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Procurement for projects – Understanding methodologies and risk management

3 Oct 2019 at 9:00 am - 11:30 am AEST

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2 formal CPD point seminar

AACA Competency: Design: 1.1; 1.3; 2.6 Practice Management 9.3; 9.4

The procurement of architectural services for public sector clients can often feel like a minefield of risks, costs and uncertainties. So how do you navigate this terrain and win work while managing costs and risks effectively and ensuring quality outcomes and design integrity?

Attend this 2 formal CPD event to hear seasoned professionals discuss the issues currently facing practices, client approaches and expectations, the Institute’s newly published procurement guidelines, and advice for how to leverage these guidelines to positively influence clients.


  • Understand procurement methodologies – what are they, how do they operate and what to look out for
  • Discuss legal frameworks for procurement of consultancy services
  • Describe the importance of client expectations in consultant procurement
  • Analyse Government approaches to consultant procurement
  • Outline prequalification panels and how to engage with clients using panels.


This seminar is relevant for architects seeking information about guidelines for use of EOIs, RFTs, design competitions, prequalification panels, and selection of consultants.


Alex Kibble

As the Managing Director of Tanner Kibble Denton Architects, a medium-sized practice undertaking a wide range of government projects, Alex has first-hand experience in the methodologies used by architects to respond to the requirements for procurement of architectural services

Alex is the Chair of the AIA NSW Procurement taskforce and has canvassed views of a number of other practice leaders on these issues and has sought to find ways to bring resolution to issues of concern

At the national level, Alex was a committee member of the AIA National Procurement Taskforce and contributed to the development and writing of the new AIA Guidelines for Expressions of Interest and Requests for Tender for Architectural Services and is very familiar with the research and background that led to the endorsement of this document.

Alex graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 1990 and has worked on a wide range of significant public commercial and educational projects in Australia and Hong Kong.

Helena Golavanoff

Helena is a partner in Holding Redlich’s Construction and Infrastructure group. With over 15 years’ experience in large scale construction and commercial disputes throughout Australia, she provides dispute resolution, transaction and advisory services. She has particular expertise in complex negotiations and contract structuring, including drafting and negotiating development agreements, design and construction contracts, project delivery agreements, early contractor involvement agreements and consultancy agreements.

Helena works closely with her clients to ensure they understand the risks they face in their projects and how to address those risks.

Apart from construction industry clients, Helena has extensive experience providing advice to insurers and insureds in respect of professional indemnity, contractor’s all risks and other project policies and business-related insurance.

Helena has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from UNSW and was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2002. She is a partner of a large national law firm in the Construction and Infrastructure group having spent almost her entire career working in building and construction-related matters of all sizes. Helena also spent a number of years acting on behalf of architects both directly and on instructions from professional indemnity insurers giving her considerable insight into challenges faced by the profession day-to-day.

(Chair) Laura Cockburn

Laura is a Director at Conrad Gargett and has a keen interest in the collaborative approach to design that underpins her work. She has significant experience in successfully leading teams from master planning and concept design through to contract documentation and construction on complex large projects in the Defence and Infrastructure sector.

Paulo Macchia

Paulo is the Director, Design and Housing at Government Architect NSW. Paulo is responsible for developing government agency partnerships and leading GANSW’s strategic approach to the procurement of built environment professionals by NSW Government agencies.

He is a registered architect with significant experience defining and delivering innovative and strategic projects in both the public and privates sectors. He has taught and been a guest critic at the University of Sydney, University of Technology and The University of Newcastle.

With experience in the delivery of successful business cases and having acted as a gateway reviewer on behalf of NSW Treasury, Paulo also brings a strategic insight into governance approaches that ensures that design processes and outcomes align with project objectives and realise benefits and value for the community of NSW.

Please note: There is no onsite parking at Tusculum. Please contact the Institute if disabled parking is required.

Terms and 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. Cancellation – 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. Note: Cancellations by Institute Members due to sickness on the day of the event will receive a full refund contingent on receipt of a medical certificate.
  5. ‘No Shows’ – Due to CPD regulations the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.
  6. Note: you must retain your receipt of payment as evidence of this CPD being undertaken.

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3 Oct 2019
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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3 Manning Street
Potts Point, NSW 2011 Australia
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