Social Sustainability: Design that connects people

Full price: $134.00
Member: $100.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

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

AACA Competency: Practice Management


Dr Angelique Edmonds: Lecturer at the University of South Australia

Dr Angelique Edmonds is a Lecturer at the University of South Australia, where she teaches in both Architecture & Sustainable Design programs and supervises Masters & PhD research. She is a current Design Review panellist with ODASA (the Office for Design and Architecture, South Australia) and member of the AIA National Visiting Panel. Angelique also served on the National steering group for ANDI (Australia’s National Development Index) which is essentially Australia’s wellbeing Index.

Angelique is passionate about the ways in which architecture can participate in, and impact upon, people's everyday lives. She has a particular interest in public engagement, socially inclusive design, design approaches which foster resilience and promote public agency. She has consulted to SA & NT governments and established public sustainability education initiatives in partnership with local governments in NSW.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    2 hours

    Continuing professional development hours


    2 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. 

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the worldwide public policy interest in wellbeing, the performance of public places and how this impacts upon the work of Architects
  • Identify characteristics of socially inclusive design led engagement processes and their implications for sustaining social connection and effective public outcomes
  • Explain a range of ways in which design process engages public involvement across the spectrum from consultation to co-creation and the differences between them
  • Implement ideas and practices which expand the depth of client/architect/community interaction and greater scopes of work and client offerings
  • Identify the practice issues that need to change to achieve optimized socially sustainable outcomes
  • Understand socially inclusive design issues and select from a range of ways that a design process can ensure social inclusion is attained

    National Competency Standards in Architecture

    Practice Management


    Full Price $134.00
    Member $100.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $91.00
    Graduate Member $91.00
    SONA Member (student) $51.00

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