ACA - SA August Update

John Held , 18 August 2018

With events, advocacy and support for young practitioners and established practices, ACA – SA is always a hotbed of activity. John Held outlines the latest.

It might have have been pouring with rain, with the guest speaker nowhere to be seen at the appointed time due to delayed flights, but the seventy architects who attended the July lunch with Sean Godsell talking about his practice (without a single image, mind you) certainly warmed to his talk about his vision of the profession. Read the lightly edited version of his talk here.

Our committee is planning a similar event next year – more details soon!  Particular thanks to Simon Thomson and Sascha Byrne for organising!

Sean Godsell event

Government Procurement

We hope to receive a briefing on the upcoming schools capital works program (formerly known as the BBS) at the next meeting of the Construction Industry Forum in early September. We understand briefs for the first 30-odd projects now listed on the DPTI website will soon be out to tender, with three or four architects tendering for each project.  We understand that traditional procurement will be used rather than D&C; and on the larger projects we have also been advocating for cascading appointment of consultants.

We have noted there needs to be a forum between DPTI and the design professionals as used to be the case – there are a number of both major and minor issues which require discussion to avoid some of the issues we have seen in recent times.  We will keep you posted, and continue to advocate for good procurement practice and good design being essential to government procurement.

Upcoming Events For Your Diary

4.30–6pm 20 September: ACA Roundtable – a discussion with cost planners. More details soon!

Staff Performance Reviews

One project we have commenced at a local level is to collate resources on methodologies for reviewing staff (and directors) performance. If you are interested in contributing, contact Ian Hore for more details.

Keith Neighbour Study Group

Best wishes to those study group members sitting for their registration exams this coming week! Over twenty participated in this group, with around 12 taking the exam.

Tendering Guidelines

Don’t forget the new tendering guidelines – jointly developed by the MBA, ACA and AIA – are available for use and recommended reading for recalcitrant clients!

John Held is ACA – SA President and a director of Russell & Yelland.

Photos: Brendan Hinton.