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What's on in WA

23 April 2018
National Emerging Architect Prize Presentation - WA
27 April 2018
Cheese and Wine Sundowner

16 May 2018

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?

What's Coming up 

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


2-Day Intensive REVIT Workshop 

- Revit interface
- Modelling basic building components
- Conceptual massing and adaptive components
- Parametric Revit families

  - View types
- Visibilitys setting & view templates
- Materials
- Rendering
- Sun studies 
- Output formats

  Date:   Monday 23 April and Tuesday 24th April 2018
  Time:  10am - 5pm including lunch break
 Curtin University Room 201.219
 Kent Street, Bentley

 $200 SONA Members
 $330 Non Members

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer

National Emerging Architect Prize Presentation - WA

2017 National Emerging Architect Prize recipient Anthony Balsamo presents a diverse portfolio of award-winning architectural projects, unbuilt work and anecdotes from EmAGN, SA Chapter Council, fellowship travel, festivals and collaborations in architecture.

Last year’s WA Emerging Architect Michael Gay will also share his thoughts on winning the WA Emerging Architects Prize, his journey through architecture and the need for resilience.

  Date:  Monday 23 April 2018
  Time: 5.00pm Refreshments for 5.30pm Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

$15 members
$25 Non Members
Refreshments included

        Click here to Register

This year we are having regular Friday drinks for members and friends of the Institute. 
Sometimes there’ll be a speaker, but mostly just a casual time with colleagues.  

Members, feel free to bring a client or friend.

  Date:  Friday 27 April 2018 
  Time: From 5.00pm
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to RSVP


Presented by:

Daniel Kress  -  Smart Plus Homes

Daniel will talk about the importance of airtightness now that it is mandated under the National Construction Code (NCC). 

He will also reveal how airtightness is tested and how buildings in WA are actually performing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the basics  of airtightness
  • Define the ‘airtightness layer’
  • Understand the difference between airtightness, vapor control and protection against the elements
  • Understand what a blower door test is
  • Understand the NCC requirements for airtightness
  Date:  Wednesday 16 May 2018 
  Time: 5.00pm Refreshments for 5.30pm Presentation Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer

The Future of Wood - Austim ArchiTECH

Presented by:

Daniel Gudsell
    Founder, Abodo Wood Ltd
    Winner, Green Ribbon Award New Zealand
    Winner, Sustainable Business Award, New Zealand

Daniel will discuss different types of timber modification and the sustainable use of certified plantation timbers that make up those products.

He will also cover thermally modified timber, the processes involved, technical benefits of the product and the reasons why he believes it will be a more stable and durable choice of timber in the future.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why wood modification is an increasingly popular technology
  • Understand the advantages of different wood modification types
  • Understand the most prevalent wood modification: thermal modification

  Date:  Wednesday 30 May 2018 
  Time: 5.00pm Refreshments for 5.30pm Presentation Start
  Venue:   33 Broadway, Nedlands

        Click here to Register

        Click here to view flyer

ABWA Oral exams: 

16 - 20 Oct 2017


PALS 2018


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