Heritage HIIT Series

Heritage HIIT Series

Heritage HIIT Series: Bootcamp CPD for non-heritage architects

4 Part Series of webinar events offering a total of 8 Formal CPD points

Welcome to the Australian Institute of Architects four-session Heritage HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Series. Each session in this Heritage Bootcamp comprises a two-hour (2 formal CPD-point) live presentation, an the full series provides a total of 8 formal CPD points. Each 2 formal CPD-point session can be purchased individually.

We are also currently offering the complete Heritage HIIT Series as a single bundle. Available now to purchase at a discounted rate, this bundle includes access to all four Heritage HIIT sessions amounting to eight hours of expert presentation content, equivalent to 8 formal CPD points.

Follow the links below to secure your enrolment:

Heritage HIIT Series: Complete Bundle Offer

Heritage HIIT 01: Why protect Australia's cultural heritage?
Heritage HIIT 02: Assessing and managing significance
Heritage HIIT 03: Conservation in action - traditional materials and trades
Heritage HIIT 04: Showcasing heritage - design case studies



This four-part intensive program of standalone seminars has been developed to give non-heritage architects key skills and knowledge for navigating the statutory and philosophical frameworks relating to heritage throughout Australia. 

Covering federal, state and local government considerations, the series explores assessment, analysis, design and delivery of works through practical case studies to help you identify and manage heritage issues and opportunities more effectively in your own practice. 

  • Refresh and expand your knowledge of heritage frameworks
  • Understand practical requirements and processes for working on a heritage building or site 
  • Gain critical awareness of conservation work and practice 
  • Understand how and when to seek what expert advice 

To learn more, click the individual session links below.

Session 1 - Why protect Australia’s cultural heritage?

 Thursday 18 Aug | 10am-12pm AEST

Missed this session? Not a problem!

We have recorded this event and it is available to view on demand as a part of your Heritage HIIT Series bundle purchase.

In this session, award winning conservation architect, urban designer and author Elizabeth Vines explores heritage conservation frameworks in an Australian and international context, providing an overview of key tools, standards, targets and the ethics and attitudes underpinning them. Following this, Yugumbir man and principal architect for the Government Architect NSW Dillon Kombumerri presents illuminating knowledge and perspectives for reading and respecting Indigenous cultural heritage, helping to build attendees’ First Nations cultural literacy in line with new NSCA performance criteria.

Session 2 - Assessing and Managing Significance

Thursday 25 Aug | 12:00 – 2:00pm AEST

Missed this session? Not a problem!

We have recorded this event and it is available to view on demand as a part of your Heritage HIIT Series bundle purchase.

Our second Heritage HIIT session, welcomes architect and senior heritage consultant Suzanne Zahra. Suzanne will walk attendees through the what, when and how to of Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Assessment/Statement of Heritage Effects, and the appeal process. Attendees will then move into their nominated break out group for expert-led discussions focusing on the legislative, regulatory and policy landscapes specific to state/territory jurisdictions.

Session 3 - Conservation in Action: Traditional Materials and Trades

Thursday 8 Sep | 12:00 – 2:00pm AEST

Missed this session? Not a problem!

We have recorded this event and it is available to view on demand as a part of your Heritage HIIT Series bundle purchase.

In this third of our Heritage HIIT Sessions, we will examine the stuff of conservation - traditional materials and trades. We will explore a number of exemplar projects highlighting particular materials used and processes engaged to achieve the required conservation outcome. Our expert presenters will breakdown the essentials of research and analysis. How to identify a structure's style and period, correct photographic and other documentation processes, when to revers unsympathetic elements, and ways to define the threshold for deferring to a heritage or other specialist expert are all explored through a set of fascinating and significant project examples.

Session 4 - Showcasing Heritage: design case studies

Thursday 15 Sep | 12:00 – 2:00pm AEST

This final seminar in our current Heritage HIIT Series takes the opportunity to look at a set of case studies from across Australia to demonstrate how real world adaptive reuse projects have addressed sustainability, equity of access, fire code compliance and seismic considerations. It will also explore key policy and design principles for approaching new development in heritage conservation areas.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this 4 part series participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the practical requirements and processes associated with the responsibility of working on a heritage building or site
  • Actively demonstrate critical awareness and knowledge of conservation work and practice
  • Provide a developed insight and judgement as to how, when and what expert advice and assistance is required and should be coordinated on a project

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

Our Heritage HIIT Series will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

1.2 Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives.
1.6 Selection and presentation to clients and relevant stakeholders of procurement method for the project.

2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.
2.2 Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site.
2.3 Evaluation of factors influencing and impacting on project cost.

3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues. 
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.
3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief.

4.1 Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements.
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design.
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.

5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.
5.4 Integration of structural and construction systems in resolved project design.
5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists and suppliers.
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.

6.6 Identification and description within the project documentation of the type and scope of separate project trades and sub-contractors as required.
6.7 Establishment of quality assurance systems to ensure consistency and completeness of project documentation in accordance with the requirement for the project brief, project timeframe and project budget.
6.8 Project documentation is in accordance with, and appropriate to, the project contract and project procurement procedure.

8.1 Selection process for appropriately qualified contractors is in accordance with procurement method and project contract
8.2 Recommendation regarding contractor selection and specifics of project contract are made to the client for their approval.
8.4 Construction progress and quality is systematically reviewed and monitored as required under the contract provisions.
8.6 Monitoring project requirements and objectives as described in project documents are met.

9.5 Knowledge of the legal and ethical obligations relating to copyright and intellectual property requirements.


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

Our Heritage HIIT Series will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Comply with the regulatory requirements and obligations pertaining to practice as an architect, including legislation, professional codes of conduct, obligations for continuing professional development and professional indemnity insurance.
PC3 Apply principles of project planning, considering implications for Country, environmental sustainability, communities, stakeholders and project costs.
PC8 Be able to implement culturally responsive and meaningful engagement processes that respect the importance of Country and reciprocal relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across architectural services.
PC12 Provide independent, culturally responsive and objective advice in accordance with relevant building codes, standards, technical specifications and guidelines, and planning regulations, including climate change implications, across all aspects of architectural practice.
PC15 Comply with legal and ethical obligations relating to legislated requirements in relation to copyright, moral rights, authorship of cultural knowledge and intellectual property requirements across architectural services.

Have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ aspirations to care for Country and how these inform architectural design.
PC19 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.
PC25 Be able to draw on knowledge from the history and theory of architecture as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design.
PC26 Be able to undertake site, cultural and contextual analysis as part of preliminary design research.
PC27 Understand how to embed the knowledge, worldviews and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, shared through engagement processes, into the conceptual design in a meaningful, respectful and appropriate way.
PC28 Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.
PC29 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.
PC32 Be able to apply planning principles and statutory planning requirements to the site and conceptual design of the project.


Be able to integrate the material selection, structural and construction systems established in the conceptual design into the detailed design and documentation.
PC41 Be able to coordinate and integrate input from specialists and consultants into the detailed design and documentation.
PC42 Be able to prepare planning applications that comply with planning regulations.
PC43 Be able to collaborate with nominated contractors early in the documentation process to identify key construction methodology opportunities and constraints.
Understand the roles and types of relevant consultants and suppliers as well as
applicable construction terminology. Maintain effective and clear communication in the coordination of relevant consultants, manufacturers and suppliers as required under the terms of engagement.
PC 45
 Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.
PC46 Be able to produce project documentation that meets the requirements of the contract and procurement process and complies with regulatory controls, building standards and codes, and conditions of construction and planning approvals.

Be able to continue engagement with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout all stages of the project and its delivery in a meaningful, respectful and appropriate way.
PC51 Be able to provide advice to clients and lead (or contribute to) the process of selecting a qualified contractor in accordance with the agreed procurement method and construction contract.
PC53 Be able to provide advice to clients on the impact of a selected procurement method on cost, time, life cycle implications and quality control during the construction phase.
PC54 Be able to monitor construction progress and quality as required under the provisions of the construction contract, which may include site visits.


Non Members $530
Members $350 
Graduate Members $250
SONA Members $70                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

What Do I Do Next?

1. Remember this is a live webinar series. Be sure to mark each event in your calendar and ensure your attendance 2.     You will receive an automated registration email upon purchase. Follow the link in this email to take you to the course material on our online CPD platform.
3. You may have to click the green "log in via members site"  button to log into the online CPD platform. (Please do not input your credentials into the CPD site. Instead, to log in hit the “log in via members site” green button). You may be redirected to our members portal to log in with your credentials there.
4. Accept the T&Cs if it is your first time on the online platform, and hit “my dashboard” to find your purchased course.
5. Undertake your course at your own pace.
6. Once you have completed all the course material, you will be prompted to complete your assessment and feedback, after which your formal CPD certificate will be made available.