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Sustainable Design in Interesting Times: CP1303

Caroline Pidcock
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:48:14

Caroline Pidcock needs no introduction, having been an advocate of sustainable design for all her years in practice.

Recorded live at the AAA Women in Design Seminar Series, in this talk she discusses how she got into sustainable architecture, what she means by sustainable design and how she has recently discovered a sustainability framework call the Living Building Challenge. As Caroline explains, this programme, developed in the USA, is a Philosphy, an Advocacy Tools and a Certification Programme. It advocate using nature as the measuring stick for building performance and suggests that all projects should be restorative and regenerative.

She steps through the elements of the framework and finishes with a brief look at some of her recent projects.

  • Understand some of the history of Green Architecture and how it has influenced Caroline Pidcocks practice
  • Appreciate the impact that building has on the increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Develop an understanding of the Living Building Challenge programme
  • Assess how these principles could be used to influence your design outcomes
  • Appreciate how Pidcock Architecture+Sustainability applies ‘best practice’ to every scale of building design
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Caroline Pidcock is the passionate force who started PIDCOCK. She has genuine interest and experience in sustainable built environments which has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a wide range of professional, academic and other commitments. This currently includes being director of the companies PIDCOCK - Architecture + Sustainability and House of Parts; Chair of the Carriageworks and Living Futures Institute of Australia Boards; member of the South Australian Forest Industry Advisory, Sacred Heart Education Ministry and Greening Australia NSW Boards; and ambassador for both the Al Gore Climate Change and 1 Million Women projects.

    Her previous roles as President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, President NSW and National Councilor of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Industry Representative on the Australian Building Codes Board, Member of the NSW Architects Registration Board, Member of Bicycle NSW Board and adjunct professor/lecturer at a range of universities in NSW, exposed her to many government, business, academic and community arenas.

    In November 2009, Caroline was awarded a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship to investigate the "The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing". She wanted to understand how this might impact the technical and design approaches of the practice. Extending the ideas of this research led her to theLiving Building Challenge. So impressed with this sustainability framework and the positive approach to improving our built environments and ways of living, she joined the Board charged with delivering it in Australia - the Living Futures Institute of Australia - and has been elected as Chair.

    In July 2011, Caroline was awarded the prestigious Marion Mahony Griffin Award by the Australian Institute of Architects in recognition of her contribution to architecture in NSW.

    When she is not working hard, Caroline enjoys swimming, cycling, walking and shopping at the local farmers market to keep fit, sane and in touch with the wonderful city she lives in!