2018 National Architecture Conference, edge. Photographer: Ray Cash

2018 National Architecture Conference, edge. Photographer: Ray Cash

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National events, speakers, conferences & exhibitions

Events on this page include the National Conference, and other conferences, exhibitions and forums.

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Architects, thought-leaders and projects that challenge the status quo

Are you an attendee or an activist?

Collective Agency is the theme of the 2019 National Architecture Conference, reminding us that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and with unity comes an ability to affect an outcome. This year’s event will encourage reflection on today’s challenges, the articulation of more meaningful protocols, and most importantly, the willingness to act. Discussing what WAS (our shared understanding), what IS (our shared reality), and what COULD BE (our shared advocacy), Collective Agency is a dual state of doing and being.

Passionate about the way political power is achieved and used, and the opposing feats of advocacy that aim to influence this power, the conference will celebrate projects from small, medium, and large practices inside and outside of architecture, demonstrating the power of empathy, enabling contribution, and in doing so, re-examining professional aspirations.

Every speaker will be tasked with giving away something precious and empowering. Every attendee will be tasked with making a pledge to act on this new power. The event will be a demonstration of collective agency.

We ask the question: Can a conference change the very practice of Australian architecture itself?

       Monique Woodward (WOWOWA) and Stephen Choi (Living Future Institute of Australia)
       2019 Creative Curators

Visit the 2019 National Architecture Conference website for details on the speaker line-up, program and ticket sales. Early bird registration is now open until Friday 10 May. 



Monique Woodward


Monique Woodward co-founded her Melbourne based award-winning practice, WOWOWA Architecture, in 2011. With a team of nine designing from a shopfront in Rathdowne Street Carlton North, WOWOWA is passionate about creating meaningful, contemporary, idea-driven spaces that are socially useful and publicly generous.

Monique is this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Emerging Architect Prize winner. Monique was elected to the Victorian Chapter Council in 2016 and has co-chaired the Small Practice Forum since 2015.

She has also contributed as EmAGN co-chair, mentor within the Constructive Mentoring program and sat on multiple State Awards Juries. In 2015, Monique participated in the Dulux Study Tour and hosted the C31 TV show Community Designs. As an investor in Nightingale, Monique is now undertaking her own triple bottom line project, NGWOW, within the Nightingale Village in Brunswick. Teaching at both RMIT and Monash University enabled her to inspire others to see architecture should have a sense of humour, be deeply cultural and shape cities.


Stephen Choi

Living Future Institute of Australia

Stephen is a UK-registered architect and Australian-educated Project Manager with a Master of Architecture in Sustainability and Design. He has been in the building industry for 17 years, developing an in-depth knowledge of architecture, urban design, project management, and planning. He has worked on a number of large urban scale projects and small individual building projects across several sectors in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, with the purpose of advancing towards a better environment.

Stephen co-founded not-for-profit environmental building and research organisation Architecture for Change in 2011 and has taught at various levels from practitioners to Master’s Degree level to unemployed people looking to enter the industry. He is the current Executive Director of the not-for-profit Living Future Institute of Australia, and the Living Building Challenge Manager for Frasers Property Australia on the Burwood Brickworks retail centre.

In 2014, Stephen was presented with a DARCH Horse Award from the Institute’s Emerging Architects and Graduates Network, celebrating his outstanding contributions as a consultant made in the pursuit of a high-quality built environment.


Call for 2020 National Architecture Conference Creative Curator

The National Architecture Conference is one of the major events held by the Australian Institute of Architects. Held annually the conference is attended by over 1000 delegates. Since 2005, the conference has been planned with a strategic and operational model that has seen it grow rapidly, cementing it has a must-attend event in the annual calendar of many Australian and international delegates.

The conference is funded by the Institute and managed by the Institute’s Events Unit, under the direction of the General Manager Members Services & Commercial Business Development.

The scope of the Creative Curator roles and responsibilities is primarily focused on the themes, content and speakers, with the formal and operational aspects being the primary focus of the Institute’s management team.

Please find the Expression of Interest documentation and requirements here.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 22 February 2019.   


Emerging Architect Prize Tour

20 Nov - 10 Dec 2018

Proudly supported by AWS, 2018 National Emerging Architect Prize recipient Christina Cho toured the country to chat about her experiences at the crossroads: architecture + art, collaboration + public engagement, work + life.

2018 National Architecture Awards

Thursday 1 November I Melbourne
MAIÀ, Central Pier, Docklands

The National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981. These awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. The National Architecture Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture.

Commendations, awards and named awards were announced across 14 categories in front of a sell out crowd. Winners of the 2018 National Architecture Awards can be found here.

Venice Architecture Biennale 

26 May - 25 Nov 2018

The Venice Biennale is the premier architectural forum in the world. Australia’s representation in Venice presents an opportunity to showcase the highest levels of thought, research and design in Australian architectural culture. Our participation in the Biennale sets the example for Australian design achievement.

We are pleased to announce the Australian Exhibition for 2018, repair by Baracco+Wright Architects, in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg. repair will present thousands of temperate grassland species, cultivated and nurtured within the Australian Pavilion alongside large-scale architectural projections, representing a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant community reminding us what is at stake when we occupy land.

For more information click here

Gold Medal Tour

2018 Gold Medal Tour – Alec Tzannes AM LFRAIA

Alec Tzannes was announced as the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist at the National Architecture Conference. Alec, the Founding Director of Tzannes, is an outstanding practitioner and academic. His dedication to teaching, research and pedagogy has contributed significantly to the health of the profession in the future.

Join our 2018 Gold Medallist, on his national tour as he explores the themes that influence contemporary design thinking and language, the way we work, and the role of architecture in community.

View more information about the Gold Medal for Architecture here.

The 2018 Gold Medal Tour is proudly supported by BlueScope.

Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend one of our events a substitute delegate is welcome to attend on your behalf as long as this is approved by the Institute prior to the conference. All cancellations or changes to a registration must be made in writing to the National events team c/o Australian Institute of Architects: events@architecture.com.au

All cancellations and refunds will incur an administration fee. No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the event. ‘No shows’ to the event will be charged the full registration fee.