The Australian Institute of Architects have announced Agi Sterling has received a Life Fellowship after decades of furthering the architectural profession in New South Wales and Australia. 

Life Fellowship is bestowed upon institute Fellows who have delivered a notable contribution to architecture in Australia, whether it be through design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship.

Sterling is well known as the Director of Sterling Architects, which has been in operation for nearly 20 years. Before she founded the practice, the architect spent a number of years working on large commercial and infrastructure projects. She is also the National Vice-President of the Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACA), the Branch President of the ACA’s NSW and ACT Committee, a member of the CPD Committee of the Institute of Architects in NSW, and founder of the Sydney East Architects group.

ACA CEO, Angelina Pillai, says Sterling is more than worthy of Life Fellowship status within the ACA.

“Agi’s tireless and relentless efforts to raise the bar and professionalism of architecture and the value and benefits it creates for our built environment has been evidenced through her own professional practice, but importantly, her involvement and leadership across these professional bodies and industry forums,” she says. 

“She is professionally and personally invested in the profession, but equally important is her commitment to ensuring long-term sustainable outcomes for built environments and the interconnectedness of good quality design of residential housing within the communities in which we live. She founded and is the Chair of the Sydney East Architects, which originally started as a social network group and today has grown to five networks around Sydney.

“Agi’s generosity knows no bounds and her passion to mentor and coach the new and emerging generation of practitioners is inspirational. Her commitment to gender equality is exemplified through her efforts in working towards setting up a system where women with young children can put themselves forward for part-time, casual or contract employment to help architects with particular projects or to help fill in during holidays. Her contribution in networking and building relationships within the profession has been outstanding as an enabler to share and leverage expert knowledge amongst all levels of practice.

“The ACA has benefitted from her drive and commitment in setting up its national webinar program and the CPD events across NSW and the ACT. Her vision is for the profession to feel a sense of community, belonging and wellbeing and the interconnectedness with a vibrant architectural profession, through learning, great design and ethical practice.”


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