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A month of design awards

Design Awards have been a big feature over the past few weeks with the Good Design Awards and Australian Interior Design Awards both held last month featuring some of the best examples of Australian design.

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Chapter Awards program gets into full swing throughout June and July celebrating Australian architects and architecture.

The AIA is set to break new ground at the Venice Architecture Biennale and has recently released its Gender Equity Policy.

The ADA is very pleased to support the annual Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) event to be held in Canberra on 15 July with the focus on productivity by design.  

The Design Institute of Australia last week launched its Education Policy and Design Course Recogntion programme at DesignEx in Sydney.

We hope you find this issue of ADA News useful.

Please forward others and check out our website for other news about Australian design.

Thanks for reading!

Lisa Cahill, ADA Executive Director

Australia creates captivating virtual world at Venice Architecture Biennale 7 Jun – 23 Nov 2014

Australia is set to break new ground at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with innovative technology allowing architecture to be experienced in ways never before seen at the exhibition. Augmented Australia 1914-2014, curated by felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, will push the boundaries of architecture and technology, taking visitors on a virtual journey through a selection of Australia’s most intriguing unrealised projects.


Iconic bathroom manufacturer wins Australia's highest design honour 

Australian iconic bathroom maker, Caroma, with renowned Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, has won the 2014 Good Design Award of the Year for its 22-piece bathroom collection comprising toilets, tapware, showers, baths and a urinal.

Presented by Good Design Australia, the coveted Award was announced at a gala event in Sydney on May 28 as part of the 2014 Good Design Festival, in association in VIVID Sydney.

Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said judges felt that the Caroma Marc Newson Bathroom Collection exemplified how the process of design thinking can be applied to a longstanding everyday product to resolve challenges and issues and reach a beautifully designed outcome.


AIA Gender Equity Policy

In December 2013, a major breakthrough for gender equity in the profession of architecture was achieved with the Australian Institute of Architects publishing the organisation’s first Gender Equity Policy.

The disparity between male and female representation within the profession has been well documented and is a growing concern for the Institute as the industry’s representative body.

‘It is with this in mind that I am delighted to share the Institute’s new Gender Equity Policy which will provide the foundation for improving operations within the Institute through our governance, programs and services, employment and leadership. The policy will assist our members and the profession more broadly in employing gender equitable practices in their day to day operations,’ the Institute’s National President, Paul Berkemeier, said.


Westgarth House by Kennedy Nolan, shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards – Residential

AIA Chapter Awards program

Throughout June and July, the Australian Institute of Architects’ chapters hold their Architecture Awards presentation events.

The Institute’s awards program is extremely important because it celebrates the vision, talent and tenacity of architects through recognition of their work; and presents an opportunity for public and peer recognition. It also provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote Australian architects and architecture locally, nationally and internationally.


DIA launches recognition programme for Australian Design Courses

James Harper, National President of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), has announced details of a new DIA Education Policy and Design Course Recognition programme.

The new DIA Education Policy takes into account changes in design course structure, qualification levels and the current skills surplus.

The associated Design Course Recognition programme – which was officially launched at the DIA stand at designEX in Sydney on 28th May 2014 – will provide formal recognition of selected design courses and assist students and parents looking to identify appropriate design courses.


Built Environment Meets Parliament 2014: Productivity by Design

The ADA is delighted to support this seminal event for design in the built environment.

Held at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 July 2014,  Built Environment Meets Parliament is an opportunity to explore the economic, social, environmental and governance issues that help shape national prosperity.

Themed ‘Productivity by Design’, the topics for this year's summit include: Direct Action and the opportunities for industry, Climate Adaptation, the future of funding and infrastructure, augmented reality technology and the digital printing revolution in the construction sector.

More information and registration for BEMP and the AAUD event can be found at


Australian Design Alliance: promoting the use of design to boost Australia's productivity through innovation.

Australian Craft and Design Centres
Australian Graphic Design Association
Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australian Production Design Guild
Building Designers Australia
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
Design Institute of Australia
Engineers Australia
Good Design Australia
National Association for the Visual Arts
Planning Institute of Australia

College of Fine Arts NSW
Object: Australian Design Centre
UTS Business School

Communication Design Partner: Brave Creative
Digital Partner: Canvas Group
Network Collaborator: Pozible