National Executive Committee

The ACA National Executive Committee is guided by the ACA Strategic Plan. The committee works to identify opportunities and needs relating to the business of architecture. This includes exploring new initiatives, developing resources, and coordinating and supporting state and territory activities.

The entire management of the ACA business and its financial operations are vested in the NEC, under the leadership of the CEO.

National Executive Committee

National President

John Held (ACA – SA President)

John leads the ongoing strategic development of the ACA. John’s areas of interest include communication and collaborative practice models, particularly BIM. John is a director of Russell and Yelland in Adelaide.


Vice President

Agi Sterling (ACA – NSW / ACT President)

Agi is focused on building communities within architecture, and on strengthening the ACA community in New South Wales and the ACT. Agi is director of Sterling Architects.



Paul Viney (ACA – VIC/TAS President)

Paul focuses on the development of tools to assist ACA members to run effective, efficient and profitable practices. Paul is a director of FPPV Architecture in Melbourne.



Kukame McPierzie (ACA – WA President)


Kukame’s key priority is to proactively engage with ACA members, industry and government – listening to the issues and advocating for better policy and business conditions. Kukame is the Perth Studio Chair at Woods Bagot.

Gilda Donegan (ACA – QLD/NT President)


Gilda is President of the ACA – QLD/NT Branch and the Studio Director of GHDWoodhead (Qld), where she leads a diverse team to deliver large infrastructure projects primarily in the health, transport and defence sectors.

Past Presidents

Kieran Wong

Steve Kennedy

Steve led the ACA for five years from 2012–2017 and broadened ACA activities to encompass the business of architecture in accordance with the Strategic Plan. Steve is the principal of Kennedy Associates Architects in Sydney.

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