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Architecture Australia

Architecture Australia July 2018

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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in this issue

3 min.
celebrating the 2018 national prize winners

It is a great honour to be elected president of the Australian Institute of Architects. I am encouraged by the number of passionate and engaged members who volunteer much of their own professional and personal time and I look forward to collaborating with you over the coming year. Reflecting on my experience as a member of the Institute, I’m proud of the collegial culture within our organization and industry and the immense value of the professional relationships and friendships I’ve formed. The Institute has a full agenda of projects as part of our Strategic Plan, including the promotion of an inclusive culture for all members, whether they are small or large practitioners, SONA or EmAGN members or working on the periphery of practice. We are committed to growing an organization that…

2 min.
the discipline and practice of architecture

The centrepiece of this issue is a celebration of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 Gold Medallist, Alexander Tzannes, founding director of Sydney-based practice Tzannes. The cover image, by Toby Burrows, captures Alec in a moment of deep contemplation – set against the atmospheric volume of the grand central hall at Tzannes’ recently completed Dangrove building – an art storage and curation centre in eastern Sydney. The 2018 Gold Medal, which was announced in June at Edge, the 2018 National Architecture Conference on the Gold Coast, is the Institute’s highest individual honour and the cornerstone of the National Prizes – a suite of awards presented annually and recorded in this magazine. Congratulations to each of this year’s prize recipients (page 13). Architecture Australia’s celebration of the 2018 Gold Medal emphasizes Alec’s…

4 min.
alec tzannes am lfraia tzannes

The Gold Medal, the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour, recognizes distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner. The 2018 Gold Medal is awarded to Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes AM LFRAIA. The outstanding contribution Alec Tzannes has made to the architectural profession exemplifies the highest level of achievement within each of the criteria. He has executed an exceptional body of work across a broad spectrum of architectural practice. Alec has given exemplary service and leadership within the profession, academia and related fields. His exceptional talent was recognized at an early age when he was awarded the University Medal upon graduation from the University of Sydney…

2 min.
rob adams am lfraia city of melbourne

Our cities are now well understood to be an essential part of our cultural and economic wellbeing. A city that is equitable and celebrates diversity is a city that demonstrates insightful governance – an emblem of leadership. Melbourne is regularly considered to be one of the world’s most liveable cities and it should be acknowledged that this doesn’t happen by chance but through foresight, planning and patience by skilled architects, designers and planners. It is not a coincidence that Melbourne has been under the custodianship of one person for over thirty years, who has, through sheer dedication and skill, made this city one of the world’s greatest. I am therefore delighted to announce the awarding of the 2018 National President’s Prize to Professor Rob Adams AM, who has dedicated his…

1 min.
winner troy borg rmit university

Since starting his Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT in 2015, Troy Borg has proven himself to be a dedicated and hardworking student with a passion for giving back to the student body. After assisting in the Victorian Architecture Awards’ Presentation to Juries in 2015, Troy joined SONA as the RMIT representative in 2016, was the national vice-president in 2017 and was recently announced as the network’s national president for 2018. During his time with SONA, Troy has volunteered at the National Architecture Conference in Canberra and attended National Educational Committee and National Council meetings. Most significantly, he has worked with the Institute to reconfigure SONA’s social media platforms in a way that increases engagement and facilitates contact between different universities. This has led to improved awareness of events and opportunities for…

1 min.
commendation paul violett university of queensland

Since starting his Bachelor of Architectural Design in 2011, Paul Violett has shown a passion for giving back to the student community. After representing University of Queensland students on SONA, he sought to bring architecture students and design professionals together. In his role as SONA representative, Paul had the opportunity to initiate a number of events, including a student forum to deliver feedback to the head of school, an Architecture Bar Tour and Q and A panel with professionals, and the inaugural One:One event in Queensland. Paul continued his passion for events as the SONA vice-president in 2014, using his position to guide other students to achieve the success he had enjoyed as a representative. This included facilitating collaboration between interstate universities when One:One was run concurrently between six states. Paul’s most…