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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?

2017 CPD Events


WORK SAFE - Safety in Design
Mon 20 February

Presented by 
Chris Kirwin, Director/Chief Inspector - Construction, Regional & Primary Industries WorkSafe Division
Renae Harding, Special Counsel at Jackson McDonald 

This seminar will be an introduction to the legislative framework on safe design, OSH Act, OSH Regs, Code of Practice on Safe Design.  It will give a regulator perspective and also a non-regulator perspective on work safety and aims to challenge the current thinking on safe design.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The legislative duties on designers 
  • Things that must be considered in safe design 
  • Documenting the hazards and risks associated with the design 
  • Benefits to your business and its customers from safe design
Time: 5pm for 5.30pm start
Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Starting Your Own Practice

Mon 27 February

Presented by
Suzanne Hunt
Principle Suzanne Hunt Architect
Adrian Iredale
Director, Iredale Pederson Hook Architects
Katherine Ashe
Director, vittinoashe

What are the keys to running a small architectural practice and creating a firm business foundation? How do you consolidate your business, grow it sustainably and thrive? How do smaller operations compete with larger practices and use their size strategically? How do they generate work and leverage projects in order to get the next job? 
The seminar will address issues around setting up a practice, applying design thinking to its operation and sustainably managing growth. It will also look at how to generate work, set fees and remain agile. Other concerns such as staffing, marketing and achieving work/life balance will also be covered.

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

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Starting Small. Building Big
Thurs 9 March

Presented by
Claire McGowan, Director Detail Marketing

In a market with an increasing number of ‘design practitioners’ and a diminishing number of media outlets, how do you make your architectural practice stand out from the crowd and connect with potential like-minded clients?
We will look at how a small practice can obtain traditional press coverage and chat about the tools needed to successfully ‘pitch your work’ to the media. 
In addition, we will discuss the role of social media in the current climate and how to make Instagram work for you and your business.  We will review the tools (and some of the tricks) available to small businesses to make your Instagram a success. 

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

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

OMA - Current Preoccupations
Mon 27 March

Presented by
David Gianotten, Managing Partner-Architect of OMA 
Paul Jones, Director of OMA Australia Branch office  

OMA, joint winner of the design competition for the New Museum for Western Australia with HASSELL, is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA, a research and design studio, work in areas beyond architecture that have an increasing influence on architecture today; media, politics, renewable energy, technology, publishing, fashion. OMA is led by nine partners - Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long - and has just established their Australian Branch office.

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.

5 April: Copyright, Moral Rights and use of Architectural Drawings
10 April: Construction Contracts Act – CCA Update
5 June: Principles of Lighting Design
12 June: Procurement – Government
3 July: Contract Administration and the role of the Superintendent


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