Practice Management
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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Tendering: How to strategically position and present your business for success
Tendering: How to strategically position and present your business for success
This seminar will explore the world of competitive tendering. It will allow you to better navigate the tender process, from pursuit through to submission. The seminar will provide insights into how to select the right partners, how to maximise the likelihood of being shortlisted, how to strengthen your contribution to major tender processes and how to develop a tender strategy and translate that into action. The seminar will be presented in modules based on the business development cycle and covering pursuit, return on investment, tender and post tender.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Deborah Mazoudier and Paola Sirotti
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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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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BIM In Practice
BIM In Practice
This seminar will draw extensively on the information in the ‘BIM in Practice’ documents released in August after input from over 45 BIM in experts in Australia (www.bim.architecture.com.au). It will focus on three specific areas:

- Effects of BIM on the legal and procurement aspects of delivering projects
- Proper management of BIM collaboration across disciplines
- Involving clients and other stakeholders to communicate benefits and challenges of BIM

AACA Competency: Documentation and Practice Management

Presenter: Dominik Holzer: Partner, AEC Connect
CPD hours: 1.5 formal

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Risk and Insurance: Protecting your Practice
Risk and Insurance: Protecting your Practice
Are you up to date on the key risks that contribute to claims against architects? This presentation highlights some common risks and consider how they can be avoided. It also looks at changes in the professional indemnity insurance market, especially some common gaps in insurance cover that we are starting to see open up as times get harder. Get a ‘health check’ for your practice and your PI policy so you can be confident that your risks are addressed.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Wendy Poulton and Laurence Gottlieb, Architects Professional Risk Services
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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Fee Psychology and Negotiation
Fee Psychology and Negotiation
You will learn about the crucial role that negotiation plays in building a successful architectural practice and will also learn about Architectural Fee Psychology and how to apply this in Architectural practice.

AACA Competency: Project Management

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

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Nexus: Design, Research and New Practice Models
Nexus: Design, Research and New Practice Models
This carefully curated selection of presentations from 2010’s Archivision (a bi-yearly Institute conference where practice meets academia) provides insights on the nexus of design, research and new practice models (including cross-disciplinary, collaborative, hybrid and integrative models) in contemporary architectural practice.

By hearing first-hand how the above practice models have led to success for these architects, and considering the questions raised, you will be in a position to think more effectively about your own practice.

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AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Melonie Bayl-Smith (liquidARCHITECTURE), Chris Bosse (LAVA), Jan van Schaik (Minifie van Schaik Architects), Hamilton Wilson (Wilson Architects)
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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Thrive, Not Survive: Managing Your Practice in Times of Economic Uncertainty
Thrive, Not Survive: Managing Your Practice in Times of Economic Uncertainty
Professional business coach Rob Pillans examines the issues affecting architectural practices in the current economic downturn. He also provides a range of tools to help practices thrive in uncertain economic times.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Rob Pillans, Business Coach, Shirlaws
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Why Great Design is Not Enough for Success: Business Skills for Architects
Why Great Design is Not Enough for Success: Business Skills for Architects
It takes more than great design to build a successful architectural practice. It also takes the application of a broad range of business skills. Presenter Rob Pillans, of business coaching firm, Shirlaws, outlines some of the skills that are essential for business success.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Rob Pillans, Business Coach, Shirlaws
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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How to Manage Risk and Reduce Disputes
How to Manage Risk and Reduce Disputes
In this presentation you’ll learn how to develop simple systems to manage the risks associated with: project fit; complying with codes, standards and planning conditions; product failure; sub-consultants; cost control; documentation errors; dealing with builders; inspections and observations; and dealing with building surveyors.

AACA Competency: Practice Management and Project Delivery

Presenter: Wendy Poulton, Risk Manager, Architects Professional Risk Services
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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Copyright and Moral Rights: What Every Architect Needs to Know
Copyright and Moral Rights: What Every Architect Needs to Know
Copyright and moral rights are fundamental to architectural practice, but for architects they are often a source of confusion. In this course, Ian Mc Donald, Senior Legal Officer from the Australian Copyright Council, explains how to identify copyright material, how to establish who owns copyright and what precautions you need to take to ensure you don’t infringe copyright and/or moral rights.

AACA Competency: Practice Management and Documentation

Presenter: Ian McDonald, Senior Legal Officer, Australian Copyright Council
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Staying Sane: How to Run a Small Practice, Remain an Architect and Stay Sane
Staying Sane: How to Run a Small Practice, Remain an Architect and Stay Sane
This course provides strategies to help you achieve and maintain architectural and business excellence in an increasingly competitive market. Presenter Mark Murphy outlines how to develop time management skills, formulate business and marketing plans, forge strong networks and create effective teams - areas often overlooked in small practices.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Mark Murphy, Associate and Corporate Services Manager, Woodhead
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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To Agree or Not Agree: Is That the Question? Communicating With Your Client
To Agree or Not Agree: Is That the Question? Communicating With Your Client
In an increasingly litigious environment, clear communication with your client is paramount. In this course, presenter Rob Shaw will identify simple ways to overcome the key causes of complaints against architects by their clients, and present some fundamental communications skills.

AACA Competency: Project Delivery and Practice Management

Presenter: Robert Shaw
CPD hours: 1.5 hours formal

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