National Architecture Conference – EOI Creative Directorship

The 2023 National Architecture Conference is the pinnacle professional development event for Australian architects. Held annually, the Conference attracts over 1000 delegates.

Since 2005, the Conference has been planned on a strategic and operational model that has seen it grow rapidly and substantially under a collaboration between Creative Directors and the Institute’s management team.

The scope of the Creative Director’s roles and responsibilities focuses primarily on the sub-themes, content and professional development opportunities, with the formal and operational aspects being the primary focus of the Institute’s management team.

In 2023 the National Architecture Conference will be held on October 18 – 20 2023 in the Gold Coast,  Queensland.

The theme for the 2023 National Architecture Conference – precedent – has been formulated in consultation with senior Institute Members and under the direction of the National President. It explores the ideology – How looking back will help us to face forward.

Yuandang Bridge | BAU Brearley Architects Urbanists | Photographer: Zhu Runzi



After decades of dire predictions, the 2020’s have arrived with rolling crises – health, climate, security. We are saturated with claims of ‘unprecedented times’, assertions that this is the end of business as usual.  As a profession, architects are uniquely positioned to use this global inflection point to create a more sustainable and more equitable future.

We have chosen to step outside the hysteria and take this moment to pause and reflect on what has come before, to focus our resolve for how we face the future and shape what is yet to come. With a focus on demonstrated outcomes, we look for architecture that has proven transformative.

With a diversity of voices, we seek to create an ambitious, inclusive and optimistic space from which to face the future of the profession and the planet. We look to embrace culture as a matter of influence. This encompasses the culture/s of the people that create the built environment but also the culture we create within the profession.



The Institute is seeking expressions of interest to take on the role of Creative Director for the 2023 National Architecture Conference.


Proposals are sought from individuals or collaborative teams with a concept for the creative direction of the 2023 National Architecture Conference. Interested parties are required to submit the following:

  • A brief proposal, which outlines an indicative concept, suggested speaker line up and Creative Director over view. This should be no more than five A4 pages in length.
  • A one page CV for the Creative Director or one page for each team member.

Proposals may be submitted in the following forms:

  • Hard copy documents and illustrations;
  • PDF or PowerPoint document via email, DVD, CD ROM or other digital system; or
  • a combination of the above.

The Institute requires that five identical copies of any non-digital component of the proposal be submitted. Submitted materials must be in a commonly accessible format.

The Institute accepts no responsibility for not being able to decipher material submitted in an unusual format. Submissions that do not comply with the above requirements may not be considered.


The criteria for selection are:

  • the relevance and appeal of the conference concept
  •  the strength of the proposed speaker line up, and the ability for the creative director to secure such speakers, and
  • the capacity of the creative director to deliver the conference within the required timeframe and financial constraints.

The selection panel will initially develop a shortlist of preferred candidates. Short-listed applicants may be requested to submit relevant additional material and may be interviewed by the selection panel. Interview may be face-to –face or vitually. Approved costs of any travel and related expenses for interviews will be reimbursed, for one person.

The selection panel will present its recommendation for creative director for ratification by the National Executive.

HOTA Gallery | ARM | Photographer: John Gollings


Expression of interest submissions must be received by 5.00pm ADST 5 September 2022.

Interviews, if required, will take place in September 2022, with the successful submission being notified no later than 1 October 2022.


All submissions and any enquiries should be addressed to:

Nikki Massadi
National Manager, Events
2/270 Montague Street West End QLD 4101
Email: Tel: (07) 3828 4109