Cost Planning & Negotiation 101

30 September 2020

Join the ACA and our expert speakers on Wednesday 21 October for an introduction to Cost Planning and Negotiation, and the crucial role these skills can play for the success of your practice. BOOK NOW!

Cost planning and negotiating are key skills in the architectural armoury. It is through cost planning and negotiation that client budget expectations are met. But more importantly, cost planning negotiations are central to managing design and construction risks and achieving quality outcomes. Understanding this area is critical for architects at all scales, levels and experience of practice.

Projects, from the smallest to the largest, are increasingly more complex and specialised. It is often difficult for practitioners to best manage project costs. This special presentation will highlight a range of case studies and feature a discussion between academic Dr Peter Raisbeck and architect Peter Finn to provide direction in the methods and strategies involved in the process of cost planning.

This webinar will serve as an introduction to this large important topic, with the two Peters offering important insights and their characteristic dry humour.

Our Speakers

Peter Finn

Peter describes himself as a ‘survivor’ of small and medium practice, and has worked at a partner level for 30+ years. He has considerable experience in the areas of developing project delivery through client engagement, brief and budgets, consultant management and contract administration.

In recent years, Peter has delivered guest lectures at the MSD architecture school in Professional Practice. Peter’s experience also includes six years as a sessional member with Planning Panels Victoria for the state government, concentrating on heritage matters, rezoning and a wind farm.

Peter is a past director of ArchiTeam, having amongst other things served as director for professional indemnity Insurance including initiating a peer support program to assist architects with potential claims by working to defuse problems through finding a ‘way out’. Peter initiated and writes the ArchiTeam Datum popular monthly column for topical practice issues ‘What could possibly go wrong?’

Dr Peter Raisbeck

Dr Peter Raisbeck is research director of the ACA. He is a senior lecturer in architectural practice and design at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. He has had over 20 years of professional experience as an employee and contractor in architecture and project management, along with an MBA in finance (but don’t take that against him). Peter believes that cost planning knowledge aligned with assertive negotiation skills are important elements of practice.

Peter’s book Architecture as a Global System was published by Emerald in late 2019. The book brings together architectural history, theory, design and practice strategy.


Wednesday 21 October 2020
Webinar broadcast 1–2pm AEDT

(WA 10–11am, NT 11.30am–12.30pm, Qld 12-1pm, SA 12.30–1.30pm, ACT, NSW, Tas and Vic 1–2pm)


Login to join this online event live by selecting a “live access” ticket. If you can’t make it on the day and would like to view a recording of this event please select a “recording access” ticket to receive the recording registration link after the event.


Members $25
Non-members $40

*One ticket per attendee.


To reserve your place, head to the booking link.


Participation in this event will deliver one formal CPD point.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Introduction to cost planning issues in architectural practice.
  • The strategic importance of cost planning in architectural projects.
  • When to begin cost planning and engage Quantity Surveyors.
  • Key elements and tools needed to manage cost planning.
  • Some of the strategies and negotiating tactics required in managing risks associated with cost.

CPD questions for this webinar will be sent to attendees before the webinar and will also be accessible for download from the webinar platform. Please keep your receipt and completed questions for your records.


For more information, contact Katherine Ygosse or on 0413 520 548.