National Seminar Series 2018

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.

Cloud Canopy, Melbourne by Maddison Architects. Image: Trevor Mein

Cloud Canopy, Melbourne by Maddison Architects. Image: Trevor Mein

Biophilic design: An introduction for designers

Seminar Outline
This seminar highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect people to nature. The seminar will explore “what is” and “what is not” biophilic design to assist in removing ambiguity in this area and provide tangible principles, and also explore case studies that have successfully integrated aspects of biophilic design to assist designers in visualising and recognising truly biophilic environments.

Presenter Biographies

Mr Rory Martin

Rory is a registered architect and holds an Honours B.Arch and MSc with distinction in Environmental Design. For the past 10 years he has worked in Canada, the UK, Vietnam and Australia in architecture, development and sustainability roles.

Rory supports the work of the Living Future Institute of Australia through the facilitation of Biophilic Design workshops. He is a regular contributor to the Australian Institute of Architects, the Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia on sustainability issues and in 2014 was awarded the inaugural ‘Future Green Leader’ Award by the Green Building Council of Australia for young peoples’ contribution to sustainability in the property and construction industry.

Mr Stephen Choi

Stephen is a UK-registered architect and Australian-educated Project Manager with an MA in Sustainability & Design. He has been in the building industry for 17 years, working across multiple sectors and scales to advance towards a better environment.

Stephen co-founded not-for-profit environmental building and research organisation Architecture for Change in 2011, has taught at various levels from Masters’ Degree to unemployed people looking to enter the industry, and has a long experience of delivering and writing curriculum. Stephen is the current Executive Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia, whose vision is one of a socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative future.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe some of the philosophies behind building a sustainable society
  • Describe why the biophilic design is central to connecting people to nature in the built environment
  • Identify the six key elements of biophilic design as defined by Dr Stephen R Kellert
  • List ways in which biophilic design can contribute to human health and wellbeing

CPD Points and Competency :
1.5 formal CPD points: Design
2.0 formal CPD points: Design (Tasmania only)

Pricing Structure: 

VIC Chapter Prices  TAS Prices
Member: $60.00 Member: $15.00
Non Member: $83.00 Non Member: $15.00 
A+ Member: $53.00 A+ Member: $15.00
Graduate: $30.00 Graduate: $15.00
SONA Member: $23.00 SONA Member: $15.00

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

National Livestream Prices

Member Livestream: $38.00
A+ Member Livestream: $35.00  
Non Member Livestream: $53.00  
Graduate Livestream: complimentary  
Group Livestream Discount (Member only) 
5-10 members = $250.00
Contact: or 
(03) 8620 - 3905 to take up this offer

If you are a holder of a special circumstances membership such as 'Article 88', Parental leave or Post Graduate leave, please contact Bianca Haas on or (03) 8620 3905 for a discounted rate.  


Location / Chapter Date Time  Book online 

VIC Chapter
Level 2 / 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Wednesday 1 August 2018

11.00am - 12.30pm
prior 5pm 31 July

NATIONAL Livestream (online)
Wednesday 1 August 2018
11.00am - 12.30pm (AEST)
prior 5pm 31 July

TASMANIA (Launceston)
University of Tasmania

School of Technology,
Environment & Design,
Ground Floor Seminar Room: 118

Wednesday 8 August 2018
1.00pm - 3.00pm
prior 5pm 7 August

1/19a Hunter Street, Hobart

Thursday 9 August 2018
1.00pm - 3.00pm
prior 5pm 8 August 

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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.