Association of Consulting Architects

The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) leads the discussion on business matters in architecture in Australia and is the key body representing architectural employers in Australia.

The ACA was founded in 1987 as the national peak body representing the interests of employers in industrial matters. It now addresses the “business of architecture” more broadly, with industrial relations as a vital core of ACA activity.

The ACA helps architectural firms navigate the changing world of practice by providing regular advice and information on business and employment matters, by promoting awareness of and discussion about business issues, and by advocating for better business practices and legislative frameworks. 

Through this leadership, support and advocacy, the ACA helps to ensure the long-term health and viability of the profession, and thereby supports the important contribution that architecture makes to our cities, environments, communities and cultures. 

The ACA has branches in all states. Activities, initiatives and advocacy are framed by the Strategic Plan and national co-operation is facilitated by the National Executive Committee.

ACA members cover the spectrum of practice sizes – from sole practitioners to large practices – and include a range of business types, from individuals to partnerships and companies. 




National President
John Held 

Executive Officer
Michelle Eades 

1300 653 026


Box 17
Flinders Lane Post Office

Melbourne VIC 8009

ACA Mission

The ACA mission is to ensure the business of architecture is best positioned to make profits, without undue risk. The mission has four pillars:

  • To research, review and communicate the metrics of architectural business, utilising best practice industry benchmarking;
  • To be recognised as the key industrial spokesperson representing the architectural profession at national and state levels of government;
  • To advocate proactively on behalf of the profession to empower the business of architecture as a key role in the formation of our built environment;
  • To be the first point of reference for key business issues. For example: Employment Contracts, Redundancy, Industrial Relations, Work Health and Safety, Standards and Contracts (namely, AS 4122; Sub-Contractor Agreements).