Place Agency Podcast

Place Agency Podcast

Place Agency Podcast

1.5 Formal CPD Points
Available On Demand



The way we design and organize our living environments can fundamentally impact our social connections, and quality of life including our physical and mental health.
Place Agency presents a series of conversations with six prominent architectural practitioners and academics in Australia and the UK, considering the intersection between design, social value and the power of social connection, highlighting the importance of our agency in this through the process of design and its outcomes for the built environment.

This program comprises three episodes totalling 1.5 hours in length, plus an assessment component, and attracts 1.5 formal CPD points. These episodes also form part of a larger nine-episode podcast series. To listen to the full series head over to:

Relevant Acumen Note: Supporting Social Benefit through the Design Process


This presentation is equivalent to 1.5 hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

    2015 Competencies:

    Design: Project briefing

    1.2 Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives.

    Design: Pre-Design
    2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.

    Design: Conceptual Design
    3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose.
    3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.

    Design: Schematic Design
    4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental, and cultural contexts.

    Practice Management
    9.8 Clear and consistent communication with client and relevant stakeholders throughout project.

    2021 Competencies:

    Practice Management and Professional Conduct:

    PC 7 Apply and follow processes for clear and consistent communication with clients and relevant stakeholders throughout the project, including obtaining approvals from clients and stakeholders. 

    Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:
    PC 19 Be able to identify, analyse and evaluate client project requirements and objectives using qualitative and quantitative methods and, where required by the terms of engagement, to assist cost estimators in determining project feasibility/viability. 
    PC 24 Be able to prepare and analyse project development options in response to a project brief – its objectives, budget, user intent and built purpose, risk and timeframes, including environmental sustainability considerations. 
    PC 26 Be able to undertake site, cultural and contextual analysis as part of preliminary design research. 
    PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements. 
    PC 30 Be able to explore options for siting a project, including integrating information and analysis of relevant cultural, social and economic factors. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the relationships of both the design process and design outcomes to the agency of the end user. Actively considering design in both its senses as a verb and a noun is key to meaningfully engage with clients throughout a project’s delivery.
  2. Explain the ways in which the concept of hard and soft infrastructure is helpful for any project where socially purposeful outcomes are prioritised, in particular around the adaptation of design for complex needs, and the ability for design to accommodate changes in need.
  3. Consider the example of recent strides made in the United Kingdom to set frameworks for measuring, demonstrating, and expressing wellbeing outcomes and social return on investment, particularly when engaging in public policy and procurement processes.
  4. Understand the ways in which the longevity of a building is enhanced when designed with consideration for socially and culturally purposeful and meaningful outcomes.
  5. Review your own post-occupancy evaluation protocols, considering opportunities to use this part of the design process to capture and quantify how your work has successfully brought about social integration and improved wellbeing for the client.