AIA launches series of architecture titles

Dec 1, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced it is to publish a series of ten annual limited edition books celebrating the winners of the Institute’s National Architecture Awards.

The first volume in the series, _INSPIRE: Australian National Architecture Awards 2010_, publishes in December and covers the award winners from the 2010 National Awards held in Canberra in October this year. Featuring 147 award-winners and 33 national awards, all projects included in the book have won at least a chapter architecture award.

Each volume, published following the AIA’s national awards, will represent the year’s best architecture, urban design and interiors projects as recognised by the Institute. The Institute’s CEO, David Parken, described the venture as a means of “championing the profession, recording these achievements and promoting the architectural work that so competently and inspiringly shapes our future.”

The series is an initiative brought together by Parken and Sydney-based photographer Katarina Stuebe. Stuebe established her own publishing company REVEALbooks in 2006, under which she published _Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House_.

INSPIRE features photographs of each project, displayed alongside preliminary sketches and stories, as well as anecdotes from the architects. Each design team was asked a series of four questions about their design concept and its relation to the site and the public realm. They were also asked for anecdotes, quotations and a human perspective of their design – offering the architects’ views on their work, in their own words.

Bringing together the series will be a graphic theme that runs along the spine of each volume. A colour theme has also been introduced, with 2010 represented in green, 2011 in pink and the final volume – described by Stuebe as “the architect’s book” – expected to be black on black.

_INSPIRE: Australian National Architecture Awards 2010_ has been published as a limited edition of 3,000 books and can be purchased at Architext and other national bookstores.


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