Architectural Concrete

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Corner William Street & Dudley Streets , Melbourne West Melbourne VIC 3003


Architectural Concrete

Whilst often associated with the practical rather than the beautiful, concrete can lead to diverse architectural designs. The once raw and brutalist architecture of concrete buildings has now shifted toward architecture characterised by complex geometry, intricate patterns and lightweight appearance.

This technical event explores the architectural attributes and abilities of concrete including recent advances in concrete technology. Our prominent presenters will share their experience from recent local and interstate projects demonstrating concrete’s sculptural qualities. They will discuss their insights into the design, manufacture and construction of outstanding ‘free form’ concrete structures, the current and future trends, and the R&D needs to meet the future demands.


CIA Member $76.00 Non member $99.00 CIA student/retired $38.00


George Spiropoulos
Managing Director, Euro Precast Pty Ltd

About George
On completion of his Engineering Degree at the University of Melbourne in 1998, George entered the precast industry and formed a passion for the combination of architecture and precast concrete.   Working for various precast companies in Melbourne during 1998-2006, learning and understanding the value of precast concrete, his passion for precast drove him to establish Euro Precast in 2006 in Dandenong South, Victoria. In October 2015, George established Euro Precast in Brisbane, Queensland. Today, both states employ a total workforce of 100 staff, which include 15 shop detailers for the drawing of the precast elements.   Euro Precast is a member of the National Precast Association of Australia. His passion for architecture and precast has led him to be involved in some iconic buildings with a most recent showcasing of the precast work done at 41X (also known as the Australian Institute of Architects building) at the 62nd Betontage Congress in Germany.

Presentation Overview
The recent advances in concrete technology allow the architects to design outstanding structures with a complex geometry, intricate patterns and a high quality finish. Concrete facades are back on trend and showcase the architectural capability and true elegance of concrete. During his presentation, George will share his insights into the design and fabrication of precast concrete fa├žade panels with unique geometry and a remarkable finish. A project focus on 41X will illustrate the capabilities of very clever architectural design and precast concrete.

Nonda Katsalidis
Fender Katsalidis

About Nonda
Nonda is the co-founder of Fender Katsalidis and the inventor of the Unitised Building system.

Presentation Overview
This presentation looks at some of Fender Katsalidis's highly awarded, multi-disciplinary designs which span a diverse range of categories including multi-residential, cultural, commercial, aged care and hotel typologies. Nonda shares the inspiration behind the 3D virtual modelling and building information systems that have made Fender Katsalidis an industry leader.

John Woodside
J Woodside Consulting

About John
John attended Melbourne University, worked in Melbourne for four years and then in London for four years. He then worked for John Connell and Associates, then Connell Wagner (now Aurecon) from 1976 to 2000. He was on the AS 3600 committee from 1986 until 1998. He has specialised in the structural design concrete buildings and including prefabricated concrete. John is an Honorary Member of the CIA (2005) and awarded the Lewis Kent Award in 2011 by the IStructE. In 2006, he was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering and eminence in consulting engineering.

Presentation Overview
Achieving high-quality precast concrete for the Cadogan Song School, WA

This project exemplifies the highest level of architectural prefabricated concrete achievable in Australia. It is represents excellence in prefabricated concrete and ability to achieve the shape and form that the architect required. Like any project of such complexity, there were challenges along the way. Where the prefabricated concrete was concerned, the challenges spread across the design, manufacture, transportation, and erection of the elements. The Cardogan Song School in Perth was awarded the Kevin Cavanagh Trophy awarded by the Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA) at their Biennial Conference in Adelaide on the 24 October 2017, the highest award the CIA makes every two years.

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