House in Cottesloe - Blane Brackenridge Architect

House in Cottesloe,
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

Succession Planning for Business
Wed 2 November

Presented by 
Tony Chong, Partner at Lavan Legal

This seminar will provide recommended best practice to protect the future of your business. Whether considering retirement, wanting to sell-up or wanting to bring others into the fold, this seminar will be pertinent to those Architects who actively run and manage their own businesses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the benefits of succession planning and the downside risks of not considering succession planning.
  • Understand the issues and risks to be considered for good succession planning.
  • Appreciate that there is no one model for good succession planning, and that the model implemented needs to cater to individual needs and has an element of flexibility.
Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start
Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Integrated Renewable Energy
Mon 7 November

Presented by 
Max Ploumis, Renewables and Environmental Engineer
Marcus Wearing-Smith, National General Manager & Director at Direct Energy Australia John Healey, Managing Director & Principal Engineer at Healey Engineering

This presentation will inform architects about the costs associated with all technologies and how to discuss renewable energy integration with clients.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Overview of geothermal and what it means in an ‘off grid’ environment
  • Overview of integrated Renewable Energy Systems
  • Benefits of renewable energy when all systems are combined via an automated platform
  • What to look for to determine when a full renewable system is viable
  • Issues to avoid when determining which mix of technology to incorporate
  • Overview of costs

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

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Scan to BIM

Wed 16 November

Presented by
Ross Semplice, Manager of Sensing for Whelans Australia

The seminar will cover the process of Scan to BIM and how this can be utilised through the project life cycle and facilities related infrastructure (i.e. 100 year life span). There will also be a review of the key areas relating to an existing building scenario including: concept, process, benefits and reality, as well as the benefits of laser scanning throughout the life cycle.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Advantages of Laser Scanning 
  • Current Process
  • Future Process
  • 6D – BIM to FM
  • Financial benefits of BIM
Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start
Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
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.

27 February: Starting Your Own Practice


17-21 Oct 2016: ABWA Oral exams 

PALS 2017

Series 1 
Thurs 16 February
Wed 22 February
Wed 1 March
Wed 8 March
Wed 15 March
Wed 22 March
Wed 29 March

Series 2
Wed 5 July
Wed 2 July
Wed 19 July
Wed 26 July
Wed 2 August
Wed 9 August
Wed 16 August


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