House in Cottesloe - Blane Brackenridge Architect

House in Cottesloe,
Blane Brackenridge Architect, Photo: Robert Frith

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?

2016 CPD Events


Biophilic Architecture: The rationale and outcomes

Friday 3 June 2016 

Presented by Dr Jana Soderlund | BIO 
This presentation will define biophilic design, a design approach which unites the built environment and nature through the integration of nature in city design. It is beyond parks and gardens, incorporating building integrated vegetation plus the patterns, forms, materials and spaces of nature. These design attributes will be reviewed. Outlined will be how biophilic design is responding to global urban crises and thus expanding rapidly.

This leads to discussion of:

  • the social benefits,
  • the environmental benefits, and
  • how these comprise significant economic benefits

Global examples will be shown with a particular focus on a research journey through North America.

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: WA State Office, 33 Broadway, Nedlands  
Please rsvp to Kim Burges or Adriana Chiera on 9287 9900 or email

Tuesday 7 June 2016
Updates from Government Architect Geoffrey Warn and City Architect Craig Smith.

 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: WA State Office, 33 Broadway, Nedlands  
Please rsvp to Kim Burges or Adriana Chiera on 9287 9900 or email


Magical Lighting 
Wed 20 April 

This presentation looks at how we describe the effect light will have on our environment: atmosphere; faithfulness in portrayal of surfaces; making food appetising; making people look healthy and of course, the foundation functional needs. We will update you on the detail core technical parameters: colour appearance; colour consistency and colour rendering, with a breakdown of the metrics involved and a unique demonstration. 
Each attribute will then be discussed in terms of its application relevance from the perspective of interior designers and lighting designers. Using core end-user needs like brand, emotion, functionality and environmental fit, examples will be applied to residential, gallery, retail, office, decorative and outdoor settings.
As such it is an update of last year's talk on the same topic, with important new information on a new metric called TM 30 - 15. This is a more accurate predictor of a light source's ability to render colours than existing metrics, using 99 instead of 8 or 14 evaluation samples and involving both a fidelity and a gamut indicator.

Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start
Venue: WA State Office, 33 Broadway, Nedlands 

Click here for more information.
Click here to register.   

HERITAGE UPDATE: Construction Codes & Universal Access
Wed 8 June 

Presented by Callum Crofton, State Heritage Office.
With case studies by Anita Harrop, O’Brien Harrop Access. Chris Paterson, Palassis Architects. Jonathan Evans, John Massey Group.
This presentation outlines the underlying framework within which heritage, construction codes and access requirements are addressed, and identifies some of the apparent paradoxes.  Building on the knowledge and experience from a series of case studies, delegates will learn how practical outcomes have been achieved, and in some cases where compromises have had to be made.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • An overview of the regulatory framework.
  • An overview of the National Construction Codes and their enabling legislation in WA.
  • The roles of the access consultant and the independent certifier.
  • Alternative solutions and acceptable outcomes.
  • Practical application of access and construction codes in heritage places.

Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start
Venue: WA State Office, 33 Broadway, Nedlands 

Click here for more information.
Click here to register.  

National Seminar Series:
Wed 15 June 

Building Product Compliance: Getting the information you need to make the right choice

Presented by Kristin Brookfield, Housing Industry Association (HIA)
                      Marcel Vanderslik, National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
This seminar will explore how to be sure that the building products you specify for a project are compliant and how to reduce your risk when choosing products that they may not be fit for purpose.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the terms non-conforming building product and non-complying building product
  • Identify an appropriate methodology to select the type of evidence required for various building products based on their risk
  • Identify the different types of evidence that can be provided to a building surveyor for a building product
  • Understand how to check whether a certificate of product conformance is valid and relevant
Time:   8.00am start
Venue: WA State Office, 33 Broadway, Nedlands 

Click here for more information.
Click here to register.  

Wed 22 June 

Presented by Tom Beckerling, environmentally sustainable design consultant.
This presentation provides an overview of the alternative assessment method JV3 in Section J of the Building Code of Australia.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • What is the JV3 method, when and why would it be used in the design process?
  • An overview of the energy consumption in a typical commercial building.
  • The effect of local climate on energy consumption (in Australian Capital cities).
  • Guidance on procuring a JV3 Report.
  • JV3 Outcomes; key details to check, review and implement.

Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start
Venue: WA State Office, 33 Broadway, Nedlands 

Click here for more information.
Click here to register.  

What's Coming up 

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

11 Jul: Construction Contracts Act
8 August: Geothermal
7 September: Succession Planning
12 October: Legal Updates - The role of an architect beyond design 




Series 1 
17 Feb: Tutorial 1
24 Feb: Tutorial 2
2 Mar: Tutorial 3
9 Mar: Tutorial 4
11 Mar: Regifustration 
14 Mar: Revit tutorials
16 Mar: Tutorial 5
23 Mar: Tutorial 6
30 Mar: Tutorial 7

23-27 May: ABWA Oral exams
23 Aug: ABWA Written exams 

Series 2
6 Jul: Tutorial 1
13 Jul: Tutorial 2
20 Jul: Tutorial 3
27 Jul: Tutorial 4
3 Aug: Tutorial 5
10 Aug: Tutorial 6
17 Aug: Tutorial 7 

23 Aug: ABWA Written exams 
17-21 Oct: ABWA Oral exams 

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)
  • Riding the Chi: Feng-Shui in Architecture - Mon 19 Oct 2015
  • 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