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.

Upcoming events

Colour Psychology in Architecture

Following on from the success of last year’s National Seminar Series, “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?


 Units of competency: design 


Non Member $110
Member $76 
A+ Member $68 
Graduate $35 
SONA Member $25 

Livestream Pricing

Non Member Livestream $58 
Member Livestream $38 
SONA Livestream $25




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WA Chapter
33 Broadway
Nedlands, WA

Monday 19 September

 4:00pm - 6:30pm

prior 5pm 16 September

Victorian Chapter
Level 2, 41 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 

Monday 3 October

 9:00am - 11:30am

prior (2pm) 29 September

Queensland Chapter
Level 1, 70 Merivale St
South Brisbane, QLD

Tuesday 11 October

9:00am - 11:30am

prior 5pm 10 October

NSW Chapter
3 Manning St
Potts Point, NSW

Thursday 13 October‚Äč


9:00am - 11:30am

prior 5pm 12 October

**content also available
on-demand for two weeks
post livestream**

Monday 3 October

9:00am - 11:30am AEDT

prior 2pm 29 September

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Discuss colour psychology in architecture and how it can be applied informally through practical application

  • Describe the core elements of physiological response to colour in architecture

  • Access colour psychology in the built environment

  • Apply a simple colour analysis in a built environment setting

  • Identify the role of natural and artificial light in the context of colour psychology and design

  • Apply colour in an informed approach, that considers perceptual response in built environment projects

  • Demonstrate to clients the basic elements of colour psychology and application in architecture and design



Marisha McAuliffe

Academic and Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Marisha McAuliffe is a full-time academic at Queensland University of Technology (AU) and sessional Course Director at University of Cambridge’s (UK) Institute of Continuing Education. Educated in interior architecture and holding a PhD in design thinking and cognitive science, she specialises in colour theory and application in the built environment. 

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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.