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Country Division

The Country Division conference ‘Onshore, offshore, quite sure, not sure’ was held on the coast at Kingscliff in September and was well attended by members and industry professionals. The speakers investigated the topic of identity through place from a diverse array of viewpoints, stimulating cross-talk discussion in the panel sessions at the end of each day. Talks included tales of adventurous travel, localness and simplicity as well as beautiful richness of design, materiality and thought. Speakers reminded us of the importance of advocating for communities who may not otherwise have a voice and of the historical and social context in which some of the most important buildings were built. Evening events included a film night to celebrate and remember Paul Pholeros with original footage of the ‘Communications Capsule’ 1974 bus trip, with the other bus trippers Phillip Rose and Wally and Irene Zagoridis.

The 2016 Country Division awards night was held on 29 September, with 12 awards and commendations across eight categories, including a People’s Choice Award.
A successful media campaign across local radio stations, newspapers and social media sites promoted regional projects and encouraged public engagement.

Country Division would like to welcome new members Cameron Anderson, Nick Brown and Tim Lee to the committee and to thank outgoing committee members Brent Dunn and Chris Jenkins for their service. Tricia Helyar takes over as Chair from Sarah Aldridge and we wish her all the best.

Sarah Aldridge
former NSW Country Division Chair

Newcastle Division

The Newcastle Division Committee continues to work towards providing activities to support our members and the local architectural profession generally. Recent activities have included:

  • a CPD lunchtime seminar held in early September, presented by Big Ass Fans,
  • an ArchiMEET event focussing on Safety in Design held on 30 September, and
  • the Newcastle Division attending a presentation by Urban Growth on the Newcastle Light Rail proposals.

2016 Gold medallists ARM gave a special presentation, jointly hosted by the University and the Newcastle Division on 22 November, including an EmAGN-hosted breakfast and
a working session with University students.

Joanne Huxley is the Institute’s new manager of member engagement dedicated to the Newcastle and Country Divisions.
We look forward to working with her with increased support from the National Office.

Peter Kemp
Acting Chairperson, Newcastle Division


Continuing Professional Development is about learning, developing your skills and sharpening your professional performance over time. Developing a CPD plan is about staying current and operating at the frontier of competencies that define architectural practice; design, documentation, project delivery and practice management.

The NSW Chapter runs a series of CPD events ranging from tours of award-winning buildings and technical and legislative sessions, to seminars and workshops focussed on practice, business and marketing. Our events have been designed to inspire you, keep you up to date, stay competitive and to build your professional competence whilst helping you meet your CPD requirements.

These events are structured around our core CPD program. Seminars are led by experts in their field and documentation is provided to all attendees to refer to or share with colleagues.

Topics covered include:

  • the Institute Architecture Awards: getting your project awards-ready and leveraging it afterwards,
  • three planning modules covering the NSW Planning System; what is a development application; and planning appeals at the Land and Environment Court,
  • SEPP 65 and the apartment design guide,
  • NSW housing codes, exempt and complying development,
  • architectural competitions, and
  • safe design legislation.

In addition to the core program, we will continue to add a series of topical seminars and tours across a broad range of topics. Full program, pricing and booking info: architecture.com.au/cpd-events/nsw-cpd-events

Eoghan Lewis, Continuing Professional
Development Officer