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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.

OFPANZ 2022 Conference Attendees

The annual OFPANZ Conference was held in Nelson New Zealand 29 June-2 July 2022.

As an association we are working on a few key initiatives - Training, Memberships, Sustainability and Name Change.

  1. Training - We are very excited to announce that our industry qualification has been approved for an early review which means that we will be adding a level 4 qualification hopefully by the end of 2023. We are continuing to work with our new Private Training Enterprise, MAST Academy, to promote the current qualification and get learners engaged.


The LSAA is acting as an Industry Partner to the STA (Specialized Textiles Association) in their event.

SpecTex22 - Conference and Trade Exhibition Program

The SpecTex22 program includes a conference and trade exhibition component with many opportunities to learn, catch up with industry colleagues and source new ideas, textiles and equipment.

The trade expo component of SpecTex22 will be open to visitors on:

Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August between 10am and 4pm.

A variety of business sessions will be running between Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August which will cover topics such as: 

Designing and installing successful tension structures (LSAA Contribution)

 PVC and shade structure project case studies (LSAA Contribution)

WincovER and NCC & Fire Retardancy

The Marine Fabricators workshop will also be taking place during SpecTex22 on Monday 1st August and then relocating on Tuesday 2nd August to NSW TAFE, Ultimo Campus.

SpecTex22 will also include many opportunities for networking via the Welcome reception, Theme Dinner and Awards for Excellence Ceremonial Dinner.

Download the full program here 


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