arch-peace news and articles

22.3.17

Defending the right to public space: Architects for Peace opposes local law changes that seek to punish homelessness

In response to the City of Melbourne’s proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2017, we made a submission, outlining our opposition to the changes. Not only would the proposed changes deny people experiencing homelessness their rightful access to public places, it would also allow for the confiscation and impoundment (a $338 fine!) of their belongings. We view these changes as effectively criminalising homelessness and in violation of human rights, in particular, the right to be protected from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. We’re not alone in our opposition: the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, has also condemned the amendments. You can read our submission here.

Representatives from Architects for Peace will present our viewpoint to a City Council Committee on Thursday 30 March 2017 in the Melbourne Town Hall. We’ll keep you posted on the results. #nohomelessban.

Image credit: EvoLens

18.3.17

Design for all? Affordable Housing & the right to the city





In a housing climate dominated by skyrocketing property values, how much do we really value design? Amid the frenzied discussion of affordability, monetary value tends to steal the limelight, with other kinds of value easily sidelined. Can the design of individual housing projects contribute to a better-built, community-driven and fairer city? Or is the real design question a much bigger one, for which we need to look system-wide?


Architects For Peace invites you to our first event of our Talks Series 2017, to join us and a panel of speakers to discuss challenges and opportunities for delivering well-designed housing, while enhancing the right to the city - for all.

Guest Speakers:
Rob McGauran, Founding Director MGS Architects
Dr. Andrea Sharam, School of Property, Construction and Property Management RMIT
Professor Tony Dalton, Centre for Urban Research RMIT
Kate McMahon, Co-Founder Hello City
Kate Raynor, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Transforming Housing, The university of Melbourne

DATE AND TIME
Thu. 23 March 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
LOCATION
Drill hall, 26 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3004
This event is part of the Melbourne design week.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
 
Architects for Peace Talks Series 2017 is sponsored by the City of Melbourne
Architects for Peace is sponsored by ArchiTeam.

Talks Series 2017 Sponsor             A4P Sponsor       
 

 
 







 
 
 




19.1.17

Work with us, Media and Communications Coordinator

Media and Communications Coordinator (volunteer position - part-time)

A unique volunteer opportunity exists within Architects for Peace for a Media and Communications Coordinator to join our Melbourne team. The role is fundamentally accountable for maintaining the organization's communication streams, including preparation and distribution of written content, liaison with key media contacts, managing social media platforms and, ensuring the organization's projects and events are effectively communicated to our global community of more than 25,000 followers.

Highly valued personal and professional qualities would see you as being energetic, showing maturity and experience in communicating important social justice and built environment issues and, possessing skills to build strong relationships.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate communications and marketing strategies
  • Create content for website, social media, direct marketing and other promotional platforms and channels
  • Coordinate social media campaigns via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and MailChimp including: content, design and monitoring
  • Support the end-to-end planning, execution and optimisation of digital marketing and advertising campaigns
  • Manage and update graphic content for the organization's online and archive resources
  • Identify and connect with organizations who may be interested in partnering with Architects for Peace
  • Work closely with the team and manage volunteers where required


Essential skills:

  • Have tertiary qualifications in Communications (Journalism, Public Relations, Media, Marketing
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Ideally 1-2 years’ experience in a similar role in the not for profit sector
  • Experience in creating and coordinating targeted social media, digital marketing and advertising campaigns with strong analytical & reporting skills is highly desirable
  • The successful candidate will be a team player who is passionate about social justice

How to apply: 
Please send your resume to 
nicole@architectsforpeace.org
and we will get in touch with you.

About us:
Architects for Peace is a volunteer run, not for profit incorporated organisation made up of planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, engineers, environmentalists and artists and, aims to provide an alternative forum for debating political, environmental and social issues in the professional urban context. In Melbourne we are a small and friendly team of students and professionals of diverse backgrounds and experience.


Work with us, Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer (volunteer position - part-time)

A unique volunteer opportunity exists within Architects for Peace for a Graphic Designer to join our Melbourne team. The ideal candidate will be the creative core of the organization with the ability to conceptualize, develop and execute visual internal and external communications, produce outstanding event collateral and promotional materials, and assist with various awareness and fundraising campaigns.

Highly valued personal and professional qualities would see you having a thoughtful creative approach in capturing key themes and issues about social justice in the built environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Produce graphic design content for the organization’s online and archive resources
  • Manage website, social media, direct marketing and other promotional platforms and channels
  • Assist in the coordination of social media campaigns via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and MailChimp including: content and design
  • Work closely with the volunteer team in the organization’s website redesign


Essential skills:

  • Have tertiary qualifications in Graphic Design or an equivalent course
  • Exceptional creative design skills with the ability to think outside the box
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Ideally 1-2 years’ experience in a similar role within the not for profit sector
  • Have experience in creating targeted social media, digital marketing and advertising campaigns
  • Ideally have user interface design experience (with an understanding of fundamental UX principles)
  • Ideally have experience in event photography and videography
  • The successful candidate will be a team player who is passionate about social justice

How to apply: 
Please send your resume to 
nicole@architectsforpeace.org and richie@architectsforpeace.org
and we will get in touch with you.

About us:
Architects for Peace is a fully volunteer run, not for profit incorporated organisation made up of planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, engineers, environmentalists and artists that aims to provide an alternative forum for debating political, environmental and social issues in the professional urban context. In Melbourne we are a small and friendly team of students and professionals of diverse backgrounds and experience.


Work with us, Grant writer/fundraising officer

Grant writer/fundraising officer (volunteer position - part-time)

A unique volunteer opportunity exists within Architects for Peace for a Grant writer/Fundraiser to join our Melbourne team. We are seeking an experienced and knowledgeable professional in Resource Mobilisation with skills and expertise in identifying funding sources and writing grant proposals to secure vital funding for the organisation. Additionally, a candidate with the knowledge and ability to develop creative fundraising strategies and campaigns is also highly desirable.

Highly valued personal and professional qualities would see you as being driven, dedicated and creative with high-level written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to develop successful fundraising initiatives.
Responsibilities:

  • Researching, identifying and sourcing suitable grant opportunities
  • Preparing and writing grant submissions
  • Developing fundraising ideas and strategies
  • Attending monthly team meetings and project meetings where required

Essential skills:

  • Experience in grant writing and submissions
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative thinker
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Ideally have experience with a variety of types of fundraising
  • The successful candidate will be a team player who is passionate about social justice

How to apply: 
Please send your resume to 
pauline.ng@ozemail.com.au
and we will get in touch with you.

About us:
Architects for Peace is a fully volunteer run, not for profit incorporated organisation made up of planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, engineers, environmentalists and artists that aims to provide an alternative forum for debating political, environmental and social issues in the professional urban context. In Melbourne we are a small and friendly team of students and professionals of diverse backgrounds and experiences.