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LSAA 2018 Conference and Design Awards "Innovate into the Future"

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University of Technology Sydney

15 Broadway

Peter Johnson Building 06, Guthrie Theatre

Ultimo, NSW 2007


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The LSAA is pleased to be working with the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS in Sydney to bring you this exciting 2018 Conference and Design Awards with the Theme "Innovate into the Future"

In the modern world, progress is fast. Exciting new opportunities and revolutions in buildings lie around every corner. New ideas in design and sustainability will shape us and our buildings as we go into the future.

Over two days in October, Innovate into the Future will explore the expanding frontiers of architecture and engineering in lightweight structures. It will both examine the changing ideas and concepts in the filed over the years, whilst looking forward to what the future holds.

The conference will show off some of the innovations that will lie at the centre of tomorrow’s world. Cutting edge modern designs and concepts will be highlighted, illustrating design challenges and solutions. These will be combined with workshops that leave delegates with a hands-on perspective of these revolutionary ideas.

For the very first time, the increasing interdisciplinary world around us, expert knowledge from other disciplines will be brought into the forefront, showing how new innovations from outside the lightweight structures filed can now be used to inform and shape the road ahead.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Jorn Utzon’s architectural masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House, so ahead of its time that techniques needed to be invented to enable its construction, the conference aims to fulfil the same spirit of innovation and technological advancement. It promises to be an exciting, unmissable opportunity for delegates to discover what tomorrow’s world of lightweight structures will look like and to meet some of the key players shaping it.



Day 1 Thursday October 25 2018
Registrations from 8am, Sessions in the Guthrie Theatre

Session 1 - Keynote Speaker: Knut Stockhusen (MD of schlaich bergermann and partners)

  • "The box that can change the world"

Session 2 - Fire, Performance and Design Compliance

  • Retrospective Review of International Fire Test Requirements for PVC/PES & PTFE/Glass Fabrics [Michael Lester, MakMax]

  • Building Code & State Legislation Changes on Combustible Facades and Implication for Fabrics [Alistair Morrison - Arup]

  • Panel Discussion on Fire & Architectural Fabrics


Session 3 - Focus on Projects

  • Western Sydney Stadium [Joseph Pirrello, Aurecon]

  • Venice Biennale 2018 - Art / Architecture [James Marr, Tensys]

  • Case Studies for Retractable Stadium Roofs [Martin Jenni, Pfeifer GmbH]

  • HOTA - The Art Centre Gold Coast [Scott Rathie, Arup]

  • A lightweight cascade gutter system with translucent skylight done [Tom Westcott, Alfresco Shade]

  • Lightweight Engineering Challenges [Jane Nixon, Arup]

  • Studio design workshop briefings [Paula Vigeant, UTS]

Session 4 - Public Lecture by Knut Stockhusen "Weaving Tomorrow"
Note: Separate Tickets will be available for the public and students to attend this lecture only.

Evening will be the Conference Dinner (and cocktails of course) and LSAA Design Awards
Note: The Dinner is included in a Full 2 day registration but separate tickets will be available for partners and additional guests to attend the Dinner.

Location is Aerial Function CentreAerial UTS Function Centre (Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo)

Dinner Address by Professor Francesca Hughes (Head UTS School of Architecture).
Master of Ceremonies Joseph Dean, LSAA

Day 2 Friday October 26 2018

Networking, Registrations, Coffee 8.30-9.20 in Exhibition space

Guthrie Theatre - Session 5 - Keynote Speaker: Chris Paterson (Senior Principal, Populus) "Stadium of Tomorrow"

Session 6 - Computational & Parametric Design Challenges

  • Building case studies in form finding, analysis and standardisation techniques using Rhino/Grasshopper [Alex Leese, Icon and Elizabeth Nel, The NRA Collaborative]

  • Computational Design and Robotic 3D Printing of Lightweight Cable Net Structures [Dr Tim Schork, UTS]

  • Changing The Future Workspaces – Robotics Carbon Fibre Threading For a Data Integrated Lightweight Ceiling Structure [Dr Dagmar Reinhardt, University of Sydney]

  • Lightweight Concrete: Reduced Formwork, Increased Form [David Pigram, UTS]


Session 7 - Design Studio Workshops

Studio Design Workshop 1 - Computational Design Study workshop using Grasshopper to develop and manipulate form, analyse against design criteria and rationalise into standardised building components (guided design exercise by Alex Leese & Elizabeth Nel)

Studio Design Workshop 2 - Hands on model making workshop covering general principles of formfinding tension structure physical model

Conference Closure approx 16.30

We have two widely regarded Keynote Speakers. Knut Stockhusen [schlaich bergermann partner] and Chris Paterson [Populus]

Knut Stockhusen – Partner / Managing Director – sbp

Knut Stockhusen (born in 1974 in Waiblingen, Germany) is a structural engineer and partner / managing director at schlaich bergermann partner, an internationally renowned structural engineering and consulting firm based in Stuttgart, Germany.

Knut graduated from University of Stuttgart in 1999 and began working at sbp in 2000. As a project manager and team leader, he successfully supervised a great number of large scale, long span high rise and sport projects.

In 2008, Knut founded sbp Latin America in São Paulo, expanding the international sbp network. He was appointed partner and managing director of sbp in 2015.

Today, Knut develops and manages diverse projects and supports design partners and clients all over the world. Maintaining a hands-on approach that goes beyond structural engineering, he likes to be involved throughout the whole process of his projects, from the early project development phase to detailed design, site monitoring, delivery and handover.

With numerous stadium structures during his career, Knut has shown his ability of not only designing architecturally and aesthetically pleasing projects but also efficient and therefore affordable structures.

Especially mentionable are the design projects of soccer stadia for FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Championships he led over the last years, giving him invaluable experience in this area. At present, he is involved in four stadium projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Knut’s work has earned him numerous awards both in Germany and internationally, as most recently for the Wanda Metropolitano stadium (Spain), the Arena da Amazônia and the Stadium Maracanã (both in Brazil).

He enjoys sharing knowledge and frequently lectures on structural engineering.

Chris Paterson is a Director of the Populous Asia Pacific region. He is a Senior Principal with over 20 years’ experience in large scale highly specialised buildings that make their mark on a city, including high profile sports projects in Australia and New Zealand such as the award winning Suncorp Stadium, Eden Park Redevelopment, Metricon Stadium, Perth Major Stadium PDP and KL Sports City.

Chris is committed to strong project leadership, pro-active and responsive client relations, and the cultivation of dedicated project teams, all key to his reputation for driving the best possible project delivery. This commitment is framed by his ongoing dedication to thoughtful and inventive high quality design and his demonstrated passion for thought and personal leadership.

Chris has a keen interest in high quality design and environmentally sustainable design. He is also highly experienced in the project delivery process and is committed to providing the best outcomes for clients.

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