Links to current financial LSAA Members (2018) can be found under the Member Profiles section of this website where a brief profile is provided. Our members are grouped into categories such as suppliers, fabricators, designers (engineers and architects) and installers.

Financial members may display the LSAA Logo on their website and publications and enjoy benefits such as having their profiles listed, articles being promoted and discounts for Conference and Design Awards registrations.

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 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)


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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!

Technical work being undertaken by the LSAA is currently focused on the Fire Issues following on fires being spread up tall buildings because of inappropriate use of combustible cladding material.

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.

Download a copy HERE

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.

For a general description of tensioned membrane structures - download a brochure HERE


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Constitution of the Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia Inc.  




(1)     The association shall be named the “Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia Incorporated”, hereafter called the ‘association’.

At the 2016 LSAA Conference held at the Monash University of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), Peter was presented with an Honorary Life Member trophy for his outstanding and long contribution to the LSAA.

In particular Peter has been a driving force in the realization of the technical programs of many of our previous Conferences.