Doing Documentation Better

3 October 2020

On 11 November 2020, guest speaker Alex Chistiakoff presented an ACA webinar on delivering high quality documentation efficiently and consistently.

The successful delivery of a building is a constant challenge in architectural practice and one intrinsically linked to the quality of the building’s design documentation, regardless of its scale. Preparing quality documentation can be demanding, with persistent time and cost pressures, despite the risks in play. Recent high-profile building failures have shone a light on poor practices and the need for change. With new legislation in NSW, and other states soon to follow, the need for quality building design documentation is a pressing issue.

On 11 November, Alex Chistiakoff will discuss the implications of the new legislation in NSW and explain why it is essential to implement quality control measures in documentation. Drawing from his extensive experience in documentation coordination services, he will discuss how architects can better equip themselves for the proposed changes and deliver a higher quality of documentation.

Alex’s presentation will include examples, explaining methods to ensure that all components in the documentation (Drawings + Schedules + the Specification) work well with each other.

He will also cover the following topics:

  • An introduction and overview of documentation
  • Personal observations and experiences as a consultant
  • Establishing procedures
  • Coordination of components
  • Managing work
  • Documents for CC stage
  • Tender documents and contracts
  • Design and Construct documentation
  • Construction stage

Our Speaker – Alex Chistiakoff

Alex is a registered architect, an examiner with the Board of Architects NSW and an executive member of Spun (Small Practices Upper North Shore). He teaches aspects of professional practice at UTS (Sydney) and has taught specification writing at UNSW. In the past he has also taught Design at the University of Queensland.

His specific interest includes research on issues associated with establishing an architectural practice and addressing information that is critical for maintaining architectural practices as a business. He sees ongoing communication between educators, industry and professional bodies as essential to ensure stability in the profession.


Wednesday 11 November 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.

AACA Competencies –

5. Documentation: Detailed Design – 5.4, 5.6

6. Documentation: Documentation – 6.1, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain an understanding of documentation in the areas of:

  • An introduction and overview
  • Establishing of procedures
  • Coordination of components
  • Managing work
  • Documents for CC stage
  • Tender documents and Contracts
  • Design and Construct documentation
  • Construction Stage

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.