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Arrive at 11:45am for a 12pm presentation followed by lunch and a building tour - approx finish 2:30pm

TERROIR’s Scott Balmforth is delighted to be able to provide a presentation on the background and development and host a tour of the recently opened new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.

Phillip Island’s iconic Penguin Parade is one of Australia's most popular tourist attractions, with over 700,000 visitors annually coming to see the penguins come ashore in a spectacular but sensitive landscape.

In September 2016 TERROIR were appointed for the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.  The $58M project is funded by Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Victorian Government.

The 4,800 m2 building sits at the nexus between 3 landscapes: dunes, headland and wetland, linking these landscapes like a brooch that gathers these together and responds to each in specific ways – formally and experientially.  

The centre’s environmental credentials include an array of 666 solar panels, a water filtration system to recycle rainwater for non-potable use, increased roof and floor insulation, and double-glazed windows. Low carbon building materials have been used throughout the centre’s construction, including sustainably sourced Victorian Ash hardwood laminated beams. 

The interior is structured around a major circulation path that forms part of the journey to the penguins experience beyond, and has the capacity for large crowds off which are arranged a series of dedicated spaces for ticketing, education, interpretation, retail and dining.

The new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre has recently received a 2019 International Architecture Award organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.


Scott Balmforth, Director and Principal - Terroir

Scott is a founding Director and Principal of TERROIR.  The practice was established in Hobart and Sydney simultaneously in 1999 by Tasmanian born Directors.  In 2010 the practice expanded internationally with TERROIR ApS in Copenhagen (Denmark) and have achieved critical acclaim through projects such as the World Maritime University for the United Nations in Malmo (Sweden) and the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre on Phillip Island (Victoria), currently under construction.  

Scott is a Registered Architect in Tasmania and Victoria and has been an Adjunct Professor of the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture since 2008.

With over 20 years’ experience in the architecture and urban design, Scott has led a range of award winning and internationally published residential, commercial and public projects.  Scott graduated from the University of Tasmania with First Class Honours and has an invited Masters of Architecture by practice research degree from RMIT University.  He is a former Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Councillor.



This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment. (One formal point available).


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Ticket Costs
A+ Members $45
Members $50
Graduate Member $30
SONA Member $25

Non Member $70



Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street Melbourne
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.