CEO Report – May 2024

20 May 2024

Angelina Pillai recently attended the two-day Wellbeing of Architects symposium, opening Day 2 (Practice day) with a moving Welcome that spoke to her own personal commitment to the work of improving wellbeing in architecture. She also chaired the Peak body session, which included representatives of the Institute, EmAGN, ArchiTeam and the NSWRB.

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ACA Architects’ Time/Cost Calculator – Version 4

14 May 2024

The new and improved Architects’ Time/Cost Calculator Guide (TCCG) helps businesses effectively manage their projects’ time and costs. The TCCG calculations provide a fundamental knowledge base for practices when developing fee proposals, based in the specifics of their practice. It assists practices of all sizes to assess the time and costs involved in providing an appropriate level of service for a wide range of building types.

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Guides to Wellbeing in Architecture Practice

10 May 2024

The ACA is delighted to share the Guides to Wellbeing in Architecture Practice, an output of the Wellbeing of Architects research project, of which we are a proud partner. The Guide topics have particular relevance to the business of architecture, and we encourage all members to download the Guides and put them to work in their practices.

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Five steps for getting ahead

3 May 2024

In what feels like a crowded market, how do we differentiate ourselves? Ryan Loveday offers five practical steps to get ahead, from selling tangible outcomes and building visibility around expertise, to growing your community and relationships, and prioritising client service. He also throws in several excellent book recommendations.

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National Reconciliation Week 2024

14 May 2024

Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June 2024) is an opportunity to engage with First Nations culture, truth-telling and continuous living history. Each year, Reconciliation Australia collates a list of public events in each state and territory. It’s a fantastic resource for practices keen to celebrate and acknowledge the week. We encourage members to register for a local event and get involved.

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Engineered stone prohibition from 1 July 2024

15 May 2024

New engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs will be prohibited in Australia from 1 July 2024. Commonwealth, State and Territory Work Health and Safety (WHS) Ministers have agreed to a number of key implementation matters, with some adopting six-month transitional periods.

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Wellbeing of Architects Symposium recap

20 May 2024

The Wellbeing of Architects Symposium on 8–9 May was a two-day event of rich layered discussions around mental wellbeing in architecture. Educator and practitioner Sarah Hobday-North did a brilliant job live-posting about the event. Here she offers a summary and some food for thought.

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BoSP and medium density – a recap

20 May 2024

More than 65 people attended the recent Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event in Fremantle, which focused on recent medium-density housing advocacy and reform. ACA WA Committee member Emily van Eyk shares her observations.

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BoSP SA – Managing Client Expectations

28 May 2024

One of the main reasons for discontent with architectural services is the tension between budget and design expectations. Discussions about finances can be particularly difficult. Join us in Adelaide on 18 June for an insightful Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event with an expert panel offering strategies for effective client management. Book now!

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Unsettling Country

6 May 2024

The ACA SA is hosting a series of lunchtime talks that will explore the opportunities and privileges of working on Country and with First Nations people. These talks are an opportunity for Adelaide practices to share knowledge, network and build the cultural understanding of their staff. Our first talk will be held on 30 May at Brickworks during Reconciliation Week.

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Brisbane BoSP Launch

14 May 2024

The ACA is excited to launch the Business of Small Practice series in Brisbane. These casual, relationship-focused events are aimed at providing radical transparency to help you ground your practice and grow it sustainably – whatever that looks like for you. We are kicking off with Kate Fitzgerald from Whispering Smith and Rebecca Caldwell from Maytree Studios for the launch night on Friday 14 June. Book now!

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Centred in the regions

20 May 2024

The Regional Architects Association is offering ACA members a 15% discount for their upcoming multi-day June event in Yamba on the north coast of NSW. A varied program of activities will include a studio visit, walking tour, engaging speakers, social meals, house visits and a refreshing dip in the ocean.

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Optimising your practice management systems

10 May 2024

Join the ACA and Callum Bruce from Management for Design (M4D) on Wednesday 5 June, for an introduction to practice management systems. Learn how to get the most from your current system, how to assess if it is time to move on and how to review potential new systems to successfully meet the needs of your practice.

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First Nations Webinars, Courses & Websites

4 April 2023

There are a number of excellent CPD webinars, courses, audio recordings, podcasts and websites available that aim to help practitioners gain a better understanding of First Nations knowledge and designing with Country. General courses on Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion and Cultural Competence are also extremely valuable to help build understanding and cultural competence.

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Top priorities for practice leaders 2024

26 April 2024

Join Deltek’s Megan Miller and the ACA’s Matthew Tence as they delve into this year’s industry trends revealed in the 2024 Deltek Clarity Report. Engage in an interactive discussion about emerging technology trends, strategic business planning, workplace dynamics and finding efficiencies when managing projects. 

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