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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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The Anatomy of a Leak
The Anatomy of a Leak
Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most expensive defect in modern buildings. With the surge in apartment dwelling construction, the frequency of leaks is increasing. Furthermore new regulations mean that designers are more likely to be in the firing line for legal action taken against builders and developers for building defects.

Ross has analysed the defects in thousands of home units to find the common features in design and procurement that lead to leaks occurring. Using a real case study of a large apartment complex, Ross will show how the leaks originate well before the waterproofer turns up with a bucket of goo and a 20 year warranty. The second half of the seminar will be devoted to workshopping the analysis of an actual high rise apartment design. Ross will provide insights into the key issues to look for in defect prevention and the documentation necessary to manage your practices' risk.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Ross Taylor - Building Repair & Waterproofing Consultant
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Thriving Through Change
Thriving Through Change
Architects operate in a complex, changing environment. This is not likely to diminish with technological disruption, client expectations, work practices and professional standards constantly evolving. To be successful, it isn’t enough to survive such changes. Instead you need to be equipped to thrive through them. Humans are hardwired to resist change, however this can be overcome with deliberate learning and practice. This session will provide you with insights, tools and techniques so you can thrive in today’s changing environment and ultimately maintain high levels of agility, effectiveness, productivity and employee morale.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Michelle Gibbings: Leadership & Change Expert
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Colour Psychology in Architecture
Colour Psychology in Architecture
Following on from the success of last year’s National Seminar Series, “The Application of Colour in Architecture”, Dr Marisha McAuliffe will expand on the role of colour in architecture and design, highlighting how it is used to influence behavioural response in the built environment.

The seminar will explore metamerism and the role of natural and artificial light, as well as practical application, context, perception, and physiological response to colour in architectural environments.

In this context, Marisha will address in detail the three essential considerations when working with colour in architecture and design; Who? What? Where?

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Marisha McAuliffe - Academic and Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing
The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing
The world faces an urgent challenge in creating a living future that is “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative”. How can we ensure good standards of living for all, while having a positive rather than negative impact on the world? The architectural profession can have a crucial role in this opportunity, with good, smart housing a great place to start. Caroline Pidcock will address the leading approaches to zero emission housing around the world and how this could affect Australian directions in the future. This seminar will also explore how integrated design teams and responses are integral to achieving these goals.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Caroline Pidcock from PIDCOCK - Architecture + Sustainability (Director)
CPD hours: 2 formal & 2 GBCA

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Building Product Compliance
Building Product Compliance
This seminar will explore how to be sure that the building products you specify for a project are compliant and how to reduce your risk when choosing products that they may not be fit for purpose.

Kristin Brookfield from the HIA will discuss the APCC Procurement of Construction Products: A Guide to Achieving Compliance and offer guidance on how to determine whether a building product is suitable to use.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Project Delivery

Presenter: Kristin Brookfield – Housing Industry Association (HIA)
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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2016 NCC Change: Now you can aim higher with timber
2016 NCC Change: Now you can aim higher with timber
Until now, the choice of construction materials for mid-rise urban developments has been limited to a traditional palette that excluded timber. However changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) from 1 May will enable timber buildings of up to eight storeys without the need for expensive Alternative Solutions to gain approval. This seminar aims to deliver a hands-on workshop that will work through the WoodSolutions Technical Guide on mid-rise timber buildings and provide attendees with the knowledge to confidently implement the NCC changes.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Boris Iskra and Paul England
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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How to Flex: Creating flexible practice for all
How to Flex: Creating flexible practice for all
Flexible working arrangements are essential to achieving gender equity in the workplace.
What are the challenges, what works, what doesn’t, and how have other practices implemented flexible conditions for their staff? These are some of the questions to be discussed and debated at this entertaining and informative roundtable discussion.

AACA Competency:Practice Management; Project Delivery

Presenter: Misty Waters, Lee Hillam, Patrick Kennedy, Leone Lorrimer
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Art of Management and Delegation
The Art of Management and Delegation
This seminar will focus on four main areas:
1. Increasing Productivity
2. Empowering the team
3. Effective Communication
4. Managing your team’s performance
Attendees will develop solid, practical ideas that will have a positive impact on their firm’s business results when implemented.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Bob McCarthy: Leadership Management Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Application of Colour in Architecture
The Application of Colour in Architecture
Colour has always played a large role in human society and in the spaces we live and interact. We are constantly absorbing environments and their colours, and our brains process these colours as messages, drawing conclusions and setting expectations, however objective or subjective. When colour is used in architecture and interior design, it means much more than a simple aesthetic choice. In this context, the seminar aims to highlight the role that colour plays in architecture through a historical approach of the phenomenon of colour application, as well as assisting in the practical application of colour in architecture.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Marisha McAuliffe: Academic and Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Inspiring Spaces
Inspiring Spaces
What if our health became the basis for judging every building and every public space? What if each of us—every person, everywhere—asked, “Does this place cause health? How does it make me feel?”

The architects involved in this session have design expectations that serve to optimise wellbeing and inspire. This session will explore health facilities that make people better and educational buildings that encourage learning and “teach” students. Case studies from Canada and Australia will be presented with clear examples of the benefits of human-centric design.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Tye Farrow - Farrow Partners | Stefan Mee - John Wardle Architects
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Modelling the architectural practice of the future
Modelling the architectural practice of the future
Increased globalisation and exponentially augmented technology will create almost infinite competition, causing product and service consumption patterns to change immensely - just some of the game changers business, and in particular architects, will need to deal with.

This interactive seminar will help you start answering those key questions for your practice, help you identify whether you need to reinvent your business and / or your business model and if so, give you the tools to do so through practically reinforced, hands-on, fun exercises.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: David Schloeffel, Creative Industries Centre
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Social Sustainability: Design that connects people
Social Sustainability: Design that connects people
Social Sustainability is about ensuring the sustenance of the diverse social relations that exist in healthy communities. Creating the physical, cultural and social places that support wellbeing and a sense of community involves a process of engagement with the people who inhabit and frequent those places. This presentation will discuss the growing public policy emphasis on wellbeing and performance of public spaces, how we can respond, what this means for innovation in design practice, who is involved in delivering Social Sustainability, why it is important, and what happens if we don’t.

Related EDG note: ‘Social Sustainability: Creating Places and Participatory Processes that Perform Well for People’ by Natasha Palich and Angelique Edmonds.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Dr Angelique Edmonds: Lecturer at the University of South Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Pricing Design Services + Writing Effective Fee Proposals
Pricing Design Services + Writing Effective Fee Proposals
Pricing Design Services:
By following an interest based approach architects can write proposals that separate their services from the competition, cater to the needs of a larger client base and offer solutions that clients want to pay for.

Writing Fee Proposals:
Based on concepts and experiences from the fields of human behavior and design fee negotiations, architects will learn how to write a proposal that will capture the interest of their intended audience while demonstrating the value their services provide.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Ian Motley and Alexandra Howieson: Blue Turtle Management and Consulting (BTM+C)
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Timber- Design, Detailing, Durability
Timber- Design, Detailing, Durability
Dr Geoff Boughton has authored over 100 technical papers and a number of books including Timber Design Handbook HB108-98 published by Standards Australia and he participates in a number of Australian Standards committees on timber.

In this presentation he builds on his range of experiences and also on significant work undertaken by the timber industry to investigate the durability of timber, providing models for estimating this at the design stage and understanding how to get the best out of timber in the longer term. Geoff has an affinity for both timber and for design and this presentation combines those two interests.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Geoff Boughton: Director, TimberED Services
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Making Good to Future Detail: A Case Study Approach to Documentation
Making Good to Future Detail: A Case Study Approach to Documentation
James Jones takes you through the ins and outs of the documentation process and its relationships with contract administration and specification. He outlines common stumbling blocks, offers strategies and solutions for ‘writing your way out of trouble’ through the design, documentation and construction stages.

AACA Competency: Documentation

Presenter: James Jones: Design Principal, Architectus
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Best Practice in Documentation
Best Practice in Documentation
What is the importance of aiming for best practice in documentation? How can this be achieved? What are the benefits? Architectural documentation consultant Greg Blanch, Principal of documentation firm Detail 3, offers practical suggestions, references and examples to answer these questions and many more. He presents the fundamentals to achieving best practice in documentation.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Project Management, Practice Delivery

Presenter: Greg Blanch, Principal, Detail 3
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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