May will see Perth become Australia’s temporary architecture hub with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) announcing its annual National Architecture Conference for the city.

For the first time in ten years, the AIA’s National Architecture Conference will head to Perth from May 8-10, bringing a host of fringe events to coincide with the conference.

A sky-drawing collaboration between architects and artists, architectural film showings and a broad range of architectural exhibitions are among the events supported by the AIA during the conference.

“Architecture is about the people who interact with it, which is why it’s so important and exciting to see a broad range of engaging events on offer designed to connect architects with the local community,” said David Karotkin, WA Chapter President and National President Elect of the Institute.

The fringe events announced by the AIA form part of the “Making” conference, which will feature a program for locals, interstate and international professionals.

The Australian Institute of Architects described Making as a program with dual motives; one that explores projects of local importance but also promotes visionary practice and social responsibilities.

“Making explores practices and projects that actively seek to embrace and strengthen local culture and that involve cross-disciplinary, community and political engagement to provide alternative processes and lessons to inspire delegates with their own practice.”

The AIA highlighted the following free public events:

Sky Diagrams

May 9-10

Aerobatic pilots will reveal a series of drawings by architects and artists in collaboration in the skies above Perth.

Public Forum: WA Artists and Architects in Collaboration

May 9 from 7pm, State Theatre Centre Courtyard

The State Theatre Centre Public will host art, urban installations, digital app technology, film, dance, music and visuals by architects and artists. (Free event)

@SCALE Exhibition

May 5-16, QV1 Perth

Established and emerging Australian designers across multiple fields of urban design, architecture, visuals arts, furniture and object design will emphasize the role of scale and distance in design perceptions. (Free event)


May 9, 8.30pm, State Theatre Centre Courtyard

Cinecity, an annual architectural film project, will showcase its shortlisted entries at the State Theatre on May 9. One minute films exploring architectural ideas will be on display for public viewing and the Jury’s Choice Awards will also be announced on the night.

Other events include the Official Opening Party, Open House Perth Tours and Artichoke Night School.

For a full program of events taking place during the National Architecture Conference visit