2017-07-10

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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2017-07-10

Five tips for successful novation

Five Tips for Successful Novation

10 July 2017

For better or worse, it seems that novation is here to stay. So, how can consultants get the best outcomes on novated projects? Wendy Poulton of informed suggested five key factors that can lead to a better novation experience.

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2017-06-06

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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2017-05-23

Short form architect client agreement

Short Form Architect Client Agreement

23 May 2017

Just three pages and a cover letter, the ACA Short Form Architect Client Agreement is a fair and balanced model contract for use on small to medium sized projects.

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2017-05-10

Preconditioned to succeed

Negotiation tactics: Preconditioned to succeed

10 May 2017

Preconditioning is a negotiation tactic with a friendly facade and a dangerous bite. Ian Motley from Blue Turtle Consulting shows us how to use the preconditioning tactic to our advantage.

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2017-05-09

Fee proposal

ACA Member Offer - Fee Proposal Workshops

9 May 2017

Blue Turtle is offering ACA members a 10% discount on its Fee Proposal Workshops around Australia in May and June. 

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2017-04-17

Social media

Social media in practice - a case study

17 April 2017

Emma Brain outlines CODA's approach to social media, which has enabled the Fremantle-based practice to build a national profile and engage with clients and colleagues across the country. 

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2017-04-04

Who take the risk?

Who Takes the Risk?

4 April 2017

Wendy Poulton reflects on the changing landscape of risk in architectural practice, and offers a check list of ten things to look for in commercial consultancy agreements. 

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2017-03-20

LOng hours

Go Hard or Go Home!

20 March 2017

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

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2017-03-20

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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2017-02-16

Do your contracts contain unfair terms?

Do Your Contracts Contain ‘Unfair Terms’?

16 February 2017

What will the new Unfair Contract Terms law mean for architects? Planned Cover and Jackson Macdonald take a look. 

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2016-11-10

ACA WIRE
What Do Clients Think of Architects?

Outcomes of the RIBA survey on client attitudes are mostly positive, with most clients pleased with their projects overall and rating architects' design skills highly. Less positively, architects work in managing the process was less well rated and contractors were less satisfied than other clients. The report includes a discussion of implications and opportunities, which will provide useful reading for architects in Australia also.

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2016-10-28

Beware the Nibble

Negotiation - Beware the Nibble

28 October 2016

One of the least ethical negotiation tactics clients can use is the nibble. Design fee consultant Ian Motley explains what it is and how to strategise to achieve a good outcome for all.

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2016-10-18

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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2016-10-08

Why Still Charge by the Hour?

Architecture and Design Fees: Why Hourly Rates?

8 October 2016

The value of a company today is based on ideas rather than assets or staff numbers, so why do architects still charge by the hour? Ceilidh Higgins explores the possibilities for non-traditional fee structures.

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2016-08-29

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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2016-08-08

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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2016-07-19

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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2016-06-14

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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2016-04-19

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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2016-03-11

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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2016-03-11

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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2016-03-10

Splitting the difference

Splitting the difference

10 March 2016

Is 'splitting the difference' really fair? Ian Motley explains how to respond to suggestions in fee negotiations. 

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2015-12-03

Security of Payment Q&A

Using the Security of Payment Act - Q&A

3 December 2015

Robert Macindoe has successfully used the Security of Payment Act to recover outstanding fees. He answers key questions about the process.

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2015-12-03

Seven Step Guide to using the Security of Payment Act

A Seven-Step Guide to using the Security of Payment Act

3 December 2015

Robert Macindoe offers a guide to using the Secuity of Payments Act, based in firsthand experience. 

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2015-11-05

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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2015-11-04

When to Stay Silent

When to Keep Silent in a Fee Negotiation

4 November 2015

Ian Motley discusses body language, the power of silence and how architects can turn these tactics to their advantage. 

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2015-08-13

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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2015-08-07

Good cop bad cop

Are you the Good Cop or the Bad Cop?

7 August 2015

Ian Motley provides advice on how to respond when potential clients use the 'good cop / bad cop' tactic during fee negotiations.

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2015-05-12

Growth Ownership and Exit

Growth, Ownership & Exit Strategies Conference

12 May 2015

The Growth, Ownership and Exit Strategies conference will exploreinternal and external options for transitioning ownership in professional services firms of all kinds.

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2015-05-10

Unfair contracts

Unfair Contract Terms

10 May 2015

The Federal Treasury has committed to extending unfair contract protections to small businesses. Mario Dreosti provides an overview. 

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2015-04-12

Negotiating

Are You Negotiating Against Yourself?

12 April 2015

Ian Motley argues that fee erosion is often the result of standard negotiation tactics. He explains how to recognise when you are ‘negotiating against yourself’  and how to avoid it. 

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2015-03-07

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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2015-03-06

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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2015-02-10

Professional Services Subcontract

Professional Services Subcontract

10 February 2015

A new Professional Services Subcontract is available for members to use when a back-to-back agreement is required with the Lead Consultant.

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2015-02-09

Architects Time/Cost Calculation Guide

Launching the ACA Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide

9 February 2015

The ACA is delighted to announce the launch of the Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide.

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2015-02-09

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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2014-12-15

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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2014-12-15

Is Everyone Experiencing This?

Is Everyone Experiencing This Right Now?

15 December 2014

Design fees, scope creep, government projects: Alexandra Howieson reflects on the state of the nation.

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2014-12-15

Trust, Fees, Experience

Trust, Fees and Experience

15 December 2014

Richard Choy argues that the profession needs to clearly value professional skills and expertise, and to invest in the young.

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2014-11-06

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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2014-11-05

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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2014-11-04

Construction happiness index

Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?

4 November 2014

John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.

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2014-11-03

Fee structures and productivity

Fee Structures and Productivity Output

3 November 2014

The next ACA – Qld / NT event is a panel discussion on fees and productivity. 

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2014-10-15

Presenting to Govt

Presenting to Government

15 October 2014

How architects present in government contexts can have a large impact on their chances of getting the job, or gaining support for a project. Jill Garner, Victorian Associate Government Architect, offers some tips. 

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2014-10-05

Planning approvals

Navigating planning systems

5 October 2014

Planning lawyer Paul Vergotis offers a set of tips to help manoeuvre an architectural project through planning systems from proposal to success. 

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2014-10-03

The Art and Science of Increasing Profits

The Art and Science of Increasing Profits

3 October 2014

Ian Motley argues that the profession needs to radically rethink the overall approach to fees and pricing work. 

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2014-09-14

No more best and final offer

No More 'Best and Final Offer' in Qld!

14 September 2014

The Queensland Government has removed ‘Best and Final Offer’ processes from all tendering procedures. 

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2014-09-02

Setting architectural fees

Architectural Fees: what, how and where to...

2 September 2014

Antony Di Mase canvasses the complexities of setting fees and the valuing of architectural work, arguing that we need consensus on how fees are determined. 

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2014-09-02

Fixed fee scale

New Fixed Fee Scale from Victoria's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

2 September 2014

Good news on architects fees from Victoria.

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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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ACA WIRE
Price is positively correlated with the value perceived by clients

“In times when every practitioner is struggling with price-down pressures, these research findings are as vital as life blood itself.”

This blog post by professional services consultant George Beaton draws on his company's research about profesional services in general, but architects should find it useful in the current tight fee environment.

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2014-08-04

Into the abyss – fee cutting and architecture

Into the Abyss

4 August 2014

Does excessive fee-cutting mean the profession is presiding over its own demise? George Zillante outlines the issues. 

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2014-07-28

Unfair contract terms

Unfair Contracts Consultation Submission

28 July 2014

The ACA’s submission to the Treasury consultation on Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections To Small Businesses. 

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2014-07-09

VicSmart

VicSmart

9 July 2014

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2014-06-10

John Pastorelli

John Pastorelli workshops

10 June 2014

Step into the creative sandpit – two workshops in Tasmania with John Pastorelli.  

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2014-05-31

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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2014-05-30

UNfair contracts

Unfair Contract Terms

30 May 2014

The Australian Government is investigating the use of unfair terms in contracts, with the intent of providing better proteaction for small business. Have your say in the consultation phase. 

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2014-05-13

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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2014-05-13

Lawyer, financiers, architects report

Lawyers, Financiers, Architects

13 May 2014

How can financiers, architects and lawyers find better and fairer ways of working together? Ian Hore reports on a recent ACA – SA round table discussion.

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2014-05-03

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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2014-04-09

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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2014-04-02

Join the ACA

2014-04-01

Writing better emails and managing your inbox

Making Email Work

1 April 2014

Useful tips from Prodonovich Advisory.

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2014-03-28

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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2014-03-24

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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2014-03-13

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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2014-03-13

Head in the cloud

Is Your Head in the Cloud?

13 March 2014

ACA – WA's first event for 2014 asks, What can cloud technology do for an architectural practice?

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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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ACA WIRE
The first rule of architectural fees is that you don't talk about architectural fees.

Interesting essay about fees in the US, the need for better business models and smarter approaches to compensation. From Architect magazine.

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2014-02-02

Fees 2

Getting Paid: Security of Payment

2 February 2014

Peter Sarlos explains the Security of Payment Act and how architects might use it to their benefit.

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2014-02-02

Fees and PI Insurance

More on Fees and PI Insurance

2 February 2014

Damian Harrison, of BJS Insurance Brokers, responds to Peter Sarlos’s concerns about PI insurance precluding claims for fees.

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2014-01-29

ACA WIRE
What do Architects do in a Financial Crisis?

The Autumn 2013 issue of Architect Victoria canvases the question.

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2014-01-25

Architects & Social Media

Architects & Social Media

25 January 2014

How can architects use social media effectively for business and professional development?

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2014-01-25

Architecture & Marketing

Architecture & Marketing

25 January 2014

A collection of articles to help you think about the role of marketing in your practice.

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2013-12-29

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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2013-12-06

ACA RESOURCE_GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT

AS4122-2010 General Conditions of Contract

6 December 2013

The ACA recommends members use AS4122–2010, General Conditions of Contract for consultants.

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2013-12-04

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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2013-12-03

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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2013-11-11

Fees 3

Fees & Professional Indemnity Insurance

11 November 2013

Does your PI insurance preclude claims for fees? Peter Sarlos outlines the issues. 

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2013-10-11

Update on the Review of AS 4000 - 1997

Australian Standards General Conditions of Contract Review

11 October 2013

David Slinn updates members on the Australian Standards General Conditions of Contract Review.

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2013-09-11

Conditions of Engagement in Western Australia

Conditions of Engagement in WA - An Update on Negotiations

11 September 2013

Richard Young reports on progress in addressing concerns about the Architectural Services Panel Conditions of Engagement.

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2013-09-09

Architectural  Practice Board of SA CODE OF CONDUCT

Architectural Practice Board of SA Code of Conduct

9 September 2013

The new Code of Conduct released by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia requires extra material to be added to standard architect client agreements.

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2013-09-04

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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2013-09-03

Fees 1

Fees - Being Able To Do What An Architect Should Do

3 September 2013

Peter Sarlos on the challenges of calculating fees and conveying the value of an architect's work to clients.

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2013-06-13

WA Government Contracts Update

WA Government Contracts

13 June 2013

An update on ACA – WA's ongoing advocacy for better conditions of engagement in government contracts.

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2013-06-12

Releasing CAD Files to Clients

Releasing CAD Files to Clients

12 June 2013

Architects are increasingly being asked to release CAD files to clients. What are the implications of doing so? Damian Harrison of BJS Insurance Brokers gives an insurance perspective.

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