Risky Business

12 July 2017

Join ACA – Qld/NT for a lunchtime discussion on 25 July about architectural services contract conditions and how to negotiate 'less risky' client service agreements.

The consultancy services agreement between architect and client is as important to the success of a building project as the design, plans and materials used during construction.

Over the life of a project, from briefing to end of construction, the scope of architectural services can vary significantly.  Consultancy agreements typically contain provisions that adjust the relationships, responsibilities, and rights of the parties when unexpected changes occur.

This session will focus on reviewing architectural services contract conditions and how to negotiate a ‘less risky’ final client services agreement.

The panellists

Bruce Wolfe

A highly respected architect, Bruce is Managing Director of Conrad Gargett and president of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. Bruce has worked on some of Queensland’s largest and most innovative building projects in roles from project architect and designer to project director. He plays a vital role in securing projects across the health, education and defence sectors. Bruce led the Conrad Gargett Lyons team for the $1.4B Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital project, a project that has enhanced his reputation for innovative thinking. He recently led the master plan team for the $2.5b Sunshine Coast University Hospital and was technical advisor project for the state for its delivery.

Louise Cutler

 As a director at Phillips Smith Conwell, Louise leads the Healthcare team. Over many years she has worked across a range of major projects through all stages of the design and delivery process. These have been delivered under a variety of procurement methods for both private and institutional clients. Acting as architect and superintendent, Louise consistently manages multiple stakeholders and successfully delivers high quality spaces within program and budget constraints. Though relatively new to the frontline of contract negotiations, Louise maintains the view that contracts should be reasonable. She will share her approach to some of the contract clauses currently on her desk.

Noel Robinson

 Noel is an Adjunct Professor at the QUT. He chairs the Independent Design Advisory Panel for the Brisbane City Council and also chairs the Urban Design Advisory Panel for the Sunshine Coast Council. Noel has been in private practice for 45 years.

John Moore

John developed the Professional Risk Group at Thynne + Macartney over 30 years ago. His in-depth understanding of relationships assists in avoiding misunderstandings that may ultimately have a commercial impact.  John has had a long history of specialist practice in the area of professional negligence and defence of professionals of various disciplines and in relation to a wide variety of claims from very large and complex matters to smaller cases in Australia and overseas. Some areas of John’s specialisation include professional risks – architects, engineers and various professions; directors and officers liability; employment practices liability; risk management, large project, retainer and construction agreement review; commercial construction; and dispute resolution and mediations of all types.

Event details


12.30pm for 12.45pm to 3.00pm, Friday, 21 July 2017


United Services Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Dress: Modern business attire (no jacket or tie required, no jeans please)
Parking: Onsite parking available $10


2 formal CPD points


Members: $110.00 p/p   Non-Members $130.00 p/p (incl. GST)


Registration form to be returned to qld@aca.org.au by Tuesday, 18 July 2017