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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.

What’s happening in the New South Wales Chapter

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.     

Multi-Unit Residential Tour of buildings by Eeles Trelease, SJB & Candalepas Associates

Thursday 10 September 9:00am - 1:30pm

Tour leaders:
Bruce Eeles
& Kathy Trelease Eeles Trelease -The Anchorage, Woolloomooloo
Adam Haddow SJB - 10 Wilde Street, Potts Point
Angelo Candalepas Candalepas Associates - Pelican Street, Surry Hills

A half-day architectural tour combining three fabulous, recently completed, multi-unit residential projects in Woolloomooloo, Potts Point and Surry Hills.

Project 1: The Anchorage, Woolloomooloo by Eeles Trelease
Project 2: 10 Wilde Street, Potts Point by SJB
Project 3: Pelican Street, Surry Hills by Candalepas Associates

This tour will thoroughly explore a series of apartment buildings covering the poetic as well as the pragmatic ideas driving their design. Issues particular to this building typology will be covered in depth including project procurement; SEPP65, the BCA and the authorities process; contracts, documentation, construction and contract administration strategies. We will also ask tour leaders to reflect on their project in light of recent changes to SEPP65 and the new Apartment Design Guide.

What else:

  • Attendees will make their own way between projects and transport WILL NOT be provided. However, the projects are easy walking distance apart and the timetable allows for this.
  • Each attendee will receive a wireless audio system you will keep for the duration of the tour.
  • The attendee information pack will contain a set of drawings that help illustrate and explain each project.

4 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Design, Documentation, Project Management.

$130 Member | $120 A+ member | $190 Non-member | $95 Graduate member | $75 SONA member | $95 Student non-member.

Register online. Book early as numbers are strictly limited.

Upon registration you will be forwarded information maps and timetables.

SEPP 65 and the Apartment Design Guide:
What the changes mean to the design of apartment buildings in NSW

Thursday 17 September 9:00am - 12:30pm

Michael Zanardo architect and principal of Studio Zanardo
Jesse McNicoll Urban Design Coordinator, City of Sydney
Philip Thalis  founding principal of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

In June, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment released the amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy No 65 - Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (SEPP 65) and introduced an Apartment Design Guide (ADG) to replace the Residential Flat Design Code (RFDC) and associated policies. These changes formally came into effect on the 17th July 2015.

As a follow up to the recent CPD session held at Tusculum presenting the changes to SEPP65 and summarising the new Apartment Design Guide, this seminar will go a step further and examine the thinking behind the changes, expand on key clauses and what they mean, unpack the relationship between the SEPP and its accompanying guide and discuss the process of working with them.

In particular, the seminar will cover:

  • key clauses in SEPP65 and their interpretation
  • the ADG, what you need to do with it and how you use it
  • the principle objectives in SEPP65 and the ADG
  • the EP&A regulations
  • the eight areas of SEPP65 that override Council’s DCP’s
  • the City of Sydney’s interpretation of SEPP65
  • City of Sydney’s Design Excellence process
  • Council’s assessment procedure
  • Design Review Panels
  • a series of case studies that look at what the changes mean for the design of apartment buildings in NSW
3 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Design, Documentation.
$75 Members | $65 A+ member | $120 Non-members | $60 Graduate member | $50 SONA member | $60 Student non-member.
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point
Register online.

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


Tim Schwager
architect and city planner
David Tickle urban design leader and senior associate at Hassell


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 video 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-member | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $50 Student non-member.

Register online to purchase video.

Within 24 hours of registration you will receive an email link to the login portal to enter and watch video.Video will EXPIRE in two weeks.



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. 'No Shows' - Due to CPD regulations the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.

Newcastle CPD

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