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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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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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