Online CPD

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Special June CPD Offer

Play your part in addressing climate change in the built environment and take advantage of our special June offer.

The new National Standard of Competency for Architects has a greater focus on environmental sustainability.

Improve your skills and knowledge in this area with the the ZERO Carbon Design Series program

Developed by Ross Donaldson around 7 core topics this program was specifically created to build the capacity of small, medium and large architect practices to rise to the challenges of climate change.

With the end of the CPD year approaching we are offering the 7 formal CPD point program for the price of just 5. Members pay $245, Non Members $370. Discounts are also available on  individual seminar purchases Members pay $39, Non Members $64.

Register now to start upskilling! Offer ends 30 June.

Email cpd@architecture.com.au for more information.

Formal CPD

Formal CPD courses are listed below. Our Formal CPD is designed to help meet your CPD needs while also meeting your personal and professional commitments. New courses are added regularly addressing various topics relating to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) competencies

For Informal CPD click here

bushfire

Ecology and Impact explores the impact of mega-fires in Australia and how the industry can adapt to support fire suppression in the future; natural landscape and bushfire ecology and bushfire attack from a building’s perspective leading to an outline of BAL-ratings. See More

Bushfire Design investigates proven weak-points prone to building ignition and what this means for architects, planners and landscapers; reflections on a client’s perspective and a conversation exploring the cost of rebuilding after bushfires. See more

Planning, Building and Landscape explores the bushfire regulations and national controls (codes and standards), their requirements and contradictions. BAL zones are considered, including common problems and possible solutions. This session also provides an insight into measures that can be taken within garden and property boundary zones to create defensible space and the way in which the surrounding terrain informs a bushfire response strategy. See more

In this presentation Jenny Donovan explores how architects can best help communities recover from disasters, how it is different to normal circumstances and the personal qualities required to truly make a difference.

This session is part of the Institute’s response to the unprecedented bush fires of 2019/2020. It is also applicable to other situations, disasters or extreme events causing trauma.

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Architects engage at a very personal level with people looking to rebuild in the future after disasters. This session considers the effects of trauma on the mind. Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert Rob Gordon outlines the characteristics of continuing stress applicable to situations, disasters or extreme events causing trauma

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design

Using a real case study of a large apartment complex, Presenter Ross Taylor will show how the leaks originate well before the waterproofer turns up with a bucket of goo and a 20-year warranty. The second half of the seminar will be devoted to workshopping the analysis of an actual high rise apartment design. Ross will provide insights into the key issues to look for in defect prevention and the documentation necessary to manage your practices’ risk.

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Colour has always played a large role in human society and in the spaces we live and interact. We are constantly absorbing environments and their colours, and our brains process these colours as messages, drawing conclusions and setting expectations, however objective or subjective. When colour is used in architecture and interior design, it means much more than a simple aesthetic choice. See More

Urban anxieties and cultural differences are examined through the microcosm of an Alice Springs architectural practice. Alice Springs has a suburban fringe but this is not where its edges lie. Knives, exit plans, a swamp and a science fiction-posed paradigm offer insight and a framework for review of recent public and commercial projects from the Susan Dugdale and Associates team, in particular the CBD Revitalisation, an urban renewal project. See More

The fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages. This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why it’s important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.

This session is suitable for both the novice and expert in BIM and similarly so in sustainability.

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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.

Kristin Brookfield from the HIA will discuss the APCC Procurement of Construction Products: A Guide to Achieving Compliance and offer guidance on how to determine whether a building product is suitable to use. See More

Dr Marisha McAuliffe will expand on the role of colour in architecture and design, highlighting how it is used to influence behavioural response in the built environment. 

The seminar will explore metamerism and the role of natural and artificial light, as well as practical application, context, perception, and physiological response to colour in architectural environments. In this context, Marisha will address in detail the three essential considerations when working with colour in architecture and design; Who? What? Where? See More

What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency – architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism. See More

Moshe Safdie explains how the combination of densification, congestion and the new dominant typologies have brought about a dramatic deterioration of the public realm. He details how the single-use, multi-level mall disconnects from its surroundings and siphons energy off the traditional streets and piazzas, with the latter also severely affected by congestion and traffic. Moshe uses projects from his practice (such as the Habitat 67 complex) as case studies to show how they have tackled the challenge of mixed-use complexes throughout Asia, with the objective of restoring the public realm, befitting our times, culture and economy.

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What if our health became the basis for judging every building and every public space? What if each of us—every person, everywhere—asked, “Does this place cause health? How does it make me feel?” 
The architects involved in this session have design expectations that serve to optimise wellbeing and inspire. This session will explore health facilities that make people better and educational buildings that encourage learning and “teach” students. Case studies from Canada and Australia will be presented with clear examples of the benefits of human-centric design.

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Through a selection of his resort projects and his design of the Thailand Pavilion in the Venice Biennale Architectural Exhibition in 2014, ‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag shares the significant factors that inform, influence and shape his work. People, nature, cultural heritage and cosmic forces are all keys to his work, as well as the concept of architecture as art – sculpture, painting, poetry, dance and music are all part of the architecture.

Discover Bunnag’s interpretation of cultural heritage in relation to the individual and as a source of inspiration, not definition. Bunnag discusses how the intangible informs the tangible and the purpose of architecture – to provide serenity and joy. 

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This seminar explores the in-between spaces often found in the architecture of Moreau Kusunoki; between two buildings there is a space open to possibilities, where exchange and life happens. The appropriation of this in-between space by the users is the sign of a building’s success.

Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki talk about the history and philosophy of their practice and showcase their 1st prize-winning entry in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. They discuss the intersection of cultures and how to design cultural public spaces accordingly – as people and their culture ultimately complete the architecture. See More

In this presentation, Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function. Thomas explores concepts such as “Third Wave Thinking” and the “Third Industrial Revolution” and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people’s needs.  See More

In biological terms, the edge between two ecosystems is called an ecotone. In urban habitats, architects and urban planners must understand the importance of this edge as an ecosystem itself.  This seminar will explore these concepts through several examples of recent works by OAB that confront the circumstances of working at the edge – not only a physical edge but most importantly an intellectual one.

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Aesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types.

The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential. Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like.

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Jeremy Till addresses the theme of risk through his work as Head of Central Saint Martins in London, widely considered one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London. Jeremy addresses risk-averse authorities and regulations with humour and insight.

Case studies include the pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street, winner of the RIBA sustainability prize with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. See More

Real or perceived edges help us to locate ourselves in space and place, and define the boundaries of those places across the scales, from regional and urban boundaries to neighbourhoods, buildings, and even our bodies. Sarah Manning’s Space agency is a design and research practice that sits at the edge of different disciplines – urban design, architecture, product and information design.

The practice considers the work they do as the human interface to the built environment. Through this interface, the practice helps people to better read their environment and adds a narrative layer onto architecture. Space agency finds that it is at the edge that we are able to push the boundaries of what architecture is and to expand the boundaries of our knowledge and practice.

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Ethics

Ethics and ethical practices interact with everything the architect does—from the seemingly trivial through to the seriously life threatening.
Moral rights are also incredibly important for the architect—in terms of respecting the work of others as well as protecting your own work, and for providing a meaningful and valuable built environment legacy for future generations.

See More

FIRST NATIONS

This innovative two-part online course explores the proposition of introducing Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes into urban developments, with an aim of mitigating and combatting the ecological damage inflicted upon the earth by millennia of human settlement and population growth. This program will unpack the benefits and challenges attendant to this enterprise, with contributions from a range of scholars and leading practitioners.  See More

Reconciliation between non-Indigenous and First Nations peoples of Australia is one of the most urgent challenges facing the architectural profession. Architecture is fundamentally connected to Country, and architects require competency in navigating the relationship with Indigenous lands and peoples as part of everyday practice. This CPD event hosts three speakers who offer extensive insight from the Indigenous perspective and provide guidance for practitioners on how to approach this competency in a culturally respectful way. The overarching question posed is: how can architects honour Country through design, while bringing the client along for the reconciliation journey?

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Heritage

This intensive six-hour masterclass is designed to equip you with a most comprehensive understanding of best practice in adaptive reuse design. Presented by an unrivaled panel of industry leaders this event represents the standard for Formal CPD in this area.

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Innovation

Featuring current research from the University of Newcastle and Deakin University this session is an overview of a variety of issues related to innovation in design. 

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In this presentation, Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function. Thomas explores concepts such as “Third Wave Thinking” and the “Third Industrial Revolution” and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people’s needs. See More

Architects operate in a complex, changing environment. This is not likely to diminish with technological disruption, client expectations, work practices and professional standards constantly evolving. To be successful, it isn’t enough to survive such changes. Instead, you need to be equipped to thrive through them.

This session will provide you with insights, tools and techniques so you can thrive in today’s changing environment and ultimately maintain high levels of agility, effectiveness, productivity and employee morale.

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legislative

With this course we will guide you through the intent, obligations and process of new compliance documentation requirements for practitioners engaging with Class 2 builds in New South Wales. Our course responds to changes introduced on 1 July 2021 by the NSW Office of Fair Trading under the Design and Building Practitioners Act, which seek both to restore consumer confidence in apartment construction, and to safeguard practitioners by improving compliance documentation and declaration practices. See more

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.

Kristin Brookfield from the HIA will discuss the APCC Procurement of Construction Products: A Guide to Achieving Compliance and offer guidance on how to determine whether a building product is suitable to use. See More

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The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Regulation will effect major change for the construction industry, with significant implications for architects practicing in NSW. Co-hosted by the NSW Architects Registration Board, this session provides practitioners with critical information direct from Building Commissioner David Chandler, Director of the Office of the Building Commissioner Matt Press, Registrar Dr Kirsten Orr and key Institute members who have been involved in the development of the Act and Regulation.

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Co-hosted by Consult Australia and Engineers Australia, this panel brings together the Office of the Building Commissioner with representatives from key industry groups including architects, engineers and other consultants to walk through a sample design and construction project, explaining processes, roles and responsibilities under the new system. 

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Co-hosted by Engineers Australia, this course provides practitioners with critical information direct from Building Commissioner David Chandler, Digital Director of Construct NSW Yin Man, the Institute’s NSW Chapter President Laura Cockburn, and Engineers Australia’s Karlie Collis.

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The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.
 
So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in the Australian Capital Territory. See more

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.

So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in New South Wales.  See More

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.
 
So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in NT.  See More

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.

So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in Queensland.  See More

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.
 
So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in South Australia.  See More

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.
 
So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in Tasmania.  See More

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.
 
So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in Victoria.  See More

The Security of Payment Legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.

So, what’s the best way to navigate this terrain and manage claims under the legislation?

Hear seasoned lawyers discuss the fundamentals of security of payment legislation applicable in Western Australia.  See More

This CPD Masterclass addresses the challenges architects are experiencing in relation to Section J of the NCC.

Session 1 is a series of recorded presentations unpacking Section J overall. It considers case studies in different climate zones, discusses thermal bridging unpacks the difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy. Also available as a 4 point CPD

Presenters are architects, environmental consultants and a façade engineer who will consider a more detailed examination of thermal bridging. An architect will discuss how to successfully collaborate with an environmental consultant, at what stage of a project to engage an environmental consultant and what information is required for an appropriate brief. 

Session 2 is a Workshop designed to further demystify Section J and includes an architect discussing with the environmental consultant on the challenges of a particular project, a demonstration of the façade calculator and a Q&A discussion with the panel.

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Session 1 unpacks Section J overall in a series of recorded presentations. It considers case studies in different climate zones, discusses thermal bridging unpacks the difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy. See More

Also available as a 2 part session worth 6 CPD points

Join the Building Commissioner, David Chandler to hear how far we have come as of June 2022, and where we are going next with the NSW Building Reforms under the Design and Building Act and Regulation.  Matthew Whitton and Matt provide strategic updates and offer their authoritative insights into the next steps moving forward. In addition, this program includes reporting from the Audit Review team on what they have found in the process of auditing Design Practitioners. This program represents crucial learnings for all Registered Architects regarding these important reforms. See more

Marketing & Promotion

Changing consumer behaviour means that 70% of transactions now begin with an online search. This course helps architects understand how their various marketing activities should be optimised for success in this new eCommerce landscape.  Based on Sounds Like Design’s six-channel system, which helps practices raise awareness about the value of architecture and generate new business this session includes access to a free Marketing Metrics spreadsheet tracker, which enabling architects to collect and analyse their most useful performance data and metrics across the six channels. See More

In this expert workshop, copywriter and marketing strategist Nikita Morell explains why words are important and how to use the words on your website to get more of the clients you really, really want. 

Recently, Nikita studied and analysed over 663 architecture websites – in her talk she’ll share her findings, ways to immediately improve your own practice website, and include real-life architecture practice examples

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Communications expert Alison Carter will discuss the art of concise communication to help you prepare a strategic and sophisticated verbal presentation and find both your project’s narrative and your own authentic voice. Award-winning architect Jon Jacka will share his experience as an entrant in the award process. Seasoned juror and award-winning architect Georgina Wilson will provide insight into the process from the dual perspectives of entrant and juror. Katherine Lu will discuss the art of architectural photography and give practical guidance about selecting the right photographer for your project, shaping your brief to them and preparing the project for a professional shoot.

See More

A cost-based approach to proposing design fees frequently leaves architects competing on fee to win new work, bartering for a position at the negotiation table and writing proposals that fail to capture the interest of their intended audience. By following an interest-based approach architects can write proposals that separate their services from the competition, cater to the needs of a larger client base and offer solutions that clients want to pay for.

See More

NCC

This CPD Masterclass addresses the challenges architects are experiencing in relation to Section J of the NCC.

Session 1 is a series of recorded presentations unpacking Section J overall. It considers case studies in different climate zones, discusses thermal bridging unpacks the difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy. Also available as a 4 point CPD

Presenters are architects, environmental consultants and a façade engineer who will consider a more detailed examination of thermal bridging. An architect will discuss how to successfully collaborate with an environmental consultant, at what stage of a project to engage an environmental consultant and what information is required for an appropriate brief. 

Session 2 is a Workshop designed to further demystify Section J and includes an architect discussing with the environmental consultant on the challenges of a particular project, a demonstration of the façade calculator and a Q&A discussion with the panel.

See More

Session 1 unpacks Section J overall in a series of recorded presentations. It considers case studies in different climate zones, discusses thermal bridging unpacks the difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy. See More

Also available as a 2 part session worth 6 CPD points

Planning

Urban anxieties and cultural differences are examined through the microcosm of an Alice Springs architectural practice. Alice Springs has a suburban fringe but this is not where its edges lie. Knives, exit plans, a swamp and a science fiction-posed paradigm offer insight and a framework for review of recent public and commercial projects from the SDA team, in particular the CBD Revitalisation, an urban renewal project.

See More

What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency – architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.

See More

Moshe Safdie explains how the combination of densification, congestion and the new dominant typologies have brought about a dramatic deterioration of the public realm. He details how the single-use, multi-level mall disconnects from its surroundings and siphons energy off the traditional streets and piazzas, with the latter also severely affected by congestion and traffic. Moshe uses projects from his practice (such as the Habitat 67 complex) as case studies to show how they have tackled the challenge of mixed-use complexes throughout Asia, with the objective of restoring the public realm, befitting our times, culture and economy.

See More

In biological terms, the edge between two ecosystems is called an ecotone. In urban habitats, architects and urban planners must understand the importance of this edge as an ecosystem itself.  This seminar will explore these concepts through several examples of recent works by OAB that confront the circumstances of working at the edge – not only a physical edge but most importantly an intellectual one.

See More

Aimed to assist graduates and architects with two to eight years of experience and more to have a better understanding of authority approvals, planning controls and how these matters affect the practice of architecture. Other standards such as NCC and DDA that affect your work during the preparation of development applications will also be introduced.

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Practice Management

Changing consumer behaviour means that 70% of transactions now begin with an online search. This course helps architects understand how their various marketing activities should be optimised for success in this new eCommerce landscape.  Based on Sounds Like Design’s six-channel system, which helps practices raise awareness about the value of architecture and generate new business this session includes access to a free Marketing Metrics spreadsheet tracker, which enabling architects to collect and analyse their most useful performance data and metrics across the six channels. See More

In this expert workshop, copywriter and marketing strategist Nikita Morell explains why words are important and how to use the words on your website to get more of the clients you really, really want. 

Recently, Nikita studied and analysed over 663 architecture websites – in her talk she’ll share her findings, ways to immediately improve your own practice website, and include real-life architecture practice examples

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This course offers a guide to understanding your attribution and intellectual property rights.  Lawyer Adam Rosser provides an overview the Copyright Act and how it applies to architects, including case studies to illustrate how the Act has been applied.  

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Flexible working arrangements are essential to achieving gender equity in the workplace. 
What are the challenges, what works, what doesn’t, and how have other practices implemented flexible conditions for their staff? These are some of the questions to be discussed and debated at this entertaining and informative roundtable discussion. 

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Outstanding work cultures engender outstanding work, driving attraction and retention of staff and clients alike. But how is such a culture established and nurtured?
Four practices awarded for their achievements in this space present on how they have fostered a strong, unique culture and how it has benefited project outcomes and business performance. 
A panel discussion with speakers facilitated by Bespoke Career’s Krista Shearer follows.

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This seminar will examine the new contract provisions and mechanisms in detail, how to administer these, as well as looking at the supporting guidance materials and templates available to users of the contracts. 

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Communications expert Alison Carter will discuss the art of concise communication to help you prepare a strategic and sophisticated verbal presentation and find both your project’s narrative and your own authentic voice. Award-winning architect Jon Jacka will share his experience as an entrant in the award process. Seasoned juror and award-winning architect Georgina Wilson will provide insight into the process from the dual perspectives of entrant and juror. Katherine Lu will discuss the art of architectural photography and give practical guidance about selecting the right photographer for your project, shaping your brief to them and preparing the project for a professional shoot.

See More

Aimed to assist graduates and architects with two to eight years of experience and more to have a better understanding of authority approvals, planning controls and how these matters affect the practice of architecture. Other standards such as NCC and DDA that affect your work during the preparation of development applications will also be introduced.

See More

This module introduces the various types of building contracts and aspects to consider when selecting which contract to use. It will then cover providing advice to clients and how they may be included in tender processes and the issues likely to be faced when administering the contract.

See More

Having sound knowledge of the client-architect agreement and all its different components is critical to a successful project outcome. The scope of services and associated fee structure put in place needs to be well understood to ensure a project can be properly serviced.

See More

This module deals predominately with the early parts of architects’ interactions with a potential client.

This module will cover:

How architects market their services and secure new commissions

How architects respond appropriately to invitations when they arrive

How architects go about creating a project brief, which is a fundamental step in setting out the client’s requirements for the project

See More

Architects are not the only professionals required to provide design and other services for construction projects. The architect works with consultants from up to dozens of other disciplines to obtain expert advice and design inputs. The selection of, engagement of and collaboration with these consultants brings a range of risks and responsibilities that architects must carefully manage for the success of the project. This module introduces the fundamentals of architects’ working arrangements with consultants to help candidates understand how to manage these roles.

See More

This module provides an outline and understanding of the principles of lump sum contracts with regard to financial aspects, how to manage changes to the works and the contract price, how to make payment for the works and keeping the client informed of costs during construction.

See More

This module covers the role of the architect in relation to contracts and the related administrative essentials.

See More

This module focuses on the specific terms and conditions contained within a standard form construction contract, again using the ABIC Simple Works Contract as the example.
This module works through the contract schedules and explains why they are relevant, before covering the key terms and conditions throughout the Simple Works Contract.

See More

Ethics and ethical practices interact with everything the architect does—from the seemingly trivial through to the seriously life threatening.
Moral rights are also incredibly important for the architect—in terms of respecting the work of others as well as protecting your own work, and for providing a meaningful and valuable built environment legacy for future generations.

See More

This module covers a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to its successful operation. Speaker: Mark Boffa

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This module covers a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to its successful operation. Speaker: Melonie Bayl-Smith

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Professional indemnity insurances are some of the most important insurances that an architect needs to undertake business and can prevent it from going under in the event of a claim. This module will discuss:

  • One of the most important clauses of a professional indemnity insurance policy, the ‘insuring clause’.
  • Common ‘need to know’ insurance terms.
  • The difference between professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
  • Other types of insurance that are relevant for your business.
  • Common policy exclusions.
  • The fundamental nature of a professional indemnity policy namely that it is a ‘claims made and notified’ insurance.
  • The important requirement of the duty to notify.

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This module discusses areas of risk arising in architectural practice including avoidable and unavoidable risks, and introduces a number of tools that assist architects in managing risk in the delivery of designs.

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Contract law exists so that there is as much consistency and certainty as possible in everyone’s relations with one another. In the business sector, businesspeople must be able to hold each other to their promises. On the other hand, it is clear that in certain situations, statements made by a party should not be taken by another as a promise. Contract law aims to strike a balance between these considerations.

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This module outlines the legal obligations of an architect and the consequences of breaching them. It focuses on five key areas of special importance: negligence, contracts, the Architects Acts, the National Construction Code, and safe design

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A cost-based approach to proposing design fees frequently leaves architects competing on fee to win new work, bartering for a position at the negotiation table and writing proposals that fail to capture the interest of their intended audience. By following an interest-based approach architects can write proposals that separate their services from the competition, cater to the needs of a larger client base and offer solutions that clients want to pay for.

See More

In this session, David Gianotten will address the theme of risk and focus on the ways his work engages risk as a productive element within their work.

OMA Projects currently under his design and supervision include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the Hanwha Galleria in Busan Korea, the Taiyuan Industrial Heritage master plan in China and the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen China. 

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Through case studies and expert presentations, this special program explores key touch points for building a successful practice. It examines fee structures, risk management, intellectual property, business resilience, client relationships, practice culture and work/life, brand development, and leveraging Institute membership for maximum benefit.

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This seminar will explore the world of competitive tendering. It will allow you to better navigate the tender process, from pursuit through to submission. The seminar will provide insights into how to select the right partners, how to maximise the likelihood of being shortlisted, how to strengthen your contribution to major tender processes and how to develop a tender strategy and translate that into action.

The seminar will be presented in modules based on the business development cycle and covering pursuit, return on investment, tender and post tender. 

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Architects operate in a complex, changing environment. This is not likely to diminish with technological disruption, client expectations, work practices and professional standards constantly evolving. To be successful, it isn’t enough to survive such changes. Instead, you need to be equipped to thrive through them.

Humans are hardwired to resist change, however, this can be overcome with deliberate learning and practice. This session will provide you with insights, tools and techniques so you can thrive in today’s changing environment and ultimately maintain high levels of agility, effectiveness, productivity and employee morale.

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Refresher courses

Aimed to assist graduates and architects with two to eight years of experience and more to have a better understanding of authority approvals, planning controls and how these matters affect the practice of architecture. Other standards such as NCC and DDA that affect your work during the preparation of development applications will also be introduced.

See More

This module introduces the various types of building contracts and aspects to consider when selecting which contract to use. It will then cover providing advice to clients and how they may be included in tender processes and the issues likely to be faced when administering the contract.

See More

Having sound knowledge of the client-architect agreement and all its different components is critical to a successful project outcome. The scope of services and associated fee structure put in place needs to be well understood to ensure a project can be properly serviced.

See More

This module deals predominately with the early parts of architects’ interactions with a potential client.

This module will cover:

How architects market their services and secure new commissions

How architects respond appropriately to invitations when they arrive

How architects go about creating a project brief, which is a fundamental step in setting out the client’s requirements for the project

See More

Architects are not the only professionals required to provide design and other services for construction projects. The architect works with consultants from up to dozens of other disciplines to obtain expert advice and design inputs. The selection of, engagement of and collaboration with these consultants brings a range of risks and responsibilities that architects must carefully manage for the success of the project. This module introduces the fundamentals of architects’ working arrangements with consultants to help candidates understand how to manage these roles.

See More

This module provides an outline and understanding of the principles of lump sum contracts with regard to financial aspects, how to manage changes to the works and the contract price, how to make payment for the works and keeping the client informed of costs during construction.

See More

This module covers the role of the architect in relation to contracts and the related administrative essentials.

See More

This module focuses on the specific terms and conditions contained within a standard form construction contract, again using the ABIC Simple Works Contract as the example.
This module works through the contract schedules and explains why they are relevant, before covering the key terms and conditions throughout the Simple Works Contract.

See More

Ethics and ethical practices interact with everything the architect does—from the seemingly trivial through to the seriously life threatening.
Moral rights are also incredibly important for the architect—in terms of respecting the work of others as well as protecting your own work, and for providing a meaningful and valuable built environment legacy for future generations.

See More

This module covers a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to its successful operation. Speaker: Mark Boffa

See More

This module covers a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to its successful operation. Speaker: Melonie Bayl-Smith

See More

Professional indemnity insurances are some of the most important insurances that an architect needs to undertake business and can prevent it from going under in the event of a claim. This module will discuss:

  • One of the most important clauses of a professional indemnity insurance policy, the ‘insuring clause’.
  • Common ‘need to know’ insurance terms.
  • The difference between professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
  • Other types of insurance that are relevant for your business.
  • Common policy exclusions.
  • The fundamental nature of a professional indemnity policy namely that it is a ‘claims made and notified’ insurance.
  • The important requirement of the duty to notify.

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This module discusses areas of risk arising in architectural practice including avoidable and unavoidable risks, and introduces a number of tools that assist architects in managing risk in the delivery of designs.

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Contract law exists so that there is as much consistency and certainty as possible in everyone’s relations with one another. In the business sector, businesspeople must be able to hold each other to their promises. On the other hand, it is clear that in certain situations, statements made by a party should not be taken by another as a promise. Contract law aims to strike a balance between these considerations.

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This module outlines the legal obligations of an architect and the consequences of breaching them. It focuses on five key areas of special importance: negligence, contracts, the Architects Acts, the National Construction Code, and safe design

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Sustainability

Play your part in addressing climate change in the built environment and take advantage of our special June offer.

The new National Standard of Competency for Architects has a greater focus on environmental sustainability. Improve your skills and knowledge in this area with the the ZERO Carbon Design Series program.

With the end of the CPD year approaching we are offering the 7 formal CPD point program for the price of just 5, as well as discounts off individual seminar purchases.  More

The fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages. This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why it’s important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.

This session is suitable for both the novice and expert in BIM and similarly so in sustainability.

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Aesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types.

The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential. Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like. 

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This CPD session showcases current research from the University of Wellington, University of Western Australia and Deakin University will discuss a variety of issues related to sustainability and research.:

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The world faces an urgent challenge in creating a living future that is “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative”. How can we ensure good standards of living for all, while having a positive rather than a negative impact on the world? The architectural profession can have a crucial role in this opportunity, with good, smart housing a great place to start. Caroline Pidcock will address the leading approaches to zero-emission housing around the world and how this could affect Australian directions in the future.

This seminar will also explore how integrated design teams and responses are integral to achieving these goals.

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With nearly 40 percent of the world’s pollution generated by construction it’s undeniable that the industry has a significant impact on the planet. 
This is exacerbated by inefficient production processes, considerable displacement of supplies, and excessive waste during various other stages of construction. At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

1. Examine microrecycling science and zero waste  
2. Discuss the challenges & benefits that underpins the issues relating to zero waste
3. Understand how through good design strategies, technology and materials can provide sustainable solutions
4. Prepare design lessons by developing a product from concept to reality
5. Explore through case studies methods to bring your client along the journey to better environmental outcomes

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Technical

Two vital steps to project success are communicating the client’s needs (in the brief) and communicating the detail of how those needs will be met (in specifications). The last two decades have seen great shifts in the responsibility of clients, consultants and builders for these key decisions. Shortcomings and shortcuts in these areas are regular contributors to defects and disputes. 

Through case studies of claims, the legally qualified Risk Managers from informed by Planned Cover will discuss an architect’s duty of care when it comes to briefing and specifications, and look at ways to reduce the risks of errors and claims.

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This seminar will provide a refresher on the work health and safety legislation in relation to designer responsibilities and discuss how designers can achieve a safe design approach in their projects. The focus will include what designers should endeavour to eliminate from the workplace and design innovations which can create productive workplaces free from injury and disease.

The seminar will address methods of communicating safe design in documents, plans and reports to ensure that design intent is not lost in the build process.

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Wellbeing

The way we design and organize our living environments can fundamentally impact our social connections, and quality of life including our physical and mental health. Place Agency presents a series of conversations with six prominent architectural practitioners and academics in Australia and the UK, considering the intersection between design, social value and the power of social connection.

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What role can architects play in the rebuilding of communities after natural disasters? 

In this presentation Jenny Donovan explores how architects can best help communities recover from disasters, how it is different to normal circumstances and the personal qualities required to truly make a difference. 

This session is applicable to  disasters or extreme events causing trauma.

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Through a selection of his resort projects and his design of the Thailand Pavilion in the Venice Biennale Architectural Exhibition in 2014, ‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag shares the significant factors that inform, influence and shape his work. People, nature, cultural heritage and cosmic forces are all keys to his work, as well as the concept of architecture as art – sculpture, painting, poetry, dance and music are all part of the architecture.

Discover Bunnag’s interpretation of cultural heritage in relation to the individual and as a source of inspiration, not definition. Bunnag discusses how the intangible informs the tangible and the purpose of architecture – to provide serenity and joy. 

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Flexible working arrangements are essential to achieving gender equity in the workplace. 
What are the challenges, what works, what doesn’t, and how have other practices implemented flexible conditions for their staff? These are some of the questions discussed and debated at this entertaining and informative roundtable discussion. 

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The Liveable Housing Australia Design Guidelines are increasingly being referred to by local planning authorities. Clare Paterson will discuss how their application has been used in various housing situations and the steps required to have a project LHA Certified.

With a focus on the acute hospital environment, Ellie Newman will give you a better understanding on how dementia can affect the way a person experiences and interacts with the built environment. The seminar will be an interactive experience session’ that will engage and enlighten attendees on what it is like to live with dementia or reduced abilities along with highlighting design changes that can enable them to maintain independence. Two volunteers will wear an ageing suit to demonstrate the impact of ageing on the body and be able to experience the visual, hearing and physical disabilities than can accompany old age and dementia.

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Social Sustainability is about ensuring the sustenance of the diverse social relations that exist in healthy communities. Creating the physical, cultural and social places that support wellbeing and a sense of community involves a process of engagement with the people who inhabit and frequent those places. This presentation will discuss the growing public policy emphasis on wellbeing and performance of public spaces, how we can respond, what this means for innovation in design practice, who is involved in delivering Social Sustainability, why it is important, and what happens if we do not.

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Architects engage at a very personal level with people looking to rebuild in the future after disasters. This session considers the effects of trauma on the mind. Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert Rob Gordon outlines the characteristics of continuing stress and how to recognize and interact with someone in this state.

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