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Blane Brackenridge Architect, Photo: Robert Frith

What's on

in WA


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?

2016 CPD Events

Wed 31 August 

Presented by 
Isla McRobbie Partner at Jackson McDonald
Matthew Lang, Special Council at Jackson McDonald

Prepare now for new legislation which comes into effect on 12 November 2016.

The new laws are designed to protect Small Businesses from "unfair terms" and could significantly impact the construction and infrastructure sector, where standard form contracts are common and many subcontractors, suppliers and service providers are small businesses. Businesses will need to review and possibly amend their standard form contracts to ensure they remain fully enforceable.  

Learning Outcomes: 
  • What do architects need to know about the new law?
  • How will this apply to contracts or contracts entered into?
  • What terms may be considered "unfair"?
  • What action should be taken?

  • Time:
     5pm for 5.30pm start
    Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway, Nedlands

    Click here for more information.
    Click here to register.  

    Wed 7 September

    Presented by 
    James Steedman, Partner Lavan Legal

    Architects, as with many professionals, are often high net worth individuals with significant asset pools. This seminar will provide recommended best practice when preparing your last will and testament or considering any divestment of your asset pool.

    Learning Outcomes: 

    • The implications for your testamentary arrangements and succession planning.
    • The importance of ensuring that your Will ‘interacts’ with other structures such as discretionary trusts and self managed superannuation funds.
    • The implications of invalidity and informality of a Will, including the effect of total or partial intestacy.
    • The implications if you have assets in Australia and overseas.
    • The possibility of claims being made against your estate if inadequate provision is made for persons entitled to share in the distribution of your estate.
    • Arrangements which ought to be considered to cover certain events prior to death: enduring powers of attorney, enduring powers of guardianship, and advance health directives. 
    Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start

    Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway, Nedlands

    Click here for more information.
    Click here to register.  

    Wed 28 September

    Presented by 
    Andrew Wisbey, State Specifications Manager WA Kingspan Insulation

    ArchiTECH sessions at the Western Australia Chapter provide a forum for architects to attend technical presentations on materials, products and specifications.

    The ArchiTECH program strives to deliver an exhibition of product information in an educational and interesting format offering architects the opportunity to learn about new products from a select group of companies in one topical session. 

    Have you ever considered how much more value you could deliver to your clients by designing thinner walls and creating more internal floor space? New research findings report a return on investment (ROI) can be as high as 856% when analysing the use of advanced slimline concrete wall insulation solutions in new non-residential buildings, when compared to conventional solutions using glass wool fibre batts.

    Kingspan Insulation presents the results of the study, underpinned by the use of slim, high performance concrete wall insulation systems.

     5pm for 5.30pm start
    Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway, Nedlands

    Click here for more information.
    Click here to register.

    What's Coming up 

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

    12 October: Legal Updates - The role of an architect beyond design 
    2 November: Succession Planning for business
    7 November: Integrated Renewable Energy




    Series 1 
    17 Feb: Tutorial 1
    24 Feb: Tutorial 2
    2 Mar: Tutorial 3
    9 Mar: Tutorial 4
    11 Mar: Regifustration 
    14 Mar: Revit tutorials
    16 Mar: Tutorial 5
    23 Mar: Tutorial 6
    30 Mar: Tutorial 7

    23-27 May: ABWA Oral exams
    23 Aug: ABWA Written exams 

    Series 2
    6 Jul: Tutorial 1
    13 Jul: Tutorial 2
    20 Jul: Tutorial 3
    27 Jul: Tutorial 4
    3 Aug: Tutorial 5
    10 Aug: Tutorial 6
    17 Aug: Tutorial 7 

    23 Aug: ABWA Written exams 
    17-21 Oct: ABWA Oral exams 

    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