Joint Ventures and Collaborative Practice

Joint Ventures and Collaborative Practice

Joint Ventures and Collaborative Practice

2 Formal CPD Points, 2 hour session
Available on demand  

Image: Yatala Sketches by Paul Gillett | Grieve Gillett Andersen  


Joint ventures and other collaborations between practices enable the profession to respond flexibly to projects.  They can allow access to specialist expertise and enable resource sharing in response to fluctuating work loads. This seminar, held as a workshop in South Australia will explore the structures for collaborative practice and consider the details that need to be resolved to manage risk and maximise benefit. 



Cos is an Economics graduate and a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB). He is also a Member of the Australian Insurance Law Association and has over 30 years of insurance experience. He is currently the National Business Manager of Planned Cover and Manager of the company’s SA/TAS client base and has been specialising in the provision of Professional Indemnity/Liability Insurance and Risk/Claims Management advice to Construction professionals for over 25 years.



Having been thrown in the deep end at Floreani Coates and Co within 6 months of graduating from law school in 1991, Sean was forced to swim or risk drowning. Thankfully he managed to service the needs of 50 clients from day 1 and successfully develop a skill set in the general practice that was owned and operated by Bob Floreani and Michael Coates, both at Goodwood and Port Lincoln. In 2001 Sean created FRS Legal, which has since merged, reformed and grown as FBR Law. He has developed a unique skill set in the property, development and construction sector and since 2008 has been recognised as “property lawyer of the year”, and as ‘pre-eminent’ in the SA legal profession (Building and Construction).



Trained in Architecture at the University of Adelaide, Sarah has been a director in her own Architecture and Interior Design practice since 1993.  Her main area of expertise is in Secure Facility Architecture, undertaking over 100 projects in secure facilities in South Australia. In 2010 she undertook a worldwide tour of Women’s Secure Facilities in her role as the Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholar, focusing on residential parenting programs. She is currently working as a consultant to the South Australian Department for Correctional Services as a design advisor on their major redevelopment programs at the Yatala Labour Prison and Adelaide Women’s Prison. She is a member of the Stronger Foundations and Clear Pathways Women’s Ministerial Work Group.



Paul studied architecture at Adelaide University, graduating in 1983. For the next 10 years, Paul worked and travelled extensively overseas in Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East, Central and South America including working in Sydney, London, Brisbane and regional Queensland. On his return to Adelaide in 1993, Paul joined Steve Grieve Architects. Grieve Gillett was formed in 2000, becoming Grieve Gillett Andersen in 2015. Paul believes in the creative, collaborative and collegiate nature of architecture and architectural practice. As with all great human endeavours, architecture requires collective and integrated input from clients, consultants, contractors and community. Architecture is a creative, functional but complex art form and Paul believes that it is the art married with the technical complexity and the necessary collaboration that makes the struggle so rewarding and so worthwhile.


At the end of this session participants should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the different possible structures for joint ventures and collaborative practice
2. Be able to identify the most appropriate joint venture or collaborative practice structure for a project
3. Demonstrate awareness of different practical and legal considerations for collaborative practice


This presentation is equivalent to 2 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Selection of procurement method incorporates assessment of the impact on contractual arrangements between all project stakeholders.   
Selection of procurement method incorporates assessment of the impact on selection, contracting and scope of work of consultants and specialist service providers.
7.6 Knowledge and application of all administration and principles for the selected procurement method and associated contracts.


This presentation is equivalent to 2 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct
PC 5  
Be able to apply essential elements of a client architect agreement across the range of procurement methods in relation to their appropriateness to the scale and type of the project, including alternatives for partial services and the engagement of secondary and sub-consultants.


Member: $98
Non-Member: $148
Graduate member: $58
Student: $18 

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