Managing for happiness

Managing for Happiness

14 June 2016

Nurturing a company culture of opportunity and challenge, support and appreciation is not just about giving you a warm fuzzy feeling – it can increase your bottom line. Rena Klein makes the case.

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Productivity through design thinking

How to Improve Productivity with Design Thinking

19 April 2016

Your staff are the best people to work out how to improve the productivity of your practice. Rena Klein explains the benefits of an Operational Improvement Charette, and provides a guide to running one. 

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Becoming a B Corp

Becoming a B Corp: Using business for the power of good

8 August 2016

Lee Hillam outlines the process of becoming a B Corp and the benefits that flow from it.

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Practice Administrators Group

Practice Administrators Group

29 August 2016

The ACA – SA Practice Administrators Group meets informally to discuss matters of common interest.

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Want to be more profitable?

Want to be More Profitable? Here's How.

11 March 2016

How can small architectural practices be more profitable? Rena Klein outlines the issues to consider, and some strategies for getting started.

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Measuring productivity

Measuring Productivity

11 March 2016

What is productivity and how should we measure it? Robert Peake reports on recent survey findings and suggests strategies for architectural practices.

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TimeCostCalculationGuide

Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide

9 February 2015

The Architects’ Time/Cost Calculation Guide is a vital tool to assist practices in assessing the time and associated costs involved in providing an appropriate level of service for a broad range of building types. 

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Embracing technology

Is Cloud the Answer?

24 March 2014

ACA Qld's April lunchtime forum offers members an opportunity to understand the main drivers behind cloud migration.

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Building a business

10 Principles for Building an Architectural Business

31 May 2014

How do you build an architectural business? Charles Justin offers 10 principles to guide a practice.  

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PI Insurance

New Insurance Agreement re AS 4122

13 March 2014

A new agreement with Planned Cover means that architects insured with it after 17 March are automatically covered for the current version of AS 4122 – 2010.

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Insurance and Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attacks and Insurance

13 August 2015

What are the exposures of hacking and other cyber criminal activity to your business? Alex Conlon of BJS Insurance Brokers considers the issues in this emerging risk area.

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ACA WIRE
Starting your architecture practice

Mihaly Slocombe has written a series on what you need to know to set up practice. Topics include: Chutzpah, Clients, Identity, The Law, The Studio, Electronics, Cashflow, Support Team, Community, and The Future. Their engaging blog, Panfilocastaldi, includes a range of posts about the business of architecture, as seen through the eyes of a newish, youngish practice. 

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Head in the cloud

Head in the Cloud

3 May 2014

Is it reassuring or not to be told there are many definitions for ‘the Cloud’? Dean Wood reports and reflects on a recent ACA – WA event.

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Research in architectural practice

Research in Architectural Practice - 6 ways for architects to create upstream knowledge

18 October 2016

How can your practice amplify its research capability? Peter Raisback suggests six strategies. 

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ACA WIRE
The Technology Paradox

“For architects, technology isn’t about productivity. Keeping up with technology is a way for firms stay competitive in the marketplace.”

Interesting article by Daniel Davis on The Architect, which argues that standard measures of productivity are not very helpful when considering architectural work and output. Instead Davis suggests that “we should reconsider what it means to be productive in the construction industry as well as the benefits that technology affords our practices, our clients, and society as a whole”.

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Join the ACA

Join the Association of Consulting Architects

2 April 2014

ACA | The Business of Architecture

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Managing for profitability

Managing your way to profitability

12 September 2017

Dynamic leadership, talented employees, exciting projects and appreciative clients mean little if a firm is stressed and struggling with its bottom line, says Jennekin Dicks. Managing profitability well can make all the difference.

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6 Business Tips

6 Business Tips for Architects

6 June 2017

How do you increase the value of your business and put your clients front and centre? Lindy Johnson shares six helpful tips.

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10 Challenges 10 Actions

Ten Challenges / Ten Actions

15 December 2014

Leone Lorrimer outlines ten challenges facing architecture and ten actions we can take to turn these challenges into opportunities.  

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AusSearch ACA

ACA + AusSearch

5 November 2015

‘AusSearch for ACA Members’ is an online service that enables fast and efficient searching for the documents you need for site analysis and property services.

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Mental health for small business

Mental Health for Small Business Owners

18 August 2017

Self-care is often not a top priority in the life of the small business owner, but it is the most fundamental – not only to your personal health and wellbeing but the success of your business. 

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ACIF Forecasts in Practice B

ACIF Forecasts in Practice

4 December 2013

John Held reflects on how the ACIF Forecasts are used at Russell and Yelland.

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I've looked at cloud from both sides now

I've Looked at Clouds From Both Sides Now ...

9 April 2014

John Held considers the opportunities and costs of cloud computing in small practice.

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Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

13 May 2014

The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.

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Making Strategy Happen

Making Strategy Happen

5 November 2014

Does your practice have an effective strategic plan? Robert Peake, of Management for Design, outlines the importance of strategy, and suggests some ways to get started. 

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We need to talk about money

We Need to Talk about Money

15 October 2017

Peter Raisbeck provides a snappy outline of the ten profit drivers of small architectural practice.

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An Insurance Perspective

An Insurance Perspective on the Assumed Liability Exclusion in AS 4122-2010

3 December 2013

Damian Harrison comments on recent concerns about the ‘assumed liability’ exclusion in AS 4122–2010.

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LOng hours

Go Hard or Go Home!

20 March 2017

Lee Hillam reflects on the long-hours culture in architecture.

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Software costs

A Cautionary Note on Software Cost Structures

19 July 2016

Software costs structures are changing; this could have significant impact on your business’s long-term profitability. ACA – WA outlines the issues.

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Fee Structures and Productivity

Fee Structures and Productivity Output

6 November 2014

How do we improve practice profitability? Job-by-job, day-by-day. Greg Wines reports on the discussion at the ACA – Qld/NT’s November event. 

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ACA WIRE
What do Architects do in a Financial Crisis?

The Autumn 2013 issue of Architect Victoria canvases the question.

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Part of the Territory?

Part of the Territory? A response from the ACA

20 March 2017

Poor workplace cultures and conditions are bad for everyone – employee, employer and the wider profession. David Wagner responds to one recent account. 

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Supporting Mental Health

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

10 July 2017

The topic of mental health is receiving increasing attention in architecture. So, how can you ensure that your practice is safe and healthy? ACA partner Cbus works with SuperFriend to provide knowledge and resources about mental health, some of which is shared below. 

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SA Practice Administrators

Join the SA Practice Admin Group!

18 August 2017

The ACA – SA Practice Administrators Group meets regularly to share knowledge, views and experiences. New members welcome.

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PI Insurance & AS 4122 - 2010

PI Insurance & AS 4122 - 2010

29 December 2013

Does signing the AS 4122 – 2010 General Conditions of Contract put your PI insurance at risk? The ACA – WA is working to rectify this. Richard Young, ACA – WA President, outlines the issues and progress thus far.

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Successful Leadership Succession

Successful Leadership Succession

7 March 2015

How do you develop a clear, effective process for succession in your practice? Robert Peake outlines the key issues and strategies, and warns of problems you may encounter. 

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Business Systems survey results

Business Systems Survey Results

14 October 2017

Do you know where to start when choosing a new business management system for your practice? 

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Insurance and risk

Professional Indemnity Insurance, Risk and AS 4122

28 March 2014

Jack Birrell on the things to consider when choosing your insurance provider.

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BIM and Insurance

BIM and Insurance

6 March 2015

What are the insurance implications of BIM for architects? Alex Conlon of BJS Insurance Brokers considers the issues in this emerging field.

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IT Pricing & the  Australia Tax

A Report into IT Pricing

4 September 2013

Why are IT products more expensive in Australia and what is being done about it?

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