The Client Brief & Managing Fees

4 August 2022

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.


The ACA presents an informative discussion panel around the management of an Architectural brief and the fees associated with a project. Briefs are seldom complete, if not missing altogether. How can our profession price without a brief; and more importantly, how can we manage our fee around a brief that is constantly evolving? The ACA has invited three professionals to discuss strategies to implement and pitfalls to avoid during project delivery.

Topics we will discuss include:

  • Getting an architectural proposal and contract agreed – what should be in it?
  • How to extract a brief and how to record it
  • Milestone signoff
  • Scope creep management
  • Variation submission and best ways to represent yourself
  • Hostile clients – how best to manage variations with them

The panel will include a large practice (Lawrence Toaldo, Conrad Gargett), small-medium practice (Mark Williams, Mark Williams Architects) and consulting services/builder (Darren Cardy, Ashburner Francis). The event will be moderated by David Brian (dwp Architects)


Wednesday 24 August, 12.30pm to 3pm


The Ovolo Fortitude Valley
1000 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley


Members: $120 (incl GST)
Non-Members: $140 (incl GST)
Includes a 2-course lunch and beverages


Reserve your tickets by making a booking here.

RSVP by 5pm, Wednesday 17 August

Please contact Sharon Knighton at with any enquiries


Participation in this event will deliver 1 formal CPD point

Learning Outcomes: to be provided prior to the event.