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The ACA was founded in 1987 as the national peak body representing the interests of employers in industrial matters. It now addresses the “business of architecture” more broadly, with industrial relations as a vital core of ACA activity.
The ACA helps architectural firms navigate the changing world of practice by providing regular advice and information on business and employment matters, by promoting awareness of and discussion about business issues, and by advocating for better business practices and legislative frameworks.
Through this leadership, support and advocacy, the ACA helps to ensure the long-term health and viability of the profession, and thereby supports the important contribution that architecture makes to our cities, environments, communities and cultures.
ACA members cover the spectrum of practice sizes – from sole practitioners to large practices – and include a range of business types, from individuals to partnerships and companies.
The ACA mission is to ensure the business of architecture is best positioned to make profits, without undue risk. The mission has four pillars: