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Carfrae House
Lippmann Partnership, Photo: Willem Rethmeier

What's on

around the country

National Architecture Conference 2015 - Risk
14-16 May, Melbourne
Student Congress 2015 - PEOPLE
2-4 July, Melbourne

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.     

Fine Tune your Architectural Business
Part 1 - Seminar
Thursday 4 June 9:00am - 11:00am       

Presenter: Mark Boffa, architect and director Boffa Robertson Group.

In this seminar and follow up workshop, architect Mark Boffa will explore a number of interrelated aspects of owning and operating an architectural practice with ideas and suggestions designed to turbocharge its business performance.

Focusing specifically on small and medium sized practice, the seminar will be relevant whether you are thinking about going out alone, have just started your own practice or have an established practice that could do with a little fine tuning.

The main topics covered will include:
• Staffing and servicing projects
• Turnover versus profit
• Budgeting
• Understanding your tax obligations
• Knowing your value
• Structuring fee proposals
• Client / architect agreements
• Asset protection
• Company structure
• Rules of thumb, tips and tricks

2 formal CPD points. Competencies: Practice Management

$60 member | $50 A+ member | $95 non-member | $40 graduate member | $30 SONA member | $40 student.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point

Register online. Numbers are strictly limited.

Fine Tune your Architectural Business

Part 2 - Workshop
Thursday 11 June 9:00am - 11:00am
Presenter: Mark Boffa, architect and director Boffa Robertson Group.

As a follow up to Part 1, Fine Tune your Architectural Business, attendees of Part 2 - Workshop will be required to do further reading and investigation and asked to respond anonymously to a set of questions that relate specifically to their businesses.

Based on the information received, Mark will tailor the workshop to respond to the groups interests in more detail and explore issues that emerge from the business data.

Note that attendance at Part 1 on the 4th June is mandatory if you wish to join the Workshop.

2 formal CPD points. Competencies: Practice Management.

$60 member | $50 A+ member | $95 non-member | $40 graduate member.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online. Numbers are strictly limited.

Working in China
Business opportunities for small to medium sized architectural practices working in China

Thursday 18 June 9:00am - 12:30pm

Presenters: Tim Schwager, architect and city planner | David Tickle, urban design leader and senior associate at Hassell

Including: Peter Hendrikssen, Manager - Investment & Export Services, NSW Trade & Investment | Rod Commerford, Infrastructure Manager, Austrade | Bonnie Shek, Director, Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Trade Development Council | Jim Harrowell AM, NSW President, Australia China Business Council.

The conclusion of negotiations for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in November 2014 looks set to allow Australian architectural and urban planning firms to obtain more expansive business licences to undertake higher-value projects in China.

This seminar looks at likely opportunities that can be expected for small to medium (SME) sized architectural firms, possible issues that may need to be overcome in order to do business successfully and sustainably in China, and the state and federal government assistance that is available to NSW architectural firms.

Opportunities and hurdles will be explored through a series of case studies from practitioners with a long history of working successfully in China across all scales. Organised jointly with NSW Trade & Investment.

3 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Practice Management.

$75 Members | $65 A+ member |  $110 non-members | $50 graduate member | $40 SONA member | $50 student

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online. Numbers are strictly limited.

The NSW Housing Code:
Codes SEPP and the Housing Code as they apply to Residential Architecture

Thursday 25 June 9:00am - 12:30pm

Presenter: Peter Smith, Director Smith & Tzannes.

The NSW Housing Codes and Codes SEPP are slowly revolutionising the process of building approvals in NSW, opening up opportunities for the profession in terms of efficiency and design.

Peter Smith, one of the architects of the regulation will summarise and expand on its scope, the process one goes through and the opportunities Complying Development presents for architects and for architecture. Through a series of case studies, including the design of his own home using the Alterations Code, Peter will expand on the interpretation of the controls and share tactics for getting your development approved.

Information on recent changes can be found here. State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 click here.

3 formal CPD points. Competencies: Design and documentation.

$75 Member | $65 A+ member |  $110 Non-member | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $50 student non-member.

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online. Numbers are strictly limited.




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.