Principal Sponsor of the National Architecture Conference, BlueScope Steel will be giving away samples of its next generation ZINCALUME steel and several exciting prizes at the event.

Organised by the Australian Institute of Architects, the 2013 National Architecture Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 30 to June 1.

Delegates to the conference will each receive three samples of BlueScope Steel’s ZINCALUME steel, which will give them a chance to win a range of prizes including the major prize of a trip to the Venice Biennale (covering flights for two adults, accommodation, tickets to the Biennale and spending money).

The National Architecture Conference aims to explore the political, environmental and technological concerns surrounding architects' use of material in their work, and has secured the attendance of 14 high-profile presenters from around the world.

These include Aste Architecture founder Kathrin Aste from Austria, who is known for her adventurous creations requiring absolute precision when it comes to material use - a good example being her use of steel in the mountain peak platform 'Top of Tyrol'.

From Australia, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer director Tim Greer will be sharing his materials expertise honed through work on the Contemporary Performing Arts Centre, the Scots Church redevelopment and the Glasshouse Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre.

The samples of next generation ZINCALUME steel will be available from BlueScope's installation, along with information on the newly-revised material's improved properties and performance. Over 3500 ZINCALUME steel samples will be given away with 256 samples having a prize sticker attached.


The first prize winner gets a trip for two to the Venice Biennale, valued at approximately $10,000.

Five 2nd prize winners will receive a 16GB iPad, each valued at $679.

Third prize is one of 125 tickets to the BlueScope Steel Business Lounge located at the conference, each valued at $135.

Fourth prize is one of 125 Staedtler architects' mechanical pencils, each valued at $30.