Australian Architecture Conference 2024

Australian Architecture Conference 2024
Join us at the 2024 Australian Architecture Conference in Melbourne from 8-11 May as we gather to connect, explore and debate.

Connect. Explore. Debate.

Connect, explore and debate the future of Australian architecture,
by engaging architectural minds from around the country
and the world. 

Overview 

Join us at the Australian Architecture Conference 2024 in Melbourne from 8-11 May as we gather connect, explore and debate.

Discover how architects are changing the game and shaping the future of architecture, pushing boundaries and redefining norms. Delve into circular and sustainable architecture, to learn more on innovative design approaches in a climate-constrained world. Listen to local and international experts cover the vexed issues of the global housing crisis, where we will explore how architects are stepping up to the challenge.
Join the conversation as we discuss how to communicate the value of architecture and amplify our impact in the community. Don't miss this important opportunity to gather with peers and gain CPD points through a carefully curated program that will see ideas converge and perspectives evolve as we change the game.

Learn more at architecture.com.au/conference

Conference Program

To plan your experience at the Australian Architecture Conference 2024, please view the program on our website

DAY 1 CONFERENCE

Time

Activity

Location

Details

7.30am – 8.15am

Conference registration

Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Complimentary tea and coffee thanks to Alspec

8.30am – 6pm

Conference Day 1

Keynote Speakers
Paul Monaghan
Dana Cuff
Nigel Bertram
Barbara Bestor
Yasmeen Lari in conversation with  Esther Charlesworth
Alberto Veiga

Award Presentations
Gold Medal
The Paul Whitman Gender Equity Prize
The Student Prize
The Leadership Sustainability Prize
The Neville Quarry Education Prize
The Presidents Prize

Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

2 day conference pass
Member $795

6pm – 10.00pm

Speculative Futures with Liam Young supported by Dulux

The Capitol Theatre - 
113 Swanston St, Melbourne

Fringe event Member $35, SONA $25

 7pm – 10.30pm  Bondor Metecno Gala Dinner  Regent Theatre – Plaza Ballroom
191 Collins St, Melbourne
 Fringe event Member $220


DAY 2 CONFERNCE
 

Time

Activity

Location

Details

8.30am – 5pm

Conference Day 2

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf

2 day conference pass
Member $795
Register here

Sessions

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Actions Stations Panel Discussion

Climate Action

Indigenising the Built Environment

Communication
Curated in collaboration with Open House Melbourne

Seminar

David Kaunitz and Ka Wai Yeung

Kevin Daly

Kathy Waghorn

Seminar

Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco

Ganga Rathnayake and Milinda Pathiraja

Ben Berwick

12.30pm – 2pm

Australian Institute of Architects Annual General Meeting

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf

Open for all to attend

Seminar

Michael Lineburg and Lynn Wang

Cyrus Patell and Eliza Higgins

Guillermo Fernández-Abascal

Actions Stations Panel Discussion

Heritage
Curated in collaboration with Robin Boyd Foundation and RAIA Heritage Committee

Artificial Intelligence

Legislation


*Remember to book your Fringe Events while registering. 

 

Registration Process

  • Please select the conference registration program option first, then proceed to select any optional Fringe Events (please note fringe events are not included in the two-day conference pass and must be purchased additionally)
  • Please complete all fields marked *
  • Your information will be encrypted and securely forwarded to the conference organisers
  • Your confirmation email should be received within 15 minutes of registering
  • If you do not receive your confirmation email, please email conference@architecture.com.au

Price

Conference  
 Ticket Type  Early Bird (inc GST)    Standard Pricing (inc GST)
  Member $795  SOLD OUT $895 
  A+ Member $695  SOLD OUT $795 
  Non Member $1200  SOLD OUT $1300 
  Concession Members* $595  SOLD OUT $695 
  Graduate Members $495 SOLD OUT $595
  SONA Members
$345  SOLD OUT $395
  Student Non Member $425 SOLD OUT $495
  Sponsor a Student $345 SOLD OUT $395

Become a student member today. Sign up here

Interested in sponsoring a student to attend conference? Please find out more here.

*Concessional Fee: You may be eligible for a discounted fee if you have one of the following conditions: retired, emerging architect (first registered in the last 3 years 2021-23), working part-time as 0.4 FTE or less, working reduced hours due to parental or post-graduate leave or facing special circumstances like prolonged unemployment, ill health or financial hardship.


Fringe Events
Event Member Price (inc GST) Non-Member Price (inc GST)    Student Price (inc GST)
Action on Wellbeing Symposium Please purchase tickets here Please purchase tickets
here 
 
Brickworks Diversity in Architecture Brunch $65 $75  $55
Fielders Lysaght Generation Exchange Brunch $65 $75 $35
Tour #1: Architects Own Homes $55  $65  $45
Tour #2: Open Firm $55  $65  $45
Tour #3: Walsh Street House $55  $65  $45
Tour #4: Walking Tour of Melbourne $65 $75  $65
Sunset Cocktails at Walsh Street with the Robin Boyd Foundation  $95  $95   $95
Bondor Metecno Gala Dinner $175 (member only
early bird)

$220 



$240
 $175 (member only
early bird)

$220

The Wellbeing of Architects [Education + Practice]

The Action on Wellbeing Symposium marks the conclusion of a comprehensive research project, The Wellbeing of Architects: culture, identity + practice, which has lasted four years. This event, held over two days, serves as a platform to present the study's findings and propose actionable recommendations for addressing the mental health and wellbeing issues prevalent in the architecture community.

Learn more about this fringe event here

Accommodation

For attendees requiring assistance with booking accommodation, please visit the Accommodation Link website for information and current availability to secure your booking. Booking enquires with Accommodation Link can be forwarded to Phone: 1300 79 20 30  Email: registrations@accommodationlink.com.au     BOOK ACCOMMODATION HERE 

Partners

Principal Conference Primary Partner
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Conference Gala Partner

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Major National Partners

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Conference Supporter

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Conference Media Partner         
Conference Publication Partner          Conference Accommodation Partner          Conference Photographer Partner 
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Group Bookings

For anyone requiring assistance for group and multiple membership level bookings, please contact the Conference Team on conference@architecture.com.au.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to our terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

When
8/05/2024 8:30 AM - 11/05/2024 5:00 PM
Where
Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA

Program

   

Thursday, 09 May 2024

Description
Secure your seat for a light-hearted brunch to discussing the importance of diversity.  During this event, you'll hear from a panel of diverse speakers discussing the importance of diversity to create an equal playing field.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Generation Exchange offers a unique platform for emerging professionals to engage in conversations with seasoned professionals about various issues encountered in practice. In this particular event, our focus is on the valuable lessons learned from experiences that don't always go as planned and how unexpected twists and hurdles in professional journeys become the catalyst for personal and professional growth.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

** This walking tour includes internal and external stairs without lift access as well as unpaved terrain. Be welcomed into the private homes of some of Australia’s most celebrated architects along the banks of the Yarra River in the eastern suburb of Kew. This is a unique chance to experience a remarkable collection of architectural gems ranging from mid-century to contemporary.  Further details to follow.  The tour includes bus transport to and from central Melbourne.
Time
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM

Explore the studios of some of Australia’s leading architectural practices. This central Melbourne walking tour offers a rare opportunity to experience the spaces where some of the country’s award-winning projects take shape. Centered around the bustling Flinders Lane cluster, each stop will feature a studio tour led by a practice representative.  Further details to follow.
Time
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM

Presented by the Robin Boyd Foundation You will hear about the inspiration and design of Robin Boyd’s iconic modernist residence designed for his family in 1957, followed by an opportunity to explore Walsh Street and take photographs. Thursday 9 May, 12.30 - 1.30 pm 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
Time
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM

Presented by the Robin Boyd Foundation You will hear about the inspiration and design of Robin Boyd’s iconic modernist residence designed for his family in 1957, followed by an opportunity to explore Walsh Street and take photographs. Thursday 9 May, 12.30 - 1.30 pm 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
Time
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM

Led by Open House Melbourne’s Executive Director, Tania Davidge, this walking tour explores the history of Melbourne’s public spaces, looking at how they have changed over time and how they are being imagined into the future. The tour provides insight into Melbourne’s long search for a town square and gives you a behind the scenes perspective of Fed Square to unpack the important roles design advocacy, governance and stewardship play in the creation and development of public space. It looks at Melbourne’s vision for its public realm and the public life of the city into the future. Beginning at the State Library of Victoria, this tour covers important sites such as City Square, Federation Square and Collins Arch and future projects such as the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation and the Greenline. Please note individual tours run concurrently. Venue details and departure locations will be provided closer to the conference.
Time
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM

Venue: The Edge, Federation Square.  A panel discussion to be held at the Edge in Federation Square, presented, and promoted in partnership with Alspec and Open House Melbourne.  COVID shifted Australians’ relationship with private and public, built and open space in ways it seems improbable and undesirable we will ever return from. As spheres of work, home and recreation elided in profoundly altered ways throughout lockdowns, value was elucidated where previously it had been hidden or overlooked, and new possibilities for how we might do life and occupy our physical environments emerged sometimes radically. Alongside these rapid recalibrations, paradigm shifting climate impacts and rises in living costs have been exerting their own influence on the shapes and patterns of urban life. So what does this mean for the disrupted city centre? What economic, social, and cultural rhythms do we want to see arise from a disturbance so ripe with possibility? What lessons have the values freshly laid bare by COVID to guide us? To what imaginable but previously impracticable visions has this pivot point suddenly gifted feasibility? Just what is the future of the Australian CBD? The event is in partnership with Alspec and Open House Melbourne.
Time
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4:30 PM

Open the door to Robin Boyd’s iconic Walsh Street residence after-hours for Spring Sunset Cocktails. Designed to complement a modern lifestyle, with its floating salon and private central courtyard, Walsh Street lent itself to sophisticated entertaining. On this tour, our guide will share anecdotes of one of Melbourne’s hot-ticket party houses – as mixologists serve signature 60s-inspired cocktails. You’ll then be free to discover Walsh Street as the dusk light dances across this unique architectural masterpiece. The Robin Boyd Foundation, in collaboration with Four Pillars Gin, have curated some signature cocktails (and mocktails) for this unique tour experience. Tickets include: – Guided welcome and introduction to Walsh Street – Up to 3 signature cocktails or mocktail drinks per attendee. – Shared food platters
Time
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
5:00 PM

Friday, 10 May 2024

Description
Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM

Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM

Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM

Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM

Time
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
8:00 AM

Join us at The Capitol Theatre for an in-depth conversation with Liam Young moderated by Professor Naomi Stead. Liam Young is an Australian-born film director and architect. Young’s work is situated within the fields of design fiction and critical design. Professor Naomi Stead is an architectural writer, critic, educator and researcher, and director of the Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT.
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM

You are invited to The Regent, Plaza Ballroom in what will be a memorable evening. Situated in the heart of Melbourne's "Paris End," the Plaza Ballroom has history, culture and pure magnificence from the 1920s. Your 3 course dining experience will take place in the stately and elegant ballroom which has undergone detailed reconstruction in order to return the Plaza Ballroom to its former beauty. The heritage venue features remarkable Spanish Rococo architecture style -with grand staircase entry, stunning architecture, high ceilings, bespoke light fittings and original chandeliers.
Time
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 PM

Bringing a guest? Make sure you purchase an additional ticket to the Bondor Metecno Gala
Time
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 PM

Saturday, 11 May 2024

Description
Concurrent session & Action Stations preferences will be available for selection mid April 2024. Please check your emails for updates.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM

Concurrent session & Action Stations preferences will be available for selection mid April 2024. Please check your emails for updates.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM

Concurrent session & Action Stations preferences will be available for selection mid April 2024. Please check your emails for updates.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM

Concurrent session & Action Stations preferences will be available for selection mid April 2024. Please check your emails for updates.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM

Concurrent session & Action Stations preferences will be available for selection mid April 2024. Please check your emails for updates.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM

 

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