Carfrae House - Lippmann Partnership

Carfrae House
Lippmann Partnership, Photo: Willem Rethmeier

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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.

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.     


The NSW Housing Code and Complying Development for Commercial and Industrial

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

Presenter: Peter Smith Director Smith & Tzannes

The NSW Housing Codes and Codes SEPP are 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 (CDC) 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.

The seminar will cover:

  • Introduction to NSW Codes SEPP and how it sits within NSW planning framework
  • Where and how to start
  • Exempt Development
  • Designing with the code
  • Documentation strategies
  • Staging and multiple approvals: breaking up consents into DA and CDC
  • Lodging a CDC and working with your certifier
  • Recent amendments to the code and their implications
  • Case studies and documentation examples
  • Tactics for getting your development approved

Proposed changes to the code will also be discussed including complying development standards for low rise medium density housing that will result in 2-10 dwellings being erected on a single lot of land and other changes to the Codes SEPP proposed for 2016. More information on the discussion paper can be found at:

3 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Design | Documentation

Register online. $80 member | $70 A+ member | $160 non-member | $70 graduate member | $50 SONA member | $70 student

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Kensington Street and The Old Clare Hotel

Thursday 24 March 9:00am - 10:30am

Tour leaders: Tim Greer Tonkin Zulaikha Greer | Mike Horne Turf Design

The redevelopment of the Kensington Street Precinct marks a major milestone in the Central Park project on Broadway. Driven by a strategy of contemporisation through a teasing out and prioritising of fabric that was already there, workers cottages, warehouses, administrative buildings and an old pub have been reimagined as a vibrant inner-city neighbourhood by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and landscape architects Turf Design.

This in-depth tour will examine the project at urban and architectural scales. Issues around project procurement, design, documentation, construction and contract administration will be discussed.

The tour will finish with the transformation of the heritage-listed Carlton & United Breweries administration building and the former Clare Hotel pub – now The Old Clare Hotel.

Note that the attendee info pack will include a set of drawings that help explain the project whilst illustrating its communication and resolution.

1.5 formal CPD point. Units of competency: Design | Documentation | Practice Management.

Register online. Members only: $60 Member | $50 A+ member | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member. Numbers strictly limited.

Meeting details will be emailed upon receipt of registration. 


Thursday 7 April 9:00am-10:00am

Presenter: Cem Sungar Commercial/Specifications Manager NSW, Knauf Plasterboard

The ArchiTECH program enables industry to have face to face contact with architects and educate them on innovative design solutions utilising new products and materials, and any new regulations affecting the design process. ArchiTECH sessions are offered free to Institute members.
This seminar will explore the issue of acoustics in architecture focusing on sound absorption and sound insulation and how to design and specify with acoustics in mind.

This session will help you:
  • Understand how sound is perceived and how sound waves behave
  • Design and specify acoustic design requirements for different situations
  • Understand where sound absorption or sound insulation is appropriate and how to achieve this through a number of case studies
  • Determine appropriate construction methods for sound insulation and sound absorption
  • Understand where to place acoustic absorbers, diffusers and reflectors
  • How to prevents noise disturbance from outside sources
1 formal CPD point

Register online. Free for all members | $25 non-member | $15 student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.


Practice: Small

Thursday 28 April 9:00am - 12:30pm

Andrew Benn Benn & Penna Architecture | Matt Chan Scale Architecture | Sam Marshall Architect Marshall.

What are the keys to running a small architectural practice and creating a firm business foundation? How do you consolidate a practice, grow sustainably and thrive?  How do small firms compete with larger practices and use their size strategically? How do they generate work and leverage projects in order to get the next job?

Three accomplished small-practice architects working across a range of scales and building types will share their practice strategies and practice learnings. The seminar will address issues around setting up practice (why and how), applying design thinking to the running of a practice, finding your optimum size and growing sustainably, management systems as jobs get more complex, generating work and remaining agile, fees, staff, software, marketing, work/life balance and why small is beautiful!

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

Register online. $80 Member | $70 A+ member |  $160 Non-member | $70 Graduate member | $50 SONA member | $70 Student

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.


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.