Innovation, Sustainability and Legacy

19 - 23 September 2022,Beijing, China

Note: See further down for revised deadline dates for submission of papers (Dates altered on Jan 29 2022).

The Format and Fees for the Conference have now been established and details are in the 4th Announcement which can be downloaded HERE

A major change is that the Conference will be held in a hybrid online and in-person format. The venue for the in-person format is at the Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China.

There are different fees for the two conference modes.

For further details, see the Conference website

Theme: Integration of Design and Fabrication

The IASS Annual Symposium 2023, will be organized by the RMIT University and the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, on 10 – 14 July 2023

Co-chairs of Local Organizing Committee: Professor Mike Xie (RMIT University) and Professor Jane Burry (Swinburne University of Technology)

The Venue is the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

For further informations including Call for Papers, Program, Organizers and Sponsors as well as key dates please see the IASS Symposium website

The IASS - International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures - was formed in 1959 and has attracted both the more academic and practical enthusiasts in the field.

Both Co-chairs have been supportive of the work of LSAA over many years and the LSAA in turn supports this International Symposium.

The theme of the IASS 2023 symposium is Integration of Design and Fabrication, which is becoming increasingly important with the developments of digital technologies in both design and manufacturing. The symposium covers all aspects related to material, design, computation, construction, maintenance, history, environmental impact and sustainability of shell and spatial structures in all fields of application. The symposium topics include (but are not limited to): conceptual design; computational form-finding; optimisation; computational methods for analysis; detailing and construction; advanced manufacturing; digital fabrication; shell structures; tension and membrane structures; inflatable structures; framed and lattice structures; gridshells and bending-active structures; tensegrity systems; adaptive systems; deployable and origami systems; advanced and bio-based materials; temporary structures; metal spatial structures; timber structures; glass structures; historical structures; teaching and education.


This event is organized by the LSAA Design Awards 2022 Presenting Partner,
Swinburne University of Technology

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Join Dr. Kristof Crolla in the first lecture in a series exploring aspects of design and architecture.

Date and time

Wed., 11 May 2022  from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST


Swinburne Protolab, TB 102, TB Building
Corner of John Street and Wakefield Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Bookings and further Information

Registration for this FREE Event as well as more details about Dr Kristof Crolla can be done at Eventbrite HERE

About this event

In today’s post-digital architectural era, a strong dichotomy exists between the increased agency offered by our design tools and the affordances given by many construction contexts – especially building environments of developing countries or those with limited available onsite means, skill, budget, or time. This lecture postulates that by incorporating computational power and incertitude as productive components in alternative design and materialisation processes, the locally available solution space for built architecture can be dramatically expanded and onsite ability and agency increased.

What gains do our extensive computational abilities bring to architectural design and construction in these contexts? How can the mechanisms driving this extensiveness be creatively and practically employed here? What happens when we radically disrupt the security of architecture’s standard reproductive infrastructure?

Illustrated through his highly unusual and provocative built work, Kristof Crolla proposes and applies an alternative computation-driven design and materialisation methodology that capitalises on digital design and production models’ propensity towards variability. The work demonstrates that identified methods can substantially increase the architects’ agency and local onsite affordance. In doing so, the talk challenges the extent to which computation can further impact architectural practice.

A PDF Flyer is available HERE

The largest Australian trade exhibition and conference for the specialised textiles industry known as 'SpecTex' will be taking place in Sydney 2021

SpecTex21, the Australian Textile Trade Event for the industry, is co-ordinated and organised by the Specialised Textiles Association. Exhibit at SpecTex21 and build brand awareness within the industry whilst discovering new and innovative products. 

The event takes place from Saturday July 24 to Monday July 26 2021 at Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney.

LSAA is an Industry Partner for this event and many of our members will be exhibiting.

ICSA2022: Upcoming Abstract Submission Deadline

Please allow us to remind you of the Call for Participation for the upcoming ’5th International Conference on Structures & Architecture’ to be held at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark in the period 6-8 July 2022. The Call for Participation is for Research Papers including calls for contributions to special sessions and mini-symposia organized by key researchers and for Critical Practices, which is a new experimental contribution format bridging research in academia and research in practice via physical ‘prototypes’:

Abstract Deadline for Research Papers: 28 February 2021 - Extended to March 15 2021

Abstract Deadline for Critical Practices: 1 May 2021


The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2020 is a Virtual Event from November 2-12 2020.

For information visit the IFAI website

Several LSAA members participate in the IFAI activities including Gale Pacific


The following information should be checked on the Bridge Design & Engineering Events Page

Many upcoming bridge events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to later this year or 2021.
Here are some useful (NEW) dates for your diary. Keep an eye on our events page for more information:


The planned 2020 IASS Conference has been postponed until 23-27 August 2021.

It will take place at the Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey in Guilford, UK

For further details refer to the Conference website www.surrey.ac.uk/IASS2021


Textile Roofs 2020 - NEW INFORMATION (updated March 3 2022)

The 25th International (Anniversary) Workshop on the Design and Practical

Realization of Architectural Membrane Structures

Archenhold Observatory NEW DATES 9th - 11th May 2022, Berlin, GERMANY

See website for more details: www.textile-roofs.com

Textile Roofs will be donating 50 Euros per full registration to assist Malteser International assist in the humanitarian crisis as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

 LSAA Members and others may have an interest in celebrating 25 years of Textile Roofs Workshops.