Events / CPD
Current and upcoming events online and across Australia.
Our online CPD gives all members an affordable opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge while joining the national discussion on the business of architecture. Previous webinars are available to purchase on demand.
We look forward to seeing you at an ACA session soon!
CPD Webinars On Demand
Did you miss out on a particularly interesting webinar? Are you working towards fulfilling your CPD requirements? Five years of relevant ACA CPD webinars are now available for purchase on demand.
Fees & the Time Cost Calculator Guide
Join the ACA and our panel on 30 November for a discussion on fees, costs and how to use the Time Cost Calculator Guide to assist fee proposals, negotiations and cost control. Learn hints and tips from panellists representing different sized practices. Free for ACA members!
BIM & the Digital Transition in Practice
The ACA is delighted to present a national webinar on the digital transition, with BIM specialists Nathan Hildebrandt and Chandrasekar Rajamani unpacking the challenges and opportunities of the digital transition for architectural practice.
Wellbeing & the Physical Office Environment
The ACA is proud to present the first in our AMWF Toolkit Event Series on 28 November. Book now for an important conversation about how the Physical Office Environment can impact on wellbeing. See you online!
ACT Rooftop Drinks
NSW/ACT Vice President Farhad Edibam and committee invite members to join them on Thursday 17 November at the Howling Moon Bar at the Canberra Rex Hotel.
Financial Pathways for Small and Medium Practice
The ACA Business of Small Practice (BoSP) forum and Daniel Bolt from Macquarie Bank will present an online session on finance for SME business on Thursday 10 November. Topics discussed will include financing growth, innovative business models, and the availability of funding for the traditional fee-for-service practice model.
WA End-of-Year Celebration
WA President Kukame McPierzie and committee invite members to our annual End-of-Year Celebration! This year we’ll enjoy refreshments and friendship in the garden at Gordon Street Garage.
First Nations History in WA
ACA WA invites all members to attend a very special presentation by Scott Patterson, Director at Ochre Project Services.
SA Christmas Celebration
ACA SA and National President John Held and the SA Branch Committee are hosting Christmas Drinks at The Gilbert Hotel on 29 November.
Mid-Year Catch-up in Melbourne
The ACA – VIC/TAS Branch Committee was delighted to host a special members event on 29 August. The ACA committee, partners, industry figures and ACA members joined CEO Angelina Pillai and National President John Held for drinks and light refreshments, and to hear our plans for the months ahead.
SA Business of Design Lunch recap
The SA Committee was delighted to host the fourth annual Business of Design lunch on Thursday 18 August with guest speakers Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Several attendees share their reflections here.
WA WHS Legislation Uncovered
Join the WA branch for an in-depth look at the changes to the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) and the implications for architects. This online event is not to be missed!
Melbourne Mid-Year Drinks
Join the VIC/TAS branch committee for drinks and light refreshments on Monday 29 August. Hear our plans for the months ahead, and meet the ACA team, industry guests, fellow members and peers.
Canberra Half-Yearly CPD Event Recap
Stephen Pearse provides a recap of the ACA’s recent six-monthly catch-up and CPD event in Canberra. It was an excellent evening for all, with informative presentations and a chance to learn, earn CPD and meet up.
The Client Brief & Managing Fees
The QLD/NT Committee is hosting a lunch forum on Wednesday 24 August on The Client Brief and Managing Your Fees. Join guest speakers Lawrence Toaldo from Conrad Gargett, Mark Williams from Mark Williams Architects and Darren Cardy from Ashburner Francis, with moderator David Brian from dwp Architects.
D&BP Act – 12 Months In
Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Wednesday 10 August for a presentation about the NSW D&BP Act by Principal Building Inspector Jonathan Lynch and Senior Building Inspector and registered architect Charles Zhang from Building Professional Audits, NSW Fair Trading.
SA Business of Design Lunch
The ACA SA Committee is hosting its 5th annual Business of Design lunch with guest speakers Kerry and Lindsay Clare from Clare Design on 18 August.
Risky Business 2022
Join the ACA and our expert speakers from Thynne + Macartney and Planned Cover on Wednesday 20 July for a CPD webinar to discuss current legal and insurance issues and their practical application to architectural practices. We hope to see you there!
Bushfire Resilience and Design
Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Thursday 21 July for a Zoom presentation by Nigel Bell, architect and expert in the design of bushfire compliant buildings.
SA Practice Managers Lunch – Cybercrime
Join the ACA SA committee, Planned Cover and Blue Zebra Insurance for our next Practice Managers Lunch on 21 July, which will tackle the timely topic of cybercrime and how to reduce risk.
WA Business of Design Lunch
ACA WA invites you to our annual Business of Design Lunch with special guest speaker, Dale Alcock.
Business of Small Practice – Meaningful Marketing
On Friday 24 June, ACA WA will uncover the tips and techniques you need to elevate your marketing and establish an authentic voice for your business.
Changes to National Construction Code
Join the ACA NSW/ACT committee on Wednesday 29 June for a special presentation on the changes and updates to the NCC with Luke Sheehy from Design Confidence.
Sydney recap – Becoming fearless
Jennifer Crawford provides a recap of the recent Sydney event, Becoming Fearless in Practice, presented by Michael Lewarne.
The engine of growth
Join the ACA SA committee and Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe for our next Business of Small Practice event on 24 May. Book now!
The Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum QLD/NT is running an online session on Thursday 5 May on rethinking leadership with a view to improving the wellbeing and contribution of all in practice.
Sydney event – Becoming fearless in practice
Join Michael Lewarne and the NSW/ACT branch on Wednesday 27 April for a presentation on reshaping practice and exploring new possibilities. Don’t miss our first Sydney face to face event for the year.
SA Breakfast – 5 April
The SA committee has organised a breakfast catch-up at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 5 April. Save the date!
Succession Planning Online Event with Macquarie Bank
The WA and SA branches are running an online session on the succession planning process with Macquarie Bank’s Daniel Bolt on Friday 1 April.
Priorities for Regional Architects
Join the ACA QLD/NT on Tuesday 22 February to discuss key industry priorities for regional architects. Don’t miss it!
Ventilation Critical Action Summit 2022
Building industry professionals are invited to join a timely conversation on creating safe indoor environments with a two-day virtual national ventilation summit on 24–25 February 2022, organised by AMCA Australia. An impressive list of speakers from government, academia, media and multiple disciplines in the building industry will share their expertise
SA Virtual Roundtables
The SA Committee will host a series of online roundtable discussions from 16–22 February for SA members to share challenges, ask questions and support each other.
COVID Roundtable Discussion
ACA members are invited to a virtual roundtable on Friday 4 February to discuss the challenges facing architectural practices over the coming months. Join ACA National President John Held, IR Advisor Tom Earls, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai and representatives from a number of practices for this important conversation.
Save the Date – Darwin Lunch
The ACA QLD/NT will host a special lunch in Darwin for members and non-members on 17 February. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more details.
Leah Lang Virtual Roundtable
Join the ACA – QLD/NT and Queensland Government Architect Leah Lang on Wednesday 2 February to discuss key industry priorities for the year ahead.
WA Welcome to 2022 Breakfast
The WA Branch is kicking off the year with a relaxed breakfast shared amongst our committee, members, and special invited guests.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a new NCC CPD course on Stairways for practitioners who design, construct and certify stairways in residential and commercial buildings.
Xmas Drinks in Perth
WA President, Kukame McPierzie, and committee invite members to join us for our annual Rooftop Drinks at the Alex Hotel on 26 November.
Xmas Drinks in Canberra
Save the date for the Canberra end-of-year Christmas drinks at the Howling Moon Rooftop Bar on Tuesday 14 December.
SA Xmas Drinks
ACA – SA and National President, John Held, and SA Committee invite members to join us for Christmas Drinks at Roxie’s.
Vic/Tas End of Year Get Together
Save the date for an end of year get together with the Vic/Tas committee, ACA members and guests at The Leveson’s outdoor courtyard in North Melbourne on Tuesday 30 November.
The ABCB is offering a 20% discount as an introductory offer for its newly released one-hour NCC CPD course on understanding Australian Standards and other NCC referenced documents.
November courses – Waterproofing, Tiling & Flooring
ARDEX Australia is offering a suite of online formal CPD training courses in November, which aim to educate and aid architects on the topics of waterproofing, tiling and flooring systems.
The Importance of Social Housing
Join Mecca Events and a panel of social housing design and development professionals on 17 November for a comprehensive discussion on sustainable social housing.
Facade Performance & the Rules 101
On Tuesday 26 October, join Mecca Events and a panel of facade and building code experts to explore latest developments and some of the common misunderstandings around Facade Performance and Section J. ACA members can access a 20% discount.
Air Quality & Ventilation webinar
Join Mecca Events’ panel of experts on Wednesday 6 October for a discussion on air quality, ventilation and how to deliver healthy indoor environments. ACA members can access a 20% discount. Book now!
WA Design Review event
The WA branch of the ACA, alongside the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), will be having an important and timely discussion on design review on 17 September at the Melbourne Hotel.
Business of Design Recap
In mid-August, WA members gathered at Double Rainbow at The Rechabite for the ACA’s annual Business of Design Lunch, featuring speaker Adrian Fini, Founder of Hesperia and celebrated developer and patron of art and design.
BoSP Recap – Fee Talk
More than 300 architects registered for our recent BoSP webinar on fees with Kate Fitzgerald, Warwick Mihaly and Mick Moloney, and we’re still not sure if it was the topic or the presenters that generated all that interest!
Living Architecture with Lindsay and Kerry Clare
On Wednesday 8 September, the QLD/NT branch will run the first in a Q&A series with prominent architects, this time with Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Don’t miss it. Book now!
NSW Regulation & Class 2 Buildings
Join us on Wednesday 8 September for a special presentation by Kirsten Orr, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board, on the regulatory context of architecture in NSW with a focus on Class 2 Buildings.
Creators vs Copycats
On Tuesday 14 September, informed by Planned Cover is running a national webinar on copyright, intellectual property and how to protect your work. ACA members can access a 15% discount.
Waterproofing, Tiling & Flooring
Ardex is running a range of online formal CPD courses in August and September on the topics of waterproofing, tiling and flooring systems.
Tracking KPIs Through Tough Times
After a challenging year, how are architecture practices in Asia Pacific (APAC) performing? Download the latest Deltek Clarity report to find out more.
Housing & Energy Efficiency – NCC CPD Course
The Australian Building Codes Board is offering an NCC CPD course to help build understanding of housing energy efficiency requirements. A special discounted offer is available for a limited time.
Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle
Mecca’s upcoming CPD webinar on Wednesday 1 September will feature leading design and engineering experts presenting on Adaptive Reuse in Buildings. ACA members can access a 20% discount.
St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training
The WA and SA branches are proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.
Business of Design in SA – A Recap
On Tuesday 8 June, the ACA – SA Committee was delighted to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency. Three attendees offer a recap.
WA Business of Design Lunch
The WA Committee have rescheduled their Business of Design Lunch to Friday 20 August 2021 with guest speaker Adrian Fini.
Industrial Manslaughter Laws Webinar
The next CPD webinar from ACA partner Mecca Events on 23 June will cover industrial manslaughter legislation with legal and work health and safety experts Tony Lawrence, Kate Elliott and Stephen Russell.
That’s a RAP!
On 3 June, the ACA hosted a webinar with TheFulcrum.Agency on the importance of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). Emma Brain provides a recap.
Designing Practice with Emma Williamson
The ACA – SA Committee is excited to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch on Tuesday 8 June with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency.
NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act Part 1 – A Recap
NSW/ACT committee member Jennifer Crawford provides a comprehensive recap of a recent ACA event about NSW building reform, where legal counsel Christopher Larcos took us through the legal implications of the D&BP Act.
NCC Update for Architects
The ACA – QLD/NT branch committee is hosting a lunch forum on the National Construction Code on Wednesday 26 May with guest speaker Michael Moran.
New BGGS Science Learning Centre
Last month, the QLD/NT branch committee organised a site tour of the seven-storey Science Learning Centre at the Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Ray Giarola provides a recap.
Ardex is running a number of one-hour CPD seminars on the Four Key Components of Successful Waterproofing in May and June.
Demystifying Legal Jargon
informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for a webinar on Demystifying the Jargon (Legal) on Thursday 27 May.
Ideas for a Better Profession
The NSW/ACT branch committee is delighted to present another face to face event on Thursday 27 May, with speaker Michael Lewarne exploring important questions about the nature of architectural practice and how we might do things differently in a post-COVID world.
Medium Density Symposium recap
On 31 March, the WA branch hosted its most ambitious event yet – a symposium on the State Government’s proposed policy to guide medium density developments across Western Australia. Emma Brain provides a recap.
Medium Density Policy in WA
The WA branch has been leading a series of initiatives aimed at engaging the architecture profession with the State Government’s draft Medium Density Code. Watch our short film featuring some of the designers who worked with DesignWA to shape this policy ... and then have your say.
ACA Member Discount for D&BP Act Webinar
informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for their follow-up webinar on the Design & Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) on 22 April.
Discount Tickets for ArchiTeam Conference
Our good friends at ArchiTeam are offering a special discounted rate for ACA members for the ArchiTeam conference on Friday 21 May.
Design Matters: Medium Density Symposium
The WA branch of the ACA will present a special Medium Density Symposium on Wednesday 31 March in collaboration with Open House Perth (OHP).
Architects Mental Wellbeing Breakfast in SA
The ACA – SA Committee started the year with their annual welcome breakfast and the launch of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on 23 February.
Heritage & Design Webinar
On Wednesday 31 March, Mecca Events will present a CPD webinar on all things heritage, from understanding heritage context and significance to regulations and compliance, materials and finishes.
Social Housing of the Future
Tickets are now available for ArchiPitch 2021 on Tuesday 30 March, which will focus on big ideas for the social housing sector.
WA Branch Launches Wellbeing Forum
The WA branch is proud to launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on Wednesday 3 March.
The Superintendent’s Role as Certifier
informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount to ACA members for their next Contract Administration webinar on 18 March.
Industrial Relations Webinar – Free to ACA members
In early 2021, the ACA’s new industrial advisor, Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers, presented a very timely IR Update. This CPD webinar is now available for purchase on demand (free for ACA members).
ArchiPitch Seeks Expressions of Interest for 2021
The ACA is delighted to to support ArchiPitch 2021, which will tackle the important topic of social housing at Melbourne Design Week.
SA Breakfast & Architects Mental Wellbeing Launch
As we embark on 2021 and look to the future, join the ACA – SA for a very special Welcome Breakfast as we launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum.
A Contemporary Heritage Approach
The NSW/ACT branch of the ACA has joined forces with Sydney East Architects to host a special event on contemporary heritage matters in NSW on Wednesday 17 February.
2021 Trivia Night
Join the ACA – Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2021 Trivia Night on 26 February.
Welcome Breakfast in WA
The WA branch committee and incoming WA President Kukame McPierzie are hosting a welcome breakfast for members on Wednesday 17 February.
First Nations Design Principles
WSP’s Indigenous Specialist Services team and Dr Shaneen Fantin of POD (People Oriented Design) will discuss First Nations Design Principles in Architecture and Building at an upcoming CPD webinar by Mecca Events on 10 February. ACA members can access a 20% discount.
Record Keeping webinar
informed by Planned Cover is offering a 15% discount for ACA members for a document management and record keeping webinar at lunchtime on 10 February.
Getting a Head Start with your Contracts
Join the ACA on Wednesday 16 December for our last online event for the year, with some practical guidance on contracts from lawyer and risk manager Wendy Poulton.
SA Roundtable on Post-COVID Reality
Wellbeing, localism and optimism can summarise the discussion at the ACA’s recent Adelaide roundtable on the post-COVID reality for South Australia, writes Mario Dreosti.
Christmas Drinks in WA
WA President Malcolm Jones and committee will host drinks on the rooftop of the Alex Hotel on 3 December to celebrate the start of the festive season.
Doing Documentation Better
On 11 November 2020, guest speaker Alex Chistiakoff presented an ACA webinar on delivering high quality documentation efficiently and consistently.
Getting the Balance Right
Are we architects so we can be in business, or in business so we can be architects? The ACA and the BoSP forum met on 23 November for an insightful conversation about developing simultaneously as an architect and an entrepreneur.