Carfrae House - Lippmann Partnership

Carfrae House
Lippmann Partnership, Photo: Willem Rethmeier

What's on

around the country

Gold Medal Tour
Various locations from 25 Sep

National Architecture Awards 2014
Darwin, 6 Nov

Darwin, 7-8 Nov

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.     

 ArchiTOUR: Multi-Unit Residential Tour
Thursday 30 October 1:00pm - 6:00pm


Tour leaders: Angelo Candalepas, Candalepas Associates (Revolution Apartments in Marrickville), Phillip Thalis, Hill Thalis (Majestic Theatre Apartments in Petersham), Steve Kennedy, Kennedy Associates (Carleton Estate in Summers Hill)

A half-day architectural tour combining three fabulous, recently completed multi-unit residential projects in Sydney’s inner-west.

Led by the key architectural protagonists, the (delete double space) tour will thoroughly explore each project covering the architectural, ecological, economic and political ideas driving  them. Issues particular to multi-unit residential architecture will be the focus, including project procurement, SEPP65, the authorities process, contracts (working strategically with D&C contracts in particular), documentation, construction and contract administration strategies.

Project 1: Revolution Apartments, Marrickville by Candalepas Associates
Project 2: Majestic Theatre Apartments, Petersham by Hill Thalis
Project 3: Carleton Estate, Summers Hill by Kennedy Associates

What else:
Attendees will make their own way between projects (transport WILL NOT be provided). 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 and its communication to clients, councils and builders.

4 formal CPD points*
$110 Member | $100 A+ member | $80 Graduate member | $60 SONA member | $170 Non-member | $80 Student non-member.
Meet: Check in from 12:30 for 1:00pm start. 359 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

Registration online
. Book early as numbers are strictly limited.

ArchiINFO-The Home Building Amendment Act 2014
Monday 3 November, 6.30pm – 8pm

The Home Building Amendment Act 2014 (Amending Act) received Royal Assent on 5 June 2014 and is slated to commence on 1 December 2014. Join us in reviewing its:

  • new regulatory thresholds,
  • new and broadened exclusions from the Act and Home Warranty Insurance,
  • reduced builder responsibility for work by other consultants (including architects)
  • reformulation of statutory warranty periods; and
  • A new approach to dispute resolution. 

Presented by Robert Riddell;

Robert Riddell is a practicing lawyer for 27 years (with Gadens for 23 years). He practiced in NSW and Papua New Guinea and remains active in both jurisdictions. Robert was also managing partner of PNG office 2011 and 2012. He focuses mainly on construction contracts and disputes but is also heavily involved with structuring joint ventures, consultancy and service agreements. He has also sat on the MBA’s legal and contracts committee for 9 years. His accredited adjudicator with Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and is on MBA’s adjudicator panel. Recognised as a leading construction lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Core Competencies: Practice Management
CPD Points: 1 informal

Free to Institute member | $25 non member

Registration online. book early to avoid disappointment.

NSS5: Modelling the architectural practice for the future
Monday 10 November, 9am - 11am

According to future strategist Scott Steinberg, the next ten years will bring more change than the previous 10,000.

Increased globalisation and exponentially augmented technology will create almost infinite competition, causing product and service consumption patterns to change immensely - just some of the game changers business, and in particular architects, will need to deal with.

How does your business prepare for this onslaught, when doing nothing is not really an option? How do you ensure you are creating value for your customers and realizing that value for your business? Or more simply, how do you stay relevant?

This interactive seminar will help you start answering those key questions for your practice, help you identify whether you need to reinvent your business and / or your business model and if so, give you the tools to do so through practically reinforced, hands-on, fun exercises.

Learning outcomes:

After this seminar, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the changing business environment for architectural practices and how your business may be impacted
  • Apply some of the latest of business thinking, including design led business practices
  • Use proven tools to re-examine your business, its very purpose, and, if necessary, redefine one or both
  • Identify where the true value is in your business and how it can best be leveraged for your customer and hence you and therefore how to optimise your business model

Presenter Biography:

David Schloeffel has 35 years experience in Creative Industries with senior creative and management roles across many of the creative sectors, including running his own successful experiential marketing agency for ten years servicing global clients and being GM of a division of what was Australia’s largest ASX listed communications company. For the last four years, he has worked with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC), part of the Federal Government’s various business support programs.

As a Business Adviser with the CIIC, David works extensively with architectural practices of all sizes, helping them be better businesses. As a Facilitator in the Design Integration Program, David helps transform business through a total design led approach.

David delivered the AIA Foundations program in 2013/14 and lectures in Masters programs in the College of Business at RMIT University.

2 formal CPD points*

Institute Member $76 | A+ $68 | Graduate Member $35 | SONA Member $25 | Student Non Member $35 |  Non Member $110|

Registration online

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