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We are again working closely with Swinburne, University of Melbourne and RMIT on a two day event in September 2024. This page will contain details and articles related to the upcoming event.

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Our two Keynote Speaker profiles have been added - Rachaporn Choochuey,  Design Director, all(zone) and Alastair Richardson is a Director of COX. (Updated April 30 2024)

Very Preliminary Program - (March 21 2024) Can be downloaded as a PDF HERE

Alastair Richardson - LSAA 2024 Keynote Speaker

Alastair is a Director of COX, and one of the pre-eminent sports architects in Asia Pacific. He is responsible for the design and delivery of global sporting projects that deliver a fan-first experience, providing enhanced revenue for owners and operators.

Alastair's Keynote Address on Day 1 is titled "CONTEXTUALISATION THROUGH STUCTURE AND DESIGN"

The use of innovative light weight structures has helped shape contextualisation of major stadia through out the world.  Alastair will explore the use of contextualisation and designing for place in the cathedrals of sport, from the use of the velum at the Roman Coliseum to the recently completed Allianz Stadium, roof’s have defined these buildings.  The speech will explore where next with the next generation of lightweight structures and how sustainability will drive the next typological evolution of the stadium roof.

Rachaporn Choochuey Keynote Speaker LSAA 2024

Rachaporn Choochuey,  Design Director, all(zone)

Born in Bangkok, received her B.Arch from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, M.S.AAD. from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Architecture History from The University of Tokyo. She was a faculty member of Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University during 2002-2022. Rachaporn regularly gives a lecture and teaches internationally. In Fall 2022 she was Louis I. Kahn Assistant Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. She is currently Dean’s Visiting Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.

In 2009, she co-founded all(zone) in Bangkok where she is the design director. The studio is fascinated by ever-changing mega tropical metropolises that give form to their everyday life. Their observations are always captured by contemporary vernacular design solutions leading them to create built environments where all could feel ‘at home’ in the world.

LSAA 2024 Conference Graphic

‘Connecting to Tomorrow’

In the modern world of lightweight structures, we often find ourselves at the crossroads of architectural trends. Digital transformation offers us ground-breaking pathways to innovate on novel platforms in strange new ways, with the rise of AI asking us to rethink all we knew.  A climate-crisis-driven focus on sustainability has asked us to consider our impact on the world around us through smart materials and biophilic urbanism.  And new human-centric approaches to our fields have offered up frameworks spanning vast disciplinary bounds to tackle our world’s most pressing problems.

Today’s world must seize hold of all these new trends. Held on September 12 and 13 in Melbourne Australia, the LSAA 2024 Conference and Design Awards will spearhead the industry’s approach to all these vital challenges under the banner of ‘Connecting to Tomorrow’.

The theme seeks to encompass all the connections that will make up tomorrow’s lightweight structures fields – connections to technology, to environment and to each other. Featuring the world leaders in the field of lightweight structures, this conference stands at an inflection point, seizing the vast opportunity to deal with these crucial issues as we build tomorrow’s world, today.  

The LSAA was founded at the University of NSW back in 1981.

The recent Conferences have been hosted at a number of Universities in Melbourne (Monash and Swinburne) and UTS in Sydney.

Swinburne, University of Melbourne and RMIT are creating the Inaugral Student Design Award at the 2024 event.

Draft Details of the Design Brief, Rules for Teams and the delivery product follow on here (April 30 2024)
You can download a PDF of the document HERE

Student Competition Design Brief Connecting to tomorrow

This new award is open to small teams of students currently enrolled in a tertiary institution to develop and present a conceptual design that embodies the principles of lightweight structure and emphasises sustainability and the need to address social and climate change issues. This year's event raises awareness of the human-environment-future relationship.

Site, location, and context

Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Victoria 3004. Set in the Kings Domain Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with its 2000 seats and spawling lawn, is a popular outdoor venue that has been part of Melbourne’s entertainment scene since 1959. Administered by Arts Centre Melbourne, the Bowl also stages an annual free summertime concert series presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


This design competition aims to inspire students to challenge the traditional purpose of temporary outdoor structures. Participants are encouraged to showcase innovative design ideas and interventions that provide shade, seating and support for festivals held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The designs should offer a respite from the sun and promote the creation of a welcoming atmosphere. The designs must be transformable and reusable as interim, temporary shelters in the aftermath of disasters and crises to promote the use of existing capacities, resources, and social networks.

The pavilion(s) must fulfil all the below requirements:

LSAA 2024 Design Awards - General Details

LSAA Members and non-members may enter (different fees apply).

The 2024 Awards are for completed structures since May 2022 and are open to companies or individuals who have acted as the main designer, fabricator or installer. 
The "project" may be part of larger facility - e.g. an Atrium, Facade, Entrance, Roof.

However only one entry per project will be considered.

Draft 2024 RULES and ENTRY FORMS can be downloaded. Closing Date is August 14 2024

2024 Conference Break-out area.
2024 Conference Break-out area.

The LSAA 2024 Conference will be held in the excellent facilities at Swinburne University (Hawthorn Campus)

Reaching the venue is easy by suburban Metro train lines (nearest station is Glenferrie about 250 metres walk) or via the fantastic, world famous trams going along Burwood Road.

Specifically we will be in the AMDC Building Room 301.

Venue Map2

The following are some images of the Swinburne Campus and the area where Sponsors will set up displays and the most important coffee / tea outlets will be located.

Hypar lattice shells form the lower spire skirt of the Victorian Arts Centre
Hypar lattice shells form the lower spire skirt of the Victorian Arts Centre

When you come to the LSAA 2024 Conference and Design Awards jointly held with Swinburne University, take the time to appreciate "Vibrant Melbourne".

Melbourne is a rapidly growing city - voted the most liveable city for many years.

In recent years there has been an enormous amount of construction in the areas of the Docklands, Spencer Streets and Southbank.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl - A very early cablenet
Sidney Myer Music Bowl

There are a number of lightweight structures in and around Melbourne.

There are the roof structures at the major sports stadia - Tennis Centre (Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas), the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Rectangular AAMI Stadium, the Etihad Stadium and the Southern Cross train station.

The Victorian Arts Centre Spire, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the nearby Aquatic Centre are other examples.

Smaller tensioned fabric structures can be found throughout Melbourne.

The graphic for the Conference is based on a real image of a radial cable supported and tensioned fabric sports arena. The image is taken directly under the centre of the recently modified Ken Rosewall Arena and the image is credited to Fabritecture.

These forms of roof utilize a minimal amount of material because the structural system places the material in direct tension - the most efficient structural action - compared to heavy beams under bending. All the cables are connected together and radiate to cover the entire roof.