Community

Sharing knowledge and experiences is an important way to advance the profession. The ACA supports a range of platforms and groups to help facilitate connection and build community. This happens at the branch level through targeted groups and member events, and nationally via a series of published profiles and case studies. We encourage all to get involved.

2021-08-03

A Guide for Mental Wellbeing

3 August 2021

The Australian AMWF has adapted the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit (UK), with local resources and simple practical advice to individuals and practices on coping with the stresses of an increasingly pressured profession. Available for download today!

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2020-09-08

Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in Australia

8 September 2020

The ACA is delighted to take the lead on the development of an Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) in Australia, which will build on the great work being done by AMWF in the UK. Forums were established in Victoria, Queensland and NSW in 2020, with SA and WA groups up and running in early 2021.

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2020-02-07

Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program

7 February 2020

The Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program assists those sitting registration exams in South Australia.

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2020-11-05

SA Practice Administrators Group

5 November 2020

The ACA - SA Practice Administrators Group meets informally to discuss matters of common interest.

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2021-08-03

Mental Health First Aid Courses

3 August 2021

With one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness every year, and COVID amplifying the stresses of life even further, the need for education around mental health is more important than ever. Here we explore some of the options.

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2021-08-03

Employee Assistance Programs

3 August 2021

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) aim to improve wellbeing among employees and their families, and to offer expert on-call assistance when needed. Early intervention can help alleviate stress and reduce the likelihood and severity of serious work-based and personal problems.

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2021-08-02

AMWF State by State Roundup

2 August 2021

The AMWF (Australia) was just starting to get off the ground when COVID hit in early 2020. Since then, we have established forums in five states, with groups regularly meeting online and face to face to share knowledge, experiences, research and strategies in a bid to support architects’ mental health in the workplace.

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2021-08-02

Business of Small Practice – Fee Talk

2 August 2021

Join the ACA and the Business of Small Practice (BoSP) for a timely chat about managing fee variations on Wednesday 25 August.

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2021-08-01

Physical Office Environment

1 August 2021

The quality of the physical office environment in which you work, whether in practice or at home, can have a huge impact on wellbeing and productivity. Section five of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit offers tips on how to make positive adaptations to work spaces.

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2021-08-01

Championing an Active, Mindful Approach

1 August 2021

Regular movement, physical exercise and mindful activities help to improve mental wellbeing during the work day but also productivity. The final section of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit offers useful reminders on prioritising group activities and exercise.

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2021-08-01

St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training

1 August 2021

The WA branch is proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.

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2021-08-01

Promoting a Healthy Workplace

1 August 2021

Adopting wellbeing initiatives in practice is important, but monitoring how these are going should also be a priority. Section seven of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit offers tips and resources around maintaining a healthy, positive and supportive workplace.

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2021-08-01

Technology

1 August 2021

New technologies can help us complete tasks more quickly and efficiently, as well as offering us increased accessibility and convenience – but there is a downside. The sixth section of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit warns against us becoming slaves to new technology, with increased stress and information overload.

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2021-08-01

Contracts, Clients & Deadlines

1 August 2021

Low fees, under-resourced projects and difficult clients can have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of all within practice. The fourth section of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit tackles these important issues.

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2021-08-01

Caring for Students, Interns & Graduates in Practice

1 August 2021

The third section of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit emphasises the importance of structured development and a supportive environment to help make the work/study balance as easy as possible for students, interns, and graduates on the pathway to registration.

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2021-07-31

Support Systems & Education

31 July 2021

How can support systems and workplace training opportunities help staff wellbeing? The second section of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit offers tips and resources on creating a mentally healthy workplace.

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2021-07-31

Office Culture & Overtime

31 July 2021

Successfully managing stress levels within the workplace is an important component of long-term health for anyone. The first section of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Toolkit covers the importance of a good healthy office culture, effective time management and prioritising time away from work.

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2021-07-29

The Power of Vulnerability

29 July 2021

Being vulnerable is challenging but it’s often necessary to make change happen. Modelling vulnerability is the action of a leader, writes Michael Lewarne.

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2021-07-14

Business of Design in SA – A Recap

14 July 2021

On Tuesday 8 June, the ACA – SA Committee was delighted to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency. Three attendees offer a recap.

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2021-07-14

New Competencies, Building Reform & Upcoming Projects

14 July 2021

AACA CEO Kathlyn Loseby joins the organisation at an exciting time, with new competency standards to finalise and roll out, automatic mutual recognition on the way, and other new programs in development.

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2021-07-14

Work-related Wellbeing Survey

14 July 2021

Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. The ACA is proud to support the major research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, and encourages all to participate in this important survey on work-related wellbeing.

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2021-07-11

Risky Business 2021

11 July 2021

The popular annual Risky Business webinar, held in July 2021, featured expert speakers offering legal, insurance and practitioner insights on how to actively manage risk in practice.

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2021-07-05

WA Business of Design Lunch

5 July 2021

The WA Committee have rescheduled their Business of Design Lunch to Friday 20 August 2021 with guest speaker Adrian Fini.

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2021-06-28

WA Update – Advocate, Connect & Inform

28 June 2021

The WA Committee outlines activity and priorities for the last six months and plans for the year ahead, with a strong focus on quality information, advocacy and connection.

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2021-06-27

SA – Advocacy, Mental Wellbeing & Culture

27 June 2021

The ACA – SA has had a strong focus on advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture, and have welcomed the return of their popular series of face-to-face business lunches. 

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2021-06-27

NSW/ACT – Advocacy & Education, Events & Plans

27 June 2021

The NSW D&BP Act has been a key focus for the NSW/ACT Committee in the first half of 2021, with ongoing advocacy and a suite of seminars to assist members in understanding the implications of the new legislation, writes Jennifer Crawford.

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2021-06-25

VIC/TAS – Advocacy, Business Toolbox & AMWF

25 June 2021

The VIC/TAS Committee has prioritised government advocacy, presentations of the ACA Business Toolbox and further development of tools for members in the first half of 2021.

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2021-06-25

QLD/NT Recap – Learn, Change & Adapt

25 June 2021

QLD/NT President Gilda Donegan provides a recap of the first six months of 2021, a period where the key themes were to learn, change and adapt!

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2021-06-09

Champions of Change webinar

9 June 2021

On Wednesday 23 June, the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (QLD/NT) will host a special online discussion on wellbeing in the profession with Monica Edwards and Brett Hudson from the Champions of Change Coalition.

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2021-06-06

Insurance & the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act

6 June 2021

The NSW/ACT branch committee is delighted to present Simon Gray and Carina Bogaard from Planned Cover on Wednesday 23 June to discuss the D&BP Act and its insurance implications.

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2021-06-02

ArtMade Architects

2 June 2021

Keeping clients’ interests at the forefront is a key priority for Surry Hills–based ArtMade Architects, who have won Client’s Choice Awards two years running.

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2021-05-27

Designing Practice with Emma Williamson

27 May 2021

The ACA – SA Committee is excited to host its popular annual Business of Design Lunch on Tuesday 8 June with guest speaker Emma Williamson from TheFulcrum.Agency.

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2021-05-13

dwp | design worldwide partnership

13 May 2021

Longstanding ACA member dwp has grown through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth over recent years and now has 12 studios across eight countries.

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2021-05-13

NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act Part 1 – A Recap

13 May 2021

NSW/ACT committee member Jennifer Crawford provides a comprehensive recap of a recent ACA event about NSW building reform, where legal counsel Christopher Larcos took us through the legal implications of the D&BP Act.

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2021-05-12

NCC Update for Architects

12 May 2021

The ACA – QLD/NT branch committee is hosting a lunch forum on the National Construction Code on Wednesday 26 May with guest speaker Michael Moran.

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2021-05-12

PI Insurance – Past, Present & Future

12 May 2021

Planned Cover National Business Manager Cos Cirocco reflects on the evolution of PI Insurance in the building industry, the impacts of the NSW D&BP Act on the insurance market, and future changes and complexities in the industry.

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2021-05-11

New BGGS Science Learning Centre

11 May 2021

Last month, the QLD/NT branch committee organised a site tour of the seven-storey Science Learning Centre at the Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Ray Giarola provides a recap.

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2021-05-10

NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act event series – Part 2

10 May 2021

The NSW/ACT branch committee is delighted to present Matt Press, Director of the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner, on Thursday 20 May to discuss the Construct NSW strategy and what it means for architects.

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2021-05-08

May Update from WA

8 May 2021

The ACA – WA reflects on the successful (and impactful) Medium Density Symposium and asks members to save the date for an upcoming event on the Business of Design.

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2021-05-08

Refining the Missing Middle Blueprint

8 May 2021

New reform promises improved medium-density outcomes, but what key measures will better shape Perth’s urban future? Katie McDonald from Business News takes a look at WA’s proposed medium density planning policy and the ACA’s recent symposium in Perth.

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2021-05-03

Ideas for a Better Profession

3 May 2021

The NSW/ACT branch committee is delighted to present another face to face event on Thursday 27 May, with speaker Michael Lewarne exploring important questions about the nature of architectural practice and how we might do things differently in a post-COVID world.

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2021-04-14

Medium Density Symposium recap

14 April 2021

On 31 March, the WA branch hosted its most ambitious event yet – a symposium on the State Government’s proposed policy to guide medium density developments across Western Australia. Emma Brain provides a recap.

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2021-04-14

Medium Density Policy in WA

14 April 2021

The WA branch has been leading a series of initiatives aimed at engaging the architecture profession with the State Government’s draft Medium Density Code. Watch our short film featuring some of the designers who worked with DesignWA to shape this policy ... and then have your say.

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2021-04-13

Michelle Blakeley, Architect

13 April 2021

Architecture is a second career for Michelle Blakeley. Here, she talks about the advantages of age, the influence of her former career, and the founding of an organisation to build homes for people experiencing homelessness.

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2021-03-18

Design Matters: Medium Density Symposium

18 March 2021

The WA branch of the ACA will present a special Medium Density Symposium on Wednesday 31 March in collaboration with Open House Perth (OHP).

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2021-03-10

QLD/NT Branch Update – March 2021

10 March 2021

The QLD/NT Committee provides a branch update for March, with a welcome to new members, a new CPD webinar series, a review of the recent trivia night, and a look at the Jobsupport program used by Populous.

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2021-03-09

Architects Mental Wellbeing Breakfast in SA

9 March 2021

The ACA – SA Committee started the year with their annual welcome breakfast and the launch of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on 23 February.

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2021-03-09

WA Branch Update – March 2021

9 March 2021

It’s been a huge start to the year for the WA branch with two functions, an influx of new members and one new sponsor joining our community. Here’s a rundown of where we are at and where we are headed in 2021.

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2021-03-09

Welcome NSW/ACT Committee Members

9 March 2021

The ACA – NSW/ACT Committee is delighted to welcome four new elected committee members (from top left, clockwise): Jennifer Crawford, Ivana Simkovic, Justine Money and Fabricio Siqueira.

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2021-03-08

Susan Dugdale & Associates

8 March 2021

The small, busy team at Susan Dugdale and Associates have found that reputation and relationships are key when working in a remote regional location like Alice Springs.

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2021-02-24

Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum QLD/NT

24 February 2021

The QLD/NT Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum provides an update on recent activities, their plans for the year and an invitation to get involved.

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2021-02-22

WA Branch Launches Wellbeing Forum

22 February 2021

The WA branch is proud to launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on Wednesday 3 March.

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2021-02-08

New QLD/NT Branch President Gilda Donegan

8 February 2021

The Studio Director of GHDWoodhead in Queensland, Gilda Donegan, is our new QLD/NT Branch President. Congratulations Gilda! 

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2021-02-05

SA Breakfast & Architects Mental Wellbeing Launch

5 February 2021

As we embark on 2021 and look to the future, join the ACA – SA for a very special Welcome Breakfast as we launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum.

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2021-02-05

A Contemporary Heritage Approach

5 February 2021

The NSW/ACT branch of the ACA has joined forces with Sydney East Architects to host a special event on contemporary heritage matters in NSW on Wednesday 17 February.

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2021-02-05

New WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie

5 February 2021

The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of new WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie, who shares his first message for 2021. 

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2021-02-04

2021 Trivia Night

4 February 2021

Join the ACA – Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2021 Trivia Night on 26 February.

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2021-02-01

Kirby Architects

1 February 2021

The pandemic demanded rapid adaptation for Kirby Architects, but the experience was also empowering, revealing the possibilities of positive change and bringing the team closer and more determined to do great work.

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2021-01-31

New Victorian Ban for Combustible Materials

31 January 2021

From 1 February, Victoria will have much stricter prohibitions on ACPs containing polyethylene and expanded polystyrene, writes lawyer and risk manager Wendy Poulton.

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2021-01-30

WA Member Survey

30 January 2021

The WA Committee invites all West Australian members to complete our 4-minute survey!

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2021-01-29

Welcome Breakfast in WA

29 January 2021

The WA branch committee and incoming WA President Kukame McPierzie are hosting a welcome breakfast for members on Wednesday 17 February.

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2020-12-08

NSW/ACT Update 2020

8 December 2020

The NSW/ACT branch takes us through the highlights of the year, with a busy online webinar calendar, continuing advocacy around the Design and Building Practitioners regulations, some anticipated Committee changes and plans for 2021.

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2020-12-07

VIC/TAS Update 2020

7 December 2020

The VIC/TAS branch looks back on a challenging but productive year, when member resources, industrial relations and advocacy were at the forefront.

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2020-12-06

QLD/NT Update 2020

6 December 2020

The QLD/NT branch offers a summary of an extremely busy year, with a full event schedule and many priority issues to address through their advocacy.

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2020-12-06

Western Australia Update 2020

6 December 2020

Our WA branch offers an overview of 2020, a glimpse of upcoming advocacy and activity in 2021, and some reflections from our retiring WA President Malcolm Jones and Committee stalwart, Leigh Robinson.

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2020-12-06

South Australia Update 2020

6 December 2020

The SA Committee provides a 2020 recap on advocacy, events, roundtable discussions and regular Zoom check-ins, and outlines plans for the year ahead.

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2020-11-04

SA Roundtable on Post-COVID Reality

4 November 2020

Wellbeing, localism and optimism can summarise the discussion at the ACA’s recent Adelaide roundtable on the post-COVID reality for South Australia, writes Mario Dreosti.

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2020-11-01

Christmas Drinks in WA

1 November 2020

WA President Malcolm Jones and committee will host drinks on the rooftop of the Alex Hotel on 3 December to celebrate the start of the festive season.

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2020-10-22

Mental Wellbeing Resources - An Update

22 October 2020

The following updated resource roundup highlights the work of a number of key organisations, who have worked hard during the pandemic to support people at this difficult time and develop useful toolkits, online forums and other avenues of support.

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2020-10-03

Doing Documentation Better

3 October 2020

On 11 November 2020, guest speaker Alex Chistiakoff presented an ACA webinar on delivering high quality documentation efficiently and consistently. 

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2020-10-03

Getting the Balance Right

3 October 2020

Are we architects so we can be in business, or in business so we can be architects? The ACA and the BoSP forum met on 23 November for an insightful conversation about developing simultaneously as an architect and an entrepreneur. 

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2020-09-27

Xmas in WA - Save the Date!

27 September 2020

The WA Committee is excited to announce that our Christmas drinks are back on the rooftop of the Alex Hotel for another year!

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2020-09-27

Business Resilience with Bill Withers

27 September 2020

Join the WA Committee and tech entrepreneur Bill Withers on 15 October to explore how to build a successful and sustainable business, through challenges and adversity.

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2020-09-15

Succession Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected

15 September 2020

Having succession planning in place with a contingency is critical to the survival of your business. Join the ACA on Tuesday 6 October 2020 for a special presentation on Succession Planning from Daniel Orrell from Planned Life Cover.

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2020-09-08

Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in Australia

8 September 2020

The ACA is delighted to take the lead on the development of an Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) in Australia, which will build on the great work being done by AMWF in the UK. Forums were established in Victoria, Queensland and NSW in 2020, with SA and WA groups up and running in early 2021.

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2020-09-07

VicPulse Findings

7 September 2020

The ACA – Vic/Tas has released the results of the first VicPulse survey. Top level findings reveal worrying levels of work cancelled or on hold. On the other hand, the survey responses are quite positive in terms of wellbeing and many practices have been able to keep staff on due to the support of JobKeeper.

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2020-08-25

ACA - VIC/TAS News - August 2020

25 August 2020

As Victoria hits the halfway mark of Lockdown 2.0, we provide an update of recent activity in the Vic/Tas branch, with the VicPulse survey (still open), the new Mental Wellbeing Forum and a VBA Update of COVID-19 Guidelines.

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2020-08-11

Stage 3 and 4 Restrictions in Victoria

11 August 2020

One week into Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions in Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria, key information and resources for individuals and business continues to be rolled out. The following is a summary of useful information and links.

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2020-08-10

WA Update - August 2020

10 August 2020

The WA branch committee provides an advocacy update and is delighted to welcome three new committee members.

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2020-08-03

Targeted funding & thinking long term

3 August 2020

Justine Ebzery reflects on the need for targeted funding for new public housing, public schools and community health infrastructure, with adequate resources for design and planning.

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2020-08-03

JobKeeper, HomeBuilder & going solo

3 August 2020

Jennifer Crawford highlights the eligibility issues of JobKeeper and HomeBuilder, and describes her recent move back to the life of a sole practitioner.

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2020-08-03

Infrastructure of long-term benefit

3 August 2020

ACA – WA President Malcolm Jones reflects on JobKeeper, the flexible workplace, and the need for more resources for infrastructure of long-term benefit.

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2020-07-23

COVID-19 Building Industry Guidelines for Victoria

23 July 2020

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has issued an update of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the Victorian building and construction industry, incorporating recent changes to restrictions and government subsidies.

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2020-07-15

Investment Needed in Civic Projects & Social Housing

15 July 2020

ACA - Vic/Tas President and FFPV Director Paul Viney reflects on his experiences with past and present economic downturns, the need for more government investment in civic projects and social housing, and the challenges of COVID-19 and remote working.

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2020-07-14

WA Advocacy & Business of Design

14 July 2020

The WA branch is getting back into the swing of things, with an upcoming government meeting and the annual Business of Design lunch.

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2020-07-09

Risky Business 2020

9 July 2020

The 2020 Risky Business webinar covers common legal issues for architectural practices, with lawyer John Moore and Planned Cover manager Karen Meiklejohn.

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2020-07-07

Catch-up in Canberra - 29 July

7 July 2020

The NSW/ACT Committee and President Agi Sterling are delighted to invite you to attend our half-yearly get together in Canberra on Wednesday 29 July.

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2020-05-29

WA Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

Highlights for 2020 for ACA - WA have been three successful online events and continued government advocacy.

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2020-05-29

SA Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

The SA Committee has been focused on events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry and, in particular, with ongoing discussions relating to Government procurement policy.

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2020-05-29

QLD/NT Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

The QLD/NT Committee has focused on promoting the value of architects, industry engagement with representation on several committees, and a diverse program of events.

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2020-05-29

VIC/TAS Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

The VIC/TAS Committee has been extremely busy this year with the Industrial Relations Committee's work and several timely new additions to the ACA Business Toolbox.

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2020-05-29

NSW/ACT Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

The NSW/ACT Committee made a rapid shift to events online, continued its important advocacy work, and instigated key initiatives for the ACA Business Toolbox.

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2020-05-13

Construction Crossroads with David Chandler

13 May 2020

What will be the role of architects in light of the new Building Practitioners' legislation in NSW? Join the ACA - NSW/ACT and NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler on Wednesday 20 May for a special discussion on future directions for the construction industry.

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2020-04-29

COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building and Construction Industry

29 April 2020

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has released the latest version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the building and construction industry in Victoria.

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2020-04-24

NCC Training for Architects

24 April 2020

Could you have a better understanding of the National Construction Code? The ACA is offering a CPD training course on 12 and 26 May in conjunction with Philip Chun to upskill architects in respect to using the NCC for Commercial Buildings.

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2020-04-24

LinkedIn for Architects - 6 May

24 April 2020

How can you use LinkedIn to communicate your practice's point of difference, build your networks and land new clients? Join the ACA on 6 May for an online event with LinkedIn expert, Kylie Butler, to discover how you can best leverage this vital networking and marketing tool to stand out from your competition.

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2020-04-20

Remote Working Advice

20 April 2020

Working remotely can be challenging and disruptive, and requires realistic expectations and a flexible approach, says Charmaine Kai of Brisbane-based practice 8i Architects.

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2020-04-20

Innovation, Resilience & Relationship Building

20 April 2020

COVID-19 disruption has been all-encompassing, but there are signs of innovation, community resilience and relationship building emerging all around us, observes Kate Fitzgerald of Fremantle-based Whispering Smith.

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2020-04-20

Investment in Digital Design

20 April 2020

Existing investment in new digital platforms has meant that dwp|design worldwide partnership was well placed to switch to working mode when the COVID-19 crisis arose.

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2020-04-16

Planning for Health, Wellbeing & Financial Sustainability

16 April 2020

As Queensland prepared for lockdown, Cairns-based practice People Oriented Design worked on strategies with health, wellbeing and the long-term financial sustainability of the practice firmly in mind.

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2020-04-08

New Challenges & Modes of Working

8 April 2020

Hayball has explored varied modes of working and learning over many years, but the rapid shift to remote, distributed workplaces in the era of COVID-19 is a new challenge.

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2020-04-08

Managing Remote Teams Webinar

8 April 2020

Join the ACA for a Remote Working Webinar on 15 April, with leadership and communication specialists Hannah Fitzhardinge and Jeroen van Dalen.

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2020-04-08

Managing Small Business Finance in a Crisis

8 April 2020

Join the ACA - WA's Business of Small Practice (BoSP) team and Line Paras from business support agency Counting Clouds on 22 April for a webinar on how to manage small business finance in a crisis.

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2020-04-08

South Australian Snapshot

8 April 2020

The ACA - SA committee has completed a survey and organised a series of three broader roundtable video conferences to gauge member practice responses and experiences in the pandemic conditions currently in play. Very consistent themes emerged across all practices large and small.

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2020-04-05

Building on Existing Flex Systems

5 April 2020

For BVN, the transition to all staff working from home has been ‘seamless’. The ease of the move is an outcome of already having robust flex systems in place, a commitment to open honest communication, and a focus on health and wellbeing.

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2020-03-24

How are You Responding to COVID-19?

24 March 2020

Online support is more important than ever. The ACA invites architectural practices across Australia to share practice experiences, knowledge and strategies.

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2020-03-24

Communication, Autonomy and Initiative

24 March 2020

Brown Falconer is in the process of transitioning all staff to remote working. Mario Dreosti emphasises the importance of open communication and sharing both the knowns and the unknowns as essential to building trust, autonomy and initiative.

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2020-03-24

April Webinar - Marketing Gold

24 March 2020

In the first of our re-worked events that we are now presenting as webinars, communications expert Rachael Bernstone will teach us how to re-purpose our awards submissions into marketing gold on 1 April.

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2020-03-23

Policy, Process and Restricted Contact

23 March 2020

Thomson Rossi’s approach to managing the practice in the context of the novel coronavirus is guided by a COVID-19 Policy Statement, which establishes clear boundaries and habits. Simon Thomson explains that the intent is to keep the office open as long as possible.

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2020-03-22

Tight Financial Management and Open Communication

22 March 2020

TheFulcrum.Agency partner Emma Williamson explains how the consultancy is responding to COVID-19 and offers advice about how to proactively manage through a crisis while maintaining the cultural integrity of your practice.

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2020-03-22

Clear Communication and Patience

22 March 2020

Justine Ebzery outlines the steps Fulton Trotter has taken in response to COVID-19 so far, including clear, regular communication to clients and employees, transitioning to more work from home arrangements, and a focus on patience and kindness.

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2020-03-19

Trialling Remote Working

19 March 2020

Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick (TRCB) has been trialling staff working from home for a number of weeks. Leigh Robinson generously shares details about how this is working, lessons learned, and the guidelines the practice has developed.

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2020-03-16

SA Calendar of Events 2020

16 March 2020

Welcome to the ACA - SA calendar for 2020. We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year!

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2020-03-02

QLD/NT Update - March 2020

2 March 2020

The QLD/NT branch’s latest update includes the recent vertical school site tour, the 2020 event calendar, advocacy, CPD, committee members and corporate partners.

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2020-02-27

Juggling Home & Work

27 February 2020

Join the ACA for a lively online discussion about juggling home and work, practice and parenting with Melonie Bayl-Smith and Michael Lewarne.

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2020-02-26

Michael Lewarne

26 February 2020

Vice President of the NSW/ACT branch Michael Lewarne discusses his early career, lessons learned in practice, and the value of thinking critically, maintaining curiosity, and making space for opportunities along the way.

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2020-02-26

SA Welcome Breakfast 2020

26 February 2020

The ACA - SA Committee kicked off the year in style with a delicious breakfast spread at the President’s Welcome Breakfast on 13 February.

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2020-02-07

Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program

7 February 2020

The Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program assists those sitting registration exams in South Australia.

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2020-02-02

QLD/NT Calendar of Events 2020

2 February 2020

The QLD/NT Calendar for 2020 is once again jampacked with events, from lunch forums to panel discussions, site tours and trivia nights.

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2020-01-26

The Architect’s Role in Industry Reform

26 January 2020

Join the ACA - QLD/NT committee and guest speaker Bronwyn Weir for a special lunch presentation in Brisbane on Thursday 5 March on the architect’s role in industry reform. Book now for this unmissable event.

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2020-01-20

WA Calendar of Events 2020

20 January 2020

The ACA – WA Committee has a host of interesting events planned for 2020. Here’s a rundown. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more detailed invitations.

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2020-01-20

End of Year Celebrations in WA

20 January 2020

Our WA branch celebrated the end of the year with drinks at the rooftop bar of The Alex Hotel, with special guests and a broad range of members from all scales of practice.

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2020-01-12

WA 2020 Welcome Breakfast

12 January 2020

The ACA - WA Committee invites all members to a casual breakfast on Thursday 6 February to celebrate the start of a new year in business.

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2019-12-05

NSW/ACT Update - Advocacy, Events and Engagement

5 December 2019

The NSW/ACT Committee has had a strong focus on advocacy this year, joining other industry groups to lobby government for building reform.

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2019-12-04

SA Update - Events, Advocacy & Getting Involved

4 December 2019

In South Australia, 2019 was a year of events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry.

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2019-12-04

Qld/NT Update - A Jam-packed Calendar of Events, Surveys and Sponsorship

4 December 2019

The ACA - Qld/NT committee had another busy year, with two surveys, an extensive calendar of events and increased membership and expansion of sponsorship.

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2019-12-02

WA Update - Survey, Events & Plans for 2020

2 December 2019

The ACA – WA Committee offers an overview of 2019 and a glimpse of 2020’s upcoming initiatives.

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2019-12-02

ACA - Vic/Tas Christmas Drinks

2 December 2019

Raise a glass with the Vic/Tas committee and celebrate with end-of-year drinks in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 December.

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2019-12-02

Vic/Tas Update - Business Toolbox, IR & Events

2 December 2019

The ACA – Vic/Tas Committee have had a busy year of advocacy, events and business tool development, with plenty more to come in 2020.

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2019-11-25

Recap: SA Practice Managers Lunch

25 November 2019

Anna Roussos spoke at a recent ACA Practice Managers Lunch in Adelaide about the value of employee happiness in practice.

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2019-11-08

Gallery House Site Tour

8 November 2019

Join the QLD/NT Committee and Sandra Browne and Qui Lu from Cottee Parker for a site tour of Gallery House in Hamilton on 12 November.

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2019-11-07

SA Committee Hosts First BoSP Event

7 November 2019

The first Business of Small Practice (BoSP) forum in Adelaide was a great success, with keynote speaker Kate Fitzgerald and an insightful panel sharing their workplace experiences and advice on small practice. Ian Hore reports.

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2019-11-07

NSW Design and Building Practitioners’ Bill

7 November 2019

The ACA welcomes NSW draft legislation and supports the NSW Government’s efforts on building quality.

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2019-10-31

The Architecture of Emergency

31 October 2019

The ACA - WA committee is proud to support a public forum organised by the WA chapter of Architects Declare that will debate how we as a profession might tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

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2019-10-22

Insights from the NSW Land and Environment Court

22 October 2019

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the NSW Land and Environment Court and its relevance to architects with Chris Shaw and Tim Horton on 27 November.

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2019-10-22

Christmas Drinks in Canberra

22 October 2019

The ACA - NSW/ACT Committee is delighted to be hosting Christmas drinks in Canberra on Monday 25 November.
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2019-10-05

Money Matters Event Recap

5 October 2019

The Business of Small Practice forum series is an initiative of the WA Committee of the ACA. It brings together architects to share insights about the behind the scenes functions of practice. The third BoSP event in Perth focused on Money Matters.


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2019-10-01

Kosloff Architecture

1 October 2019

For Melbourne-based Kosloff Architecture, building a positive, healthy practice culture is a key priority, and achieving B Corp status an important step in the evolution of the practice.

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2019-09-19

The Digital Journey

19 September 2019

Book now for the Qld/NT branch committee's next lunch presentation on 18 October, when three guest speakers will discuss their digital journeys and the benefits of keeping on top of new tech.

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2019-09-08

Events, Advocacy and Education in QLD/NT

8 September 2019

Our Qld/NT branch update includes recent events, advocacy initiatives, education research and a couple of Save the Dates.

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2019-09-08

2019 Trivia Night

8 September 2019

Join the ACA - Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2019 Dinner and Trivia Night on Friday 25 October.

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2019-09-05

Business of Design Lunch & Industry Updates in SA

5 September 2019

The ACA - SA provides a review of activity over the last month, with events, new members and industry updates.

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2019-09-03

Recent Advocacy & Future Events in NSW/ACT

3 September 2019

The NSW/ACT committee offers an update on recent advocacy and outlines future events.

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2019-09-02

Business Toolbox Update & Events in Vic/Tas

2 September 2019

The Vic/Tas committee talks events, ARBV nominations and the business toolbox.

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2019-08-30

Building Industry Needs Significant Cultural Change

30 August 2019

Newly appointed Victorian State Building Surveyor Andrew Cialini says it’s time for the building industry to preference public safety and quality over cost, and to implement change for the good of overall outcomes rather than self-interest.

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2019-08-26

ABIC Contracts

26 August 2019

Join the ACA - NSW/ACT and Special Counsel Christopher Larcos on 16 October to learn more about the changes to ABIC Contracts.

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2019-08-15

The Architects Role, Fee-cutting and the Procurement Process

15 August 2019

On 29 August, the ACA - QLD/NT Committee will conduct an important forum covering the architects' role, skills and management, fragmentation of the procurement process and fee-cutting.

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2019-08-07

Aileen Sage Architects

7 August 2019

For Sydney-based Aileen Sage, early collaborations with artists, academics, innovators, larger architectural practices and other consultants have opened up a diversity of projects and opportunities.

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2019-08-02

Birrelli art+design+architecture

2 August 2019

As Birrelli celebrates its 25th year in business, Launceston-based architect and former ACA State President Jack Birrell reflects on the challenges and joys of practice on a remote island.

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2019-07-17

Victorian Government Leadership on Cladding

17 July 2019

The release of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Final Report and associated program of work is welcomed by the ACA, but the Federal Government must also take action to ensure a unified national approach.

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2019-07-09

NSW/ACT July Branch Update

9 July 2019

The NSW/ACT Committee is in planning mode, with several new events and initiatives planned for the coming months.

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2019-07-08

SA Branch Update

8 July 2019

The ACA - SA Committee announces three new upcoming events, welcomes a new sponsor, and outlines its most recent advocacy work with the DPTI.

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2019-06-12

QLD/NT President's Report

12 June 2019

As the end of the financial year approaches, QLD/NT Branch President Robert Wesener provides an update on the Committee's goals for the coming year.

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2019-06-10

Event Recap: Client Architect Agreement Update

10 June 2019

On 5 June, the NSW/ACT Committee ran an event to discuss Version 2 of the ACA Short Form Client Architect Agreement, with author and Legal Counsel Christopher Larcos. ACA - NSW/ACT Vice President Michael Lewarne recaps the main points of the presentation.

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2019-06-04

GHDWoodhead

4 June 2019

For multidisciplinary practice GHDWoodhead, growing the business is about strategic focus and working hard, with continued growth, global expansion and ongoing diversification the key ambitions.

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2019-05-21

Collective Action on Mental Health

21 May 2019

Ben Channon is an Associate and Mental Wellbeing Ambassador at Assael Architecture, and chair of the Architects' Mental Wellbeing Forum in the UK. Ben talks us through the forum's origins and ambitions.


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2019-05-21

Is Architectural Practice Making Architects Sick?

21 May 2019

Professor Naomi Stead, Head of Architecture at Monash University, is one of the champions of a proposed new research project currently under development, Mental Wellbeing of Architects and Architecture Students: Culture, Education and the Workplace, which aims to examine links between architectural culture and identity and mental wellbeing. Here, Naomi takes a quick look at the issues.

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2019-05-09

WA Event on Lacrosse

9 May 2019

Join the ACA - WA on 31 May for an exclusive luncheon presentation on the Lacrosse Fire ruling and its implications for architects.

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2019-05-08

Event Report: LEC Seminar

8 May 2019

On 1 May, there was a great turnout at a Sydney seminar on the NSW Land and Environment Court. ACA - NSW/ACT Vice President Michael Lewarne offers a recap.

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2019-05-04

Winter Architecture

4 May 2019

For emerging practice Winter Architecture, location is no obstacle to team collaboration, with employees located around Australia. Here, Director Jean Graham describes the practice’s origins, ambitions and determination to remain flexible, agile and openminded.

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2019-04-15

Quality Outcomes and a Culture Shift

15 April 2019

Architects and building certifiers found much common ground at a recent roundtable discussion in South Australia. Mario Dreosti reviews the main points, including the current appetite for increased speed and reduced cost over quality, and the importance of professional culture in effecting change.

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2019-04-01

Gender Equity Discussion in WA

1 April 2019

There was standing room only at the ACA's recent Data at Work event in Fremantle, which combined a presentation of Parlour's most recent Census Report with a panel discussion about future action and advocacy. Emma Brain reports.

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2019-03-28

Jackman Gooden Architects

28 March 2019

Darwin-based practice Jackman Gooden Architects prides itself on its success in collaborative projects, aligning with other local and interstate architects, specialist consultants and design-oriented building contractors.

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2019-03-25

WA Panel Discussion on Joint Ventures

25 March 2019

Join the ACA - WA on Thursday 4 April for a panel discussion on the merits and pitfalls of joint ventures.

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2019-03-04

IWD Reflections

4 March 2019

As International Women's Day 2019 approaches, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on her upbringing, the importance of seeing strong women leaders in public life, and the need to push for basic human rights for all.

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2019-03-04

Melonie Bayl-Smith

4 March 2019

Bijl Architecture founder and director Melonie Bayl-Smith shares the key lessons she has learned in practice, the value of mentoring programs, and the many benefits she has gained from involvement with professional organisations.

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2019-02-07

HHH Architects

7 February 2019

In 2018, HHH Architects celebrated its 40th anniversary on the Gold Coast, an opportune time to reflect on past achievements, succession planning and the challenges ahead.

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2019-02-07

VIC/TAS February Update

7 February 2019

Matthew Tence provides an update on ACA - VIC/TAS plans for the year.

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2019-01-21

Agi Sterling

21 January 2019

As we kick off another year, we feature a wide-ranging interview with the first female Vice President of the National Executive Committee and President of the NSW / ACT branch.

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2018-12-17

NSW Security of Payment Act

17 December 2018

The NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2018 has passed parliament.

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2018-12-12

BoSP2: Organisational Structure

12 December 2018

The ACA - WA recently held its second Business of Small Practice event, talking shares, trusts, asset protection and employee ownership.

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2018-12-10

Office of Regional Architecture

10 December 2018

Business courses, development programs and mentoring opportunities have helped motivate a reassessment and continual improvement approach for Rosalie Pech Eva.

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2018-11-05

Williams Burton Leopardi

5 November 2018

A series of challenges at Williams Burton Leopardi provided the impetus for a radical review and rethink of everything from client interactions to studio systems and processes.

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2018-10-12

Fulton Trotter Architects

12 October 2018

Ongoing strategic planning helps Fulton Trotter create a road map for future business development opportunities, ensuring they stay relevant and working in the markets that will sustain their business.

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2018-10-10

Lunch with MATES in Construction

10 October 2018

Join ACA - WA and Cbus on 2 November for a 'Lunch and Learn' about mental health on site and in practice.

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2018-09-21

The Business of Small Practice

21 September 2018

The ACA - WA’s first Business of Small Practice forum focused on the importance of the ‘connected economy’, with networking and relationships at its core, writes Rachael Bernstone.

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2018-09-21

John Held, New ACA National President

21 September 2018

John Held, long-time ACA - SA President, is the new ACA National President. He introduces himself and plans for the future.

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2018-09-20

Welcome Robert Wesener

20 September 2018

The ACA - Qld/NT has a new branch President. Congratulations to Robert Wesener! Robert will also be taking on the role of ACA National Treasurer.

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2018-09-20

Thank you Mark Williams

20 September 2018

Thanks to Mark Williams for his hard work and commitment.

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2018-09-19

Welcome Malcolm Jones

19 September 2018

The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Malcolm Jones as President of the WA branch.

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2018-09-12

The Mill: Architecture + Design

12 September 2018

Learning when to say no to the wrong client, the wrong project or the wrong situation in general has been valuable for Shannon Battisson of The Mill in Canberra.

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2018-09-06

Farewell from Kieran Wong

6 September 2018

ACA National President and WA Branch President Kieran Wong steps away from his leadership roles, and we thank him for all his passion and hard work.

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2018-08-27

New Building Product Ban in NSW

27 August 2018

The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading has announced a building product ban for certain types of aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding.

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2018-08-18

ACA - SA August Update

18 August 2018

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2018-08-14

ACA - Vic/Tas August Update

14 August 2018

The ACA - Vic/Tas branch has had a busy few months, with elections, a business toolbox seminar and ongoing feedback on the Victorian Schools Capital Works program.

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2018-08-13

Bryant Alsop Architects

13 August 2018

For Bryant Alsop, success comes from building strong relationships - with consultants, builders and suppliers as well as valued employees.

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2018-08-10

Mid-year Update from NSW/ACT

10 August 2018

The ACA - NSW/ACT branch has planned a host of interesting events for the second half of 2018.

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2018-07-17

PTX Architects

17 July 2018

A client focus and a reverence for place have been fundamental for Denmark firm PTX Architects.

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2018-07-16

ACA - SA Update

16 July 2018

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2018-06-12

SA Update

12 June 2018

Events and advocacy - John Held on ACA - SA activity.

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2018-05-15

The Latest News from NSW

15 May 2018

ACA - NSW/ACT has had a busy month, with several events and initiatives.

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2018-04-16

ACA - SA April Update

16 April 2018

The latest advocacy and events in South Australia.

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2018-04-02

Langoulant Review into WA Major State Projects

2 April 2018

An inquiry led by former under treasurer, John Langoulant, into recent WA state government projects and contracts has revealed gross incompetence and highlighted the need for a major reformation to current procurement processes.

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2017-12-18

SA Advocacy Update

18 December 2017

As the year draws to a close, ACA - SA continues to fight for the rights of architects, and the importance of procurement processes that support quality outcomes for the community.

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2017-12-17

A Year of Highlights for ACA - SA

17 December 2017

This year has been a busy one for ACA - SA, with increased membership and plenty of new initiatives for research, advocacy and engagement.

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2017-12-17

A Year of Events for ACA - Qld/NT

17 December 2017

ACA - Qld/NT President Mark Williams reflects on a year full of events and activity.

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2017-11-14

ACA - SA November Update

14 November 2017

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.

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2017-09-19

NSW/ACT Update

19 September 2017

ACA - NSW/ACT is moving ahead on a new program of events and initiatives.

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2017-08-21

News from SA - August

21 August 2017

30 years of ACA - SA. John Held outlines current work, and reviews the last year of advocacy and action.

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2017-08-20

Building Community with ACA - NSW/ACT

20 August 2017

An update from Agi Sterling, the new ACA - NSW/ACT President.

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2017-07-13

News from South Australia

13 July 2017

John Held with all the news from South Australia.

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2017-06-21

Congratulations John Held!

21 June 2017

The ACA is thrilled to congratulate John Held, ACA - SA President, whose tireless work for the profession has been recognised with the 2017 Sir James Irwin President's Medal.

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2017-06-09

ACA SA June Update

9 June 2017

An update on activity from ACA - SA.

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2017-04-17

SA April news

17 April 2017

An update from ACA - SA.

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2017-04-13

Procuring Architectural Services - an Industry Discussion Paper

13 April 2017

The ACA Industry Discussion Paper on Procuring Architectural Services aims to provoke conversation and thought about the role procurement plays in the development of our cities and communities.

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2017-03-19

News from ACA - SA

19 March 2017

The ACA - SA's latest update features a strong program of events and advocacy for 2017.


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2017-02-17

News from SA

17 February 2017

There is a lot planned in SA for 2017. John Held provides an update.

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2017-02-17

Learning Environment Opportunity Study

17 February 2017

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.

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2016-12-15

SA 2016: A year in review

15 December 2016

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.

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2016-11-10

ACA - SA November 2016

10 November 2016

Advocacy and action continues apace in South Australia.

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2020-11-05

SA Practice Administrators Group

5 November 2020

The ACA - SA Practice Administrators Group meets informally to discuss matters of common interest.

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2016-04-07

ACA - SA State of the Profession Survey Report

7 April 2016

The ACA - SA State of the Architectural Profession survey provides crucial research on the size, shape and characteristics of architectural practice in SA - the first study of its kind in Australia.

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2016-02-07

2016 - New Plans and Ongoing Projects in SA

7 February 2016

Welcome to 2016! We hope this year brings good news for architects and for South Australia!

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2015-12-02

Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review

2 December 2015

An update on the Australian Government’s response to the “Harper Review” into competition policy.

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2015-08-13

ACA - SA August 2015 Update

13 August 2015

News from ACA - SA.

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2015-07-21

ACA - SA July 2015

21 July 2015

An overview of activities in South Australia this month.

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2015-06-13

ACA - SA June Update

13 June 2015

John Held updates members on ACA - SA activities and discussions.

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2015-05-12

May News from ACA - SA

12 May 2015

ACA - SA President John Held provides an update for May 2015.

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2015-03-11

ACA - SA March Update

11 March 2015

An update on all things ACA - SA.

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2014-10-08

Architects & Quantity Surveyors Event Report

8 October 2014

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2014-10-07

ACA - SA September Update

7 October 2014

This month’s activities in South Australia.

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2014-09-02

ACA - SA August Update

2 September 2014

The August monthly update from ACA - SA.

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2014-08-04

Builder and Architects - Event Report

4 August 2014

Architects and Builders, the July ACA - SA Round Table, canvassed a broad range of matters. Ian Hore outlines the key discussion points.

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2014-08-04

July Update

4 August 2014

It is always busy at ACA - SA. John Held outlines recent events and activities.

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2014-06-17

SA President’s Report, 2013 - 2014

17 June 2014

John Held, ACA - SA President, reports on the previous year and on plans for the future.

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2014-05-13

Lawyers, Financiers, Architects

13 May 2014

How can financiers, architects and lawyers find better and fairer ways of working together? Ian Hore reports on a recent ACA - SA round table discussion.

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2014-02-12

50 Years of the Association of Consulting Architects - SA

12 February 2014

The year 2013 marked 50 years since the inauguration of the organisation that became ACA - SA. David Hassell outlines the aims and major activities of the organisation over its first half-century.

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2013-12-01

SA President's Report

1 December 2013

John Held provides an overview of SA activities in 2013.

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