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Open Studio

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We offer a suite of masterclasses for industry professionals and lifelong learners interested in contemporary built environment and design issues.

Our programs are designed to keep you informed and at the forefront of emerging technical and research developments in architecture and design.

Developed in conjunction with industry and disciplinary experts, our masterclasses draw on content embedded in the school’s postgraduate program offering.

The latest masterclass to join our offering is Social and Affordable Housing, which looks closely at Pritzker Prize award winners Lacaton and Vassal's social housing projects as successful examples of their design philosophy – prioritising existing structures over demolition, and a desire to maintain the organic energy of a city's inhabitants rather than start anew.

Talk & Tour Taster: Robotics in Architecture

Tues 14 June 6pm & Thurs 23 June 6pm


Join us in-person for our free Robotics in Architecture and Construction CPD taster session.

The evening will start with a talk given by CPD lead content specialist, Associate Professor Dagmar Reinhardt, who will introduce the uses of robotics in architectural and construction practices. This will be followed by a tour of our Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab with our DMaF experts, who will be happy to answer any questions you have. Afterwards, network with other industry professionals with drinks and nibbles served.

Places are limited and registration is a must. Register via Humanitix.

This CPD Taster event is 1 informal CPD. The Robotics in Architecture and Construction masterclass is 3 formal CPD.  

Our masterclasses

This course will give you an insight to one current philosophy of design and an attitude towards social and affordable housing, through the lens of Pritzker Prize award winners, Lacaton and Vassal.

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This masterclass provides an introduction to robotics for the fields of architecture and construction. Participants learn about key developments and milestones in this area and gain an understanding of what a robot is, and how they can be used in a design workflow.

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This masterclass will provide a holistic comprehension of the sustainable design process, as well as the knowledge and skillset to critically approach sustainability in the built environment. The module explores basic concepts through the analysis of energy certification schemes and interesting case studies.

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3D Printing is transforming the way projects are communicated and materialised in architecture. In this masterclass, participants will gain a better understanding of the 3D printing process, introducing all the available technologies, materials and qualities, to design considerations and possible workflows to optimise 3D printing results. This course is delivered in a blended mode and involves a face-to-face session in DMaF Lab at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

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The masterclass creates direct links between academic education and real-world material outcomes that are crucial for indigenous and multicultural communities. It provides architects and urban planners with in-depth knowledge of non-Australian cultures and will allow them to more effectively engage and collaborate with communities to produce better quality housing and improved community spaces. The content seeks to effect structural changes that will positively affect the lives of communities and people and those who design for them.