Melbourne builds for the future with architectural conference win

Melbourne will welcome more than 500 delegates to a world-leading architectural conference in 2023.

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured the Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS), which will bring some of the world’s best engineers, architects and builders to Melbourne to exchange knowledge.

The conference will also have a focus on lightweight structural systems, which can be seen in the design of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the Arts Centre spire and AAMI Park.

With support from the Victorian Government’s Business Events Fund, MCB worked closely with RMIT University and Swinburne University to secure the event, which is expected to attract international, national and local delegates to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2023.

Alongside the SIASS, in 2023 Melbourne will host 27 international and national business events including the 2023 Rotary International Convention which is forecast to attract 20,000 delegates and deliver more than $88 million to the Victorian economy, making it the most valuable convention ever secured for Victoria.

“This latest announcement brings Melbourne Convention Bureau’s bid wins to 41 this year, demonstrating conference organisers from around the world are confident choosing Melbourne for their next meeting,” said MCB chief executive Julia Swanson.

Having worked with MCB previously, bid leader Professor Mike Xie, from RMIT University, said the strong support from MCB team was most helpful to the bid win.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold this important event in Melbourne and are grateful for the strong support of the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government,” Professor Xie said.