Events such as Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Design Awards organized by the LSAA

The LSAA 2020 Conference and Design Awards will be held in Melbourne at Swinburne from September 17-18 2020.

See this link for a description of the main campus at Hawthorn.

It is anticipated that further details about the Conference Theme, Sponsorship Packages and Keynote Speakers will become available or confirmed in December 2019.

For the Industry respected LSAA Design Awards, structures completed since October 2018 will be considered. See link

The Theme for the LSAA 2020 Conference is Re-NEW, Re-IMAGINE, Re-CREATE

The 2020 Conference Venue is at Swinburne University Melbourne

The LSAA Conferences run over two consecutive days with a gala Conference Dinner and Design Awards on the Thursday night.

There is a mix of invited Keynote speakers as well as speakers from the local industry.

Some sessions are devoted to recent projects and some are devoted to industry issues such as performance of fabric structures in fire.

The LSAA Design Awards are the Industry Premier Awards in the fields of lightweight structures and tensioned membrane structures.

There are seven categories and we are looking for projects that have been essentially completed since our previous Awards in October 2016.

Each project can only be entered once and we are looking for projects that have a significant input from the region.

Non-members of LSAA may also enter work and there is an entry fee (per project) with details supplied digitally using the forms.

The LSAA often has conducted a technical workshop on the day before the main Conference.

There are normally some structured presentations as well as team building of models to satisfy a client brief.

Past workshops have dealt with the design through erection of tension membrane structures. Another workshop concentrated on the design, fabrication and erection of knitted shadecloth structures.

For the 2020 Conference, a pre-conference workshop dealing with membrane structures is being planned in conjunction with the Specialised Textiles Association (STA - see

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Bookings and registration facilities will be added to the website in due course.

There are discounts on the registration fees for financial members of LSAA and partner groups.

Other discounts apply for multiple bookings from the same company, students and sponsors. Speakers also have a significant discount.

It is possible to book extra places for the Conference Dinner and Design Awards Presentations.

Theme: "Innovate Into The Future"

UTS, Sydney: October 2018


Theme: "Design Beyond Boundaries" 

Monash University, Caulfield: September 2016

Theme: "Touching the Earth Lightly"

Auckland, November 2013