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CPD – Expanded Practice.

Diversity in Architectural Practice.

Interested in diversifying your practice away from the standard model of architecture?

Hear about the journeys of architects who have taken their skills and knowledge as an architect and applied them to other fields and learn about what they found they had to offer that field.

How did their training in architecture help them along their path.  What benefit did they contribute to business and community outside of their traditional roles?

We invite you to listen, learn, and engage with architectural professionals who have pivoted to other sectors, leveraging their training and experience to succeed in alternative careers.

Why. I only want to design buildings….

We all know the daily grind of architecture is real. This session aims to be an uplifting reminder of the many and varied skills we all possess as a profession and be inspired by others utilising those skills to succeed, not only in practice but in other avenues too. Be inspired by their stories.


DAVID BRAND Architect at OOF! Architecture and former Councillor for Port Phillip
David will talk about his lived experience about the skills architects can bring to the realm of public policy, advocacy and committees.

NIC GRANLEESE Architect and Director at Bowerbird
Nic will discuss how and why he steered his professional skills into advocating for the industry through marketing.

DEAN BAIRD Director at IN-TERIA Architecture
Dean will talk about his journey into specialising into joinery and keeping his architectural work vibrant with that connection.

Director at And Architecture, Architect at Sunshine Coast Council and Board Director of the Australian Institute of Architects

Lisa will discuss how her experiences as a practicing Architect, teacher, committee member and board director has strengthened her engagement with design governance and the built environment and her passion for advocacy in this area.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acknowledge the broader role architects can have in the construction industry
  • Recognise the skills and experience architects have is a valuable commodity
  • Inspire members to leverage their knowledge.

AACA competencies (2021-NSCA)


  • PC 15 – Copyright and Moral Rights
  • PC 16 - Risk Management
  • PC 34 Communication with Stakeholders

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