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Member benefits

By becoming a student member of the Australian Institute of Architects you will gain a better understanding on how the profession works and get the same access to valuable tools and information as the country’s leading firms and practices.

SONA members have access to valuable information, tools and opportunities to develop knowledge and confidence to enter the profession and make an impact! 

News & Publications

Architecture Australia Magazine

Receive Architecture Australia and Architectural Product News digital magazines free for the duration of your membership. Easily access your publications by setting up an account on Zinio. Once signed in, the subscribed publications will be visible in your Zinio ‘my library’ via a web browser or the Zinio app, downloadable via Google Play or Apple App Store 

Architecture Australia is also now available to read online by logging into your member portal.

As an exclusive member offer, purchase a 12-month print subscription (6 issues) through Architecture Media and the digital AA magazine included in your membership – enjoy the look, feel, and experience of print. 

Delivery within Australia: $30.00 (inc. GST) including postage (normally $87.00).   

Outside Australia: $70.00 including postage (normally $159.00). 


Stay up to date with all the important things going on in your chosen profession with E-News delivered straight to your inbox keeping you updated on nationwide events, competitions, prizes, policies and industry news.   

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National Mentoring Program

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.  

Easily match with fellow members of the Institute using the member-exclusive online platform, Mentor loop. Join hundreds of other students and industry professionals and get ahead of the curve with a mentor.


Access resources architects are using in practice today. Search a database of guidance notes developed and updated by architects.

Find information that can be used in your studies and assignments.

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The purpose of the program is to connect attendees to events, resources and opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to improve their employability and work readiness and to learn about and experience the profession in ways they may not have the opportunity to at university. 

This program is coming soon.


SONA members have access to the same content architects use to meet their professional obligations for continuing professional development.

All CPD courses can be accessed via the member portal.

community forum

SONA members have access to the Community Forum – an online discussions and resources platform with over 13,000+ members.  

Search the Jobs Board for your next position, post a question in the Open Forum or join the discussion in the Regenerative and Sustainable Design or Education Communities.  

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HR Hub

Find information and advice on employment-related issues, helping you to know your rights as a student. 

HR Hub also has an extensive online wellbeing section with advice to help you learn techniques to reach a healthy work/study/life balance.  


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Bluescope Glenn Murcutt Student Prize

The prize is presented every second year and recognises outstanding architectural student work which demonstrates excellence in response to place, technology and Australian culture. 


SuperStudio is a national conceptual design competition open to all SONA members from all year, participants are encouraged to focus on their ideas and thoughts and explore the infinite depths of their creativity.

Student advancement of
architecture prize

Be noticed on a national stage!

Awarded annually this prize is for a most outstanding contribution by an individual SONA member. 

Member Badges

Show off your Institute membership with a digital membership badge. Exclusive to members, apply your badge to your email signature, portfolio or CV and proudly acknowledge your Institute membership and impress future employers. 

SONA members can download their badge via the member portal 

depict – digital zine

de-PICT provides students with a platform to share their work and thinking on a national stage with the wider architectural community. 

The zine will have a focus on representation in all its forms. Each zine edition will have its own unique theme and will showcase high-quality projects by students that will inspire and demonstrate what is achievable. 

All SONA members are invited to submit work.  

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member rewards

member rewards

All members receive access to our exclusive member rewards program featuring discounts and benefits from a range of brands including book stores, travel, lifestyle and automotive products and services.

A full list of member rewards can be found here.  Instructions on how you can claim your discount can be found in the member portal.  Members can log into the portal through the link below.

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SONA representatives

become a sona representative

SONA members have the opportunity to apply to be a SONA representative. This role provides the exclusive opportunity for outstanding and engaged students to share their knowledge and provide information relating to SONA, student membership and careers in the built environment with their peer networks. SONA representatives make a significant contribution to the student community whilst developing advanced personal, professional and leadership skills. 

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