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About the Institute

The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia, representing 11,000 members. The Institute works to improve our built environment by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design.

Our 2018 - 2020 Strategy

The Institute's new three-year strategy, developed in close consultation with members,
sets out a clear vision and mission for the Institute, identifying core activities and goals that empower members and enhance the unique value delivered by a successful architectural profession.


Julia Cambage, Chief Executive Officer

Julia brings with her over 20 years’ experience as a CEO and joined the Institute as Chief Executive Officer in February 2019. In this role, Julia is responsible for leading the Institute through a period of significant strategic, digital and organisational transformation.

Before joining the Institute, Julia was CEO at TRY Australia, an innovative youth charity and mentoring organisation employing over 400 staff and 200 volunteers across Australia with a $30 million turnover. During her six-year tenure, Julia was instrumental in launching a range of sustainable enterprises including TRY Uncontained, a progressive social business converting shipping containers into affordable, small footprint housing whilst providing training and meaningful employment opportunities for young people. The initiative was recently recognised at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh as a ‘true gamechanger’.

Julia has previously held top level positions at national not-for-profits Procurement Australia and Family Business Australia, developing and implementing sustainable programs to achieve strategic growth. Her entrepreneurial nature coupled with extensive experience and commercial acumen helps the Institute navigate a period of significant change. In 2018, Julia participated in the Harvard Business School program, specialising in performance measurement for the effective management of not-for-profit organisations.

Prof Helen Lochhead FRAIA, National President

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer.

Prior to her appointment as Dean of UNSW’s Built Environment Faculty, she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney including Executive Director roles at the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect.

Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works ranging from a five-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney leading up to the 2000 Olympics to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. She has been instrumental in shaping more major precincts around Sydney Harbour than most, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. More recently she led the development of a 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD and was instrumental in setting a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour.

Professor Lochhead maintains a high profile in the profession and her professional contribution has been recognised through many industry awards including Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Urban Design and Sustainability Awards, the Australian Institute of Architects Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, the National Association of Women in Construction Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the Australian Institute of Architects NSW President’s Prize.

High-level appointments include the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the NSW Heritage Council and competition juries and design review panels across Australia. All are a testament to her standing in the profession.

A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York, Professor Lochhead’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities. In 2014-15 she was also the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Mission & Vision


To make the world a better place through architecture


A strong architectural profession that inspires clients and promotes community and the public interest through exceptional design and an ethical approach to the built environment


To develop and promote a strong architectural profession and be the public voice for architecture

Please see the
Australian Institute of Architects' Strategic Plan

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