Carfrae House - Lippmann Partnership

Carfrae House
Lippmann Partnership, Photo: Willem Rethmeier

What's on

around the country

2017 National Architecture Conference
PRAXIS: Process. Propositions. Production
4 – 6 May 2017, Sydney

NSS1: The Anatomy of a Leak
7, 9, 22 March 2017

Welcome to the New South Wales Chapter

Welcome to the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. This is the entry point for the many exciting opportunities and events that the Institute offers its NSW and national members.

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

What’s happening in the New South Wales Chapter

New South Wales CPD events

Continuing professional development (CPD) events are a core component of the NSW 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.


In most states of Australia, including NSW, it is compulsory for registered architects to do CPD. Be aware that A+ members of the Institute are required to accrue yearly CPD points regardless of their state of registration. Download a sample CPD Record form. For more information about CPD for architects, see the NSW Architects Registration Board CPD pageINFORMATION SHEET - Continuing Professional Development.

ArchiTOUR: R7 Barangaroo by Durbach Block Jaggers
Friday 21 April 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Tour leaders: 
David Jaggers
& Deborah Hodge  Durbach Block Jaggers

R7 at Barangaroo is a small building but one with a commanding presence and transformative effect on its surroundings, pushing many of the themes with which Durbach Block Jaggers is now synonymous. A tangle of contradictions; it is playful and disciplined, raw and refined, modest and expressive, diagrammatic and nuanced. From and for architecture, R7 is very much their own work while drawing much of its power from the 20thC’s modern masters.

The building is mixed-use incorporating retail, public amenities at ground level as well as commercial spaces and a landscaped rooftop bar. A dramatic external stair articulated as a concrete cut through the façade links the ground plane to the upper floors and roof.

This in-depth tour will examine the project at urban and architectural scales; issues around project procurement, design, documentation, construction and contract administration will be discussed. Naturally, the tour will finish at the roof top bar!

Note that the attendee info pack will include a set of drawings that help explain the project and illustrate its communication and design resolution.

1.5 formal CPD points

Numbers strictly limited. Book fast.
Members only: $60 Member | $50 A+ member | $50 Graduate member | $40 SONA member.

Meet: 3:15pm for 3:30pm start. Meeting point emailed on receipt of payment. 

Register online


Practice: Small
A forensic look at the strategies driving the practice of architecture
Thursday 11 May 9:00am–12.30pm

Glenn Cunnington  H&E Architects  
Luigi Rosselli  Luigi Rosselli Architects  
Felicity Stewart  Stewart Hollenstein  

What are the keys to running a small architectural practice and creating a firm business foundation? How do you consolidate your practice, grow sustainably and thrive? How can small firms compete with larger, better-resourced firms and use their size strategically? How do small firms generate work, develop their profile, build a reputation and leverage projects to get the next job?

In a series of under-the-hood presentations, three accomplished practitioners, working at a practice scale of 5–15 staff, will share their approach to the practice of architecture.

We have challenged each practitioner to respond to the following prompts:

  •  strategies around growing (and shrinking) sustainably
  • systems and management strategies
  • generating work
  • the fee proposal and client management
  • promotion and marketing
  • finding good staff, nurturing them and keeping them engaged
  • software – what and why
  • work/life balance
  • using your size strategically!

3 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Practice Management.

$80 Member | $70 A+ member |  $160 Non-member | $70 Graduate member | $50 SONA member | $70 Student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online.


Planning Module 1: NSW Complying Development Codes – Residential
Thursday 25 May 9:00am - 12:30pm

Peter Smith, Smith & Tzannes

The NSW Housing Codes and Codes SEPP are being completely re-written as the ‘simplified code’ with some subtle but significant changes including the potential Medium Density Housing Code that will enable the delivery of a range of low-rise medium-density housing as complying development.

This seminar will cover the new controls in detail explaining what they mean, what has changed and why they have changed. It will also shed light on some of the grey areas where the codes are commonly misunderstood or misinterpreted and discuss opportunities that lie within the codes so you can use them with confidence.

A follow up session on the 22nd June will look at design and documentation strategies when working with and across the Codes SEPP including tactics for splitting projects into separate DA’s and CDC’s.

3 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Design, Documentation.

$80 Member | $70 A+ member |  $160 Non-member | $70 Graduate member | $50 SONA member | $70 Student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online.  

Planning Module 2: Working with the NSW Complying Development Codes – Residential

Thursday 22 June 9:00am – 11:30am

Peter Smith, Smith & Tzannes

The NSW Housing Codes SEPP have revolutionised the process of building approvals in NSW, opening up opportunities for the profession in terms of efficiency and creating opportunities for design.

This seminar will focus on strategic aspects of working with the codes and the opportunities Complying Development presents for architects and for architecture.

The session will explore:

  • working with Exempt and Complying Development Codes in combination
  • the role of Certifiers as qasi-consultants through the design phase
  • untangling grey areas where the Housing Codes and DCP’s intersect
  • how, when and why to combine DA and CDC applications
  • documentation strategies when splitting applications (DA and CDC) with an emphasis on clarity, simplicity and efficiency
  • leveraging Exempt as part of a CDC process
  • using the Housing Alterations Code in Conservation Areas
  • loop holes and low hanging fruit; tips and tricks


2 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Design, Documentation.

$70 Member | $60 A+ member |  $140 Non-members | $60 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $60 Student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online.  


Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. Fees – Fees must be paid in full before the event.
  2. Membership discounts – Institute members are entitled to the discounts shown, provided their membership number is quoted when the booking is made, and their membership subscription is active at the time of booking.
  3. Cancellations by Institute – The Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise.
  4. Cancellations by attendee – Cancellations by the attendee must be received in writing. No refunds or cancellations are permitted within two (2) full working days prior to the event. 'No shows' will not be refunded. Note: Cancellations by Institute Members due to sickness on the day of the event will receive a full refund contingent on receipt of a medical certificate.
  5. 'No Shows' - Due to CPD regulations the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.
  6. Note: you must retain receipt of payment as evidence of this CPD being undertaken