2Formal points
Design Delivery and Construction Phase Services
Detailed Design and Construction Documentation
Practice Management and Professional Conduct
Project Initiation and Conceptual Design

CPD – ArchiTeam 2021 Conference – Practice Futures – Part 2/4

2Formal points
Design Delivery and Construction Phase Services, Detailed Design and Construction Documentation, Practice Management and Professional Conduct, Project Initiation and Conceptual Design


It was not that long ago that professions were considered a constant. Yet in the age of rapid disruption, it has never been more important for architectural practice to adapt and evolve.

  • What are the trajectories of architectural practice that will enable us to imagine, design and deliver the future built environments?
  • With the COVID 19 crisis, the Australian Architecture profession performed a rapid transition to working from home. This emergency measure proved the value of flexible practices. However, it was also a challenge for architects to design and collaborate remotely and left many leaders wondering how to best look after their team.

As we recover from this crisis the question remains as to how we should practice, with whom should we be looking to collaborate and what are the new protocols that we should be working towards.



  • Keynote – Simone Bliss

Landscape architect Simone Bliss, is the founder and creative director of Melbourne + Launceston based SBLA studio, a design studio focused on civic projects, multi-residential housing and design with play. SBLA Studio were recently awarded the National AILA Award for Nightingale 2.0 and System Garden Boardwalk at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus. Their projects aim to create curiosity and delight whilst focusing on ways to insert the Australian Landscape into Australia’s ever expanding cities.

After having her first child, Simone began to question the traditional rules of the workplace. Through SBLA Simone continues to test an alternative model of practice. The team work flexibly, are all part time to allow for life and work to blur rather than being seen as a balancing act. They work together as peers in the core design team or as project collaborators.  SBLA aims to provide a workplace that encourages staff to feel both empowered and nurtured.

Simone teaches at the University of Melbourne and is part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s mentoring program.


  • Panellist – Matthew Alfred

Matthew Alfred is a Graduate of Architecture working with ARM Architecture’s Adelaide Office. Through work both in Australia and abroad, Matthew has explored the future of architectural practice and the greater role of the architect within society.

In 2020 Matthew was awarded the Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter, to study Radical Practice. An international scholarship to study the ways that architecture practices around the world are evolving the role of the architect, diversifying the practice and helping to protect it against economic volatility.


  • Panellist – Kirsten Day

Dr Kirsten Day is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Previously, she was Course Director of Interior Architecture at Swinburne University of Technology. She is involved with programs researching health, wellness, and design for differing abilities.

Kirsten is a registered Architect and director of Norman Day + Associates Architects with over 20 years experience working in the profession. Her publications, workshops, and studios explore themes of future scenarios and the impact of change on the architectural profession and the human condition.


  • Panellist – Ben Shields

Ben Shields leads DREAMER and is an architect fascinated by our relationship to the environments we inhabit and why we experience them differently. He has been awarded and exhibited design work internationally including the RIBA Silver Medal and KRob Architecture Competition.

Locally he has led and contributed to projects that have been awarded at the State and National Architecture Awards, IDEA Awards, Interior Design Awards and Archieam Awards.

Ben is a current member of the Australian Institute of Architects National Committee For Gender Equity




Practice Management – the holistic understanding and organisation of the business and profession of architecture in relation to delivering projects. It involves the knowledge and execution of the processes involved in providing architectural services; the knowledge and implementation of appropriate systems to establish and maintain an architectural practice; and the knowledge and enactment of the broad range of ethical and legal obligations required of a Professional Practitioner.

Project Management/Delivery – the proficient, timely and cost-effective completion of an architectural project through all design and construction phases. Project Delivery must take into account the range of contractual obligations carried by architects, clients, consultants and contractors. Project Delivery involves the evaluation and implementation of procurement systems as well as appropriate contractual administration systems. The establishment and operation of project teams as well as formalising of project agreements (such as with client, team/s and contractor) is critical to competent project delivery. 

Documentation – the process of resolving, detailing and communicating an architectural project through all project stages. The modes of documentation include modelling, drawings, specifications and schedules that can be used in the construction, contract management and handover of the project. Documentation material must be consistent with design objectives and budgetary constraints, and must conform to relevant codes and industry standards. Where supplied by consultants, documentation compliance must be verified.

Design – an activity involving iterative explorations and appraisals of a range of ideas and concepts, leading towards the development of coherent proposals for a project. The design process extends from the evaluation of project viability to the conceptual and schematic resolution of a project in response to client, user and public requirements. The design process for a project is informed by appropriate social and environmental considerations of the architect.

(Ref: http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/about/units-of-competency)


+ Gain an overview of a number of alternative ways of business for small and medium sized architecture practices
+Learn about ways of running your practice more efficiently and flexibly during uncertain times
+Gain insight in work life balance, working remotely and utilising others in your business
+ Learn from business and marketing professionals on how to build a more resilient and sustainable practice


POINTS: 2 Formal CPD points