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Pro Bono CPD

Wed Feb 26 Feb, 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Join Esther Charlesworth, founding director of Architects Without Frontiers, Camilla Tierney, Bates Smart and Kim Irons, Irons McDuff & Stonehouse + Irons on a deep dive into working Pro Bono in architecture.  This session has been developed to support practices and individuals signed up to Architects Assist following the recent bushfires and anyone interested in exploring the benefits of offering their professional skills pro bono.


All proceeds from this session will be donated to Architects Donate.


Pro Bono CPD is part of the Parallel Practice series encompassing architecture related activities that require an additional or a slightly different skill set to traditional architectural working practice.



Esther Charlesworth


Esther Charlesworth is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, and the Academic Director of the RMIT Master of Disaster, Design and Development degree [MoDDD]. She is also the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (AWF). Since 2002, AWF has undertaken over 42 health, education and social infrastructure projects in 12 countries for vulnerable communities, and has been described by ABC radio broadcaster Phillip Adams as ‘destined to develop into one of the greater forces of good on this battered planet’. Charlesworth has worked in the public and private sectors of architecture and urban design in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Boston and Beirut since graduating with a Masters in Architecture and Urban from Harvard University in 1995. In 2004 she was awarded her PhD from the University of York (UK). She has published seven books on the theme of social justice and architecture, including: ‘Humanitarian Architecture’ (2014) and ‘Sustainable Housing Reconstruction’ (2015).




Camilla Tierney


Camilla is an architect at Bates Smart, joining the firm in 2017. She has previously worked in practices in Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle prior to moving to Melbourne. Camilla’s experience ranges across sectors including residential, health, education and commercial projects. Camilla is actively involved in Melbourne’s design community working with the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) and works as a sessional tutor for the Master of Architecture Practice course, at the University of Melbourne.

For the past 12 months, Camilla has been heavily involved in a pro-bono project for Bates Smart and will share her insights working with a non-profit organisation.












Kim Irons


Kim (Irons) is the principal of Irons McDuff Architecture & director of Stonehouse + Irons Architecture, regionally based practices with projects across Victoria, Melbourne and occasionally New South Wales and North Queensland. While the practice work is focussed on residential and some smaller community projects, Kim also provides strategic advice and design review to major city shaping projects and urban design through consultancy work and design review panels.

Kim’s enthusiasm for volunteering in a professional and social capacity is driven by a keen awareness of the benefits of good design to communities and importance of cultural and social connections to people and place. She has provided pro-bono services to the Reach Foundation and local community groups, as well as individual assistance following the Black Saturday Fires in the form of BAL assessments, consultation and advice, and design services.




Ticket Costs

A+ Members $53
Members $60
Graduate Members $30
SONA Members $23

Non-Member $90



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.