Practice of Architecture Masterclass - Day 2

Practice of Architecture Masterclass - Day 2

Practice of Architecture Masterclass - Day 2

Wednesday 29 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

2 Formal CPD Points



Session 1: Demystifying Performance Based Design Solutions and NCC Section J
The presentation will unpack the writing of performance solutions for ESD and provide an introduction into how architects can and should engage in the field. Looking from the perspective of the ESD consultant and the building surveyor we will discuss where and how architects can have influence to get the best outcomes for the project.

Session 2: Case Study: Learning from LaCrosse
A talk by Lachlan Ingram, Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, Melbourne will address the legal implications for architects coming out of the Lacrosse judgement and the legacy of its use in Australia.



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

Session 1: Demystifying Performance Based Design Solutions and NCC Section J
4. Design: Schematic Design
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

5. Documentation: Detailed Design
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.

6. Documentation: Documentation
6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists and suppliers.

Session 2: Case Study: Learning from LaCrosse
5. Documentation: Detailed Design
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.
5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.

7. Project Delivery: Procurement
7.4 Selection of procurement method
incorporates assessment of the impact on
selection, contracting and scope of work of
consultants and specialist service providers.

9. Practice Management
9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory
requirements and obligations in regard to
architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.

Learning Outcomes 

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

Understand new requirements for NCC performance solutions from 1 July 2021
Be clear on how performance solutions are demonstrated through a Performance-Based Design Brief (PBDB) and implications on delivery and program
Explain the roles and responsibilities for delivering a performance-based design solution
State the pathways to achieving performance-based design solution for NCC 2019 Section J energy efficiency
Identify opportunities for architects to take pro-active leadership in delivering enhanced design outcomes and smoother compliance processes
Understand the benefits, challenges, and potential pitfalls of the PBDB process

Review the key points from the Lacrosse judgement as they affect the architect’s role.
Summarise the national and global issues particularly around PII and the extent of Class Actions against suppliers, builders and consultants.
Review the range of other non-complying defects coming under scrutiny.
Understand the procurement method and how to manage.
Explain the steps to implement more effective control by architects.


Enzo Palermo

Commercial Development & Building Code Consultant, Hendry

With over 15 years’ experience in both public & private sector, Enzo is a respected built-environment professional, passionate about empowering stakeholders with knowledge to develop & maintain safe assets.  Lending his expertise to key state & local initiatives, such as the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, Better Approvals Program & Occupancy Report Program, where he was responsible for the identification, inspection and consulting on key safety & compliance parameters, Enzo is leading the next generation of building surveyors to instill & uphold best practice.
Never shying away from complex conversations, Enzo aims to break down long standing barriers and correct misconceptions between building & construction stakeholders to drive a more connected industry, with the common goal of creating better buildings for the community.




David Ritter

Director, Atelier Ten

Leader of Atelier Ten’s Melbourne office, David has over 20 years of experience in delivering cutting-edge ESD solutions. An accomplished environmental engineer and sustainability consultant, he has led ESD analysis and consultancy on major projects around the world. 

David has a keen interest in high-performance building fabric solutions and has an overview of the wider global trends driving enhanced ESD compliance requirements. As well as his experience in the UK, he has previously been responsible for the knowledge transfer of Passive House design and delivery skills into the Chinese residential market and is currently working on the delivery of Passive House compliant projects here in Melbourne.

He is a natural collaborator and innovator who is passionate about creating a zero-carbon future through intelligent environmental design, not just compliance focused solutions.



Priya Gandhi

Associate, Atelier Ten

Priya Gandhi is a passionate sustainability advocate driven by the desire to create a built environment that makes a positive impact on the natural environment.  She is an expert building analyst with over a decade of experience in the US and Australia. Priya is an Associate in Atelier Ten’s Melbourne office and leads the energy modelling and building performance tools practice, and is currently training as a NABERS Assessor.  She believes that knowledge-sharing is key to the industry’s success.  She is currently Vice President of IBPSA Australasia, an organisation devoted to using simulation to improve the built environment, she volunteers with Engineers Declare to support a low carbon future, and regularly guest lectures for architecture, sustainability, and engineering university courses.


Lachlan Ingram

Holding Redlich

Lachlan is a Special Counsel in the Construction and Infrastructure Group at national law firm Holding Redlich. An experienced commercial lawyer, Lachlan specialises in construction law with a particular focus on litigation and dispute resolution.
Lachlan acts for all categories of building professionals, contractors and owners in disputes ranging from domestic building disputes to the arbitration of multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects. 

Lachlan’s experience includes:
acting in a team on behalf of an international JV head contractor in dispute with its principal, in a significant international arbitration relating to construction of an LNG plant off the coast of Western Australia
acting in a team in a significant domestic arbitration on behalf of the owner and operator of an electricity interconnector regarding its construction and operation
regularly acting for architects, draftspersons, building surveyors and engineers in building disputes in negligence, contractual and ACL claims in VCAT
acting for Owners Corporations in building disputes in VCAT, particularly in relation to water ingress and fire safety issues
regularly acting for local councils and water authorities in property damage, negligence and Water Act claims in the Supreme Court, County Court and VCAT.

Lachlan also has significant commercial litigation experience acting for parties in general contractual, property, leasing, and franchising disputes in all Victorian and key Federal jurisdictions.


Michael Adams FRAIA

Michael Adams is an accomplished executive level architect having worked within major national architectural practices at a leadership level for over 40 years.  
Experienced and skilled in defining and implementing project management techniques in the delivery of multidisciplinary design documentation for major complex capital works.
Michael has an established track record in the roles of Project Director, Design Manager/Principal Consultant and Leader of Multi-Disciplinary Design teams for major complex private, public, and institutional capital works bringing a mature, energetic, hands-on, and assured approach to project delivery from inception to completion.

As a member of the AIA Education Committee (Vic Chapter) Michael has been following and commenting on the significant impending Construction sector reforms foreshadowed in the 2018 Building Confidence Report. The Report has recommended significant changes to the education, training, and registration of all building design practitioners. Michael is currently preparing a response to the Victorian Government’s consultation document, Framework For Reform – Modernising Victoria’s Building System.



Non-Members $149
Members $99
SONA Members $39