10-12 May 2022

Speaker Series

DesignBUILD’s carefully created Speaker Series addressed the big picture issues impacting the industry and challenging the working lives of architecture, building, construction and design professionals.

Tuesday 14 May 2019

DESIGN Theatre

The Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute of Australia (KBDi) has a diverse assemblage of Members across Australia – all with a passion for the niche areas of kitchen and bathroom design. They’ve gathered a group of their finest for this session, where each will share how their varied backgrounds have lead them to their current careers and the many applications of design skills.

Experts in architecture and planning discuss the possibility of three CBDs in Sydney, planning challenges in Australia, the existing and future transport network and the need to balance social and economic opportunity. Architects and urban planners both play a role in achieving good design and the talk will see how a successful ‘big Australia’ can be achieved. Presented by Communications Collective.

Research suggests that people prefer to work in an office, for the benefits of interaction with colleagues, access to tools/tech, while having flexibility for work/life balance. Here we look at the future of corporate real estate against the backdrop of technology, converging disciplines and changing human demographics where collegiate cohesion can be the engine room for organisational success.

This presentation will provide you with an introduction to Autodesk’s BIM 360 portfolio, with a specific focus on BIM 360 Design for BIM Cloud Working. You will learn about basic project set up, Cloud Document Management, Collaborating with internal and External consultant teams.

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Is this the biggest challenge when you employ an architect? ‘Yes’ is the correct answer. But as a purchaser or procurer of architectural services, you can crack the nut through a procurement approach designed to find the right architect for your project and constructed so that your needs are clearly communicated to the architect’s design team.

Good results come from good procurement, but a misplaced procurement approach that misses the market will cost you time, money, frustration, and get you a result you might not want. This talk will help you think through your procurement approach so that the architect knows what you want and is the right one to deliver it.

Non-conforming products entering the Australian market has resulted in costly failures and increased risk to life. Builders and designers alike are challenged to select products that meet regulations and the construction specification, and are fit for purpose. In the main, this means that they should conform with the National Construction Code and Australian Standards.

In this seminar, learn more about assessing products before selecting them for projects and NATSPEC’s National Construction Product Register (NCPR).

Modern Slavery Acts are now in place at both the state (NSW) and Federal level in Australia, after many years of discussion and debate. This session will provide an overview of the legislation, and the implications for the design and construction industries. The discussion will cover both corporate and project-level responses, and help attendees understand how they can prepare help ensure that their organisations and projects comply with the regulations.

There will be brief presentations on different aspects of the changes will be followed by a panel discussion. Francesca Muskovic (Property Council of Australia) will talk about what clients will need from their supply chains, and the PCA’s planned pre-qualification platform for suppliers. Joe Karten (Built) will talk about how the legislation will impact construction projects and what contractors will need from clients, designers and suppliers. Jacqui Wagar (Stylecraft) will talk about what they’re hearing from the market and what, as a supplier, they’re doing to prepare for the arrival of the legislation

Proptech is a collective term used to define startups offering technologically innovative products or new business models for the real estate markets. In the US, proptech investment has gone from $20m in 2011 up to $5b in 2017 and it's still growing. In this session, we look at how PropTech and BuildTech are going to disrupt property, real estate and building in Australia.

Wednesday 15 May 2019

DESIGN Theatre

The co-author of the Shergold-Weir Report into building regulatory reform discusses the opportunities and challenges ahead for architects, engineers and designers.

You’ve probably heard architects talk about good design, and some councils actively refer to it in planning instruments. Even the EPA Act refers to ‘good design’. But where do you start when you want to think about, plan for and actually get good design?

This talk will introduce a couple of ways of thinking about design that opens it up under a few easily understood categories. This will help clients and users think out what they want and why they want it to get the best result from their asset investments.

The demand for luxury real estate in Australia exceeds the global average. Panellists will unpack why and see if this is a trend set to continue. Looking at design, luxury tourism, property development and the hotel boom in Australia, the talk sees well-known names delve into the topic of the nation’s obsession with luxury. Presented by Communications Collective.

Looking at ingredients in materials, for health and safety of installers, building users and in deinstallation. Human health and human rights considerations in the construction products used for personal and commercial buildings.

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Are our cities smart enough? Exploring the connection between technology, sustainability and building resilience.

What do we need in Australia’s cities and what are the barriers we face to smart, sustainable cities? Exploring the connection between technology, sustainability and building resilience, panellists will discuss Australia’s position as a smart city, countries that are leading the way and what we need in Australia to make the biggest impact. Presented by Communications Collective.

This session will discuss the evolution and challenges of the construction industry and why connecting all stakeholders to project data will transform the construction industry.

The building and construction industry has been asking for regulatory reform for years. There have been several government commissioned reviews but invariably governments do not take up most of the recommendations made. Several high profile building emergencies - including a cladding fire in Melbourne and major defects in a residential tower in Sydney - highlight the need for positive change. Are these emergencies enough to provide the momentum for government to reform building regulation to improve product safety and accountability in the building sector?

In this session, industry experts discuss the recommendations from the Shergold-Weir Report, and how to manage risk and responsibility in the building sector.

Thursday 16 May 2019

DESIGN Theatre


In this session Natalie Sullivan and Simon Gray of Planned Cover will consider the role of a project manager, through an examination of legal and insurance case studies.
Amongst other things, Natalie and Simon will consider:

project management as a ‘profession’;
some of the areas of liability exposure for project managers;
the underwriting risk profile of project managers;
the state of the insurance market for professionals in the construction industry; and
which professionals are viewed by insurers as “low” risk and which are viewed as “high risk”?"

This presentation reviews the basic concepts and trends behind Generative Design, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the light of Architectural Design and Building Information Modeling [BIM]. Although many are still pre-occupied with the futuristic and all – encompassing view of Generative Design, this presentation features some of the current solutions already available in the market. Finally, we will see how the Architectural Design and Construction industry discovers new design workflows and market opportunities with the integration of existing and new technologies.

Learning Outcomes
• General understanding of the concepts and short history
• Understand where technology is now, where is it going
• See the different approaches to Generative Design in Architecture
• See examples of current uses of Generative Design and BIM

For years we have been wiring homes and offices for traditional graphic user interfaces, remote controls and more recently tablet control. With the increasing use of voice control, learn how to design projects so they can support your client's voice control device needs.

Leading architect Koichi Takada works from the philosophy that there is more to architecture than the creation of beautiful forms, and it must involve all of our senses. In this discussion, Koichi will share his views on the importance of naturalising urban areas, for the benefit of the planet and the people who occupy it.

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What to look out for in filling out your contracts and the usual difficulties seen in the Master Builders Legal Department.

Thousands of businesses and their employees are affected by the NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act. How can the Act ensure security of payment for businesses large and small?

Mould and moisture problems in your buildings can be harmful to occupants but devastating to your bottom line. Take what you learn from this session to avoid them on your next project.

Gain a unique insight into how leading firms such as Laing O’Rourke are utilising technological advancements to deliver innovative best practice solutions in the building and construction industry.

Discuss and see examples of work exploring the changes coming to the building profession and to the practice of engineering as a whole. This includes practical examples in robotics / automation, exoskeletons, digital tech, big data, additive manufacturing (3D printing), intelligent infrastructure, augmented reality, advanced materials and biomimicry.

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