What Does the 2016 Federal Budget Mean For Architects?
The 2016 Budget Impact Survey indicates a fairly neutral overall response to the 2016 Federal Budget by architectural practices. The good news is that a over half of respondents are busier than last year, although not all are more profitable. John Held considers the findings.
ACA - SA 2016 President's Report
It’s been another busy year for the SA branch of the ACA. Membership has increased and feedback is positive.
ACA - SA December Update
The last SA update for 2015. (Have you done the State of the Profession Survey yet?)
ACA - SA November Update
There is a real opportunity to work on the new 'design-led' schools program in South Australia. John Held explains – and how ACA can help.
A Year of Highlights for ACA - SA
This year has been a busy one for ACA – SA, with increased membership and plenty of new initiatives for research, advocacy and engagement.
SA President’s Report, 2013 - 2014
John Held, ACA – SA President, reports on the previous year and on plans for the future.
Specifying local content is important to South Australia's economy. A recent ACA – SA Round Table explored the issue with Industry Participation Advocate Ian Nightingale.
The Power of Sharing Stories
ACA National President John Held invites members to share their stories, views and impressions on how to create better places to live, work and be.
It is always busy at ACA – SA. John Held outlines recent events and activities.
ACA - SA Advocacy - February update
ACA – SA has kicked off 2014 with energy and enthusiasm. John Held provides an update on recent advocacy and initiatives.
John Held, New ACA National President
John Held, long-time ACA – SA President, is the new ACA National President. He introduces himself and plans for the future.
SA 2016: A year in review
President John Held reports on a busy year for ACA in South Australia. Membership has risen, there’s generally a better vibe about the amount of work around.
Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?
John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.
I've Looked at Clouds From Both Sides Now ...
John Held considers the opportunities and costs of cloud computing in small practice.
A Question of Standards
With the high cost of accessing Australian Standards, how can we expect high levels of compliance in the building industry? Easy access to clear, understandable Standards must be a priority, argues John Held.
ACA President's Comment
As architectural practices face uncertain futures in the time of COVID-19, ACA National President John Held discusses the importance of sharing stories, ideas, and love and consideration for each other.
How Can Architects Take Action?
As governments tackle systemic issues in the building industry, John Held outlines some of the ways that architects can make an impact.
News from SA
There is a lot planned in SA for 2017. John Held provides an update.
May News from ACA - SA
ACA – SA President John Held provides an update for May 2015.
Learning Environment Opportunity Study
ACA – SA has been working closely with the SA Department of Education and Child Development to introduce a new type of planning study for schools.
John Held provides an overview on recent discussions at the COAG Building Ministers Forum regarding the Shergold-Weir Report, Building Confidence.
ACA - SA March 2016
Procurement, research, registration and roundtables – a brief update on a very active month at ACA – SA.
John Held reports on the recent Australian Construction Industry Forum meeting.
ACIF Forecasts in Practice
John Held reflects on how the ACIF Forecasts are used at Russell and Yelland.
The Gap Between Authority and Expertise - BIM and Government Procurement
John Held reflects on the importance of the educated government client and architects who have a sophisticated understanding of the client organisation.
Australian Construction Industry Forum Update
John Held provides an update on recent ACIF activities.
ACA - SA June Update
John Held updates members on ACA – SA activities and discussions.
Give SA graduates a chance!
South Australia produces some great architecture graduates. ACA – SA argues that they should also have the chance to design buildings for their universities as they proceed with their careers.
When Will Architects Be in the Firing Line?
Every day a new story hits the headlines outlining a case of workplace exploitation and underpayment. John Held ponders when architecture’s long hours culture will hit the front pages, and what the ACA can do to help ensure we have fair and efficient businesses.
News from SA
ACA – SA has a number of events and activities planned for 2018. John Held gives us a quick rundown.
Research in Practice
John Held reflects on conjunctions of research and practice in a talk presented at the Australian Institute of Architects Flipped Forum, which asked ‘Can practice lead research?’
May News from SA
ACA – SA is forging ahead with advocacy around the procrement of STEM works and proposed changes to government contracts.
President's Report - April 2019
National President John Held discusses long hours, unpaid internships and the value in getting involved.
What does the 2015 Federal Budget mean for architecture?
The message from the 2015 Federal Budget Impact Survey is clear – some short-term gains for some, but few long terms benefits.
News from SA - August
30 years of ACA – SA. John Held outlines current work, and reviews the last year of advocacy and action.
Celebrating 50 years of ACA - SA
ACA – SA celebrates 50 years with an event at the SA Architecture Museum.
SA Workplace Health & Safety Working Group
A new working group in South Australia aims to rationalise the work health and safety material presented to architects.
News from ACA - SA
The ACA – SA's latest update features a strong program of events and advocacy for 2017.
Where to Now?
John Held argues that we need to take both collective action and individual responsibility if we are to address the complex, tangled problems of procurement, quality and risk.
What Keeps Architects Awake at Night?
How do we ensure our profession remains relevant and vibrant? John Held draws threads through the many issues facing architecture and the construction industry, and asks how can we support each other as we face the future.
Improving Government Procurement in South Australia
ACA – SA is on the front foot with changes in government procurement – a report on the recent DPTI priorities survey.
Building Commissioner Auditing Not Enough
The NSW Government announcement of a new Building Commissioner to audit building design and construction does not go far enough. Government needs to investigate the construction contracting methods, relationships and behaviours that affect building quality and safety.
ACA President’s Comment
As disaster strikes, John Held discusses the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences, and the broader role of the architect in society.
Building Confidence: The Shergold-Weir Report and its Implications for Architects
The Shergold-Weir Report argues for better quality documentation and improved oversight. ACA – SA President John Held digs down to see what the recommendations might mean for architects.
Step Up, Don’t Step Back
John Held argues that stepping up to the small stuff is also the path to improving the profession's wider role in society.
News from South Australia
ACA – SA President, John Held, with an update on recent on recent discussions around procurement, limits of liability and other issues.
ACA - SA April update
John Held outlines recent and upcoming events and activities.