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Navigating Novation & Protecting Design

Part 1: Wednesday 18 July
12.00pm- 2.00pm

Part 2: Wednesday 25 July
12.00pm- 2.00pm

NOTE: You are booking for BOTH sessions.

Event Details

This event will cover the common contracts used by large architectural practices and how the role of the architect varies considerably between these contracts. Novation will be a focus as it is being used at an increasing rate with many new large scale works. There is a need for everyone to understand why Novation is used and what can be done to make this process more positive for architects whilst meeting project outcomes.

Over the two sessions, our experienced practitioners will discuss key issues with the scope of services, protecting design and will analyse different contractual conditions. They will explain how to work through key contractual aspects identifying what to add into contracts and clauses to be aware of. 

Project Delivery

Knowledge Domain

Speakers: Session 1 + 2


Steve Jones: Studio Director, Bates Smart


Steve is a highly experienced designer who has worked on a broad range projects in Australia and internationally. Steve commenced his career in Melbourne working on major projects including; 101 Collins Street, Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the Melbourne Museum and was based on site in Beijing for the delivery of the Australian Embassy.

Steve has worked in Poland - overseeing design and construction of a number of commercial office, residential and hotel projects throughout Central and Eastern Europe. He also worked in Hong Kong with Aedas Interiors as a Director responsible for design and delivery of casino, hotel and residential interior design projects throughout Asia.

Currently Steve is at Bates Smart working on major mixed use residential projects including; Capitol Grand, 555 Collins Street, 426 St Kilda Road, 596 St Kilda Road and Classic East Melbourne.

Andy Gentry: Principal, Woods Bagot


Since immigrating to Australia 22 years ago, Andy has been involved in some of Melbourne's largest and most complex projects, often leading collaborative, joint venture design teams on major projects such as the Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne Park Stage 1 Redevelopment, The Urban Workshop and QV1 Apartments.

Largely due to their complexity, but also because of new procurement models, Andy manages the highly coordinated and integrated project requirements to meet client, governance and multiple stakeholder demands. He also understands the challenges of competing interests while ensuring the integrity of the creative design response. 

In his role of Executive Chair, Andy is the Principal responsible for the management of Woods Bagot’s Melbourne Studio.

Bill Krotiris: Principal, John Wardle Architects


Bill has practiced Architecture for over thirty years, and has been at John Wardle Architects since 2004. In 2005 Bill was made a Senior Associate and a Principal in 2014. Bill has an outstanding architectural pedigree that centres around large-scale commercial, residential and institutional projects. His natural aptitude for communication and collaboration sees him assuredly leading complex projects to successful outcomes.

Intrinsic to much of JWA’s competition work; Bill is skilled in deciphering a brief and focusing on the commercial imperatives to maximise design considerations and client aspirations.

As an intelligent and tenacious leader, Bill has provided insight and direction for many of John Wardle Architects key projects, such as the York & George development in Sydney, the award-winning Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania, and the more recent Spire Apartments in Brisbane


Wendy Poulton: Manager Risk Services, informed/Planned Cover



Wendy is the Manager of Risk Services at informed. informed is part of Planned Cover, which has successfully managed the Architects Professional Indemnity Insurance Facility since 1974 by delivering insurance, risk management and claims management programs for the majority of architectural practices in Australia. 

At Planned Cover, Wendy's strengths are in providing straightforward advice on consultancy agreements, training consultants in risk management, and creating guidance materials on emerging challenges in the construction industry.

She was admitted as a solicitor in 1997, and completed a Masters in Construction Law in 2011. Using her extensive experience, she has contributed to many professional development seminars at the Institute as well as tutoring young graduates for the PALS (Practice of Architecture Learning Series) program.


This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment 


Ticket Costs
A+ $100                 
Standard $108       
SONA/EMAGN/Retired $60

Non- Members:
General $210         
Non- Member Student $80


Australian Institute of Architects
Level 2,
41 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street 
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



1. The Victorian Chapter has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event. 2. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise. 3. No cancellations or refunds two (2) working days prior to the event. 4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.

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