About ACA

The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) leads the discussion on business matters in architecture in Australia. The association is a registered employer body under the Fair Work Commission, representing architectural employers.

The ACA was founded in 1987 as the national peak body representing the interests of employers in industrial matters, including workplace conditions and Award negotiations. This remains the basis of ACA’s charter, with oversight by the IR Subcommittee. In addition, the association has a responsibility to positively influence practice management in architecture and to engage in the wider industry. As a result, the ACA now addresses the “business of architecture” more broadly, with industrial relations remaining 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 covering all branches and territories in Australia. 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

Chief Executive Officer
Angelina Pillai

Executive Officer
Sian Jepson

1300 653 026

NSW/ACT: nswact@aca.org.au
VIC/TAS: victas@aca.org.au
WA: wa@aca.org.au
SA: sa@aca.org.au
Qld/NT: qldnt@aca.org.au

Box 17
Flinders Lane Post Office
Melbourne VIC 8009

ABN 25 619 781 055

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).

The ACA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia.