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What's on in WA

23 March 2018
Friday Sundowner
26 March 2018
The Passive House Concept

12 April 2018
Future Built Environment Breakfast

Welcome to the Western Australian Chapter

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

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.

Western Australian CPD events

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.

Western Australian CPD events that display a Refuel CPD badge, shown here, are eligible for CPD points. 

CPD in Western Australia

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.

What's happening in the Western Australian Chapter?

What's Coming up 

The dates below are not confirmed at this stage. Further information, including registration links, will be posted when finalised.


This year we’re going to be having regular Friday drinks for members and friends of the Institute. 
Sometimes there’ll be a speaker, but mostly just a casual time with colleagues.  

Members, feel free to bring a client or friend.

  Date:  Friday 23 March 2018 
  Time: From 5.00pm 
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to RSVP

The Passive House Concept

Presented by:

Daniel Kress - Smart Plus Homes

This presentation will be an introduction to the science behind thermal comfort and health, and how this affects the construction of buildings. The holistic “Passive House” concept will be explained in an understandable way, describing 5 main components in detail and how it differs from “Solar Passive”.  The major findings of Daniel’s thesis: “Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia’ will also be shown and he will discuss affordability and the cost of not building near zero energy housing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort & how buildings can have a huge impact on health
  • Understand the “Passive House” concept, and the 5 main “Passive House” components 
  • Understand the difference between solar passive and “Passive House”  
  • Know the most important variables in energy for efficient design
  Date:  Monday 26 March 2018 
  Time: 5.00pm Refreshments for 5.30pm Presentation Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer

Future Built Environment Breakfast: Mental Health in the Built Environment – the impact of drugs & alcohol.

Join members from across the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Building, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia and Master Builders to hear about Mental Health in the Built Environment – the impact of drugs & alcohol.

An expert panel consisting of the following representatives, will discuss this important topic:

  • Professor Steve Allsop | Professor – Alcohol Policy & Strategies Curtin University
    Currently a Professor at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) Curtin been involved in prevention, treatment and policy research and practice, and  service management for more than 35 years. He has been the Director of two national drug research centres, in Adelaide and he worked with the Western
    Australian Government Drug and Alcohol Office for many years.
  • Angus Leitch | Regional Director, Aurecon
    Angus has the privilege of leading Aurecon’s team in Western Australia as the Regional Director. He works with Clients in all sectors of the Aurecon business, whether this is in the Built Environment, Transport and Infrastructure or the Energy and Resources market.
  • Ali Devellerez | Director, Manager of Health Planning & Admin, SPH Architecture + Interiors
    Ali is an entrepreneur and career-loving parent with 20 years’ experience working in the construction industry. She is an architect and director at SPH architecture + interiors. Ali has a particular interest in advancing women’s interests in the construction industry in conjunction with promoting equal opportunity for men on the ‘home front’.
  • Godfrey Baronie | Chief Executive Officer, MATES in Construction WA
    Godfrey is the Chief Executive Office of MATES in Construction WA Ltd, a position he has held since 2013. Godfrey has lived experience in suicide and mental health issues through interventions, counselling, and suicide awareness training.
  • Michael Van Dongen | Director, Encon
    Michael is currently in his 3rd consecutive year as a board member of Master Builders WA, whilst also holding the position of the MBA Safety Committee Chairman and a Councillor on the MBA Construction Council. With 15 years experience, Michael has worked for large contracts Doric & Jaxon, spending the last 7 in a senior executive role.

  Date:  Thursday 12 April 2018 
  Time: 7.00am - 9.15am
  Venue:   Argyle Ballroom, Parmelia Hilton

        Click here to Register

ABWA Oral exams: 

16 - 20 Oct 2017


PALS 2018


Visit the PALS website for more information and registration details.


CPD Videos

The WA Chapter's range of online video courses allows you to build your skills and complete CPD without leaving your desk.

CPD courses cover a wide range of topics relating to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) competencies: Design, Documentation, Project Management and Practice Management.

CPD courses are recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects for formal CPD points and meet the CPD requirements of the Architects Board of WA.

The WA Chapter will endeavour to make CPD available online and accessible, but is not responsible for any difficulties accessing the website or the video as a result of your computer hardware, software or internet connection.

For further enquires please email

2015 Videos

  • Workplace Law - Essential Employment Law for Architecture Practices - Wed 18 Nov 2015 (available soon)
  • Architects Before the DAPs and the SAT - Wed 4 Nov 2015 (available soon)
  • Insurance, Indemnities and Proportionate Liability - Mon 5 Oct (available soon)
  • Beyond Compliance: Understanding energy ratings in non-residential buildings - Mon 24 Aug 2015
  • Heritage: Architecture of the Past, Present and Future - Mon 10 Aug 2015
  • Occupational Safety and Health: Safety in Design Report - Wed 10 June 2015
  • A Guide to Preventing and Handling a Noisy Neighbourhood - Mon 4 May 2015
  • Pool Heating systems - Mon 13 April 2015
  • Contract Administration and Superintending - Mon 20 April 2015
  • Contract Documents - Getting the basics correct - Mon 9 March 2015

2014 Videos

  • Aspiring Women Leaders - Wed 26 Nov 2014
  • Perfect Project Planning - Mon 27 Oct 2014
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance - Mon 14 April 2014
  • Luciano Pia presents 'Energy Conscious Building Desing' - Mon 19 May 2014 (informal)
  • Workplace (Employment Law) Part 1 - New Employees: Contracts of employment and minimum requirements - Wed 27 Aug 2014
  • Contract Administration and Superintending - Wed 9 April 2014
  • Copyright and Moral Rights - Mon 21 July 2014
  • Construction Contracts Claims - Wed 11 June 2014
  • Contract Documents (getting the basics correct) - Mon 10 March 2014
  • Bushfire Policy and Design - Mon 10 Feb 2014
  • Energy Efficiency for Complex Houses and Section J for Commercial Buildings - Mon 17 March 2014