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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 and EVENTS

LEGAL UPDATES: Planning Meets Architecture

Design WA is a State Government initiative to ensure good design is at the centre of all development in Western Australia. It aims to create cities, towns and neighbourhoods where people want to live, work and socialise, now and long into the future.

This session aims to provide architects with a practical understanding of the proposed planning reform document Design WA and its proposed application in a planning contex

Presented by:
Craig Wallace, Partner at Lavan
Tim Dawkins, Director at Urbis

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the key provisions in the Design WA document relevant to good design and the role of architects in the planning process. 
  • Appreciate how good design interacts with the planning framework.
  • Understand what is required from a design perspective to produce excellent built form outcomes


Monday 24 July 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here to register
Click here for flyer


2017 Droga Architect in Residence – Magma Architecture, Berlin

Permanent Temporary - Realising Change in Australian Cities

The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation is very excited to welcome Martin Ostermann, 2017 Droga Architect in Residence, to Perth. The recurrent theme in Martin's Berlin-based practice, Magma Architecture, is the unconventional ephemeral notion of architecture, producing designs that are temporary, lightweight, changeable, adaptable and even mobile buildings, in small and larger scales. His 12-week residency project aims to question the permanence of architecture and develop prospects of a new or revived mobile understanding of architecture, culminating in a public exhibition.‚Äč

Martin Ostermann will present the talk with partner Lena Kleinheinz, co-founder and Director of Magma Architecture.

This exclusive event is presented by The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation in partnership with the WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.


Thursday 27 July 2017
6.00pm - 8.00pm
33 Broadway, Nedlands
Member $35
Non Member $55

Click here to REGISTER


How SMART is your Lighting Design?
A look at how new smart lighting technology is integrating into our daily life.

Presented by:
Martin Klaasen, 
Founder and Principal Klaasen Lighting Design
Perth – Singapore – Jakarta – Shanghai

The emergence of LED lighting technology has presented enormous opportunities for greener, smarter lighting design. 
In this engaging presentation, Martin will show you various new practices such as personalized lighting controls, presence detection and sensor driven lighting level adjustments. 
Understanding and applying this rapidly growing technology requires knowledge and expertise. Don’t miss this enlightening discussion.


Monday 31 July 2017
5.00pm Registration for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands

Click here to register
Click here for flyer

What's Coming up 

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

7 August: LEGAL UPDATE: Professional Indemnity Insurance Issues for Architects 


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

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