LSAA 2013 Conference and Design Awards
Theme “Touching the Earth Lightly”

Note: The LSAA 2013 AGM will be held by teleconference on December 4 2013.

Please refer to this article or download the complete material HERE

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Optional Pre-Conference Day, Wednesday 13th November 2013

 Dr Kourosh Kayvani talks about LSAA 2013 and Lightweight Structures

Kourosh Interview

11 am – 5.30 pm Pre-Conference Visit to Alan Gibbs Farm


The LSAA is privileged to have organized a private visit to Alan Gibbs’s Farm, a 1,000-acre sculpture park on New Zealand’s Kaipara Harbour.

Since purchasing the site in 1991, Alan has commissioned some epic works by Neil Dawson, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Leon van den Eijkel and Bernar Venet amongst others.

A large tensioned fabric structure sculpture by Anish Kapoor moulds into the hill top (above). It was a worthy winner of an LSAA Design Award in 2009.

We will travel an hour each way to the farm by bus.  Meeting time is at 11.30 at the Conference Hilton Hotel.

Delegates have a leisurely 3-4 hours to explore the Farm and sculptures before returning to the main hotel.

Overseas delegates wishing to avail themselves of this unique opportunity are advised to arrive in Auckland the day before.

The pre-conference visit to Alan Gibbs Farm, which is being Sponsored by Structurflex New Zealand has only limited spaces.  Space is available for the first 50 fully conference paid registrants only

6.30 – 9 pm Pre-Conference Registration and Reception in the Exhibition Area

Download PDF Conference Registration Form HERE

CONFERENCE PROGRAM – FIRST DAY, Thursday 14th November 2013


Session: Activity, Presentation

Author / Chair



S1 Welcome, Opening, Keynote

Dr Kourosh Kayvani
LSAA President


Conference Welcome

Dr Kourosh Kayvani


S1A Keynote Address 
Design Matters - Creating The Bliss Point in Architecture and Engineering

Alastair Richardson

Director, Cox Architecture


Morning Tea / Networking

S2 Recent International Projects

Murray Higgs

Structurflex – Gold sponsor


S2A Three Stadiums for Brazil 2014

Mike Lester - Makmax


S2B Retractable Roof over Margaret Court Tennis Arena

Peter Murenu - Aurecon


S2C London Olympics – Review of use of PVC fabrics in tensile architecture - what has changed in the decade?

Farid Sahnoune
Serge Ferrari


S2D Te Waka O Maori Re-locatable Pavilion

Nick Dalton Toa Architects

Ren Blair - Evitan


S2E Westlake Girls Netball Centre

Harry Street - Creative Spaces


S2F Questions to Session Authors


Lunch / Networking

S3 Title  Facades, Sustainability,  Energy Saving Projects

Brian O’Flaherty
Mehler – Platinum sponsor


S3 Platinium Sponsor Welcome

Paolo Giugliano - Mehler


S3A The Feature ETFE and Timber Diagrid Roof - Coastland Aquatic Centre

Toby Mason - CREATE


S3B Design Elements of the World’s Largest Free Spanning Dome, Singapore

Scott Rathie - Arup


S3C Lightweight Facades Systems

James Marr - Tensys


S3D Case studies of cable supported façade structures

Rowan Murray - Ronstan


S3E Parametric Infrastructure Design

Dean Mackenzie

Warren & Mahoney


S3F Questions for Session Authors



Session: Activity, Presentation

Author / Chair


Afternoon Tea / Networking
Public Lecture Registrations

S4 Public Session: Earthquake Engineering Designs and the Greater Christchurch Recovery

Dr Kourosh Kayvani 
LSAA President


S4A Welcome to Public and brief introduction to LSAA and this session

Dr Kourosh Kayvani


S4C-1 Overview of Recovery: Progress, milestones, challenges

Don Miskell General Manager CERA

S4C-2 Opportunities for Re-building Christchurch in Wood

Prof Andy Buchanan
University of Cantebury

S4C-3 Post Earthquake – Impact on Structural Design

Stephen Hogg
Aurecon, Christchurch

S4C-4 What will the New Architecture be like and Why?

Daryl Maguire
Warren and Mahoney


S4D Questions for the Session Authors

Pre-dinner drinks & Design Awards Conference Dinner
Dress Code: Jacket and tie suggested

People can register for the Conference Dinner separately - Cost $NZ 125

Hilton Auckland - 7.00pm for 7.30pm

CONFERENCE PROGRAM – SECOND DAY, Friday 15th November 2013


Session: Activity, Presentation

Author / Chair

S6 Keynote

Peter Lim LSAA VP


S6A Keynote Address Touching the Earth Lightly: A Responsive Architecture

Alex Matovic for Neil Stonell

Grimshaw Architects


Morning Tea / Networking

S7 Recent Projects / LSAA News

Bob Cahill - Hiraoka – Gold sponsor


S7A Waitomo Caves Visitors Centre

Chris Kelly

Architecture Workshop


S7B The Cloud

Joseph Dean

Wade Design Engineers


S7C Innovating the Process - Adelaide Oval Roof Structures

Joachim Clauss
Cox Architecture


S7D Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha Qatar

Peter Lim


S7D Questions for the Session Authors


S7E Summary of LSAA Activities

Design Guidelines & Shadecloth issues

Details for Site visits. Conference Close

Dr Kourosh Kayvani &

Murray Higgs


Lunch / Networking / Pack up

S8 Title – Site Visits (Optional)

Murray Higgs
Structurflex – Gold Sponsor


S8A The Cloud, Queens Wharf

Westlake Girls Sports Centre

Eden Park Stadium

Travel by Bus from Hilton. Potential drop off at airport after Westlake Girls visit.

Our Platinum Sponsor for the Conference is Mehler (link)

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Gold Sponsors Hiraoka (link) and Structurflex NZ (link)

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Silver Sponsors are Ronstan Tensile Architecture (link) Nolan.UDA (link) and Atex (link)

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Program last updated: November 4 2013.

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