ACA - SA April update

John Held , 11 April 2015

John Held outlines recent and upcoming events and activities.


Our first roundtable this year is on Wednesday 29 April at 4.30 pm at Brown Falconer’s office, 28 Chesser St Adelaide.

We will canvas ideas on the structure and progress of our research grant awarded by the Architectural Practice Board of SA on the changing state of the Architectural Profession in SA. Justine Clark, who will undertake much of the work, will be present.

We really need the feedback of the profession in SA to make this study worthwhile – make sure you come!

Sue Phillips and John Held were guests on The Plan radio show recently to talk about the project – the podcast is available here.

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Subconsultant Agreement – National Webinar

The new subconsultant agreements developed by the Simon Thomson of the SA branch with Minter Ellison and with sponsorship from Minters and Planned Cover are now available. SA will host a national lunchtime webinar on Wednesday 6 May (noon for 12.30) at Brown Falconer’s office, 28 Chesser St Adelaide. Speakers will include Steve Lewis from Minter Ellison and Cos Cirocco from Planned Cover. Booking will be via the national webinar system.

Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide SA Launch

The Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide was launched in SA on 19 March, with Paul Viney from ACA – Vic/Tas presenting to a large crowd at the Bradley Forum. It was an informative session and the interest has generated a number of new ACA members in SA. All members should have received their login details, and feedback is welcomed.

DPTI Procurement

The reorganisation of DPTI has meant it has been difficult to

We have a meeting in the next few weeks with Paul Gelston, Chief Operations Officer of DPTI, to get a better understanding of how Building Procurement will be affected by the changes.

David Kilpatrick has agreed to coordinate a group looking at improving the prequalification process and documentation – please contact him at

Practice Administrators Group

A group of practice managers met at the beginning of April for lunch to discuss topics of mutual interest. For more information on future meetings of the Practice Administrators Group, contact Sascha Byrne on

Build SA – BIM

BuildSA is series of seminars running throughout 2015. The focus is on bridging the gap between what BIM promises and how it is actually delivered on projects in South Australia. BuildSA will give industry leading and proven workflow solutions for anyone interested in getting the most out of BIM on projects in Adelaide. It will concentrate on collaboration rather than specific software and is for all sectors of the industry. For further information see

Keith Neighbour Study Group

The latest group of prospective registrants sat for their exam last week. We wish them all the best!

MBA Tendering Guidelines

We have commenced discussion with the MBA on the tendering guidelines, last updated in April 2004. We believe it needs updating, especially when many tender documents are issued electronically. Anyone who would be keen to help with this task should contact Graham Hardy

Vale Nicole Edwards 

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Nicole Edwards. Nicole was highly respected as the Principal Architect of DPTI Building Management. We extend our sympathies to her husband, ACA – SA Vice President Simon Thomson, and their daughter Georgina.

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