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What's on in WA

 26 February 2018
Asbestos Treatment in Building and Soil

8 March 2018
International Women’s Day
12 March 2018
Designing for Dementia 

Welcome to the Western Australian Chapter

Welcome to the Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. This is the entry point for the many exciting opportunities and events that the Institute offers its West Australian and national members.

On this page you will find information on Western Australian CPD events. In the Quick links box to the right you will find links to other Western Australian events, as well as awards, services, resources and publications.

Western Australian CPD events

Continuing professional development (CPD) talks and events are a core component of the Western Australian 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.

Western Australian CPD events that display a Refuel CPD badge, shown here, are eligible for CPD points. 

CPD in Western Australia

Architects registered in WA are required to do CPD as part of their registration.

For more information about CPD for architects, see the Continuing professional development page.

What's happening in the Western Australian Chapter?

What's Coming up 

The dates below are not confirmed at this stage. Further information, including registration links, will be posted when finalised.


Asbestos Treatment in Building and Soil

Presented by:

Dr Greg Milner - Manager Contaminated Sites Group
Colin Outhwaite - Manager OHS Group

Asbestos-containing material often presents itself as a project or health risk during refurbishment and demolition of buildings and is a common source of contamination on brownfield sites.

This short two-part presentation will provide information on the occurrence, legalities, obligations and liabilities associated with asbestos in buildings and soils which will allow for appropriate consideration of these issues as part of any design concept and project delivery.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Risk factors - friable vs non-friable & asbestos types
  • Asbestos in buildings/structures - much more than fibre cement
  • Basic legal requirements
  • Defining contamination
  • Legislative and regulatory framework
  • Key Risk Management Tools and Information Sources

  Date:  Monday 26 February 2018 
  Time: 7.45am Refreshments for 8.00am Presentation Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer


What a time to be celebrating International Women’s Day with so much global attention on equality and opportunity.

In collaboration, the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Planning Institute of Australia are getting together to promote a more inclusive and productive design industry. Inspiring our colleagues and friends to realise the benefits of gender equality, and motivating them to become advocates for change.

Join us for an afternoon of enlightenment with special guest Hon. Cheryl Edwardes, who will talk about her experiences in professional and political life, and offer advice on how to progress in work and business.  

Everyone is welcome.

Hon. Cheryl Edwardes AM, GAICD
Cheryl is a former practising lawyer, Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment. She was also an Executive General Manager at Hancock Prospecting, and is now a Senior Adviser with the international firm FTI Consulting.

  Date:  Thursday 8 March 2018 
  Time: 12 Noon includes canapès and drinks
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer

Designing for Dementia

Presented by:

Penni Jongen Sutton - KPA Architects
Jason Burton - Alzheimers WA

Penni will present on the difference between dementia and old age. She will discuss key design principles and approaches to colour, and materials with an emphasis on interior environment. 

Jason will talk about the impact of dementia and how the environment can enable or disable a person with cognitive impairment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand 10 environmental principles applicable to designing for dementia
  • Understand emotion and the experience of a building
  • Understand the importance of colour in facilitating supportive environments

  Date:  Monday 12 March 2018 
  Time: 7.45am Refreshments for 8.00am Presentation Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer

BIM: Don’t Fight it, Define it

   Tips and Guides for architects to successfully define BIM deliverables. 
   Presenter: Michael Ruehr, Group Revit Application Specialist and Project BIM Manager, Hassell
BIM: Reduce Risk, Not Reputation
   Effective contractual techniques for consultants to manage liability risks associated with BIM, without compromising
   Presenter: Daniel Morris, Special Counsel, HHG Legal Group

  Date:  Tuesday 13 March 2018 
  Time: 5.00pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

EmAGN WA Mentoring 2018

Are you a graduate looking to register? An emerging architect looking for career advice from someone who has been there before you? 
Or perhaps you’re feeling like you’ve got something to share with a younger generation of architects?
EmAGN WA are pleased to announce the launch of The WA Mentoring Framework. This program aims to foster fruitful and meaningful mentoring relationships across all levels of experience.
  Date:  Thursday 15 March 2018 
  Time: from 6.00pm 
  Venue:   Brickworks Design Studio - 67 King Street, Perth

If you’re eager to learn more about how you can be involved in mentoring in WA or if you’d just like to join in the celebrations, RSVP by clicking here.

*When registering, please enter whether you are a Mentee or Mentor in the Notes or Special Requests box by 09.03.17

        Click here to view flyer

This year we’re going to be having regular Friday drinks for members and friends of the Institute. 
Sometimes there’ll be a speaker, but mostly just a casual time with colleagues.  

Members, feel free to bring a client or friend.

  Date:  Friday 23 March 2018 
  Time: From 5.00pm 
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to RSVP

ABWA Oral exams: 

16 - 20 Oct 2017


PALS 2018


Visit the PALS website for more information and registration details.


CPD Videos

The WA Chapter's range of online video courses allows you to build your skills and complete CPD without leaving your desk.

CPD courses cover a wide range of topics relating to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) competencies: Design, Documentation, Project Management and Practice Management.

CPD courses are recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects for formal CPD points and meet the CPD requirements of the Architects Board of WA.

The WA Chapter will endeavour to make CPD available online and accessible, but is not responsible for any difficulties accessing the website or the video as a result of your computer hardware, software or internet connection.

For further enquires please email

2015 Videos

  • Workplace Law - Essential Employment Law for Architecture Practices - Wed 18 Nov 2015 (available soon)
  • Architects Before the DAPs and the SAT - Wed 4 Nov 2015 (available soon)
  • Insurance, Indemnities and Proportionate Liability - Mon 5 Oct (available soon)
  • Beyond Compliance: Understanding energy ratings in non-residential buildings - Mon 24 Aug 2015
  • Heritage: Architecture of the Past, Present and Future - Mon 10 Aug 2015
  • Occupational Safety and Health: Safety in Design Report - Wed 10 June 2015
  • A Guide to Preventing and Handling a Noisy Neighbourhood - Mon 4 May 2015
  • Pool Heating systems - Mon 13 April 2015
  • Contract Administration and Superintending - Mon 20 April 2015
  • Contract Documents - Getting the basics correct - Mon 9 March 2015

2014 Videos

  • Aspiring Women Leaders - Wed 26 Nov 2014
  • Perfect Project Planning - Mon 27 Oct 2014
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance - Mon 14 April 2014
  • Luciano Pia presents 'Energy Conscious Building Desing' - Mon 19 May 2014 (informal)
  • Workplace (Employment Law) Part 1 - New Employees: Contracts of employment and minimum requirements - Wed 27 Aug 2014
  • Contract Administration and Superintending - Wed 9 April 2014
  • Copyright and Moral Rights - Mon 21 July 2014
  • Construction Contracts Claims - Wed 11 June 2014
  • Contract Documents (getting the basics correct) - Mon 10 March 2014
  • Bushfire Policy and Design - Mon 10 Feb 2014
  • Energy Efficiency for Complex Houses and Section J for Commercial Buildings - Mon 17 March 2014