[net]work from home bring the NSW community together, to share experience, best practice and connect.

NSW Architecture Awards 2020 showcase Part 1

31 July 2020

This is the first in our series of [net]work from home virtual events showcasing outstanding winning projects. To launch the series, Al Baxter from Populous talks about Bankwest Stadium, recipient of the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, Award for Commercial Architecture and a People’s Choice award, and Phillip Rossington from BVN talks about the William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture winning design MLC School Senior Centre. With special thanks to Bluescope for their support of this showcase and as a Principal Partner of the Institute for the past 35 years.

Bill Lucas: Architect Utopian

17 July 2020

Architect Peter Lonergan from Cracknell & Lonergan Architects talks about influential Sydney architect Bill Lucas: Architect Utopian. Bill was one of the clearest thinkers and a unique architect in Australia, designing structure and form without reference to any type or style. These buildings became the gold standard, unattainable and unrepeatable for their pure form and trans-substance. Lucas was a utopian, in a futuring sense.


Space for play | Designing child-friendly compact neighbourhoods

26 June 2020

As our cities continue to densify and open space becomes more valuable, Natalia Krysiak explores how can we ensure that the health, wellbeing and happiness of our youngest citizens becomes a priority in the design of neighbourhoods and how we can apply the benefits of the traditional backyard to communal open spaces. She also delves into international best-practice for designing child-friendly neighbourhoods and highlight opportunities within the local context to prioritise the health and wellbeing of Australian children.

Public realm challenges post Covid-19

19 June 2020

Jon Johannsen takes a pre COVID-19 look at some recent projects in the USA (San Francisco, New York, and Chicago) and Europe (London, Hamburg, and Copenhagen), with consideration of new dimensions and potential for a more generous public realm and architectural agency. Jon will also discuss how things might need to change in the post COVID-19 world.

NSW Building Legislation Changes: Impacts for you and your practice

12 June 2020

NSW Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby, talks through the Design and Building Practitioners Bill and the Residential Apartment Building (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill, and how this legislation and coming regulations stand to impact you and your practice.

2020 NSW Student Architecture Awards Winners’ Showcase

5 June 2020

Architecture students from across NSW whose outstanding work was recognised as part of the Australian Institute of Architecture 2020 NSW Student Architecture Awards showcase their winning projects in the special presentation.

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Helping Communities In The Bushfire Recovery Process

22 May 2020

Tim Lee, NSW Country Division committee member, and Brent Dunn and Katharina Hendel, TAKT, provide practical advice and personal reflections on how to help communities recover and rebuild following catastrophic bushfires. The NSW Chapter also launches the re/create space for better place program calling for project ideas in NSW that can deliver public benefit, jobs and timely economic stimulus.

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15 May 2020

Jillian Hopkins from Government Architect NSW and Cameron Anderson, NSW Country Division Chair lead a discussion on Procurement for Good Design in Regional NSW, including the Government Architects Strategy and Design Prequalification Scheme, which focuses on the delivery of strategic advice, design quality and innovation in the built environment, and the response to COVID-19 and the bushfires. Due govt policy a recording is not available for that section.

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8 May 2020

Donna Ward, General Manager of the Built Environment Channel, will show how feelings of struggle and stress don’t have to undermine our wellbeing or performance – in fact, they can enhance it, provided we know how to respond to these signs as opportunities for learning and growth. Using the PERMA Model, a wellbeing theory developed by positive psychologist Martin Seligman, you will learn the five essential elements to wellbeing.

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1 May 2020

Annette Gray presents | It’s a common pitfall to focus on problems rather than solutions when conversing with teams or clients. Annette will guide us through the “quagmire” of what is wrong and steer towards what works by asking solution focused questions. This session will show us how we can form better relationships with our team and clients through a solution focus approach, especially now in a time of great uncertainty.

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24 April 2020

David Dillon, the “Virtual CFO” at Custodian Backoffice, encourages architects to upskill during this period of pandemic and economic uncertainty. The academic design ideology equips architects to create great outcomes for society but doesn’t fully supply them with all the business management tools. This session is designed to help you become more commercially savvy and performance focused. 

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17 April 2020

Katie Brown, led a virtual yoga session. Katie is a senior yoga teacher (IYTA), massage therapist (ITEC), certified infant massage instructor (IMA), Reiki practitioner, author and mum of three.

Senior counsellor Mark Jones provides advice in a variety of areas such as contract selection and administration, copyright issues and client/architect agreement.

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3 April 2020

Misty Waters, Principal Architecture, Bespoke Careers and Catherine Zuza, Senior Associate – Architecture , Willow Inc. reflect on the changes to our industry and adapting to working from home with advice from a veteran business.

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