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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





Copyrights and Moral Rights


This session will provide architects with a practical understanding of their intellectual property rights and obligations regarding designs they prepare or wish to develop. This will include discussion on an architect’s rights in the following situations, which commonly arise:

  1. A client engages an architect to design a home, the relationship falls over and the client then wants to use the design with another architect.  
  2. An architect takes over a commercial project for a client that was initially designed by another architect. There are some minor changes to the original design by the new architect.  
  3. The media publish concept designs but do not attribute them to the architect.
Presented by:
Rob Shaw, Partner at Lavan Legal

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify your rights (both moral and in copyright) as set out under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and at common law. 
  • Appreciate how your rights to copyright can form the basis of a licence and any limitations in licencing copyright.
  • Understand how you can uphold your rights should they be infringed by another.

PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.


PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Monday 26 June 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.






Contract Administration and the role of the Superintendent 


Have you ever been late in issuing a payment certificate under a building contract?  
Have you missed a deadline in dealing with an extension of time claim by a contractor?
Should you be checking those shop drawings?
What does it mean when a Superintendent is required to act "honestly and fairly" or "with good faith"?

Successful contract administration (in your role as a superintendent) means a happier client and goes a long way to minimizing the risk of dispute between client and contractor (or architect and client!).

This presentation will touch on key risk issues and provide you with useful and practical guidance and tips regarding your role as Superintendent/contract administrator - by reference to commonly used forms of construction contract.

Presented by:
Isla McRobbie, Partner at Jackson McDonald

Learning Outcomes:
  • An awareness of key risk exposure roles when acting as a superintendent under a building contract;
  • An understanding of the duality of the role of superintendent under a building contract (agent and certifier);
  • An understanding of what “acting independently” as a Superintendent means and what ramifications flow if you fail to do so (and how to recognize when your client may be placing you in a position that jeopardizes this independence);
  • An awareness of deeming provisions under common building contracts;
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Monday 3 July 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands


Click here to register.




Copyrights and Moral Rights


This session will provide architects with a practical understanding of their intellectual property rights and obligations regarding designs they prepare or wish to develop. This will include discussion on an architect’s rights in the following situations, which commonly arise:

  1. A client engages an architect to design a home, the relationship falls over and the client then wants to use the design with another architect.  
  2. An architect takes over a commercial project for a client that was initially designed by another architect. There are some minor changes to the original design by the new architect.  
  3. The media publish concept designs but do not attribute them to the architect.
Presented by:
Rob Shaw, Partner at Lavan Legal

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify your rights (both moral and in copyright) as set out under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and at common law. 
  • Appreciate how your rights to copyright can form the basis of a licence and any limitations in licencing copyright.
  • Understand how you can uphold your rights should they be infringed by another.

PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.


PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Monday 26 June 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.






Copyrights and Moral Rights


This session will provide architects with a practical understanding of their intellectual property rights and obligations regarding designs they prepare or wish to develop. This will include discussion on an architect’s rights in the following situations, which commonly arise:

  1. A client engages an architect to design a home, the relationship falls over and the client then wants to use the design with another architect.  
  2. An architect takes over a commercial project for a client that was initially designed by another architect. There are some minor changes to the original design by the new architect.  
  3. The media publish concept designs but do not attribute them to the architect.
Presented by:
Rob Shaw, Partner at Lavan Legal

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify your rights (both moral and in copyright) as set out under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and at common law. 
  • Appreciate how your rights to copyright can form the basis of a licence and any limitations in licencing copyright.
  • Understand how you can uphold your rights should they be infringed by another.

PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.


PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Monday 26 June 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.



Copyrights and Moral Rights


This session will provide architects with a practical understanding of their intellectual property rights and obligations regarding designs they prepare or wish to develop. This will include discussion on an architect’s rights in the following situations, which commonly arise:

  1. A client engages an architect to design a home, the relationship falls over and the client then wants to use the design with another architect.  
  2. An architect takes over a commercial project for a client that was initially designed by another architect. There are some minor changes to the original design by the new architect.  
  3. The media publish concept designs but do not attribute them to the architect.
Presented by:
Rob Shaw, Partner at Lavan Legal

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify your rights (both moral and in copyright) as set out under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and at common law. 
  • Appreciate how your rights to copyright can form the basis of a licence and any limitations in licencing copyright.
  • Understand how you can uphold your rights should they be infringed by another.

PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.


PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Monday 26 June 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.







Copyrights and Moral Rights


This session will provide architects with a practical understanding of their intellectual property rights and obligations regarding designs they prepare or wish to develop. This will include discussion on an architect’s rights in the following situations, which commonly arise:

  1. A client engages an architect to design a home, the relationship falls over and the client then wants to use the design with another architect.  
  2. An architect takes over a commercial project for a client that was initially designed by another architect. There are some minor changes to the original design by the new architect.  
  3. The media publish concept designs but do not attribute them to the architect.
Presented by:
Rob Shaw, Partner at Lavan Legal

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify your rights (both moral and in copyright) as set out under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and at common law. 
  • Appreciate how your rights to copyright can form the basis of a licence and any limitations in licencing copyright.
  • Understand how you can uphold your rights should they be infringed by another.

PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.


PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
A proven concept for high performing, comfortable and healthy buildings with a lot of flexibility in design.

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.

Presented by:
Daniel Kress, Technical Director at ISMART Building Group
Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany and then worked in Ireland on the biggest residential modular project in the world at that time. After 10 years in the building game he started his studies in civil engineering and worked as a researcher for the European Union in sustainable building. He finished his German and Canadian master degrees with the Thesis: Passive House design for Perth, Western Australia. Since 2015 Daniel is employed by Insulation Systems and oversees R&D.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the basics of the science of comfort and 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”
  • Understand the freedom of design using “Passive House”
Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Wednesday 17 May 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here for information flyer.
Click here to register.

Date: 
Time: 
Venue: 
Monday 26 June 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
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.

31 July: Principles of Lighting Design


 

ABWA Oral exams: 

22 - 26 May 2017
16 - 20 Oct 2017

 

PALS 2017

Series 2
Wed 5 July
Wed 12 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 wa@architecture.com.au.

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