Creative Director wanted for AIA National Conference

Aug 23, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2012 National Architecture Conference. The AIA has invited submissions from “inventive and enthusiastic individuals, practices, schools of architecture, or collaborative teams” with an interest in directing the themes that will be addressed in the 2012 conference.

The Creative Director is responsible for the conceptualisation of the theme and content of the conference, with the Institute focusing on the formal and operational aspects of the event. The annual conference is one of the major events held by the AIA, and is attended by more than 1,000 delegates.

RMIT Associate Professor Mel Dodd, Creative Director for the 2010 National Architecture Conference extra/ordinary, said the event “has great potential to prompt an annual moment of reflection and provocation for architectural practice in Australia.

“As Creative Director, I appreciated the opportunity for curatorial authorship which was critical to the communication of meaningful thematic content for the audience. The ability to engage with the profession in such a well attended, well organised and focused event is impressive and has been very enjoyable, providing great opportunities for the future.”

2009 Parallax Creative Director, Gerard Reinmuth, described the position as a “once-in-a-career opportunity”.

Reinmuth added: “The discipline of thinking through a concept and program of talks and events to inspire our whole profession represents a form of professional development at the highest level. Complement this with the inspiration and stimulation from meeting some of the best architects and thinkers in the world, and you have perhaps the best job in architecture.”

The 2011 conference, Natural Artifice, will be led by Creative Director Angelo Candalepas, along with David Neustein and Andrew Scott.

Submissions for the role of Creative Director must be received by Friday 5 November 2010.
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