National Seminar Series 2018

Continuum (online CPD)

Continuum’s extensive range of online courses allows you to build your skills and complete CPD without leaving your desk.

Continuum courses cover a wide range of topics relating to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) competencies: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management.

Continuum courses:

  • are recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects for formal CPD points
  • meet the CPD requirements of the NSW, WA and Queensland boards of registration
  • are claimable for Building Practitioner Accreditation requirements in Tasmania

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  The Visceral Agrarian Shed + The In-Between

From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge 

James Grose is a principal of Bligh Voller Nield, based in Sydney. In this presentation, James describes how memories of the verandah and the tactile utilitarian architecture of the rural sheds from his early childhood in Bundaberg, Queensland informed his growth and pathway as an architect. James explains the basic concepts that he seeks to explore and express in each of his designs – the visceral agrarian shed, and also the concept of the in-between.
Architecture, Urban Anxiety and Cultural Divergence

From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Urban anxieties and cultural differences are examined through the microcosm of an Alice Springs architectural practice. Alice Springs has a suburban fringe but this is not where its edges lie. Knives, exit plans, a swamp and a science fiction-posed paradigm offer insight and a framework for review of recent public and commercial projects from the SDA team, in particular the CBD Revitalisation, an urban renewal project.

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. 

  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.
  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.
  The Edge of Space

From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge
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.
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.
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.
  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. 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.
  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).

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.
  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. 
  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.

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