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. 


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. An initiative of the Institute, Australia has had a continued national presence since 2006 at what is widely considered the most important event of the international architectural calendar.

The Australian Exhibition for 2018, repair by Baracco+Wright Architects, in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg, was the seventh exhibition coordinated by the Australian Institute of Architects at the Biennale Architettura. repair presented 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 to remind us what is at stake when we occupy land.

For more details on our 2018 exhibition 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.

View more information about the Gold Medal for Architecture here.

The 2018 Gold Medal Tour was 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.