Available CPD Topics

These CPD sessions are held at your architecture firm’s office unless otherwise stated. T&C’s apply to all bookings.

The Case for High Rise Brickwork
1 Formal point
1 hour

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Recognise the design details required to build a 19-storey brick building

  • Identify the product development collaboration process for bespoke shapes and finishes

  • Determine the possibilities and limitations of designing bespoke dry-pressed bricks

  • Identify over 70 unique brick types used at Darling Square

NSCA Unit: Design and Documentation
Element: 2. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, Documenation
Performance Criteria: 3.7, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 6.2

Social media for architects
& designers
3 FORMAL points
3 hours
$150pp
WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Design Research Associates
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Identify and understand the benefits of social media in respect to communication (client/stakeholder), project information dissemination, and brand building;

  • Identify and understand the relative communication strengths and benefits of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube;

  • Build a resource that collates and illustrates the ways in which social media communication strategies can benefit architects, designers and creatives.  

NSCA Unit: Practice Management
Element: 9. Practice Management
Performance Criteria: 9.8

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FOUNDATION OF COLOUR
3 FORMAL points
3 hours
$190pp
113 Broadmeadow Rd, Broadmeadow NSW 2292 (newcastle)

Colour Palette Training & Consultancy

The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Understand and explore the three-dimensional aspect of colour using current apps and tools;

  • Understand and explore the concept of value keys an undertone;

  • Identify and explore the main key colour notations;

  • Explore and experiment hue, chroma and tone with four common colour schemes used in design.

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 2. Pre-design & 3. Conceptual Design Performance Criteria: 2.2, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


CSR Monier Solar Roofing Architecture CPD

Understanding solar & steps for specificatioN
1 FORMAL Point
1 HOUR

CSR Monier
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Understand the terminology used when specifying Solar systems.

  • How solar is trending in Australia and what is driving solar uptake.

  • Understand how to harness solar energy using battery and solar technology.

  • How to recognise the components of a solar system.

  • How to read and understand solar panel data.

  • Understand the key criteria for designing solar onto a building;

  • How to determine the solar requirements of houses in different Australian cities

  • Impact of roof orientation on system design.

  • Battery technology and capacity.

  • Battery Vs non-battery applications.

NSCA Unit: Design and Documentation
Element: 2. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design, 6. Documentation Project Delivery
Performance Criteria: 1.4, 3.3, 4.1, 5.5, 6.2, 6.5

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Building sustainably with Timber
1 Formal point
1 hour

Weathertex
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Examine the reasons & benefits for using sustainable products during construction

  • Learn how timber embodies energy and is the ultimate renewable resource

  • Learn about carbon cycle and the benefits of timber

  • Compare how timber cladding rates against other materials

  • Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in Australia

  • Examine greenwashing and the various third party accreditations available within the building industry

  • Learn the difference between EPD vs LCA

  • Learn how Australia rates against the rest of the world

NSCA Unit: Design

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Concrete Masonry Inspiration and Design Considerations
1 Formal point
1 hour

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Recall bond patterns and mortar finish options

  • Apply knowledge of masonry size and formats and how they can be used together

  • Acknowledge the importance of mortar in wall design

  • List masonry finish options

  • Produce design options when using architectural masonry products

  • Apply fire standards related to walling

  • Recognise acoustic considerations when designing masonry walls

NSCA Unit: Design and Documentation,
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design, 6. Documentation Project Delivery
Performance Criteria: 3.7, 4.1, 4.6, 4.7, 5.5, 6.5


Vitrashield CPD session

Wall Systems & CV3 Verification Method
1 Formal point
1 hour

Fairview
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Analyse the CV3 performance solution for external walls

  • Define related characteristics of a full wall build-up

  • Identify required performance and compliance in system or full wall build-up

  • Apply knowledge learnt in presentation to BCA

  • Analyse the AS5113 test requirements

NSCA Unit: Design

Fytogreen CPD Roof and Vertical Gardens Green Facades and 3d Gardening

Roof and Vertical Gardens, Green Facades and 3D Rendering
1 formal point
1 hour

Fytogreen
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Understand the design and delivery and maintenance requirements for these types of gardens.

  • Understand the benefits of having these types of gardens on a built structure.

  • Understand the process for design and delivery of an ecologically sustainable garden on a built structure

NSCA Unit: Design

colour apps + tools
3 FORMAL POINTS
3 hours
$150PP
WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Zena O'Connor, PhD (Design Research Associates)
The modules covered in this CPD session:

Examine the diverse origins of colour psychology ideas and beliefs, and understand the links between colour beliefs, colour connotations and responses to colour; 

  • Explore colour apps and tools currently available including Canva, Meyer Web colour gradient, colour picker tools, colour palette generators, and colour correlation tools;  

  • Understand how to download and use selected colour apps and tools for iPhone, iPad and laptop use;

  • Understand key colour notation systems relevant to colour apps and tools including Hex codes, RGB, HSV, HSL and CMYK, and the ways these can be correlated online; 

  • Build a resource of colour apps and tools for future reference.

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 2. Pre-Design, 3. Conceptual Design
Performance Critera: 2.6, 3.1


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Transparent photovoltaic (PV) glass for building (glass that turns light into energy).
1 formal point
1 hour

Hume Architectural Solutions
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Currently Researched technologies will be presented

  • Introduction to different commercialised PV technologies, their configurations, comparisons & integrations into the built environment.

  • a-Si technology

  • c-Si technology

  • Online and Phone PV Estimation Tool explained and demonstrated

ASKIN CPD Thermal Bridging and It's Impact on the Thermal Performance of Buildings

Thermal Bridging and it's impact on the thermal performance of buildings
1 formal point
1 hour

Askin Performance Panels
The modules covered in this CPD session: 

  • Understand how thermal insulation works

  • Understand the principles of thermal bridging

  • Analyse the impact of thermal bridging on thermal performance

  • Understand continuous insulation (ci)

  • Explain how continuous insulation (ci) combats thermal bridging

effective colour design for aged care & healthcare Workshops
3 FORMAL points
3 hours
$150pp
WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2010

Zena O'Connor, PhD (Design Research Associates)
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Identify and distinguish between the attributes of colour: hue, contrast and saturation, and the role these play in visual perception;

  • Understand the roles of colour and contrast in environmental visual literacy;

  • Understand the ways in which colour and contrast can be used to address the needs of older people with declining visual and cognitive ability (including dementia);

  • Identify and explore colour strategies that aim to improve environmental visual literacy, orientation and wayfinding, signage, and engagement in aged care and healthcare environments;

  • Build a resource of information and colour design strategies for future reference

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 2. Pre-Design, 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design
Performance Criteria: 2.6, 3.1, 4.1


CSR Monier CPD How to Specify Roof Tiles

HOW TO SPECIFY ROOF TILES
1 formal point
1 hour

CSR Monier
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Understand the terminology used when specifying roof tiles

  • Understand the different types of roof tiles

  • Materials & benefits

  • Understand roof tile applications (terracotta, concrete and composite)

    • Coastal areas

    • Bushfire prone areas

    • Wind areas

    • Terrain / shielding

    • Thermal performance

    • Acoustic Performance

  • Design considerations

NSCA Unit: Design, Documentation
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 6. Documentation Project Delivery
Performance Criteria: 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 6.2, 6.5

Weathertex CPD Fire Safety in Timber Cladding

Fire Safety in Timber Cladding
1 formal poinT
1 hour

Weathertex
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Examine the nature of recent non-compliant cladding incidents

  • Recognise the fire resistant properties of timber

  • Describe in detail the DtS applications for timber cladding in the NCC

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Fire Requirements for External Walls & Facades
1 formal point
1 hour

Askin Performance Panels
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Understand what the requirements needed within the BCA/NCC ?

  • Understand the principles of fire performance

  • Analyse the method of compliance for different classes and building types

  • Design considerations concerning fire performance requirements

  • Understand the different fire tests and where they fit into the requirements of the NCC


Weathertex CPD Addressing Condensation & Mould In Stud Wall Construction

Addressing Condensation & Mould in stud wall construction
1 formal point
1 hour

Weathertex
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • History - factors contributing to increased condensation

  • Mould - risks and possible damage

  • Condensation & Vapour - the science

  • Solutions - addressing the issue

  • R-values - clarifying the facts

Colour Psychology Workshops
3 FORMAL points
3 hours
$150pp
WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Zena O'Connor, PhD (Design Research Associates)
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Examine the diverse origins of colour psychology ideas and beliefs, and understand the links between colour beliefs, colour connotations and responses to colour; 

  • Identify and understand the range of factors that influence the interface between colour and human response;

  • Explore the impact of a range of personality traits and patterns of similarity and difference in responses to colour;

  • Examine and apply the ways in which evidence-based colour psychology insight can be applied in design and the built environment.

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 2. Pre-Design, 3. Conceptual Design 4. Schematic Design
Performance Criteria: 2.6, 3.1, 4.1

Bluescope Colorbond CPD Coolmax Steel-Cool Roof Energy Savings

COLORBOND® Coolmax® steel – Cool Roof Energy Savings
2 formal points
1 hour

BlueScope
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Gain an understanding of solar reflectance, solar absoptance, Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) and BlueScope's COLORBOND(R) Coolmax(R) steel.

  • Gain an understanding of the current trends towards energy efficient buildings.

  • Understand the number of ways to measure cool roofs and how conventional building modelling energy software may underestimate cool roof savings.

  • Understand the outcomes of BlueScope's case studies


Brickworks CPD How to Build The Impossible

how to build the impossible
1 formal point
1 hour

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Understand how the façade at UTS was designed and constructed

  • Overcome the design limitations with the development of unique bricks

  • Design details for brick restraint systems

  • Describe the design development, engineering, fabrication of the UTS façade

  • Installation and construction on site of highly detailed brickwork

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design
Performance Criteria: 3.7, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.5

Brickworks CPD Designing and detailing

Brickwork Design and Detailing
1 formal point
1 hour

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Understand the requirements of the BCA and Australian Standards

  • How to design brickwork to comply with the BCA

  • Good detailing practices

  • Understand fire and acoustic properties

  • Brickwork design

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design
Performance Criteria: 3.4, 3.7, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 5.3, 5.5

Brickworks CPD Creating the Canopy

CREATING THE CANOPY
1 FORMAL POINT
1 HOUR

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Understand the different types of roofing materials, acoustics, thermal performance, warranties

  • Learn how terracotta and concrete roof tiles are produced

  • Differences between different roof tile design profiles, roof design considerations

  • How roof tiles are installed, sarking, insulation and ventilation

  • Designing for climate, thermal and acoustic properties

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design
Performance Criteria: 3.7, 4.1, 4.6, 4.7, 5.5


Brickworks CPD Understanding Solar

understanding solar
2 Formal Points
1 hour

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session;

  • Understand how to harness solar energy using battery and inverter technology

  • Learn how to measure solar efficiency

  • Recognise the components of a solar module

  • See how to install solar tiles and solar panel systems

  • Determine the solar requirements for houses in different Australian cities

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design
Performance Criteria: 3.7, 4.1, 4.6, 4.7, 5.5

Brickworks CPD Designing in Precast

designing in precast
2 formal points
1 hour

Brickworks
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Precast Applications and Advantages

  • Understanding Materials, Thermal and Acoustic Properties

  • Design Considerations of Precast Elements

  • Precast Products and Processes

  • Connections and Fixing

NSCA Unit: Design, Documentation
Element: 3. Conceptual Design, 4. Schematic Design, 5. Detailed Design.
Performance Criteria: 3.7, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.5

Colour fundamentals Workshops
3 FORMAL Points
3 hours
$150pp
WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2010

Zena O'Connor, PhD (Design Research Associates)
The modules covered in this CPD session:

  • Examine and identify colour attributes, categories of colour and basic colour theory constructs including primary colour, secondary colour and tertiary colour; 

  • Explore and experiment with four colour application strategies common in design and the built environment: Monochromatic colour, monotone, analogous colour and seven types of contrasting colour; 

  • Build a resource that collates and illustrates colour attributes, key colour constructs, theories of contrast and four colour application strategies relevant to design and the built environment. 

NSCA Unit: Design
Element: 2. Pre-Design, 3. Conceptual Design
Performance Criteria: 2.6, 3.1