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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.     

Process: The Gunyama Park & Green Square Aquatic Centre Competition
Thursday 4 December 9:00am - 12:30pm  

Introduction: Stephen Varady, competition registrar.
Speakers: Andrew Burges - Andrew Burges Architects, Andrew Burns - Andrew Burns Architects, Andrew Daly & Kevin Liu - TYP-TOP Architecture Office, John Choi CHROFI and Richard Cullinan & Vladimir Ivanov - Cullinan Ivanov Partnership.

Five Sydney practices were selected from 144 entries to proceed to stage two of the recent international Gunyama Park & Green Square Aquatic Centre Competition held by the City of Sydney. We asked each of the five finalists to share their scheme and unpack their process in order to present a cross-section of what was involved.

Specifically they were asked to address

•    Design process and the scheme
•    Time management: structuring time | pinch points | peer reviews | juggling time against other projects in the office
•    Strategic approach: Stage 1 and Stage 2. How did the strategy change?
•    Technology: software | what was outsourced & what was done in-house
•    Presentation strategies: layout | graphic strategies | rehearsals etc
•    Thinking behind marrying up, partnering up for Stage 2
•    Reflection: on the process | on the value of the process | what you would you do differently | on procurement methods | how the process could be fairer or improved.

This seminar is a chance to glean five different approaches to the onerous task of entering architectural competitions as well as a chance to reflect on the process itself, on procurement methods, on what is gained (and lost) from participating in architectural competitions. Stage One and Stage Two panels on informal exhibition in the auditorium foyer

3 formal CPD points.

$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. Numbers are strictly limited.

ArchiTOUR: North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Date to be confirmed.

Tour leader: Neil Durbach, Durbach Block Jaggers

The North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club by Durbach Block Jaggers in association with Peter Colquhoun is located on the northern end of Bondi Beach. Experienced in the round, it's "a beguiling vessel, in which we are asked to break our easy truce with the familiar" [Laura Harding].

A private building occupying a very public location, this tour will be an opportunity to experience the project inside and out with its key protagonist. Covering the poetic and pragmatic ideas driving the design, Neil will also delve into issues of procurement, the authorities process, documentation, construction and contract administration - warts and all.

What else:
Each attendee will receive a wireless audio system.

The attendee information pack will contain a set of drawings that help illustrate and explain the project and its communication to clients, councils and builders.

1.5 formal CPD points.

$55 Member | $45 A+ member | $40 Graduate member | $30 SONA member | $75 Non-member | $40 Student non-member.

Meet: 9:15am for 9:30am start. North Bondi Surf Club, north end of Bondi Beach near the corner of Campbell Parade and Ramsgate Avenue. 

Registration online Book early as 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, please contact Kate Griffin - 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