Agi Sterling Receives Life Fellowship

8 December 2021

Congratulations to the ACA’s NSW/ACT President and Vice-President of ACA National, Agi Sterling for receiving the honour of a Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Architects. Well-deserved and well done!

​​Life Fellowship is awarded to members who are currently Fellows of the Institute and who have rendered notable contribution to the advancement of the profession in design, construction, literature, education, public service or in any other way deemed worthy of the honour of Life Fellowship.

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai had this to say about Agi’s enthusiastic advocacy and tireless energy working for the betterment of the profession in NSW and around the country.

Agi Sterling is the director of Sterling Architects, and has run her own successful practice in the eastern suburbs of Sydney for almost 20 years. Before she became a sole practitioner, she spent several years working in large practice on schools, hospitals, medical centres and other large commercial projects. She is ACA’s National Vice-President, Branch President of the ACA NSW/ACT Committee, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, a member of the CPD Committee of the Institute of Architects in NSW, and founder of the Sydney East Architects group (with continuing involvement with the CPD program).

Agi’s tireless and relentless efforts to raise the bar and professionalism of architecture and the value and benefits it creates for our built environment has been evidenced through her own professional practice, but importantly, her involvement and leadership across these professional bodies and industry forums. She is professionally and personally invested in the profession, but equally important is her commitment to ensuring long-term sustainable outcomes for built environments and the interconnectedness of good quality design of residential housing within the communities in which we live. She founded and is the Chair of the Sydney East Architects, which originally started as a social network group and today has grown to five networks around Sydney.

Agi’s generosity knows no bounds and her passion to mentor and coach the new and emerging generation of practitioners is inspirational. Her commitment to gender equality is exemplified through her efforts in working towards setting up a system where women with young children can put themselves forward for part-time, casual or contract employment to help architects with particular projects or to help fill in during holidays. Her contribution in networking and building relationships within the profession has been outstanding as an enabler to share and leverage expert knowledge amongst all levels of practice.

The ACA has benefitted from her drive and commitment in setting up its national webinar program and the CPD events across NSW and the ACT. Her vision is for the profession to feel a sense of community, belonging and wellbeing and the interconnectedness with a vibrant architectural profession, through learning, great design and ethical practice.