The Future of Practice: The architectural firm as a design knowledge ecosystem.

17 February 2017

What is the future of architectural practice? In the first ACA Insight national webinar for 2017 Dr Peter Raisbeck argues that practices need a major rethink and outlines the possibilities of a new focus on design knowledge ecosystems. 

In this webinar Dr Peter Raisbeck will explore how the successful future of the architectural firm is contingent on a practice focus towards knowledge production. He argues that the rise of the digital media economy and its associated economic volatility necessitates architects abandoning the 'building object' paradigm. He will outline the key elements that architects need to manage their firms as Design Knowledge Ecosystems. In discussing these elements Peter will discuss the management of research, design portfolios, design processes, and managing knowledge across boundaries. He will conclude by arguing that in the future successful architectural firms will require radical new models of leadership. 

Our speaker

Peter Raisbeck

Dr Peter Raisbeck is an architect, design teacher and a researcher. He is currently an academic at the MSD at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches architectural practice and design. His research and writing broadly explores architecture, urban design, technology and architectural history. In 2017 Peter Raisbeck is pursuing research in the areas of workplace design, digital practice in architect’s offices, design and construction robotics and the changing nature of the architectural profession. He blogs at Surviving the Design Studio and has written a number of excellent articles for the ACA


Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

WA 9.30am registration for 10 am – 11 am
NT 11am registration for 11.30 am  – 12.30 pm 
Qld 11.30am registration for 12 midday – 1 pm
SA 12 midday registration for 12.30pm – 1.30 pm 
NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas 12.30 pm registration for 1pm – 2 pm 


$20.00 members 
$30.00 non-members

Includes a light lunch at the venue of your choice. 


Book online here.

For further information contact Katherine Ygosse at


This event will deliver one hour of formal CPD. 


The ACA National Webinars are hosted by ACA members across Australia. Members located close to a host office meet with others over a simple lunch, combining professional development with an opportunity to chat with fellow members and actively participate in the national discussion.

Remote login is available for those who can't make it to a host office. You will be sent details about how to log in once you have booked. 

Venues are listed below.


Level 7 232 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne

New South Wales

Fulton Trotter Architects
Level 3, 35 Spring Street
Bondi Junction
Ph 02 9369 5941

Suite 2, 19 Harris Street
Ph 02 8569 5000

MSK Group
Unit 13, 829 Old Northern Road
Ph 02 9651 6500


Fulton Trotter Architects
18 Portman Lane,
Spring Hill              
Ph 07 3291 1511


CODA Studio
10 Elder Place

Meyer Shircore and Associates
Suite 2, Ground Floor
437 Roberts Road

ACT, SA, Tasmania and NT

Members in ACT, SA, NT and Tasmania can log in online

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