Building Quality
New CEO - Angelina Pillai

ACA's First CEO Appointed

7 February 2019

The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Angelina Pillai as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Consulting Architects.

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Agi Sterling

Agi Sterling

21 January 2019

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. 

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Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

19 January 2019

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.

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Building Quality

Building Commissioner Auditing Not Enough

13 February 2019

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.

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non-conforming building products

Key Findings from Non-conforming Building Products Inquiry

5 February 2019

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.

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NATSPEC NCPR

New Construction Product Register

7 February 2019

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.

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HHH Architects

HHH Architects

7 February 2019

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.

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50% member discount
Prof Tom Kvan

Don't Throttle Design Education

30 January 2019

Professor Tom Kvan argues the case for broad access to a design-based education and points out the profound societal benefits it brings.

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Michael Hegarty thumb

Bring Back the Clerk of Works

17 January 2019

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.

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Security of Payment

Building Industry Fairness

19 January 2019

The Queensland government recently issued a series of reforms to improve security of payment for subcontractors. Risk Manager Cordilia Thomas looks at the detail.

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Howard Smith Wharves

Howard Smith Wharves

5 February 2019

Join the ACA – QLD/NT on 19 February for a site tour and presentation at the new Howard Smith Wharves development.

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ACA Business Toolbox
Copyright Infringement

Copyright Infringement

1 February 2019

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.

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KNOW YOUR AWARD
Data at Work

Data at Work in WA

7 February 2019

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.

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Qld/NT Calendar of Events

QLD/NT Calendar of Events

2 February 2019

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.

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ACA – SA Update

SA February Update

6 February 2019

Issues raised at the ACA – SA's recent Welcome Breakfast will help to inform this year's calendar of roundtables, lobbying and major events.

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Sustainable Archi Futures Forum

Futures Forum in the Works

6 February 2019

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.

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Qld/NT Update

ACA - QLD/NT February Update

5 February 2019

As we head into another busy year, David Brian offers a summary of news and events from the QLD/NT Branch Committee.

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Practitioner Focus Groups

AACA Seeks Participants for Focus Groups

4 February 2019

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.

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Vic/Tas Update

VIC/TAS February Update

7 February 2019

Matthew Tence provides an update on ACA – VIC/TAS plans for the year. 

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WA calendar

Extensive Event Program for 2019

12 December 2018

The ACA – WA Committee is delighted to announce its calendar of events for 2019. More details will be provided in the new year.

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SA 2019 Calendar

SA Calendar for the Year Ahead

10 December 2018

The ACA – SA Committee is delighted to announce its calendar of events for 2019. Put the dates in your diaries! More details to come.

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Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll Event

15 February 2019

Join the ACA – SA Committee and Cbus to learn all about Single Touch Payroll at our next event in Adelaide.

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Stephen Pearse

Defragging Procurement

20 February 2019

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.

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