The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Angelina Pillai as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Consulting Architects.
As we kick off another year, we feature a wide-ranging interview with the first female Vice President of the National Executive Committee and President of the NSW / ACT branch.
The year has begun with a focus on quality – and the lack of it. ACA President John Held considers what architects and the ACA can do to improve the quality of the built environment.
The NSW Government announcement of a new Building Commissioner to audit building design and construction does not go far enough. Government needs to investigate the construction contracting methods, relationships and behaviours that affect building quality and safety.
The final report of the inquiry into non-conforming building products was tabled by the Senate Economics References Committee in December 2018. Subtitled “the need for a coherent and robust regulatory regime”, it aims to strengthen accountability and compliance in relation to building products.
NATSPEC’s National Construction Product Register is a new tool to ensure quality control and reduce the number of non-conforming products in the Australian built environment. Emma Green from NATSPEC Communications tells us more about how it works.
In 2018, HHH Architects celebrated its 40th anniversary on the Gold Coast, an opportune time to reflect on past achievements, succession planning and the challenges ahead.
Professor Tom Kvan argues the case for broad access to a design-based education and points out the profound societal benefits it brings.
In the wake of the Opal Tower debacle, Michael Hegarty explores the role of the Clerk of Works, and the need to return this key project role to Australian construction sites.
The Queensland government recently issued a series of reforms to improve security of payment for subcontractors. Risk Manager Cordilia Thomas looks at the detail.
Join the ACA – QLD/NT on 19 February for a site tour and presentation at the new Howard Smith Wharves development.
What difficulties can ensue if client and architect fall out? Christopher Larcos has prepared a fascinating case note on a recent court decision that could affect architects who take over mid-project.
Please join the ACA and Parlour at Notre Dame University on 21 March for a presentation on the Parlour Census Report, and a discussion about future action and advocacy.
The QLD/NT Committee has a full program of events for 2019. Update your diaries and keep an eye on your inboxes for individual invites.
Issues raised at the ACA – SA's recent Welcome Breakfast will help to inform this year's calendar of roundtables, lobbying and major events.
The NSW/ACT branch is planning a three-week online forum with the mission to reconsider the culture of the architectural profession and the culture of building more widely, reports Michael Lewarne.
As we head into another busy year, David Brian offers a summary of news and events from the QLD/NT Branch Committee.
Do you have something to say about the way practitioners can be involved in architectural education? The AACA is looking for a mix of architects to take part in focus groups nationwide.
Matthew Tence provides an update on ACA – VIC/TAS plans for the year.
The ACA – WA Committee is delighted to announce its calendar of events for 2019. More details will be provided in the new year.
The ACA – SA Committee is delighted to announce its calendar of events for 2019. Put the dates in your diaries! More details to come.
Join the ACA – SA Committee and Cbus to learn all about Single Touch Payroll at our next event in Adelaide.
Current fragmented systems for procuring and delivering complex building projects are compromising the built outcome, to the detriment of the consumer, the public and the built environment professions. Stephen Pearse argues that the building procurement process needs a complete defrag.