CEO Report – July 2024

3 July 2024

Why does the ACA exist? What was its genesis? What is its role when it comes to industrial relations? Who assists us in advocating for architectural employers to the Fair Work Commission? Angelina Pillai takes us through a little recent history and highlights the important work the ACA does in the IR space.

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Farewell and Thank you 2024

3 July 2024

Our branch committees recently said goodbye to a number of departing committee members – people who had volunteered their time, energy and commitment to build resources, plan events, share knowledge and advocate for their colleagues in the industry. We thank each and every committee member for all their hard work and dedication.

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Stepping Up on Navigating Downturns

2 July 2024

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for an important conversation about navigating economic cycles in ways that are fair and equitable. Our speakers include Emma Williamson, WA Government Architect; Lynette Apostolou, Chief Operating Officer of AJC Architects; and Pragya Gupta, Senior Associate at Gray Puksand.

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AMWF – Promoting a Healthy Workplace

1 July 2024

Our final event in the AMWF online toolkit series tackles two important topics – championing an active mindful approach and promoting a healthy workplace. On Thursday 1 August, we will hear from Loren Willis, Rob Henry, Michael Gay and Michael Lewarne, as they share their stories and strategies around wellbeing initiatives in practice and prioritising exercise and group activities.

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AMWF Melbourne wellbeing talk with Wayne Schwass

9 July 2024

The ACA is proud to present wellbeing advocate and former professional sportsman Wayne Schwass for a free interactive discussion about wellbeing and connection. Join us at Brickworks on 1 August for an evening of stories and conversation. Leave with tools and strategies to have authentic conversations with staff, family and friends on mental, emotional and physical wellbeing to help you and others thrive. An opportunity not to be missed. Book now!

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Decoding Social Procurement

28 June 2024

What key elements of social procurement are practices being asked to respond to? How do your social procurement goals align with your business strategy? How do you communicate your goals and plan to achieve them? Join the ACA and marketing strategist Alicia Brown on Tuesday 30 July for an online presentation on decoding social procurement in practice.

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The Architects Award

1 July 2024

All architectural businesses must understand their obligations under the Architects Award. Here we include a short overview of the award, the ACA’s role in negotiating it, and the assistance we provide to members regarding the Award. Updated Awards are available to all ACA members.

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The Art of Specifications

10 July 2024

While specification writing is often a challenge that practices struggle to fully resource, SLCspec has built a passionate team of architectural professionals who are dedicated to this critical work. General Manager Sophie Rodgers takes us through the genesis of the company, the joy of taking on diverse project work, and the opportunities found in the modern construction industry.

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Career Development Conversations

26 June 2024

Do you have a standard performance review process? Is it fit for purpose? The Champions of Change Architecture Group believes that regular development-focused conversations are a much better way to support individual professional growth. The group has developed the Career Development Conversations toolkit to encourage practices of all sizes to implement a process of regular meaningful conversations throughout the year.

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SA Business of Design Lunch 2024

23 June 2024

The Business of Design Lunch returns to Adelaide in August – a unique opportunity to hear prominent designers talking about their business. This year the ACA SA Committee is delighted to welcome Clare Cousins as our guest speaker. Don’t miss it!

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Presenteeism and Work

26 June 2024

The Champions of Change Architecture Group argues that considered, structured conversations are an effective way to address presenteeism within practices and offers a guide to get started – Presenteeism and Work: A Talking Toolkit. 

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Unfair Contract Terms CPD webinar

29 June 2024

Join us on 8 August for an informative webinar on unfair contract terms. Learn about critical topics such as professional indemnity insurance, novation, warranties, variations, resourcing, time frames, dispute resolution, proportionate liability, IP and moral rights. Learn how to identify, assess and mitigate risks. Book now!

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BoSP Brisbane with Warwick Mihaly

29 June 2024

The ACA QLD/NT Committee is excited to host the next Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event on Friday 9 August. Join us for a casual, informative evening with a special guest presentation on fees, profit and tracking business metrics by Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe. Limited tickets available. Book now!

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Carer’s Leave

26 June 2024

The Champions of Change Architecture Group has conducted a series of in-depth interviews to better understand the diverse experiences of parents and carers, and the barriers they face. Carer's Leave: Greater equity for all outlines the findings and offers detailed recommendations and topics for consideration.

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Psychological Safety & Wellness

26 June 2024

What is psychological safety and how does it impact on equity, inclusion and wellbeing in the workplace? Understanding Psychological Safety and Wellness in the Workplace aims to raise awareness around psychological safety, demonstrate the benefits for both employers and employees, and offer strategies and frameworks to encourage workplaces to pursue a significant cultural shift.

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Women in Ownership/Partnership

26 June 2024

What are the structural barriers to women attaining ownership or partnership positions? Research conducted by the Champions of Change Architecture Group identifies the challenges and provides concrete recommendations in the Women in Ownership/Partnership in Architecture and Design toolkit.

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Power & Privilege

26 June 2024

How do power and privilege impact career progression and opportunity? The Champions of Change Architecture Group has conducted a demographic survey of practice leaders that provides a preliminary evidence base. They offer a set of recommendations to help understand the impact of privilege and how leaders can use their power to improve equity for others.

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