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    What are you doing for World Architecture Day?

    Nathan Johnson

    If you’re from the ACT, NSW, QLD or SA you’ll probably be enjoying the public holiday on World Architecture Day, 5 October, but for those from states who aren’t, or those who enjoy architecture on their day off as well, the Australian Institute of Architects have two ways you can get involved.

    Public awareness campaign – Where I’d Like to Live

    On World Architecture Day, the Institute is launching Where I’d Like to Live, a national public awareness campaign promoting the value of architecture to the community.

    Challenging the idea of architecture as elitist, expensive, and intangible, the campaign will be anchored by the pillars of liveability, affordability and community. The first stage, Where I’d Like to Live, will focus on residential designs, the following stages on public and commercial (Where I’d Like to Work, Play, Learn, Be etc).

    Where I’d Like to Live will unfold throughout October and November across online and social media in partnership with The Design Files. The campaign will have an onsite presence at a number of public outreach events including architecture festivals, Open House events and the National Architecture Awards.

    We are inviting members, industry friends and colleagues to support this low budget campaign. Share where you’d like to live via #whereidliketolive.

    Sydney Architecture Festival –#Go Global

    The final day of the Sydney Architecture Festival also coincides with World Architecture Day 2015 and SAF will be bringing together some of the industry’s biggest names to discuss and brainstorm the city’s position as a global force in architecture.

    There are two events on:

    Monday 5 October, 10:00am - 01:00pm

    Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

    A flagship morning event to launch World Architecture Day 2015 through TED-style talks, short videos and social media to position Sydney in the global network of cities shaping their future by design.

    Hear renowned Danish Architect Kim Herforth Neilsen from 3XN deliver the inaugural SAF Global Oration on how architecture can make a difference in society and for our environment. Sydney-based multi-disciplinary design practices will share how they operate across the world – in partnership with global business and governments to deliver sustainable city infrastructure. 

    The International Union of Architects has announced the theme for the 2015 World Architecture Day is: Architecture. Building. Climate.


    Monday 05 October, 02:00 - 04:00pm

    Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

    Join industry leaders from architecture, development and infrastructure; policymakers and universities; and Australian design practices operating across the world.  Help us build a better baseline to connect industry to sources of support that allow us to compete in the global game for trade and investment along the Silk Highway.

    This summit will shine a light on a sector that is primed for growth.  Australian design practices rank among some of the world’s most successful firms, and have been export-facing for decades. 

    Architectural services - essential to the infrastructure needed for new cities and regions around the world – are a source of cultural and technical exchange, innovation and professional services export that can be a catalyst for trade in the technologies, products, materials and services we need for healthy, sustainable and smarter cities. 

    The summit will include presentations by:

    • Shaun Carter, NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects
    • Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect
    • Leone Lorrimer, CEO, dwp|suters (representing the Association of Consulting Architects)
    • Kate Doyle, CEO, Architects Accreditation Council (AACA)
    • Prof Ken Maher, President-elect, Australian Institute of Architects, President, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), Ambassador, Business Events Sydney
    • Prof Alec Tzannes AM, Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment (UNSW)
    • Megan Motto, CEO, Consult Australia
    • Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney
    • Clare Sowden, Director of Property Development, PwC
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