Australian Institute of Architects

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Tusculum, Headquarters of the NSW Chapter of the Institute

The Australian Institute of Architects is a professional body for architects in Australia. Until August 2008, the Institute traded as the "Royal Australian Institute of Architects", which remains its official name.

The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the Australian architectural profession, representing 12,000 members, and works to improve our built environment by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design.

The Australian Institute of Architects continually strives to benefit its members and the broader Australian community as:

  • the voice of architecture
  • a leader in continuing professional development
  • a source of professional support and advice
  • an exemplary employer
  • an organisation that has the financial strength to lead

Since its incorporation in 1930, the Institute has evolved into a dynamic and progressive organisation offering a targeted range of programs to our members, while also fostering strong relationships with associated bodies and the wider community.

The many services offered include:

  • extensive continuing education programs
  • law and practice advice, including Acumen advisory notes
  • bulletins and publications, including Architecture Australia magazine
  • sustainable design advice through Environment Design Guide
  • an ongoing program of awards, networking opportunities and speaker events

The Institute actively promotes innovative and appropriate environmental design, and continually lobbies to improve the quality of the built environment. By raising design standards in our cities and towns, the Institute plays a major role in shaping Australia's future.

Mission[edit]

To make the world a better place through architecture.

Purpose[edit]

The Australian Institute of Architects exists to:

  • advance the interests of members, their professional standards and contemporary practice
  • expand and advocate the value of architects and architecture to the sustainable growth of our community, economy and culture

History[edit]

The Institute was formed in 1930, when state architectural institutes combined to form a unified national association. A chapter is now maintained in each state and territory, though full federation did not come about immediately, with some states resolutely maintaining their independence. The RVIA was the last to join, in 1968.[1] The Institute is represented on many national and state industry and government bodies, and is affiliated with the International Union of Architects (UIA).

Awards[edit]

Gold Medal[edit]

The AIA Gold Medal is the highest award of the Australian Institute of Architects awarded annually since 1960.

National Architecture Awards[edit]

The National Architecture Awards have been presented since 1981. The categories are:

  • Public Architecture
    • The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture
    • National Award for Public Architecture
    • National Commendation for Public Architecture
  • Residential Architecture - Houses
    • The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture - Houses
    • National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses
    • National Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses
  • Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
    • The Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing
    • National Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
    • National Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
  • Commercial Architecture
    • The Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture
    • National Award for Commercial Architecture
    • National Commendation for Commercial Architecture
  • Enduring Architecture
    • The National Enduring Architecture Award
  • International Architecture
    • The Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture
    • Award for International Architecture
  • Sustainable Architecture
    • The David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture
    • National Award for Sustainable Architecture
    • National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture
  • Heritage Architecture
  • Urban Design
    • The Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design
    • National Award for Urban Design
    • National Commendation for Urban Design
  • Small Project Architecture
    • The Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture
    • National Award for Small Project Architecture
    • National Commendations for Small Project Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
    • The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture
    • National Award for Interior Architecture
    • National Commendation for Interior Architecture
  • The Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

Each of the state chapters also presents awards. The categories are:

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

  • ACT Chapter Medallion - Residential Award
  • Art & Architecture Award
  • Sustainable Architecture Award
  • Heritage Award
  • Bluescope Steel Award
  • Mervin Willoughby Thomas Renovation Award

New South Wales[edit]

  • Sir John Sulman Medal for Public Architecture
  • Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design
  • Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture
  • John Verge Award for Interior Architecture
  • Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Wilkinson Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
  • Hugh and Eva Buhrich Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
  • Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
  • Robert Woodward Award for Small Project Architecture
  • Greenway Award for Heritage
  • Award For Enduring Architecture
  • Colorbond® Award For Steel Architecture
  • Blacket Prize
  • NSW Premier’s Prize
  • City Of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize
  • NSW President’s Prize
  • Emerging Architect Prize
  • Marion Mahony Griffin Prize
  • Adrian Ashton Prize For Writing and Criticism
  • David Lindner Prize[2]

Northern Territory[edit]

  • Architectural Innovation Award
  • Burnett Award
  • Colorbond Steel Award
  • Interiors Award
  • Multiple Housing Award
  • People’s Choice Award
  • President’s Award for Recycled Buildings
  • Public Architecture Award
  • Residential Award
  • Sustainable Architecture Award
  • Tracy Memorial Award
  • Urban Design Award

Queensland[edit]

  • FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture
  • Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
  • Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
  • Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
  • Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture
  • Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture
  • G.H.M. Addison Award for Interior Architecture
  • Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture
  • Don Roderick Award for Heritage
  • Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Karl Langer Award for Urban Design
  • Art in Architecture Prize
  • Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture[3]

South Australia[edit]

  • Sir James Irwin Chapter President's Medal
  • Colorbond Steel Award
  • New Building Award
  • Collaborative Design Award
  • Commercial Award
  • Interior Architecture Award
  • Heritage Award
  • Urban Design Award
  • Sustainable Architecture Award
  • Residential Award
  • Archicentre Renovations Award
  • Australian Steel Institute Award

Victoria[edit]

Western Australia[edit]

  • George Temple-Poole Award
  • Public Architecture Award
  • Residential Architecture - Houses Award
  • Residential Architecture - Alterations & Additions Award
  • Residential Architecture - Multiple Residential Award
  • Heritage Award
  • Urban Design Award
  • Commercial Architecture Award
  • Interior Architecture Award
  • Small Project Architecture Award
  • Sustainable Architecture Award
  • Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture
  • Mondoluce Lighting Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conscious Design: the Melbourne Atelier 1919-1947 accessed 25 July 2011
  2. ^ "NSW Architecture Awards 2014 Winners". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Queensland Awards, 2014 State Architecture Awards". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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