WA Regional Architecture Symposium

WA Regional Architecture Symposium


*  This event has now sold out.  To be added to the event waitlist, please email michael.linke@architecture.com.au 

15 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2023
Caves House, Yallingup
Download the program (pdf 7mb)

Offering a range of inspirational speakers including keynote addresses from 2023 RAIA Gold Medallist Kerstin Thompson and also featuring 2014 Institute Gold Medallist Adrian Welke, our inaugural Regional Symposium is an event not to be missed.  

*  11 inspirational speakers, including two keynote presentations from Institute Gold Medallists
*  Morning tea, lunch and a lavish symposium dinner included on day 1
*  Two architectural and cultural tour walks on day 2
*  Join with 120 architects from across WA and interstate

The symposium also offers you a front row seat to presenters from across both regional and metropolitan Western Australia, enhancing your connections and leaving you inspired.  This symposium provides the opportunity for in person networking, allowing all members from across WA and throughout Australia to come together to connect in a beautiful regional setting.

With additional social events and opportunities to network with your peers from across the built environment, the Symposium offers site tours to Witchcliffe Eco Village and Cultural Heritage tours, exploring co-designing our communities in meaningful ways.  Morning tea, lunch and a lavish symposium dinner will be provided on the Friday evening, together with a lunch on the Saturday for those joining the tours.

The Symposium will be held at the Heritage listed Caves House in Yallingup, just a three-hour drive from Perth.  Surrounded by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with spectacular views out to the Indian Ocean, it’s easy to see why Australian Traveller magazine’s 100 Best Towns in Australia places Yallingup in the top spot.

We look forward to welcoming all our WA members, so bring the family and enjoy a weekend in the award-winning Margaret River wine region – we look forward to seeing you there!

Symposium Speakers & Program

Keynote Speakers

Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Victoria
2023 Institute Gold Medal Winner

Adrian Welke, Troppo Architects, Perth
2014 Institute Gold Medal Winner

Symposium Program

Download the program (pdf 7mb)


Sessions moderated by Dr Lara Mackintosh, the University of Notre Dame Australia

  1. Designing for Engagement
    Julian Bolleter, Australian Urban Design Research Centre
    Kieran Wong, Fulcrum Agency
    Jeff Thierfelder, Witchcliffe Eco Village

  2. Designing for Place 
    Jennie Officer, Officer Woods Architects
    Dimmity Walker, Space Agency
    Pat Kosky, Kerry Hill Architects

  3. Designing for Community - Keynote addresses
    Kerstin Thompson, Kerstin Thompson Architects, 2023 Institute Gold Medal Winner
    Adrian Welke, Troppo Architects, 2014 Institute Gold Medal Winner

  4. Designing for Regional Practice
    Marcus Browne, MBa.
    Sue Thomas, Engawa


Architectural Cultural Heritage Tour

Led by Wayne and Zac Webb

Tour of Witchcliffe Eco Village
Led by Jeff Thierfelder


Members: $349
SONA: $299
Non-members: $449

Principal Event Partner

Regional Symposium Session Sponsors     


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Proudly hosted in the City of Busselton area – events capital of WA.

Yallingup Accommodation

Smiths Beach Resort
Experience the ultimate beachside escape at Smiths Beach Resort.

Wildwood Valley
Wildwood Valley is the ultimate place to rest and relax: enjoy magnificent ocean views, clean and comfortable accommodation in a quiet bush setting. 

Cape Lodge
Cape Lodge has 22 rooms, Vineyard 4 Bedroom Residence, Swimming and Tennis Court sitting on 40 acres of parkland, gardens and vineyards.

Seashells Yallingup
Set in beautiful extensive gardens by Yallingup Beach, the property is adjacent to the beautifully-restored, heritage-listed Caves House. 

Yallingup Villas
Designed and crafted with the vision of true escape, our villas reflect a fusion of contemporary and minimalist influences, providing the perfect environment for your indulgent getaway.

Yallingup Forest Resort
Enjoy spacious, secluded and eco-friendly chalet accommodation in this beautiful, serene part of WA.

A wide range of additional accommodation can also be found in Busselton, just a 30 minute drive from the symposium venue.  Click this link to explore accommodation options here.

Refunds & cancellations

If you are unable to attend this event, please contact the WA Chapter immediately on 6324 3100.  Refer to our terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event you are agreeing to these terms.

Image: Witchcliffe Ecovillage supplied by Sustainable Settlements Pty Ltd for the Witchcliffe Ecovillage