National Seminar Series 2017

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National Seminar Series

The National Seminar Series is a selection of high-quality seminars delivered across Australia. Seminars cover topics addressing each of the competency standards: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management. If you would like to suggest a topic or if you have any feedback please contact the CPD Team.

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Seminar Outline

Managing increasing amounts of project and staff information has long been a challenge for architecture practices. Increasingly, digital working is critical to connect your people, projects and processes. The two topics to be covered will be Project Management and HR Management. 

Project Management:
Having a handle on your project information, from emails and drawings to contracts and other documentation can make all the difference to successful and profitable project delivery. This session explores how architecture practices can improve efficiency, collaborate more, reduce risk and manage progress with project information management.

HR management:
• Recruitment (managing recruitment process, job advertisements)
• Training (online training, Essential management TV)
• Managing performance (performance appraisals guides, policy and forms) 
• HR+ (online HR resources tailored to the architectural profession)
• Using HR+ online resources to address compliance, management and wellbeing needs

Presenter Biographies:

Wentworth Advantage

Emma Brookes – Workplace Relations Advisor, Wentworth Advantage (NSW)
Emma has generalist human resource knowledge and experience, with a specialisation in employment relations.
Emma currently works on the forefront of the HR+ helpdesk team at Wentworth Advantage, providing leading workplace relations advice and solutions to thousands of small and medium size businesses across Australia. Wentworth Advantage is the specialist provider of the HR Helpdesk service to the Australian Institute of Architects.

Mark Werman – Managing Director, Wentworth Advantage (VIC,QLD)
Mark’s particular specialisation is in advising organisations how to build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability and talent through leveraging human resources. Mark’s strategic HR and commercial focus has enabled his clients to maximise their employees’ effectiveness by discovering the specific strategic bottom-line impact of better-quality people and human capital strategies.

Jack Laverty – Manager, Employment Relations, Wentworth Advantage (TAS)
Jack manages the team of Workplace Relations Advisors which provide the HR Service for the Australian Institute of Architects, and has a wealth of experience delivering high quality HR Helpdesks in both the public and private sectors. Continuously looking for ways to improve on systems and processes Jack’s strengths are in business improvement and best practice strategies. 

Deltek Union Square

Dan Mackay – Systems Consultant, Deltek Union Square (NSW) 
Dan has worked within the AEC technology space for over 8 years. Dan enjoys sharing new insights and thoughts around how technology can help improve business processes and deliver more efficient projects reducing risk and time. As a firm believer in moving online to address the pitfalls of outdated and risk prone manual processes to manage projects, Dan supports AEC practices to overcome their specific project management challenges.

Richard Staines – Systems Consultant, Deltek Union Square (VIC, Livestream, QLD)
For over 3 years Richard has been supporting business improvement reviews at design and consulting practices. Deltek software allows clients to map out their processes, centralise data, reduce admin, track job costing, automate email filing and standardise the management of documents and drawings. From supporting practices moving away from paper processes, to those searching for a more mature and centralised software strategy; Richard has a broad understanding of common industry Practice Management issues.

Woody Adds – Systems Consultant, Deltek Union Square (WA)
Woody “adds” value to the industry with his in-depth knowledge of the problems faced by AEC Professionals as they manage project and business-wide information. As a Systems Consultant at Deltek Woody’s role is to work with Architectural practices across Australia and New Zealand to understand their specific project management challenges. He is then well equipped to improve efficiencies, reduce risk, enable knowledge sharing and provide a platform for growth.

Julian Connolly - Business Development Manager, Deltek Union Square (TAS)
For the last three years, Julian has been assisting businesses within the AEC industry address their project and practice information management challenges.
At Deltek, we work with project orientated firms both locally and globally in implementing a centralised platform that creates efficiencies at all stages across the project lifecycle.
Julian's current role is to advise AEC practices across Australia how best to adopt a “best practice” solution specific to their unique business challenges.

Christie Denman

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• List the top project management challenges currently being faced by architecture practices;
• Apply operational benchmarks and best practices for project management and HR issues;
• Define Project Information Management and how it can help practices improve internal efficiency and collaboration;
• Identify the keys areas within HR;
• Identify the three main areas where the HR+ online resources can improve your architectural practice’s human capital;
• Navigate the HR+ online resources database.

CPD Points and Competency :
1.5 Formal CPD points: Practice Management

Pricing Structure: 

VIC, NSW, QLD Prices   TAS Prices WA Prices 
Member: $57.00 Member: $15.00 Member: $44.00
Non Member: $83.00 Non Member: $15.00  Non Member: $88.00
A+ Member: $51.00 A+ Member: $15.00 A+ Member: $33.00
Graduate: $27.00 Graduate: $15.00 Graduate: $44.00
SONA Member: $20.00 SONA Member: $15.00
SONA Member: $22.00 

TAS Livestream: please
email the Tasmanian Chapter 
CPD Coordinator directly on

Member Livestream: $35.00    
Non Member Livestream: $50.00    
Graduate Livestream: complimentary    
Group Livestream Discount (Member only)
5-10 members = $200
Contact: or
(03) 8620 - 3905 to take up this offer

Member: $15.00
Member: $15.00
Member: $15.00

SONA Member: $15.00
SONA Member: $15.00

Location  Date Time Book Online

NSW Chapter
3 Manning Street
Potts Point, NSW

Tuesday 26th September 

10:00am - 11:30am

Event Concluded

Victorian Chapter
Level 1 41 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October
12.00midday - 1:30pm
Event Concluded

Online Livestream

Tuesday 3rd October 

12.00midday (AEDT) - 1:30pm

Event Conclude.  Details will be uploaded to Continuum for purchase shortly.

Queensland Chapter
Level 1 70 Merivale Street
South Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th October

6:00pm - 7:30pm 
Event Concluded


Western Australian Chapter 
33 Broadway
Nedlands, PERTH

Monday 9th October

5:30pm - 7:00pm 

Event Concluded

Tasmanian Chapter
1/19a Hunter Street
Hobart, TAS 
Tuesday 10th October 
12.00midday  - 1:30pm
Event Cancelled

University of Tasmania
School of Architecture and Design
Rory Spence Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 11th October
12.00midday  - 1:30pm

Event Cancelled

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Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. The Australian Institute of Architects has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event.  
  2. In the event of cancellation, on demand video of the presentation or a refund will be offered to the registrant.
  3. Applications for refunds require two (2) working days notice prior to the event. 
  4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 
  5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.