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Risk 2015 Conference: The Elephant in the Room

Posted May 17, 2015 by Charles Nelson

The terrific Australian Institute of Architects RISK 2015 national conference just finished – and for sure the big, hairy elephant in the room was RISK. A battalion of great presenters felt its various parts, reported what they found, and a few even dared to take off their dark glasses. Just as in the ancient parable,...Continue Reading

ETHICS JUNCTION: Brand Ave & Financial Way, Architecture City

Posted April 13, 2015 by Charles Nelson

It’s not simple; it’s possible to lose your way navigating the options. ETHICS are moral principles that govern behaviour. Architects have 4 levels of ethical issues to consider: Client relationships – listen, make and keep promises, solve problems, spend the client’s money wisely, and deal fairly; Professional relationships – respecting prior agreements between clients and...Continue Reading

Walk the hot coals without getting burned

Posted April 10, 2015 by Charles Nelson

Managing risk in design & construction is a bit like fire-walking: The trick is to get to the other side without getting burned. Some can, some can’t. But read up on the risky art of fire-walking, and it turns out that the coals have to be cool enough not to burn your feet. Moral of the...Continue Reading


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