LSAA 2016 Conference and Design Awards - Sept 1-2 2016

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

The web page dealing with the 2016 Conference is now under Events

Voted as one of the best LSAA Conferences due to an excellent and inspirational program which was greatly enhanced by working closely with Monash University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA).

"Save the Date for LSAA 2017 Workshop / Public Lecture / Exhibition - probably September 2017"

The LSAA 2016 Conference and Awards were proudly supported by our Platinum Sponsor Serge FerrariGold Sponsors Mehler Texnologies and Gale Pacific and Silver Sponsors  Ronstan Tensile Architecture and Hiraoka

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Congratulations to all Entrants for our Design Awards and particularly to our 2016 Award winners: Fabritecture (3 Awards), Fabric Structure Systems, Tensys, John Wardle Architects, Aurecon and Taylor Thomson Whitting.

Peter Lim's outstanding long-term contribution to the LSAA, particularly in his contribution to the technical programs of many Conferences, was recognized in his Honorary Life Membership of LSAA. Well done and thank you Peter!

Welcome to our new members: PattonsCreate LtdCopelands & Pickers and Miami Stainless and welcome back ABC Products and Oasis Tension Structures  
Feedback about the Conference has been very positive with new members joining up as a result. The Workshop although fairly rushed was also received well with the various teams of mixed experience tackling five different conceptual projects. Here they are hard at work:

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The Lightweight Structures Association is a Not for Profit, autonomous, inter-disciplinary group of interested parties involved in the field of lightweight structures. Operating primarily in Australia and New Zealand our basic aim is to promote the proper application of lightweight structures, their design, fabrication, construction and materials and to encourage the development of these and other aspects essential to lightweight structures.

The objectives of the Association are:

Most LSAA Members have been involved with either membrane structures (design, fabrication, erection, or supply of materials) for a considerable period of time. Being a financial member offers an opportunity to display your company profile on the LSAA website, to benefit from discount fees to conferences and LSAA Design Awards.

There is also the opportunity to have access to a network of helpful members in your industry and to contribute news items to our eNewsletters.

Download a membership information pack 

Download a membership application form (2016-17)

Download the LSAA Members Code of Ethics 

Download a brochure about the LSAA

Download a booklet on Membrane Structures

Members may be Company, Individual or Student

Company Membership

Company membership entitles a company profile in one of the following categories and discounted fees for conferences and design award entries.

  • Architectural, engineering or designing consultant companies
  • Fabricators and specialist contractors
  • Material manufacturers and suppliers
  • Federal, state and local government departments.

The objectives of the Association are:

  • To establish itself as a reference body on lightweight structures;
  • To collect and disseminate information in the field of its members, encouraging the exchange of information between members and those interested, through publications and the organisation of meetings, seminars and conferences;
  • To promote the proper application of lightweight structures;
  • To contribute towards implementation of suitable guidelines for the design, analysis, fabrication, construction and application of lightweight structures;
  • To encourage research and development in the field;
  • To maintain links with international institutions and groups to update technology and information; 
  • To promote the services and products of the members; and
  • To provide educational resources to professionals and students of architecture and engineering.

LSAA Mission Statement:

"To lead, promote and develop excellence and innovation in lightweight structures by inspiring research and disseminating expert knowledge to expand the industry and opportunities for our members".

The Lightweight Structures Association is a Not for Profit, autonomous, inter-disciplinary group of interested parties involved in the field of lightweight structures. Operating primarily in Australia and New Zealand our basic aim is to promote the proper application of lightweight structures, their design, fabrication, construction and materials and to encourage the development of these and other aspects essential to lightweight structures.

Download a brochure about the LSAA, its activities and types of structures we deal with. Download a Member Application Form


The main contact for LSAA is:

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Phone: Australia Mob 0428 414 093
Postal: P.O. Box 4047, Oatley, NSW, Australia 2223

Links to current financial LSAA Members (2015-16) are also found under the Member Profiles section of this website where a brief profile is provided.


  1. Shann -
  2. Ricky Richards Sales -
  3. Pro-Knit Industries Pty Ltd -
  4. Nolan UDA -
  5. Innova International Pty Ltd -
  6. Mehler -
  7. Hiroaka (Australia) Pty Ltd -
  8. Halifax Vogel Group -
  9. Aeronaut Automation -
  10. Serge Ferrari -
  11. Polyfab - 
  12. Miami Stainless -
  13. Gale Pacific -


  1. ABC Products -
  2. Baytex Manufacturing -
  3. Shade to Order Pty Ltd -
  4. Structurflex NZ Ltd -

Architects / Designers / Overall Capabilities

  1. Taiyo Membrane Corporation / Makmax -
  2. Greenup Design International -
  3. Technet GmbH -
  4. Ronstan Architectural -
  5. Alexander Pacific Group -
  6. Oasis Tension Structures -
  7. Create Ltd (NZ) -


  1. Wade Design Engineers Pty Ltd -
  2. Tensys Engineers -
  3. Taylor Thomson Whitting Pty Ltd -
  4. Magryn and Associates -
  5. Osborn Lane -
  6. Aurecon Group -
  7. SEMF - Tattersall Engineering -

Installers - consult with your fabricator or engineer for reputable firms

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The following links are provided for your use (last update May 11 2013):

  • Engineers Australia (EA)

  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)

  • Specialized Textiles Association (formerly ACASPA) (STA)

  • Technical Textiles and Nonwoven Association (TTNA) 

  • International Fibre Centre (IFC)

  • Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) 

  • International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (ISAA)

  • Fabric Structures Association (FSA)

  • Australian Steel Institute (ASI)

  • The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)

  • Textile Testing Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA)

  • CSIRO Textile & Fabric Technology (CSIRO TFT)

  • Outdoor Fabrics and Product Association of NZ (OFPANZ)

  • Technical Textiles Magazine (TTM)

  • Performance Textiles Association (MUTA)

  • Tensinet (TNET)

  • The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

  • The Urban Design Forum(UDF)

  • Formfinder Software and Membrane Structures Database (Formfinder)

  • Institute for Membrane and Shell Technologies (IMS)

  • Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA)

The following links may be useful for those involved in Lightweight Structures:

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Typical lightweight structures include cable-, membrane-, shell-, and folded structures as well as space grids, braced vaults and domes, arched-, stayed-and trussed systems. Membrane materials are commonly PVC-coated polyester fabrics as well as PTFE coated glass. Lightweight structures are widely employed in architecture, engineering and building construction and find application in long span roofs for stadiums and exhibition structures; covered shopping malls; entrance structures; signature structures and sculptures as well as shade and environmental protection canopies.

The intention to nominate Rowan Murray as a Life Member was announced by Dr Kourosh Kayvani at the LSAA Conference in New Zealand. I am pleased to report that this was ratified at the 2013 AGM.

Rowan has acted tirelessly over an extended period of time in his role as Secretary of the LSAA and without his dedication, cheerfulness and follow up skills many of the meetings may not have happened. Minutes and other notices were always kept up to date. Well done and well deserved Rowan!


  1. The responsibility of members for the welfare, health and safety of the community shall at all times come before their responsibility to the Industry and their Profession, to sectional or private interests, or to other members.
  2. Members shall act so as to uphold and enhance the honour, integrity and dignity of the Industry and their Profession.
  3. Members shall perform work only in their areas of competence.
  4. Members shall build their reputation on merit and strive to achieve the highest standards in all endeavours, and shall not compete unfairly.
  5. Members believe that the highest standards of the Industry cannot be maintained where adequate reward is lacking. Therefore Member's remuneration for endeavours are to be based on the true costs plus a fair and reasonable reward.
  6. Members shall apply their skill and knowledge in the best interests of their clients.
  7. Members shall give evidence, express opinions, make statements or promote their services in an objective and truthful manner and on the basis of adequate knowledge.
  8. Members shall continue their technical development and shall actively assist and encourage Members under their direction and other Members to advance their knowledge and experience. 

The Technical Sub committee of LSAA met for a half day workshop in Brisbane on November 15 2012.

The meeting worked on the two technical documents that are being developed for the Industry.

LSAA Design Guidelines

This document has been issued for public comment and its aim is to document what is considered to be industry best practice.

It recognises that the field of tensioned fabric structures is a specialized area and the guidelines elaborate that these structures should be designed by close collaboration between competent and experienced persons.

LSAA Design Handbook

The Handbook is more in its early stages of development. The intention is to develop a definitive "Code" or "Standard" for the design and construction of tensioned membrane structures.


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