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Understanding the changes to NCC 2016: Volume One; Amendment 1 - The practical implications
Understanding the changes to NCC 2016: Volume One; Amendment 1 - The practical implications
This seminar will address the use of inappropriate external cladding materials which have been installed on a number of high-rise buildings that have been identified as a major contributing factor to substantial fires which have occurred in Australia, the United Kingdom, China and the Gulf region.

These fires have resulted in the overwhelming need for amendments to Volume One of the 2016 edition of the National Construction Code. This seminar will cover the background and provide an overview of this amendment. This seminar will also present the diverse means of facilitating the use of appropriate cladding materials. In this seminar, you’ll also get a sneak preview of a new unique online tool which will assist architects and designers shortlist suitable claddings in accordance with NCC section C. The seminar will also clarify the distinction between products affected by the amendment to Volume One and other cladding products.

AACA Competency: Documentation

Presenter: John Clampett and Homeira Aryanpad
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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Inviting The Gentle Smile of Existence
Inviting The Gentle Smile of Existence
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Through a selection of his resort projects and his design of the Thailand Pavilion in the Venice Biennale Architectural Exhibition in 2014, 'Lek' Mathar Bunnag shares the significant factors that inform, influence and shape his work. People, nature, cultural heritage and cosmic forces are all keys to his work, as well as the concept of architecture as art - sculpture, painting, poetry, dance and music are all part of architecture. Discover Bunnag's interpretation of cultural heritage in relation to the individual and as a source of inspiration, not definition. Bunnag discusses how the intangible informs the tangible and the purpose of architecture - to provide serenity and joy.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: ‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag: Founder and Managing Director - Bunnag Architects, Thailand
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Moreau Kusunoki: Materiality and in-between spaces
Moreau Kusunoki: Materiality and in-between spaces
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

This seminar explores the in-between spaces often found in the architecture of Moreau Kusunoki; between two buildings there is a space open to possibilities, where exchange and life happens. The appropriation of this in-between space by the users is the sign of a building’s success. Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki talk about the history and philosophy of their practice and showcase their 1st prize winning entry in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. They discuss the intersection of cultures and how to design cultural public spaces accordingly – as people and their culture ultimately completes the architecture.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Nicholas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki: Co-directors - Moreau Kusunoki Architectes France
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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The Edge of Space
The Edge of Space
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Real or perceived edges help us to locate ourselves in space and place, and define the boundaries of those places across the scales, from regional and urban boundaries, to neighbourhoods, buildings, and even our bodies.

Sarah Manning’s Spaceagency is a design and research practice that sits at the edge of different disciplines - urban design, architecture, product and information design. The practice considers the work they do as the human interface to the built environment. Through this interface, the practice helps people to better read their environment and adds a narrative layer onto architecture. Spaceagency find that it is at the edge that we are able to push the boundaries of what architecture is, and to expand the boundaries of our knowledge and practice.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Sarah Manning: Director, Spaceagency UK
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Biophilic design: An introduction for designers
Biophilic design: An introduction for designers
This seminar highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design, and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect people to nature. The seminar will explore “what is” and “what is not” biophilic design to assist in removing ambiguity in this area and provide tangible principles, and also explore case studies that have successfully integrated aspects of biophilic design to assist readers in visualising and recognising truly biophilic environments.

AACA Competency: Design

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Related Resource: For further reading, you can view our recently released Environment Design Guide (EDG) note: ‘Biophilic design: an introduction for designers’ by Rory Martin and Stephen Choi. EDG is available to A+, Graduate and SONA members, and EDG subscribers.

Presenter: Rory Martin and Stephen Choi
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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OAB at the Edge
OAB at the Edge
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

In biological terms, the edge between two ecosystems is called an ecotone. In urban habitats, architects and urban planners must understand the importance of this edge as an ecosystem itself. The boundary between landscapes, urban and rural, the edge between different urban fabrics - all those areas have their own specificity and must blend or interact with its immediate environments in a special way. This boundary is not only physical but intellectual, and for instance can be between two cultural inheritances.
This seminar will explore these concepts through several examples of recent works by OAB that confront the circumstances of working at the edge - not only a physical edge, but most importantly an intellectual one.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Borja Ferrater: Partner, Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) Spain
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Humanizing the Megascale and Repossessing the Public Realm
Humanizing the Megascale and Repossessing the Public Realm
From the National Architecture Conference 2018: EDGE

Moshe Safdie explains how the combination of densification, congestion and the new dominant typologies have brought about a dramatic deterioration of the public realm. He details how the single-use, multi-level mall disconnects from its surroundings and siphons energy off the traditional streets and piazzas, with the latter also severely affected by congestion and traffic. Moshe uses projects from his practice (such as the Habitat 67 complex) as case studies to show how they have tackled the challenge of mixed-use complexes throughout Asia, with the objective of restoring the public realm, befitting our times, culture and economy.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Moshe Safdie: Principal, Safdie Architects
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Getting the Right Fit - from briefing to specification
Getting the Right Fit - from briefing to specification
Two vital steps to project success are communicating the client’s needs (in the brief) and communicating the detail of how those needs will be met (in specifications). The last two decades have seen great shifts in the responsibility of clients, consultants and builders for these key decisions. Shortcomings and shortcuts in these areas are regular contributors to defects and disputes.

Through case studies of claims, the legally qualified Risk Managers from informed by Planned Cover will discuss an architect’s duty of care when it comes to briefing and specifications, and look at ways to reduce the risks of errors and claims.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

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Presenter: Wendy Poulton -Risk Manager, informed by Planned Cover
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Safety in Design (2018 update)
Safety in Design (2018 update)
This seminar will provide a refresher on the work health and safety legislation in relation to designer responsibilities and discuss how designers can achieve a safe design approach in their projects.

The focus will include what designers should endeavour to eliminate from the workplace and design innovations which can create productive workplaces free from injury and disease. The seminar will address methods of communicating safe design in documents, plans and reports to ensure that design intent is not lost in the build process.

AACA Competency: Design, Documentation

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Our presenter has recommended the following reference document: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/construction/workplace-hazards/designers

Presenter: Deborah Hammond, OHS Solutions Pty Ltd
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Launch of the 2018 Australian Building Industry Contracts
Launch of the 2018 Australian Building Industry Contracts
On the 10 year anniversary of the first edition of the Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC), the joint authors Australian Institute of Architects and Master Builders’ Association have revised the contracts and are launching improved editions of Major Works, Simple Works (commercial and domestic) and Basic Works (commercial). This seminar will examine the new contract provisions and mechanisms in detail, how to administer these, as well as looking at the supporting guidance materials and templates available to users of the new contracts.

AACA Competency: Project Delivery

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Presenter: Dean Katsavos: Director of Legal Advisory and Governance
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Now is Not Too Soon
Now is Not Too Soon
From the National Architecture Conference 2016: How Soon is Now

In this presentation Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function. Thomas explores concepts such as "Third Wave Thinking" and the "Third Industrial Revolution" and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people's needs.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Thomas Fisher: University of Minnesota
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects
ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects
Managing increasing amounts of project and staff information has long been a challenge for architecture practices. Increasingly, digital working is critical to connect your people, projects and processes. The two topics to be covered will be Project Management and HR Management.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Mark Werman - Managing Director, Wentworth Advantage and Richard Staines - Systems Consultant, Deltek Union Square
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Passive House on the Rise
Passive House on the Rise
Aesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types. The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential.

Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like.

AACA Competency: Design

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Related EDG note: Passivhaus: The pathway to low energy buildings in Australasia by Clare Parry

Presenter: Johanna Trickett - ESD Consultant, Aurecon and Darren O'Dea - Principal (Building Physics), Inhabit Group
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
From the National Architecture Conference 2016: How Soon is Now

What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency - architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Nasrine Seraji – Atelier Seraji Architects and Associates
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code
The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code
The use of performance-based design will be explored as an option to achieving compliance with the NCC’s mandatory Performance Requirements.

The seminar will explain the fundamental principles of the performance-based code and how it is applied, along with an outline of ABCB resources available to support industry in its application. An overview of the ABCB reforms will be provided with the aim of fostering a performance culture, increasing innovation and productivity.

AACA Competency: Documentation

Presenter: Ray Loveridge, Senior Project Manager - Australian Building Codes Board | Boris Iskra National Manager - Codes & Standards, Wood Solutions
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
The fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages.

This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why it’s important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.

This session is suitable for both the novice and expert in BIM and similarly so in sustainability.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Design

Presenter: Rory Martin: Sustainability Manager - Residential Frasers Property Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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