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The Anatomy of a Leak
The Anatomy of a Leak
Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most expensive defect in modern buildings. With the surge in apartment dwelling construction, the frequency of leaks is increasing. Furthermore new regulations mean that designers are more likely to be in the firing line for legal action taken against builders and developers for building defects.

Ross has analysed the defects in thousands of home units to find the common features in design and procurement that lead to leaks occurring. Using a real case study of a large apartment complex, Ross 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.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Ross Taylor - Building Repair & Waterproofing Consultant
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Application of Colour in Architecture
The Application of Colour in Architecture
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. In this context, the seminar aims to highlight the role that colour plays in architecture through a historical approach of the phenomenon of colour application, as well as assisting in the practical application of colour in architecture.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Marisha McAuliffe: Academic and Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Risk in Architecture
Risk in Architecture
From the National Architecture Conference 2015: Risk

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 masterplan in China, and the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen China.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: David Gianotten: Managing Partner-Architect of OMA
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Inspiring Spaces
Inspiring Spaces
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.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Tye Farrow - Farrow Partners | Stefan Mee - John Wardle Architects
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Modelling the architectural practice of the future
Modelling the architectural practice of the future
Increased globalisation and exponentially augmented technology will create almost infinite competition, causing product and service consumption patterns to change immensely - just some of the game changers business, and in particular architects, will need to deal with.

This interactive seminar will help you start answering those key questions for your practice, help you identify whether you need to reinvent your business and / or your business model and if so, give you the tools to do so through practically reinforced, hands-on, fun exercises.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: David Schloeffel, Creative Industries Centre
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Social Sustainability: Design that connects people
Social Sustainability: Design that connects people
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 don’t.

Related EDG note: ‘Social Sustainability: Creating Places and Participatory Processes that Perform Well for People’ by Natasha Palich and Angelique Edmonds.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Dr Angelique Edmonds: Lecturer at the University of South Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Pricing Design Services + Writing Effective Fee Proposals
Pricing Design Services + Writing Effective Fee Proposals
Pricing Design Services:
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.

Writing Fee Proposals:
Based on concepts and experiences from the fields of human behavior and design fee negotiations, architects will learn how to write a proposal that will capture the interest of their intended audience while demonstrating the value their services provide.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Ian Motley and Alexandra Howieson: Blue Turtle Management and Consulting (BTM+C)
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Timber- Design, Detailing, Durability
Timber- Design, Detailing, Durability
Dr Geoff Boughton has authored over 100 technical papers and a number of books including Timber Design Handbook HB108-98 published by Standards Australia and he participates in a number of Australian Standards committees on timber.

In this presentation he builds on his range of experiences and also on significant work undertaken by the timber industry to investigate the durability of timber, providing models for estimating this at the design stage and understanding how to get the best out of timber in the longer term. Geoff has an affinity for both timber and for design and this presentation combines those two interests.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Geoff Boughton: Director, TimberED Services
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Leaks and Seals: Avoiding condensation through smart design
Leaks and Seals: Avoiding condensation through smart design
Through a combination of case studies and sound technical information, this seminar considers how the building envelope needs to deal with water in its various forms and how considered design and detailing can minimise and prevent damage.

AACA Competency: Design and Documentation

Presenter: Andy Russell: Proctor Group Australia
CPD hours: 2 formal & 2 GBCA

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Making Good to Future Detail: A Case Study Approach to Documentation
Making Good to Future Detail: A Case Study Approach to Documentation
James Jones takes you through the ins and outs of the documentation process and its relationships with contract administration and specification. He outlines common stumbling blocks, offers strategies and solutions for ‘writing your way out of trouble’ through the design, documentation and construction stages.

AACA Competency: Documentation

Presenter: James Jones: Design Principal, Architectus
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Best Practice in Documentation
Best Practice in Documentation
What is the importance of aiming for best practice in documentation? How can this be achieved? What are the benefits? Architectural documentation consultant Greg Blanch, Principal of documentation firm Detail 3, offers practical suggestions, references and examples to answer these questions and many more. He presents the fundamentals to achieving best practice in documentation.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Project Management, Practice Delivery

Presenter: Greg Blanch, Principal, Detail 3
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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