Carfrae House - Lippmann Partnership

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Lippmann Partnership, Photo: Willem Rethmeier

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2013 Graduate Survey report

Welcome to the New South Wales Chapter

Welcome to the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. This is the entry point for the many exciting opportunities and events that the Institute offers its NSW and national members.

On this page you will find information on NSW CPD events. In the Quick links box to the right you will find links to other NSW events, as well as awards, services, resources and publications.

New South Wales CPD events

Continuing professional development (CPD) events are a core component of the NSW Chapter's continuing professional development program. The series aims to present topics that are inspiring and tangible, providing knowledge that attendees can put into practice.


In most states of Australia, including NSW, it is compulsory for registered architects to do CPD. Be aware that A+ members of the Institute are required to accrue yearly CPD points regardless of their state of registration. Download a sample CPD Record form For more information about CPD for architects, see the Continuing professional development page on this website.     

The NSW CPD program will return in February 2015 – please check back for more details in the new year.

ArchiBUSINESS: Preparing your project for the NSW Architecture Awards & leveraging it afterwards

Thursday 5 February 9:00am - 12:30pm

Gathering experts from the fields of architectural photography, graphic design, architectural media and the 2014 awards jury, this seminar will focus on a set of best-practice approaches to the task of getting your project awards-ready and presenting it in the best possible light.

How do you select and brief an architectural photographer and how do you prepare your project for the shoot? How can you lay out your panels for maximum graphic effect and what are some best-practice approaches to preparing, structuring and rehearsing your verbal jury presentation? Having won an award, what next? How do you leverage your project in order to get the next job?

Trish Croaker, 2014 awards juror (residential), architectural columnist at the Sun-Herald and and communications advisor at Cox Architecture.
Tim Harper, graphic designer and practice manager at FJMT.
Tom Ferguson, architect and architectural photographer (TFAD and Tom Ferguson Photography).

3 formal CPD points.

Free if you enter the awards (you will be issued a refund upon entry). $75 Member | $65 A+ member | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $110 Non-member | $50 Student non-member.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online

ArchiPRACTICE: Practice - Small
Thursday 12 February 9:00am - 12:30pm

A series of seminars exploring strategies for running architectural practices of a particular size.

What are the keys to creating a firm business foundation? How do you consolidate your practice and grow sustainably?  How do you compete with bigger firms and use your size strategically? How do you generate work and leverage projects in order to get the next job?

In a series of  forensic presentations, three practices of a similar size (5 to 15 architects) will share their practice strategies and practice learnings focusing on business structure, marketing, finding and keeping clients, adapting to new conditions and using their size strategically.

Mark Boffa, Boffa Robertson Group
Richard Mann, Ecosystem Architecture
Hannah Tribe, Tribe Studio Architects
3 formal CPD points.

Free if you enter the awards (you will be issued a refund upon entry) $75 Member | $65 A+ member | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $110 Non-member | $50 Student non-member.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online.  

Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. Fees – Fees must be paid in full before the event.
  2. Membership discounts – Institute members are entitled to the discounts shown, provided their membership number is quoted when the booking is made, and their membership subscription is active at the time of booking.
  3. Cancellations by Institute – The Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise.
  4. Cancellations by attendee – Cancellations by the attendee must be received in writing. No refunds or cancellations are permitted within two (2) full working days prior to the event. 'No shows' will not be refunded.
  5. Members who register, and fail to cancel could incur a cancellation fee.

Newcastle CPD

For more information go to Newcastle and Country Division events page or contact Kandis Von Holdt - Newcastle Division on: 02 4960 4200.


2012 podcasts

13 September

Safe work, safe design

The Work Health & Safety Act that came into effect on 1 January is far-reaching and affects every business and any area of activity that could be described as an undertaking, including architectural practices. Very heavy fines and potential imprisonment can result from a workplace injury or death.

Architects, as designers, have special responsibilities under the Act. They must now provide health and safety reports about the design to their clients. This applies to domestic projects as well as larger developments. They have shared responsibility for safety in the design during both construction and demolition.

This CPD session explains architects’ responsibilities as employers and designers, introduces the key principles of the Safe Design of Buildings & Structures guideline and advises on how to meet the requirements of the Act.

14 August

A new planning system for NSW

The current review of the NSW Planning System has the potential to dramatically improve the environment within which all architects work. Can it also deliver more sustainable, amenable and beautiful cities and towns across our state? How could transport and infrastructure planning mesh with land-use planning in the new system?

This discussion hosted by Chapter President Matthew Pullinger includes presentations by Marcus Ray (NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure), Phil Leijten (Transport for NSW) and Peter John Cantrill (Director, Tzannes Associates).

17 July

Conversations across borders

19 June

In conversation with Kerry Clare

A series brought to you by Adam Haddow.

27 March

Great women in conversation

Louise Cox AM, Diane Jones and Joan Domicelj join fellow Marion Mahony Griffin Prize-winner Anne Higham in a conversation about the highs and lows of a life in architecture, landscape architecture and planning.

28 February

Australia House – a servey of contemporary practice

Presented by Architecture Australia

The Australia House competition, organized by the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan, drew 154 entries from a vast array of practitioners and students from Japan, Australia and beyond. The competition brief was to provide a space in which Australian artists can work, live and display art. The previous setting for these activities was a hundred-year-old traditional farmhouse that collapsed from the aftershocks of the tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan in March 2011.

Architecture Australia has invited a selection of entrants to present their proposals. Speakers include the competition winner Andrew Burns, Brit Andresen from second-placed BAMF, and entrants David Neustein and Jas Johnston, Peter Stutchbury and Janet Laurence.


21 February

The middle of east – old & new