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Western Australia's CPD Events

What's happening in the Western Australian Chapter?

On this page you will find information on Western Australian CPD events. In the Quick links box to the right you will find links to other Western Australian events, as well as awards, services, resources and publications.

Continuing professional development (CPD) talks and events are a core component of the Western Australian Chapter's continuing professional development program. The series aims to present topics that are inspiring and tangible, providing knowledge that attendees can put into practice. 

Architects registered in WA are required to do CPD as part of their registration. For more information about CPD for architects, see the Continuing professional development page.
 Events that display a Refuel CPD badge are eligible for CPD points.

Unless stated otherwise, prices as per below:

 A+ Member:          $35.00
 Member:    $45.00
 Graduate Member:    $40.00
 Non Member:    $85.00
 SONA Student Member:    $20.00


Wednesday 19 June 19 - FREE EVENT
5pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start 
33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009
This presentation will offer insights into international current trends and practical knowledge in the healthcare field, whilst providing recommendations on the effectiveness of study tours as a learning tool in architecture.

Lahni is a graduate of architecture at HASSELL and the 2018 recipient of the Peter Hunt Travel Prize, awarded for her master’s thesis research and design for a specialist mental health facility.

Lahni used her prize to continue her self-directed research on the impact of design on the mental health of patients and staff, by travelling through Europe and the UK to visit prominent architects and projects. Highlights included attending the Union of International Architects / Public Health Group Conference and the European Healthcare Design Conference, meeting with Dutch Health Architects Gortemaker Algra Feenstra and Flores Prats Architects (Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores), and participating in the Porto Academy 2018 with architects including Atelier Bow-Wow, SO-IL, Sauter Von Moos, Alvaro Siza and Steven Holl.

Monday 1st July
5pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start 
33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009

Paul Wakelam RAIA Architect and Director of A Workshop, a multi-disciplinary architectural practise based in Hobart, Tasmania since 2016. Previous to this A Workshop was  located in the Darling Scarp of Greenmount Studios in Western Australia. Paul is a graduate of University of Western Australia (2000) and Curtin University of Technology (1993).  A Workshop currently has projects in development in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Zealand.

In this presentation, Paul interprets the story lines of various types of single houses and their sites produced by his practise. He will discuss first memories and exposure to topography of Dryandra Country, where he grew up and how this informed his growth and pathway as an architect. The engagement with topography involves the physical realities of the site and delving into the placement of the line onto/into the landscape. This can be seen as representing a complementary relationship between architecture and topography, and as such, explores the spatial dimensions of the human dance with topography.

Learning Outcomes 
  • To deepen understanding of a multi-disciplinary design practise.
  • To gain understanding of how design precedence is relevant in approach to topography.
  • To be exposed to comparative analysis of a selection of projects and their respective handling of design to topography.
  • To gain useful insights about how to test design ideas and foster recognition of diverse possibilities in design practise.  



Monday 15 July
5pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start 
33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009

Simon Lefort, studio director at Firefly Point Of View, Perth, dispels common misconceptions around the lux level requirements in national lighting standards and provides an insight into the real objectives of these standards.

He will explore four components of light; how these can be applied and balanced to address the objectives of the national lighting standards, and provide premium visual comfort and architectural enhancement.

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding that the general principles and recommendations of the Australian Standards, relating to lighting, are intended be applied in ways other than simply complying with prescribed lux levels.
  • An understanding that a more considered application of the general principles and recommendations benefits
  • An awareness that the quality of light is as important as the quantity of light
  • An introduction to a lighting theory which uses four components of light to create visually comfortable and attractive spaces and how these components can be applied and balanced in different environments.


PALS 2019

Second round:

3 July

10 July

17 July

24 July

311 July

7 August

14 August


Visit the PALS website for more information and registration details.


ABWA Dates 2019: 

Round 1 – April/May 

Enrolment for Parts 1 & 2 run from Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 9.30am to Friday, 15 February 2019 at 4pm.

The Part 2 National Examination Paper will be held on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.

The Part 3 Examinations By Interview will be held the week commencing Monday, 20 May 2019.

Round 2 – August/October

Enrolment for Parts 1 & 2 run from Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 9.30am to Friday, 5 July 2019 at 4pm.

The Part 2 National Examination Paper will be held on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

The Part 3 Examinations By Interview will be held the week commencing Monday, 21 October 2019.