National Architecture Conference
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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The Design of Risk
The Design of Risk
From the National Architecture Conference 2015: Risk

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.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Jeremy Till- Head: Central Saint Martins
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Talking SHoP: Taking risks from New York to Seoul to Barcelona
Talking SHoP: Taking risks from New York to Seoul to Barcelona
From the National Architecture Conference 2015: Risk

Gregg Pasquarelli addresses the theme of risk and focuses on the ways in which his practice engages risk as a productive element within their work.

Since 1996 New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard for creative exploration in the field of architecture and modelled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. The firm’s method centres on a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand beyond the architect’s traditional roles.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Gregg Pasquarelli - Principal: SHoP Architects
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Geographic Specificity: An African Perspective
Geographic Specificity: An African Perspective
This course is from the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making.

Making Culture positions architecture as an element of culture, and the process of making architecture an act of cultural production.This approach asserts that the interpretation of and contribution to culture(s) as the primary productive task of architecture, before response to brief, programme, site or other obligations.

David Adjaye and his practice Adjaye Associates (founded in London, but since expanded to the US, Germany and Ghana) seek to create “buildings that belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: David Adjaye - Principal: Adjaye Associates
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Making Culture I
Making Culture I
From the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making

Making Culture positions architecture as an element of culture, and the process of making architecture an act of cultural production. This approach asserts that the interpretation of and contribution to culture(s) as the primary productive task of architecture, before response to brief, programme, site or other obligations. A series of conversations will explore how the appeal of culture can be used as a tool to enable architecture’s transformative function, to enhance the particularity of place and to stimulate a renewal of institutions.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Andrew Burns - Principal: Andrew Burns Architects, Richard Hassell - Director: WOHA
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Making Connections I
Making Connections I
From the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making

Like “sustainability”, the term “collaboration” has started to become a catch cry for architects – we hear it all the time but what does it really mean? Is collaboration the term we use when we hope that everyone will agree with our idea or is this the art of conversation and conflict resolution? Or so much more?
Making Connections examines projects and practices that generously engage with other ideas, people, environments and situations at a range of scales, to produce unexpected outcomes both formally and culturally.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Emma Williamson-Director: Coda, San Sek Ng- Principal: Sek San Design, Gurjit Singh Matharoo- Principal: Matharoo Associates
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Small projects in Malaysia
Small projects in Malaysia
From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Smallprojects is about a particular way of thinking and the projects that have resulted, grown from the specifics of monsoon Asia and the questions faced by living in dense humidity, strong sun, a gradually developing society, inconsistent building culture, and the tremendous rates of growth and decay that characterise the hot, wet zone. As a departure from formal concerns, its name references neither size nor scale, but the intimate junctions where elements and issues meet; its interests, less in the production of things than the discovery of relationships.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Kevin Low: Small Projects, Malaysia
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Designing and Building in Mexico
Designing and Building in Mexico
From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Jorge Gracia, architect and founder of Gracia Studio, challenges the conventional architecture in Tijuana, México, fostering a demand for inexpensive and design forward architecture, focusing on prefabrication. Projects like Encuentro Guadalupe and Todos Santos House illustrate the complete process of conceiving a project and actually building it, when challenges as design, structure, budgets, material availability, manpower, communication, engineering expertise, artwork and craftsmanship come together.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Jorge Gracia: Gracia Studio USA/Mexico
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Queensland Architecture in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Queensland Architecture in the 19th and 20th Centuries
From the 2013 Regional Architecture Conference: Spirit of Place
Don Watson's employment with the Interim Committee of the National Estate (predecessor of the Australian Heritage Commission) during the recession of 1974 gave him a lasting interest in the history of Queensland’s built environment. He presents a chronology of Queensland architecture from the colonial beginnings through to the mid-20th century, and focuses on the stylistic influences of each era as adapted to the particulars of Queensland’s climate and locally available building materials.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Don Watson: State Library of Queensland
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Braincraft: Thinking in Architecture
Braincraft: Thinking in Architecture
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Lyons is a practice with a long-established history of designing medium to large public and commercial buildings in Australia. Working beyond modernist ideas about structural expression and material authenticity, the work of Lyons demonstrates the ways in which materiality and assembly can be used to achieve surface effects and patterns that communicate at the scale of the city and within the visual chaos of the multi-cultural metropolis.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Carey Lyon: Director, Lyons Architecture
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Scale of Expression and the Importance of Hand
Scale of Expression and the Importance of Hand
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
MAD Architects are adept at achieving seductive forms and surfaces within a vast range of construction contexts, from China to Canada, small to large scale. Yosuke Hayano's presentation will paint a picture of resourcefulness through design aspiration.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Yosuke Hayano: MAD architects, China
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Architecture and Digital Fabrication
Architecture and Digital Fabrication
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Through his research and practice Matthias Kohler is renowned for experimenting with new fabrication tools, such as robots, to achieve complex and precise fabrication with common material elements such as bricks and timber. His work celebrates the assembly of component parts and is at the cutting edge of new design possibilities.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Matthias Kohler: Gramazio and Kohler, Switzerland
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Adaptation and Reuse
Adaptation and Reuse
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
PHooEY Architects are sustainable building professionals concerned about sustainability, upcycling, energy efficiency, and the recapture and reuse of materials. Emma Young demonstrates through her practice's projects: the reprogramming of existing developments, their adaptation and their re-use. Her presentation reminds us to not start our design with a clean sheet but to see the potential in the existing and to retain what is possible.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Emma Young: Director, PHooEY Architects
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Active Landscapes & New Environments
Active Landscapes & New Environments
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Whether driven by extreme sites or their own formal aspirations, the work of Aste’s practice LAAC, is characterized by its determined manipulation of familiar materials such as steel or concrete beyond conventional, even reasonable, limits. LAAC are also known for their skilful re-framing of historic materials and sites to open up new associations and social opportunities.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Kathrin Aste: Principal, LAAC, Austria
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Superuse
Superuse
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Cesare Peeren’s presentation focuses on the creative use of recycling and upcycling of locally found waste in architecture. He demonstrates the abundance of material available for recycling, and discusses the regulatory and industry frameworks which can constrain or enable its re-use. The projects of his practice Superuse Studios shows how we can design and build beautiful, functional and potentially reusable structures for future generations, and how sustainability begins from the designer.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Cesare Peeren: Superuse Studios, Netherlands
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Material Provenance
Material Provenance
From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Virginia San Fratello's presentation is concerned with familiar materials, including materials we often fail to notice, used in novel ways.
With partner Ronald Rael, Rael San Fratello is at the forefront of a reconsideration of traditional materials such as earth and straw, using new digital techniques of production.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Virginia San Fratello: Founding Director at Rael San Fratello
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Setting, Occupation & Palette
Setting, Occupation & Palette
Rachel Neeson presents the recent work of Neeson Murcutt Architects including the Castlecrag House, winner of the 2011 Robin Boyd award. Rachel’s projects with her late husband Nick Murcutt can be characterised by a strong tactility. The distinctive qualities of the materials, textures and geometries of the site and those of the building are treated respectfully and heightened by association.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Rachel Neeson: Director, Neeson Murcutt
CPD hours: 1 formal

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Urban + Maidan: experience
Urban + Maidan: experience
In this course, Anu Mathur and Dilip Da Cunha present their thematic landscape and environmental design research. Of particular interest, after a year of intense weather events in Australia, are their studies based on the historic flooding of the Mississippi and the contemporary investigations into the changing seawater, fresh water, groundwater and atmospheric environments of the great city of Mumbai. Their presentation provides salutary insights into natural and cultural fluxes and flows.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha: University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, New York
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Landscape: The Key to Architecture
Landscape: The Key to Architecture
Wang Shu's Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou represents a thoughtful and considered response to the rapid contemporary urbanization of China. The Studio’s projects employ landscape responses, spatial organisations and material qualities that resonate with China’s long history and explicitly challenge the placeless and graceless presence of many recent ‘international’ projects.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Wang Shu: Amateur Architecture Studio
CPD hours: 1.5 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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Inspiring Sustainable Design
Inspiring Sustainable Design
Be inspired as Hermann Kaufmann shares some of the challenges, learnings and strategies he has experienced and developed through years of sustainable design for private, public and commercial buildings.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Hermann Kaufmann: ZT GmbH, Austria
CPD hours: 1 formal & 1 GBCA

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Sustainable Design for Low Carbon Footprint
Sustainable Design for Low Carbon Footprint
Carbon positive wood and wood products are enabling architects and designers to create buildings with low or zero (negative is possible!) carbon footprints.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Fabiano Ximenes, NSW Department of Primary Industries
CPD hours: 1 formal & 1 GBCA

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Innovative Timber Buildings
Innovative Timber Buildings
New design concepts using engineered timber products are promising to increase sustainability and construction efficiency. Cross laminated timber (CLT) and other laminated products are appearing in multi-level building designs of 10 storeys and more.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Liam Dewar, Director - Eurban Limited UK
CPD hours: 1 formal & 1 GBCA

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Does Wood Burn? The Fire Safety of Solutions in Wood
Does Wood Burn? The Fire Safety of Solutions in Wood
Internationally and locally, timber and wood products are increasingly specified for major construction projects as a fire safe building material.

Integrating design principles and fire engineering can ensure the required performance and compliance with relevant building codes.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: David Barber, Principal, Australasia Fire Leader, Arup
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Walk The Line
Walk The Line
The projects of Chilean landscape architect Teresa Moller convey an ambivalence which recognises the paradox that we cannot appreciate the landscape without altering it. Her work embodies a fearful restraint: sometimes there is nothing to see, at others the intervention is disarmingly stark.

AACA Competency: Design, Project Delivery

Presenter: Teresa Moller: Principal, Teresa Moller and Associates
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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Inner Space
Inner Space
This course is based on Fumihiko Maki’s presentation at Natural Artifice, the 2011 National Architecture Conference.

Architect Fumihiko Maki has written eloquently on the subject of Inner Space: the transferral of nature from the hilltop shrines of the rural village to the innermost recesses of contemporary urban life. The attempt to locate nature within such confines parallels another of Maki’s preoccupations: his quest to provide the experience of solitude within public spaces.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Fumihiko Maki: Principal, Maki and Associates
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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What Emerges
What Emerges
This course is based on Sebastián Mejia and Luis Callejas’ presentation at Natural Artifice, the 2011 National Architecture Conference.

Callejas and Mejia are co-directors of Paisajes Emergentes (Emerging Landscapes). Paisajes Emergentes has come to the fore through rediscovering Romanticism within the technological constraints of virtual architecture. This interplay between architecture and landscape is reflected in projects which blur the lines between buildings and their environments, and which incorporate ecological processes, power generation and temporal change.

AACA Competency: Design and Project Delivery

Presenter: Sebastián Mejia and Luis Callejas: Co-directors of Paisajes Emergentes
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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Natural Artifice
Natural Artifice
This course is based on Juhani Pallasmaa's presentation at Natural Artifice, the 2011 National Architecture Conference. Juhani Pallasmaa sees the task of architecture as 'the defence of the authenticity of human experience'. He asserts the importance of a ‘primary’ human condition which predates any notions of nature or artifice.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Juhani Pallasma, Principal, Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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Dream Big
Dream Big
In this presentation, Michael Green presents some of mgb's earlier and award-winning work in order to discuss how evolving systems and designs in wood can be used to lessen the significant negative effect of buildings on the environment. He demonstrates how new uses of wood technology can be used to construct efficient and affordable structures that cause less harm to the environment, whilst maintaining functionality and aesthetic appeal.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Michael Green (mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN)
CPD hours: 1.5 formal & 2 GBCA

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Kill the Modernist Within!
Kill the Modernist Within!
This course is based on Sam Jacob's keynote presentation at the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects' National Conference extra/ordinary.

Kill the Modernist Within! is a thoroughly entertaining, captivating and challenging discussion of some unusual ideas and projects that will take you out of your architectural comfort zone and leave your brain buzzing.

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AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Sam Jacob, Founding Director, FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste)
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Exploding Architecture
Exploding Architecture
This course is based on Richard Goodwin's keynote presentation at the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects' National Conference extra/ordinary.

Richard Goodwin's keynote presentation explores the boundaries of architecture, investigating how it intersects with art, the body and the city. Using examples—including parasitic, guerilla-action, and commissioned projects—he explodes these boundaries. He explains his ideas on "porosity" and "parasitic architecture", and gives an unexpected, innovative and thought-provoking perspective on what architecture is, and what it means.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Professor Richard Goodwin, UNSW College of Fine Arts
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Elemental Design
Elemental Design
This course is based on Alejandro Aravena's keynote presentation at the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects' National Conference extra/ordinary.

Given as a part of the extra/ordinary LIVING stream of the conference, Alejandro's presentation encourages you to think outside the social housing 'box'. His innovative approach to thinking about, designing, and implementing all elements of social housing initiatives is fascinating, and opens up a whole new way of thinking about not only social housing, but also the basic assumptions we, as architects, make about the city, urban communities, and housing options. He analyses the role of the architect in the mass housing market, finally demonstrating that architects can, and sometimes do, have an important part in the provision of mass housing of all kinds.

AACA Competency: Design and Project Delivery

Presenter: Alejandro Aravena, Director, Elemental SA
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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