Queensland / Northern Territory

The Queensland / Northern Territory Branch is an active community of architectural practices and provides a platform for members to create one-to-one relationships with peers, and to learn and grow in all stages of a practice’s journey.

Your ACA experience is built on your engagement to connect with other like-minded people in the profession, and to broaden your knowledge and skills through participation at events, webinars, roundtables, forums, and social activities.

ACA leaders

Members step up to serve on the Committee of Management, which includes representatives from small, medium, and large practices. They volunteer their time to serve as leaders for the wider profession and are responsible for the branch’s activities, financial management and initiatives to advocate and cultivate meaningful change.


ACA –  QLD / NT has conducted face-to-face activities such as lunch forums and site tours for many years. With COVID restrictions, the 2020 program was delivered through a series of webinars, enabling us to reach members throughout Queensland, Northern Territory and nationally. The program included:

  • Site Tour – Brisbane North State Secondary College, Fortitude Valley
  • Lunch Forum – The Architect’s Role in Industry Reforms presented by Bronwyn Weir, co-author of the Building Confidence Report (Shergold Weir Report)
  • Seminar – NCC Training for Architects (two sessions)
  • Five Roundtable Discussions – Post COVID-19, WHS returning to the Office, Resilience and the Road to Recovery, Conversation with the Queensland Government Architect
  • Six Webinars – Know Your Award Update, Risky Business 2020, Making Carbon Matter, Section J Understand the NCC requirements, Succession Planning – prepare for the unexpected, Cracking the Code by Board of Architects Queensland
  • Seven Architects Mental Wellbeing Forums

ACA National Salary Survey

ACA – QLD/NT has driven the annual National Salary Survey since 2013. This provides members with vital information about their position within the broader marketplace and develops important longitudinal data about architectural remuneration. The survey gathers data on 31 different roles, along with details on salary packages and conditions and geographic location. Architects are in a competitive market for both labour and projects, and the better informed we are the better we can strategise and respond.


The ACA is a leading industry body representing architectural practices to government and other organisations. We aim to raise the standing of the architectural profession in the broader community through our engagement with government and other industry bodies. Committee members are represented on a range of industry groups including:

  • Office of the Queensland Government Architect – Robert Wesener
  • AACA Expert Reference Group – Charmaine Kai
  • Pathway to Registration Project – Denis Waring
  • Risk Working Party – Robert Wesener
  • AIA Practice Committee – David Porgand

Priority issues include:

  • National Registration framework
  • Stimulus package
  • Procurement
  • BAFO
  • Risk allocation

Queensland / NT Partners

We would like to thank our Corporate Partners for their ongoing support of the ACA QLD/NT branch and our activities. Some of our Corporate Partners offer a range of formal and informal CPD presentations. Contact them directly for their range of CPD presentations.

Find out more about ACA – QLD/NT activities and events


ACA – Qld / NT President

Gilda Donegan


Executive officer

Leanne Williams



GPO Box 737
Brisbane, Qld 4001


1300 653 026

ABN 80 790 409 794

ACA – Qld / NT Committee

Gilda Donegan (GHDWoodhead)

Vice President/AMWF
Brett Hudson (Peddle Thorp)

Charmaine Kai (8i Architects)

Denis Waring (PW Architecture)

Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum
Justine Ebzery (Fulton Trotter Architects)

Salary Survey/Sponsorship
Mark Williams (Mark Williams Architects)

Industrial relations
Ben Madden (Cottee Parker Architects)

NT representative
Steven Huntingford (Huntingford Architecture )

Mark Kennedy (Counterpoint Architecture)

Adam Perrier (Bloc Design Qld)

Immediate Past President
Robert Wesener (Fulton Trotter Architects)




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