too, if people can buy in bulk). We have about 50 tickets available at that rate for a limited time.


What is the Environment Design Guide (EDG)?

EDG is an online journal of the Australian Institute of Architects with over 200 peer reviewed papers on various aspects of sustainability in the built environment.

EDG serves as a direct link between sound environmental design research and built environment design practitioners. Unlike other peer reviewed journals that present technical environmental design research, the target audience for EDG is primarily architects and other built environment designers.

How is EDG valuable to me as a SONA membership benefit?

Students will find access to EDG very useful when researching for projects. There are a variety of case studies available to learn from and EDG could be a useful resource for design precedents. When selecting materials for design or building technology subjects there are notes on products and materials as well as design strategies, new technologies and general information on environmental design. e.g. Construction details for cool temperate climates

Unlike some other professions, it takes a long time to fully mature as an architect because the nature of the discipline means that we need to know ‘a bit of everything’ and it takes time to accumulate this experience. For all of us and especially students and emerging design professionals, this means:

  • continually learning new design and critical thinking skills
  • learning how to ask the ‘right’ (productive) questions
  • self-directed development, without formal support

The Environment Design Guide can help with your education, continual learning and critical thinking on built environment related issues. Start using the research tools that you will use in your future profession – today!

How do I access EDG?

EDG is accessed through the Institute website (architecture.com.au). SONA members receive full access to all peer reviewed papers and will require their membership number and password to log in.

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It’s that time of year again… Superstudio!
All the cogs are in motion to bring you the biggest event on the SONA Calendar. Superstudio is a 24 hours ‘ideas’ design competition that runs simultaneously in every state and territory in Australia. Students will compete in groups of 3 in response to a brief that is kept confidential until 7pm AEST on Friday 2 August, around the country.

In the past the creative director has been an elected student, last year we decided to change things up a little and invited ARM to curate the brief. This year we have 4 Creative Directors who come from architecture, design, and art based professions who are all of indigenous descent.

Why would you want to compete? Well, the prize for the national winners is flights and entry to the Venice Biennale courtesy of BlueScope Steel as well as a nice bit of media coverage – just google last years winners!

What skills do you need? The ability to conceptualise! As I said before Superstudio is an ideas competition so it is your idea that matters not how well you know CAD or Photoshop! This makes the competition accessible to everyone at every year level! Superstudio is about creating studio culture.

We encourage you to consider forming a group with colleagues from different uni’s and year levels as no single Uni or year level has any advantage or disadvantage! Also it is fun! If you want to keep up to date with the event information as it is released be sure to join the Facebook event.

I hope to see you at SuperStudio! – Register Now

Sarah Lynn Rees
Vice President Competitions