AMWF – Caring for Students, Graduates & Interns

7 September 2023

The ACA is proud to present our fifth wellbeing event in the AMWF Toolkit series. Originally held 31 August 2023, the webinar features Kukame McPierzie (Woods Bagot), David Gulland (Hassell), Kali Passmore (Gresley Abas) and Lee Yang Yang (eMAGN) on Caring for Students, Graduates & Interns in Practice.

Byron Kinnaird also shares the Wellbeing of Architects research on students and wellbeing, and John Doyle (RMIT and the AASA) offers the university perspective.


Studying architecture can be a stressful process, which takes place at a particularly vulnerable point in our lives. The transition to architecture school, with high workloads, long hours and competing deadlines, often comes with financial and accommodation stresses, and the need to combine study with work.

For this webinar, we are delighted to present a terrific panel of guest speakers from university and practices of different scales. ACA WA President Kukame McPierzie facilitates the conversation and shares his own learnings.

See speaker bios below.


The Australian version of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit is available for download. Section three of the AMWF Toolkit covers Caring for Students, Graduates and Interns in Practice.

Also see the Wellbeing of Architects 2021 Student Survey, Primary Report and the report on Focus Groups with Students.


ACA Members – $10
​Parlour Collective Members – $10
Non-Members – $20

Reserve your place by making a booking here.

Any proceeds over and above the costs of delivering the AMWF Toolkit program will be set aside for future AMWF projects led by ACA.


Participation in this event will deliver 1 formal CPD point.

Learning outcomes:After completion of the webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of wellbeing issues for students and a range of approaches taken by practices to care for their students, interns and graduates.

Units of Competency and Performance Criteria: Practice Management and Professional Conduct – PC 1 and PC 2

APBSA Core Area: Practice Management

The webinar includes recorded Q&A with the speakers with a self-checked CPD task. Please view the webinar in its entirety. Certificates will be provided following submission of answers to CPD questions.


Kukame McPierzie

Kukame McPierzie is the President of the WA branch of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA). He is an award-winning architect and Chair of Woods Bagot’s Perth Studio. Kukame nurtures a dynamic and supportive studio culture and is committed to the development of a healthy and sustainable architectural profession.

Kali Passmore

Kali Passmore is an architect and Practice Manager at Gresley Abas, a medium-sized practice with studios in Perth and Melbourne. She is an ACA WA committee member and practice partner with Notre Dame University. In 2018, she attained an MBA, which has increased her understanding of the business of architecture and enhanced her skills as a leader.

Lee Yang Yang

Yang Yang is the Co-Chair together with Sharaan Muruvan for EmaGN WA (Emerging Architects & Graduates Network) and the recipient of the Emerging Architect Prize WA for 2023. He works in practice and teaches architecture at Curtin University and previously the University of Notre Dame. Described by his friends as a super nerd architect, Yang Yang is active in all areas of architecture.

David Gulland

David is an architect and Managing Principal for Hassell’s Perth Studio. He is responsible for the development of education architecture in this region, leading teams in the design and delivery of learning environments. He is on the Architects Board of WA, and is an ACA WA Committee Member.

Byron Kinnaird

Byron is a Research Fellow at Monash University under The Wellbeing of Architects project. He has worked in architectural education, research and regulation for a decade in NZ and Australia, and is interested in research and policy work that supports work-related wellbeing, care and equity.

John Doyle

Dr John Doyle is Associate Dean and Head of RMIT Architecture. He is a registered practising architect and partner at Common, a Naarm / Melbourne based architecture and urban design practice. He is also the President of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA).