LSAA 2016 Conference and Design Awards

Theme: Design Beyond Boundaries
The Intersection of Architects and Engineers

Melbourne from Thursday September 1st to Friday September 2nd 2016.

The event was great due to a varied, excellent and inspirational program put together by Peter Lim, LSAA and the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Conference Program and details of Keynote & Public Lecture Presentations can be downloaded HERE (PDF, 3Mb)


Day 1 Thursday September 1st 2016

Keynote address Nicholas Goldsmith "Shape Making or Formfinding"

Session: Reflections on the Contribution of Frei Otto

Session: Project Focus

Public Lecture Nicholas Goldsmith "From Mass to Membrane" 

Conference and Design Awards Presentation Dinner

Day 2 Friday September 2nd 2016

Keynote Address Ron Van Sluijs "Stadia Roof Topology through Design Methodology"

Session: Experimentation and Digital Systems

Afternoon: Design Workshop

Some thumbnail images of the Design Awards can be found HERE (PDF) and the workshop HERE (PDF)

Twenty nine projects were entered for the 2016 Design Awards in all Categories.

Congratulations to the following winners who were presented with their trophies at the dinner.


Students and delegates hard at work during the workshop


The LSAA 2016 Conference and Awards are proudly supported by our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor Serge Ferrari

serge ferrari logo2

Gold Sponsors Mehler Texnologies and Gale Pacific

Mehler logo 150     Gale Pacific Logo v1

Silver Sponsors are Ronstan Tensile Architecture and Hiraoka

Ronstan TA 150px     hiraoka logo 144

 "Design Beyond Boundaries"
- The Intersection of Architects and Engineers.

Sponsors logos were on display during the presentations and at the Awards Dinner.

PWK 2658PWK 2657

PWK 2730

"Design Beyond Boundaries"
- The Intersection of Architects and Engineers"

The LSAA is pleased to have two keynote speakers at this year's Conference.

Nicholas Goldsmith Senior Principal FTL Design Engineering Studio, NewYork.

Ron van Sluijs – Associate Principal Populous, Brisbane

A summary of their presentations is given below.

S1A Keynote Address - Nicholas Goldsmith

Shape Making or Form Finding?

Often design professionals conflate the process of shape making with the more deliberate form finding approach. This lecture will discuss the differences in the design process between these two approaches. It will examine historical traditions of both approaches and look at Frei Otto and his physical modeling approach as an example of the Form Finding process, how it examines material intelligence to set in motion an iterative approach where the end result is discovered and not known beforehand. Examples of the work of FTL will be used as descriptive case studies to illustrate the different aspects of membrane envelopes including ETFE foil cushions, tensile membranes, and cable nets.

Public Lecture - Nicholas Goldsmith "From Mass to Membrane" - see LINK

S6A Keynote Address - Ron van Sluijs

Stadia roof typology through design methodology

The large urban scale of stadia mean the structure often simultaneously dictate the form and the architecture of the venue though for the large span stadia structures only a limited number of typologies can be identified. It's a challenge to methodically select the best fitting structure while maintaining a fresh and different aesthetic language. By illustration of various case studies this talk shall elaborate on a number of structural stadia roof typologies, both lightweight and heavy, and how these were developed architecturally and structurally.