The Sydney Architecture Festival is presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) and the NSW Architects Registration Board. Our organisations have common ground in our efforts to create a better understanding of architecture. Sydney Architecture Festival:
enables the community to participate in and enjoy the history and architecture of Sydney;
contributes to community engagement in relation to the challenges of achieving a sustainable built environment;
promotes Sydney's cultural identity as a contemporary city of quality architecture;
develops partnerships with organisations engaged in activities relevant to our primary objectives ofcelebration: developing the community's appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture and education: communicating the importance of good design in achieving a sustainable, helathy and culturally rich built environment.
The 2014 Festival theme "Connections - The Making of a Great City" invites participation in events across the city.
The Festival offers international and local insights into the city’s built environment with a packed program of architecture talks, exhibitions, panel discussions, films,children’s activities, open day events and guided tours.
The 2014 program is spread across lunchtime, evening and weekend time slots and includes both paid and free events suited to all ages and walks of life, from industry professionals through to local community members.
Australian Institute of Architects
The Australian Institute of Architects aims to improve the quality of our built environment by promoting responsible and environmentally sustainable design. It is a national professional organization representing more than 10,000 architects across Australia and overseas, with chapters in each state and territory.
Members are encouraged to develop their skills through the Institute's continuing professional development program; they are obliged to behave in accordance with a code of professional conduct.
The Institute publishes Australia's premier architectural magazine, Architecture Australia, chapter bulletins and other publications, and provides practical building advisory services to the community through Archicentre.
The Institute's National Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1981. The judging process takes place in each state and territory; state and territory winners are judged for the national awards alongside winners in the other states.
The NSW Architects Registration Board's key role is to protect consumers of architectural services by ensuring that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner, accrediting architectural qualifications and providing information to government.
The Board also promotes an understanding of architecture in the community by funding research, organising talks and forums and partnering with organisations on projects relevant to increasing the public's understanding of architectural issues.