National Seminar Series
BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
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.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Design

Presenter: Rory Martin: Sustainability Manager - Residential Frasers Property Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Contract Administration – Mechanisms, Glitches and Nightmares
Contract Administration – Mechanisms, Glitches and Nightmares
An introduction to the mechanisms of Contract Administration (CA) under common lump sum building contracts for small to medium-sized projects. With particular emphasis on SW-2008, this session will also discuss the notable differences between the ABIC contract and AS2124/AS4000, including discussion regarding choice of contract. Interesting, problematic and hidden contract mechanisms will be highlighted, and there will be anecdotal examples of difficulties that have arisen, how they came about and how they were approached.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Tanya Jones, Associate Director, Gresley Abas
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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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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Thriving Through Change
Thriving Through Change
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.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Michelle Gibbings: Leadership & Change Expert
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Colour Psychology in Architecture
Colour Psychology in Architecture
Following on from the success of last year’s National Seminar Series, “The Application of Colour in Architecture”, 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?

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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The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing
The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing
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 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.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Caroline Pidcock from PIDCOCK - Architecture + Sustainability (Director)
CPD hours: 2 formal & 2 GBCA

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Building Product Compliance
Building Product Compliance
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 that they may not be fit for purpose.

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.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Project Delivery

Presenter: Kristin Brookfield – Housing Industry Association (HIA)
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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2016 NCC Change: Now you can aim higher with timber
2016 NCC Change: Now you can aim higher with timber
Until now, the choice of construction materials for mid-rise urban developments has been limited to a traditional palette that excluded timber. However changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) from 1 May will enable timber buildings of up to eight storeys without the need for expensive Alternative Solutions to gain approval. This seminar aims to deliver a hands-on workshop that will work through the WoodSolutions Technical Guide on mid-rise timber buildings and provide attendees with the knowledge to confidently implement the NCC changes.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Boris Iskra and Paul England
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Tendering: How to strategically position and present your business for success
Tendering: How to strategically position and present your business for success
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.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Deborah Mazoudier and Paola Sirotti
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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How to Flex: Creating flexible practice for all
How to Flex: Creating flexible practice for all
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.

AACA Competency:Practice Management; Project Delivery

Presenter: Misty Waters, Lee Hillam, Patrick Kennedy, Leone Lorrimer
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Art of Management and Delegation
The Art of Management and Delegation
This seminar will focus on four main areas:
1. Increasing Productivity
2. Empowering the team
3. Effective Communication
4. Managing your team’s performance
Attendees will develop solid, practical ideas that will have a positive impact on their firm’s business results when implemented.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Bob McCarthy: Leadership Management Australia
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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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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The Integrative Design Process- A new approach for sustainable design
The Integrative Design Process- A new approach for sustainable design
Integrative design is distinguished from conventional design by its use of a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary project team. This presentation by Bill Reed introduces the practical concepts of integrating our technical perspectives with the living system processes that support life on Earth. The beginning of this work in the design and building professions is to start the process of integrating the inter-relationships between subsystems in the building and the natural systems of which the building is part.

AACA Competency: Project Delivery

Presenter: Bill Reed, Principal: Regenesis Pty Ltd
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Safety in Design
Safety in Design
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.

AACA Competency: Design, Documentation

Presenter: Deborah Hammond, OHS Solutions Pty Ltd
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Waterproofing In Buildings- Preventing Leaks And Lawsuits By Design
Waterproofing In Buildings- Preventing Leaks And Lawsuits By Design
Ross Taylor's presentation looks at the legal exposure of Architects to the increasing problem of water related defects in new buildings. Case studies of recent legal cases are reviewed, the causes of the problem analysed and the role of design identified. A back to basics approach to using first principles of water shedding and effective use of old fashioned things like flashings rather than just relying on chemicals is provided. Examples of time-proven good practice design detailing are discussed.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Ross Taylor: Management Consultant, Ross Taylor Associates
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Managing Projects For Success
Managing Projects For Success
This seminar will develop project planning and project management skills for architects to help them become “project leaders” and contribute to the success of their team, project delivery and sustainability of their practice.
Topics include the project leader’s role in success, financial and resource management, planning for success and managing project risk.

AACA Competency: Project Delivery

Presenter: John Wenzel: Management Consultant, Practice Design Pty Ltd
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Daylight Design- Beyond the Curtain Wall
Daylight Design- Beyond the Curtain Wall
Area limits on external façade glazing and skylights in Section J of the BCA are making it increasingly difficult for architects to bring natural light into their buildings. With these limitations on glazed area, designers need to better understand daylighting principles in order to tap into the multiple benefits of natural light.

Related EDG note: ‘NCC Section J and Commercial Building Facade Design – 2016 update’ by Michael Shaw.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Michael Shaw: Manager ESD, Connor Pincus Group
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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Carbon Centred Approach To Sustainable Design: 41 Exhibition Street
Carbon Centred Approach To Sustainable Design: 41 Exhibition Street
This seminar will focus on the carbon modeling and sustainable design of the Institute's 41 Exhibition Street development in Melbourne. Through a detailed case study it will be shown how a very small CBD site can be transformed to deliver a high quality, highly sustainable, innovative commercial building. The project, concept and total carbon modeling of the building will be analysed in detail.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Russell Evans: Victorian/Tasmanian Manager, AECOM’s Applied Research and Sustainability group
CPD hours: 2 formal & 1 GBCA

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BIM In Practice
BIM In Practice
This seminar will draw extensively on the information in the ‘BIM in Practice’ documents released in August after input from over 45 BIM in experts in Australia (www.bim.architecture.com.au). It will focus on three specific areas:

- Effects of BIM on the legal and procurement aspects of delivering projects
- Proper management of BIM collaboration across disciplines
- Involving clients and other stakeholders to communicate benefits and challenges of BIM

AACA Competency: Documentation and Practice Management

Presenter: Dominik Holzer: Partner, AEC Connect
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Climate Driven Design- Energy Efficiency By Degrees
Climate Driven Design- Energy Efficiency By Degrees
This seminar will examine the principles of energy efficiency based on John Maitland's 30+ years of architectural experience in South Australia. Through a range of project case studies and some results from post occupancy studies, he will review the local climate relevance, material selections and use of technological fixes. John will also relate a building to the human body, how their energy functions are similar, and discuss the impact of human behaviour.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: John Maitland: Director, Energy Architecture
CPD hours: 1.5 formal & 2GBCA

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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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New Futures in Heritage Buildings: Responsible Adaptation, Additions and Reuse
New Futures in Heritage Buildings: Responsible Adaptation, Additions and Reuse
It is said that in the near future fifty percent of architects' work will be to existing buildings: this presentation considers the important work of the architect in bringing new roles and new life to existing structures - all part of a sustainable agenda. This course will show relevant examples of adaptive re-use, and also of new architecture in historic precincts, and will discuss the principles behind their success.

AACA Competency: Design and Project Delivery

Presenter: Elizabeth Vines: OAM FRAIA M.ICOMOS B.Arch (Hons) Melb
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Fee Psychology and Negotiation
Fee Psychology and Negotiation
You will learn about the crucial role that negotiation plays in building a successful architectural practice and will also learn about Architectural Fee Psychology and how to apply this in Architectural practice.

AACA Competency: Project Management

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

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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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