The ACA has highly engaged branches in all states. Branches create the infrastructure for members to get together, provide important insight on state-based matters and play a fundamental role in advocating to state governments and representative bodies on the matters that effect members.
Come along to an ACA branch event to share ideas and stories, to increase knowledge and learn new skills, and to connect with fellow practice owners and directors.
Follow the links below to get involved with your branch and to see what the ACA is doing around the country.
Architectural Accounting & Administration Group
The AAAG (Architectural Accounting and Administration Group) has been in place in Melbourne for over 20 years. In mid-2020 the AAAG and ACA came together to further strengthen ties between practices and the ACA across the Business of Architecture.
Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program
The Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program assists those sitting registration exams in South Australia.
SA Practice Administrators Group
The ACA SA Practice Administrators Group meets informally to discuss matters of common interest.
WA Member Survey 2023
The WA branch committee has developed a survey to help guide their events and advocacy in 2024. WA members – have your say! Take the survey today!
Procurement, Quality & Urban Equity
The ACA is pleased to support the second event in the Building Reform Series by the Melbourne School of Design, which will explore the critical impact of procurement in the building industry. This free two-hour event will include a thought-provoking panel discussion and Q&A with key industry stakeholders. Book now!
After 17 years working in Germany, Damien McQuillan moved back to Port Lincoln in SA to set up his own holistic regional architecture practice, which is committed to client-centred decision-making. Damien’s landscape designer wife Uta Enneking-McQuillan has since joined the cross-disciplinary practice, now renamed E+MQ Design.
AAAG End-of-Year Lunch
The Melbourne-based Architectural Administration & Accounting Group (AAAG) is having its last meeting of the year and an end-of-year lunch at Foreground Architecture in Carlton on 9 November. Newcomers welcome!
Vic/Tas Drinks on the Tower Deck
After a busy year of advocacy and special projects, we’re already coming up to the end of the year. The ACA Victoria/Tasmania Branch Committee is celebrating with Christmas drinks from 5pm Thursday 30 November. ACA members and their teams can enjoy refreshments and city views from high up on the deck at the Macquarie Building on Collins Street, Melbourne.
WA Xmas Drinks at Lawson Flats
ACA WA President Kukame McPierzie and Committee are hosting drinks at Lawson Flats, Perth’s community-focused members club on 24 November. Members are welcome to join us for a quick after-work drink or stay longer for a relaxed evening with colleagues and friends.
ACA SA President’s Xmas Drinks
ACA SA and National President John Held and the SA Branch Committee invite members to our annual President’s Christmas Drinks at the Seven Stars Hotel on 7 December.
Wellbeing & Our Community
The NSW/ACT Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) is hosting an evening of wellbeing and learning on Thursday 23 November at the Glebe studio of i2C Architects. Book now!
ACA QLD/NT Update – October 2023
The QLD/NT branch committee has had a busy month, with their popular Risky Business event and a lunch forum with architect and current Federal MP Elizabeth Watson-Brown. Leanne Williams provides a recap.
2023 NSW/ACT Practice Management Prize
The NSW/ACT Committee was proud to present three Architecture students from the University of Western Sydney with a prize for outstanding work in units related to Practice Management.
Two-Part Contract Administration Course
The ACA has previously developed and delivered a two-part seminar on contract administration in conjunction with Dr. Harm Hollander, Doctor of Creative Industries (QUT) and Angela Yates, Partner at Moray & Agnew Lawyers. Contract administration is a critical skill for architectural practices. This recorded webinar is available to view on demand.
Beginnings – First Peoples’ Architecture
The Regional Architecture Association (RAA) is collaborating with Gadhungal Marring to run Beginnings, an immersive weekend discovering Australia’s first architecture. Single day and three-day event tickets are still available.
Practice Leadership recap
Last month, Michael Lewarne from Unmeasured delivered an informative face-to-face presentation about mindful leadership and its impacts in practice for an enthusiastic Sydney audience. Jennifer Crawford provides a recap.
Security of Payment online event
Architects are exposed to contractual and statutory risks on every building project in both the residential and commercial sphere. Please join the ACA NSW/ACT branch committee and Rob Kalde from Bartier Perry for an informative online morning presentation on Security of Payment legislation. FREE for everyone!
WA Medium Density Code Update
The deferral of the Medium Density Code has dominated the activity of the WA Branch in recent weeks. While the ACA supports the Government’s mission to increase housing supply, we are concerned that the deferral will reduce the supply of well-designed housing in suburbs and infill precincts.
NSW/ACT Member Benefit – Tools for Architects
The NSW/ACT Committee is delighted to announce a new member benefit, a discounted rate on the newly developed Tools™ app, which summarises the NCC into simple, interactive graphics, helping architects specify how to build properly, save time and avoid mistakes and rework.
What are candidates looking for?
The ACA SA Committee invites you to our next Practice Managers lunch with Anna Roussos from ROUSSOS Recruitment. Anna will provide insight into recruitment and the architecture sector in Adelaide.
Lunch Forum with Elizabeth Watson-Brown MP
The ACA QLD/NT Committee is delighted to host a lunch forum on 5 October with guest speaker Elizabeth Watson-Brown, former architect and current MP for the electorate of Ryan in Brisbane’s west. Don’t miss it.
In a special presentation to ACA members on 18 September 2023, Lauren Morris and Allan Shiell from the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety shared critical information regarding balustrades design and tips to improve installation. View this webinar on demand to find out more.
Practice Leadership – Sharing the load
As a leader in your practice, would you like to be more productive, more innovative and less stressed? Would you like to have more engaged and happier staff, and be more agile and adaptable in practice? Please join the ACA NSW/ACT branch committee and Michael Lewarne from Unmeasured for an informative face-to-face presentation about mindful leadership and its impacts in practice.
Risky Business 2023
Join the QLD/NT branch committee on Wednesday 13 September for the popular annual CPD Breakfast on legal, insurance and risk matters in practice. An expert panel, led by Karen Meiklejohn of Planned Cover, will update you on the latest trends and ongoing issues in practice.
ACA NEC Update – Hobart 2023
The ACA team was delighted to head to Hobart recently for a two-day strategic meeting followed by a series of meetings with leaders in the Tasmanian architectural community and a member lunch. A highlight of the trip was an informative and very moving presentation on The Voice by Rodney Dillon of the PM’s First Nations Referendum Working Group.
Hobart event with Rodney Dillon
The ACA is delighted to host a free lunch event in Hobart on 14 August featuring Rodney Dillon, Palawa Elder and Chair of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Council, who will present on the Voice to Parliament. Also in attendance will be the ACA CEO, Presidents and team from around the country, who look forward to catching up with Tasmanian members and others in the built environment.
Regional Heritage Controls
The Victoria/Tasmania branch is delighted to present an online CPD event on progressing smaller projects for heritage places in our regions. Join our panellists for a considered discussion about the issues, including the challenges and the opportunities.
QLD/NT event recaps
The ACA QLD/NT President Gilda Donegan was delighted to make it over to Darwin in late July for the Good Habits Seminar, a highly informative session with speakers from Planned Cover. The QLD/NT Committee was also pleased to host their annual Corporate & National Partners Breakfast.
Victorian Building Reform Forum recap
The ACA VIC/TAS branch committee was delighted to work with the University of Melbourne to host the recent event, Victoria’s Future Cities, Suburbs and Building Reforms, held at the Melbourne School of Design on 20 July. The event was well-attended and raised important issues regarding the need for urgent building reform in Victoria.
Vale Ron Edgar
Ron Edgar was a long-term and valued member of the ACA, including as a member of the NSW Committee and a period as treasurer. Former NSW/ACT President Steve Kennedy and Ingrid Pearson FRAIA reflect on the life and work of Ron Edgar, who recently passed away.
2023 Trivia Night
Join the ACA Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2023 Dinner and Trivia Night on Friday 25 August.
Victoria’s Future Cities, Suburbs and Building Reforms
The ACA VIC/TAS branch committee has been working closely with Melbourne University on an upcoming panel discussion event on 20 July on the future of Victoria’s cities, suburbs and building reforms.
Sydney recap – The engine of growth
The ACA was delighted to host the first Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event in Sydney last month, featuring keynote speaker Warwick Mihaly and a fantastic panel who generously shared their experiences and advice. Jennifer Crawford provides a recap.
NSW/ACT Update – June 2023
It’s been a busy six months for the NSW/ACT branch committee, who have been working hard to deliver informative and relevant CPD presentations and networking opportunities as well as discounted webinars and resources, and advocacy for its members. A recent highlight was the first Business of Small Practice (BoSP) event in Sydney.
VIC/TAS Update – June 2023
The VIC/TAS Committee leads the ACA’s work on IR and Award-related activities as well as playing a key role in developing the member-only tools and resources. The following update features the latest in IR and resources, as well as advocacy and upcoming events.
QLD/NT Update – June 2023
In the last six months, the QLD/NT branch committee have been busy organising interesting and topical online events, providing networking opportunities, site tours and panel discussions, and advocating on the issues that matter to the profession.
Gap Filler 24 Training Course
The ACA, in association with Moss Architectural Learning, is pleased to support the ‘Gap Filler 24’ training course, with a 10% discount on offer for all members. The next course will commence on 1 August.
WA Update – June 2023
Advocacy has been a strong focus for the ACA WA Committee in 2023, with important work on the NRF and participation in the new Building Environment Reference Group. Activities have also included the development of a RAP, new resources and local events.
SA Update – June 2023
In 2023, the SA branch committee has focused on advocacy, mental wellbeing and events, with a welcome return of BoSP, a waterproofing presentation and a well-attended Sustainability roundtable.
Adelaide event – Reconciliation Action Plans
To celebrate the ACA’s soon-to-be-endorsed RAP, the SA committee has organised a special presentation on Reconciliation Action Plans in Adelaide on Thursday 6 July.
Darwin Event – Risk Update
The ACA and Planned Cover will run a timely face-to-face seminar in Darwin on Wednesday 26 July on managing risk, avoiding common insurance claims and developing good habits in practice. Book now!
SA Business of Design Lunch 2023
The ACA SA Committee is delighted to welcome guest speaker Andrew Maynard from Austin Maynard Architects for their annual Business of Design lunch on Tuesday 22 August. Tickets selling fast. Don’t miss out!
SA Advocacy in Action 2023
In the ACA SA Committee, members are passionate and committed to representing the business of architecture and being a voice for practices in their state. Here, Justin Cucchiarelli offers a glimpse of recent advocacy work in South Australia.
Top drivers for job candidates
What motivates candidates when pursuing roles? What are the key things they are looking for in a practice? Anna Roussos from ROUSSOS Recruitment outlines some of the recent shifts in the employment landscape.
James Cook University Site Tour
Join the ACA QLD/NT committee on Thursday 22 June for a site tour of the James Cook University (JCU) Technology Innovation Complex in Townsville. Although still in the final stages of construction, this event is a great opportunity to see the building before it’s opened. Book now!
Adelaide Waterproofing Presentation
Join the ACA SA committee and Paul Ratcliff for an invaluable, practical CPD presentation on the assessment of waterproofing design for bathrooms and balconies. Joel Clough and Adam McGlone from Ardex will also join us for a panel discussion.
WA Business of Design 2023
ACA WA proudly announces that Nolan Hunter, a signatory to the Uluru Statement and Head of Engagement at The Uluru Dialogue, will join us at this year’s Business of Design Lunch on 16 June.
NCC Changes Webinar
Watch this CPD on demand for a comprehensive overview of the upcoming changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that came into effect on 1 May 2023. Expert speakers include Luke Sheehy from Design Confidence Sydney and Senior Fire Engineer Usama Masood.
WA Safety in Design Webinar
The ACA WA Committee hosted this webinar on the recently updated ACA Safety in Design templates for WA. Presented by a legal expert from Jackson MacDonald.
Brisbane Lunch Discussion – Construction Cost Inflation
Join the ACA QLD/NT committee for a lunch presentation and panel discussion focused on construction cost volatility and the future economic outlook. Book now to reserve your place.
Sydney BoSP – Growth in Small Practice
Join the ACA NSW/ACT committee, Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe and a fantastic panel of speakers for Sydney’s first Business of Small Practice event on 15 June. Book now!
WA Sponsors 2023
The WA Committee could not do the work that we do without the support of our sponsors. This short article offers an overview of who they are and what they do in 2023.
SA BoSP Meaningful Marketing
Join the ACA SA Committee for a BoSP presentation by Dave Sharp and panel, who will uncover the techniques you need to elevate your marketing and establish an authentic voice for your practice.
NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act – An Update
The NSW/ACT branch is pleased to present David Bannerman, Principal of Bannermans Lawyers, for a CPD webinar on the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act, including recent changes and compliance.
Practicing on Country CPD Course
The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney is offering a 20% discount for ACA members for its Practicing on Country CPD course, an online, self-paced 1.5 hour learning module.
Fees & the Time Cost Calculator Guide
View this ACA webinar to hear practitioners discuss fees, costs and how the Time Cost Calculator Guide can help as an instrument to contribute to fee proposals and negotiations, and cost control. Learn hints and tips from panellists representing different sized practices. Free for ACA members!
Architects Speed Mentoring
The ACA in collaboration with Perth Design Week is excited to announce our first Speed Mentoring Event! Over one hour of rapid exchange, emerging practice directors will have the opportunity to learn from experts in practice leadership, business strategy and systems, culture, marketing and more.
Adelaide Sustainability Roundtable
The SA branch is pleased to present our first roundtable discussion for 2023, with Joe Karten, Head of Sustainability at Built; Paul Davy, Director at dsquared consulting; and Ken Long, Sustainability Manager Vic & SA, Lend Lease.
All Hallows School Tour
Join the ACA QLD/NT on Tuesday 28 February for a special presentation and site tour of the Potter Building Adaptive Reuse Project at the All Hallows School in Brisbane.
Adelaide Welcome Breakfast
The ACA SA committee will host its annual Welcome Breakfast at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 21 February. Book now to reserve your place.
WA Welcome to 2023 Breakfast
The WA Committee is delighted to invite members to its annual Welcome Breakfast at Little Way in Nedlands for breakfast to kick off the new year.
NSW/ACT 2022 Update
It’s been another busy and challenging year for all in the architectural community. The NSW/ACT Branch Committee has continued working hard to deliver informative CPD presentations and networking opportunities as well as useful resources to the membership.
SA Update 2022
Advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture have been a strong focus for the SA Branch Committee in 2022, with highlights including the return of BoSP, the annual Business of Design Lunch and the first AMWF Toolkit event.
VIC/TAS Update 2022
A busy year of advocacy, resource development and online events for the VIC/TAS Committee was celebrated in style with end-of-year drinks and amazing views from high up on the deck at the Macquarie Building.
QLD/NT 2022 Update
In 2022, the QLD/NT branch committee were delighted to get back to doing what they do so well – providing interesting and topical face to face events, networking opportunities and bringing people back together for some much-missed in-person interactions.
WA 2022 Update
The WA Committee has had another productive year, providing business advice relevant to our state, advocating on behalf of our members and many opportunities to socialise. Our WA Update provides a summary of the activities that have kept us busy in 2022.
NSW/ACT Practice Management Prize Winners
The NSW/ACT Committee is proud to present two students in the Architecture course at the University of Western Sydney with a prize for outstanding work in units related to Practice Management.
WA End-of-Year Celebration
WA President Kukame McPierzie and committee invite members to our annual End-of-Year Celebration! This year we’ll enjoy refreshments and friendship in the garden at Gordon Street Garage.
First Nations History in WA
The ACA WA has organised an online presentation on First Nations History in Western Australia since British colonisation. Watch this very special presentation with valuable insights by Scott Patterson, Director at Ochre Project Services.
SA Christmas Celebration
ACA SA and National President John Held and the SA Branch Committee are hosting Christmas Drinks at The Gilbert Hotel on 29 November.
Mid-Year Catch-up in Melbourne
The ACA – VIC/TAS Branch Committee was delighted to host a special members event on 29 August. The ACA committee, partners, industry figures and ACA members joined CEO Angelina Pillai and National President John Held for drinks and light refreshments, and to hear our plans for the months ahead.
SA Business of Design Lunch recap
The SA Committee was delighted to host the fourth annual Business of Design lunch on Thursday 18 August with guest speakers Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Several attendees share their reflections here.
WA Advocates for Increased Energy Standards
The ACA WA Branch wrote to Minister Roger Cook ahead of his meeting with State Building Ministers to advocate for the lifting of Energy Performance Standards in the National Construction Code 2022.
Advocacy Update re ARBV
The ACA VIC/TAS branch is pleased to inform its members that the proposed changes to the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, to reduce the number of members and remove the requirement for any member to be a registered architect, have been averted for now.
WA WHS Legislation Uncovered
Join the WA branch for an in-depth look at the changes to the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) and the implications for architects. This online event is not to be missed!
Melbourne Mid-Year Drinks
Join the VIC/TAS branch committee for drinks and light refreshments on Monday 29 August. Hear our plans for the months ahead, and meet the ACA team, industry guests, fellow members and peers.
Canberra Half-Yearly CPD Event Recap
Stephen Pearse provides a recap of the ACA’s recent six-monthly catch-up and CPD event in Canberra. It was an excellent evening for all, with informative presentations and a chance to learn, earn CPD and meet up.
Mutual Recognition in SA
Automatic Mutual Recognition is now available in South Australia for accredited building professionals to operate using their interstate licences.
The Client Brief & Managing Fees
The QLD/NT Committee is hosting a lunch forum on Wednesday 24 August on The Client Brief and Managing Your Fees. Join guest speakers Lawrence Toaldo from Conrad Gargett, Mark Williams from Mark Williams Architects and Darren Cardy from Ashburner Francis, with moderator David Brian from dwp Architects.
Mental Health in the Construction Industry
Don’t miss the next AMWF online session on Wednesday 27 July on Mental Health in the construction industry. Join us for an important discussion with Jorgen Gullestrup, who led the development of the MATES in Construction program.
St John Mental Health First Aid Course
The SA branch is proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.
SA Committee Changes
The SA Committee would like to thank outgoing members Ian Hore, Graham Hardy and Simon Thomson, and introduce three new members – Simon Frost, Katherine Dujmovic and Michael Hegarty. Welcome to all!
SA Advocacy in Action
In the ACA SA Committee, members are passionate and committed to representing the business of architecture and being a voice for practices in their state. Here, Mario Dreosti, Catherine Startari and Simon Thomson offer a glimpse of their ongoing advocacy work.
Architecture Talent Roundup – FY 21/22
Our wonderful sponsor, Anna Roussos from Roussos Recruitment, offers a roundup of the Adelaide architectural employment market – a market with a challenging talent shortfall and an industry that is likely to remain buoyant in 2022.
SA Business of Design Lunch
The ACA SA Committee is hosting its 5th annual Business of Design lunch with guest speakers Kerry and Lindsay Clare from Clare Design on 18 August.
SA Update – July 2022
The ACA SA has had a strong focus on advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture, and has welcomed the return of BoSP.
QLD/NT Update – July 2022
QLD/NT President Gilda Donegan provides a recap of the first six months of 2022, where the branch committee has continued to learn to be adaptable.
WA Update – July 2022
The ACA in WA continues to go from strength to strength, with 82 member practices representing nearly 600 staff. Advocacy on the National Registration Framework is currently a major focus for the WA Committee.
Joint Statement on ARBV
The VIC/TAS branch of the ACA has made a joint statement with the Victorian chapter of the Institute in response to proposed changes to the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), stating that consumer protection is under threat.
SA Practice Managers Lunch – Cybercrime
Join the ACA SA committee, Planned Cover and Blue Zebra Insurance for our next Practice Managers Lunch on 21 July, which will tackle the timely topic of cybercrime and how to reduce risk.
WA Business of Design Lunch
ACA WA invites you to our annual Business of Design Lunch with special guest speaker, Dale Alcock.
Business of Small Practice – Meaningful Marketing
On Friday 24 June, ACA WA will uncover the tips and techniques you need to elevate your marketing and establish an authentic voice for your business.
Upcoming Events in WA
The WA Branch has two exciting events coming up – a Business of Small Practice event and the annual Business of Design Lunch.
Welcome to our new QLD/NT Committee members
The QLD/NT Committee thanks their outgoing members and introduces four new members – Ben Madden, Mark Kennedy, Justine Ebzery and Adam Perrier. Welcome to all!
Legal overview of WA’s WHS changes
Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers provides an overview of the new WHS laws brought into effect in WA in March 2022. Practices need to be aware that there are potentially significant changes to the way that safety in design is dealt with under the new WHS legislation.
The engine of growth
Join the ACA SA committee and Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe for our next Business of Small Practice event on 24 May. Book now!
The Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum QLD/NT is running an online session on Thursday 5 May on rethinking leadership with a view to improving the wellbeing and contribution of all in practice.
WA Update – NRF, Local Government Reform and More
The WA branch has had a busy start to the year on the advocacy front, with two major projects dominating our efforts and a strengthening of our collaboration with industry partners.
Flexibility, Collaboration & Prioritising Mental Health
Greenway Architects Director Simon Frost discusses the challenges of the blended digital and physical environment, the need for empathetic collaboration in the industry, and the importance of prioritising good mental health.
SA Announces State Sponsorship
The ACA SA branch is delighted to announce their continued involvement with ROUSSOS Recruitment as their 2022 State Sponsor.
SA Breakfast – 5 April
The SA committee has organised a breakfast catch-up at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 5 April. Save the date!
Succession Planning Online Event with Macquarie Bank
The WA and SA branches are running an online session on the succession planning process with Macquarie Bank’s Daniel Bolt on Friday 1 April.
Managing Supply Chains & Rising Construction Costs
Emily Van Eyk, Director of Mt Eyk, shares her experiences of running a new practice through a pandemic, with the main challenges relating to supply chain delays, rising construction costs and keeping up with demand.
Did you miss our recent Specification seminar? The ACA has developed a two-part seminar on ‘how to write specifications’ in conjunction with Greg Blain. It’s a critical skill for architectural practices. Now available for a discounted price as CPD On Demand.
Priorities for Regional Architects
Join the ACA QLD/NT on Tuesday 22 February to discuss key industry priorities for regional architects. Don’t miss it!
Building Morale, Motivation & Flexibility
Fulton Trotter Director Justine Ebzery says that Zoom and lockdown fatigue is real, and keeping up morale and maintaining motivation and energy levels through so much COVID uncertainty has been a key focus.
SA Virtual Roundtables
The SA Committee will host a series of online roundtable discussions from 16–22 February for SA members to share challenges, ask questions and support each other.
Vale Gary Edwards
The ACA sadly advises that longtime VIC/TAS Committee member and dear friend Gary Edwards OAM passed away on 13 January 2022. He will be sorely missed.
Qld Trivia Night 2022 – Prepare Early
The QLD/NT Committee’s Trivia Night has had to be postponed, but it’s not too early to start prepping with practice-based trivia sessions.
Around the Table – A QLD Advocacy Update
Immediate Past President of the ACA QLD/NT Robert Wesener provides a comprehensive update of the ACA’s advocacy efforts in Queensland.
Save the Date – Darwin Lunch
The ACA QLD/NT will host a special lunch in Darwin for members and non-members on 17 February. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more details.
Communication & Quality IT
Silver Thomas Hanley Business Manager and ACA VIC/TAS Committee member Matthew Tence says good communication and significant IT investment have helped navigate and overcome the challenges of the last two years.
Putting People First
QLD/NT Committee member Denis Waring shares his pandemic experiences as Principal of PW Architecture, and the need to prioritise people through challenging times.
Leah Lang Virtual Roundtable
Join the ACA – QLD/NT and Queensland Government Architect Leah Lang on Wednesday 2 February to discuss key industry priorities for the year ahead.
WA Welcome to 2022 Breakfast
The WA Branch is kicking off the year with a relaxed breakfast shared amongst our committee, members, and special invited guests.
VIC/TAS 2021 – Industry engagement, advocacy, IR & mental wellbeing
This year, the VIC/TAS Committee concentrated on advocacy to government, industry engagement, mental wellbeing and re-energising our support for Tasmanian members.
WA 2021 – Advocacy, Connection & Information
The key focus for the WA committee in 2021 has been to advocate, connect and inform, with ongoing advocacy for policy improvements with government Ministers and key decision makers within the built environment.
SA 2021 – Advocacy, Collaboration & Events
The ACA – SA has been active this year in a number of areas, including events, mental wellbeing, advocacy and consultation with other professional bodies.
QLD/NT 2021 – Events, Advocacy & Regional Focus
It’s been a busy year for the QLD/NT branch with a full event calendar, a continuation of ongoing advocacy discussions with local governments, and a focus on engagement with the regions.
Xmas Drinks in Perth
WA President, Kukame McPierzie, and committee invite members to join us for our annual Rooftop Drinks at the Alex Hotel on 26 November.
SA Xmas Drinks
ACA – SA and National President, John Held, and SA Committee invite members to join us for Christmas Drinks at Roxie’s.
Vic/Tas End of Year Get Together
Save the date for an end of year get together with the Vic/Tas committee, ACA members and guests at The Leveson’s outdoor courtyard in North Melbourne on Tuesday 30 November.
Members Hitting Milestones in NSW/ACT
Our NSW/ACT branch is celebrating 24 member practices who have been with the ACA for 25 years or more! This special group have been with us almost since the beginning and have witnessed dramatic change in both the profession and in our Association.
Fostering Connection & Offering Support
Conrad Gargett HR Manager and AMWF member Brooke Tranberg outlines some of the practice’s wellbeing initiatives, including in-house Social and Wellbeing Committees, a well-promoted EAP, open conversations about mental health, and a pre-COVID all-company Archi-Tour to foster connection.
Zoom, EAPs & Lockdown Love
Popular wellbeing initiatives for Fulton Trotter have included Wellness Wednesday, a formal EAP, Zoom drinks, yoga and art classes, and a little ‘lockdown love’, says FT Director and Chair of the AMWF QLD/NT Justine Ebzery.
The Three Pillars of Wellbeing
BVN’s Head of People & Character Brian Clohessy describes the practice’s wellbeing initiatives, including inhouse Working Cultural Groups, which focus on the three pillars of physical, social and mental wellbeing.
Innovation Day & Being Prepared
AMWF Vic/Tas member Kirby Roper reflects on the stresses of regular snap lockdowns and ways of maintaining wellbeing in practice, including the establishment of Innovation Day and being prepared for future disruptions.
WA Design Review event
The WA branch of the ACA, alongside the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), will be having an important and timely discussion on design review on 17 September at the Melbourne Hotel.
Business of Design Recap
In mid-August, WA members gathered at Double Rainbow at The Rechabite for the ACA’s annual Business of Design Lunch, featuring speaker Adrian Fini, Founder of Hesperia and celebrated developer and patron of art and design.
Insights into Mental Wellbeing in Architecture
Join the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in South Australia for their next We Should Talk session on Wednesday 22 September.
BoSP Recap – Fee Talk
More than 300 architects registered for our recent BoSP webinar on fees with Kate Fitzgerald, Warwick Mihaly and Mick Moloney, and we’re still not sure if it was the topic or the presenters that generated all that interest!
NSW Digitalisation of Construction Report
The Industry Report on Digitalisation of Design and Construction of Class 2 Buildings in New South Wales was launched in late August, after extensive research conducted by the University of Western Sydney’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction.
Living Architecture with Lindsay and Kerry Clare
On Wednesday 8 September, the QLD/NT branch will run the first in a Q&A series with prominent architects, this time with Lindsay and Kerry Clare. Don’t miss it. Book now!
NSW D&BP Act, part 3 – Consequences of the Act
The third of a five-part CPD series on the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act (DBP Act) features an information session by Paul Viney on the consequences of the Act in relation to regulated design requirements and the provision of architectural services.
NSW D&BP Act, part 4 – Insurance Implications
Number four in a five-part CPD series on the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act (DBP Act) features Simon Gray and Carina Bogaard from Planned Cover discussing the insurance implications of the bill.
St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training
The WA and SA branches are proud to offer members the opportunity to participate in the St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training at a reduced price.
Business of Design in SA – A Recap
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.
Risky Business 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.
WA Business of Design Lunch
The WA Committee have rescheduled their Business of Design Lunch to Friday 20 August 2021 with guest speaker Adrian Fini.
WA Update – Advocate, Connect & Inform
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.
SA – Advocacy, Mental Wellbeing & Culture
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.
VIC/TAS – Advocacy, Business Toolbox & AMWF
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.
QLD/NT Recap – Learn, Change & Adapt
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!
Champions of Change webinar
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.
Designing Practice with Emma Williamson
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.
NCC Update for Architects
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.
New BGGS Science Learning Centre
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.
May Update from WA
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.
Refining the Missing Middle Blueprint
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.
Medium Density Symposium recap
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.
Medium Density Policy in WA
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.
Michelle Blakeley, Architect
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.
Design Matters: Medium Density Symposium
The WA branch of the ACA will present a special Medium Density Symposium on Wednesday 31 March in collaboration with Open House Perth (OHP).
QLD/NT Branch Update – 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.
Architects Mental Wellbeing Breakfast in SA
The ACA – SA Committee started the year with their annual welcome breakfast and the launch of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on 23 February.
WA Branch Update – 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.
Welcome NSW/ACT Committee Members
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.
Susan Dugdale & Associates
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.
Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum QLD/NT
The QLD/NT Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum provides an update on recent activities, their plans for the year and an invitation to get involved.
WA Branch Launches Wellbeing Forum
The WA branch is proud to launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum on Wednesday 3 March.
New QLD/NT Branch President Gilda Donegan
The Studio Director of GHDWoodhead in Queensland, Gilda Donegan, is our new QLD/NT Branch President. Congratulations Gilda!
SA Breakfast & Architects Mental Wellbeing Launch
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.
New WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie
The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of new WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie, who shares his first message for 2021.
2021 Trivia Night
Join the ACA – Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2021 Trivia Night on 26 February.
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.
New Victorian Ban for Combustible Materials
From 1 February, Victoria will have much stricter prohibitions on ACPs containing polyethylene and expanded polystyrene, writes lawyer and risk manager Wendy Poulton.
Welcome Breakfast in WA
The WA branch committee and incoming WA President Kukame McPierzie are hosting a welcome breakfast for members on Wednesday 17 February.
VIC/TAS Update 2020
The VIC/TAS branch looks back on a challenging but productive year, when member resources, industrial relations and advocacy were at the forefront.
QLD/NT Update 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.
Western Australia Update 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.
South Australia Update 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.
SA Roundtable on Post-COVID Reality
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.
Christmas Drinks in WA
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.
Xmas in WA - Save the Date!
The WA Committee is excited to announce that our Christmas drinks are back on the rooftop of the Alex Hotel for another year!
Business Resilience with Bill Withers
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.
Succession Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected
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.
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.
ACA - VIC/TAS News - 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.
Stage 3 and 4 Restrictions in Victoria
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.
WA Update - August 2020
The WA branch committee provides an advocacy update and is delighted to welcome three new committee members.
Targeted funding & thinking long term
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.
JobKeeper, HomeBuilder & going solo
Jennifer Crawford highlights the eligibility issues of JobKeeper and HomeBuilder, and describes her recent move back to the life of a sole practitioner.
Infrastructure of long-term benefit
ACA – WA President Malcolm Jones reflects on JobKeeper, the flexible workplace, and the need for more resources for infrastructure of long-term benefit.
COVID-19 Building Industry Guidelines for Victoria
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.
Investment Needed in Civic Projects & Social Housing
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.
WA Advocacy & Business of Design
The WA branch is getting back into the swing of things, with an upcoming government meeting and the annual Business of Design lunch.
Risky Business 2020
The 2020 Risky Business webinar covers common legal issues for architectural practices, with lawyer John Moore and Planned Cover manager Karen Meiklejohn.
WA Branch Update - May 2020
Highlights for 2020 for ACA - WA have been three successful online events and continued government advocacy.
SA Branch Update - 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.
QLD/NT Branch Update - 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.
VIC/TAS Branch Update - 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.
COVID-19 Guidelines for the Victorian Building and Construction Industry
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has released the latest version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for the building and construction industry in Victoria.
NCC Training for Architects
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.
Innovation, Resilience & Relationship Building
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.
Investment in Digital Design
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.
Remote Working Advice
Working remotely can be challenging and disruptive, and requires realistic expectations and a flexible approach, says Charmaine Kai of Brisbane-based practice 8i Architects.
Planning for Health, Wellbeing & Financial Sustainability
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.
Managing Remote Teams Webinar
Join the ACA for a Remote Working Webinar on 15 April, with leadership and communication specialists Hannah Fitzhardinge and Jeroen van Dalen.
Managing Small Business Finance in a Crisis
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.
South Australian Snapshot
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.
New Challenges & Modes of Working
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.
Building on Existing Flex Systems
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.
April Webinar - Marketing Gold
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.
Communication, Autonomy and Initiative
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.
Policy, Process and Restricted Contact
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.
Tight Financial Management and Open Communication
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.
Clear Communication and Patience
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.
Trialling Remote Working
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.
SA Calendar of Events 2020
Welcome to the ACA - SA calendar for 2020. We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year!
QLD/NT Update - 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.
SA Welcome Breakfast 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.
Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program
The Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program assists those sitting registration exams in South Australia.
QLD/NT Calendar of Events 2020
The QLD/NT Calendar for 2020 is once again jampacked with events, from lunch forums to panel discussions, site tours and trivia nights.
The Architect’s Role in Industry Reform
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.
WA Calendar of Events 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.
End of Year Celebrations in WA
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.
WA 2020 Welcome Breakfast
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.
SA Update - Events, Advocacy & Getting Involved
In South Australia, 2019 was a year of events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry.
Qld/NT Update - A Jam-packed Calendar of Events, Surveys and Sponsorship
The ACA - Qld/NT committee had another busy year, with two surveys, an extensive calendar of events and increased membership and expansion of sponsorship.
WA Update - Survey, Events & Plans for 2020
The ACA – WA Committee offers an overview of 2019 and a glimpse of 2020’s upcoming initiatives.
ACA - Vic/Tas Christmas Drinks
Raise a glass with the Vic/Tas committee and celebrate with end-of-year drinks in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 December.
Vic/Tas Update - Business Toolbox, IR & Events
The ACA – Vic/Tas Committee have had a busy year of advocacy, events and business tool development, with plenty more to come in 2020.
Recap: SA Practice Managers Lunch
Anna Roussos spoke at a recent ACA Practice Managers Lunch in Adelaide about the value of employee happiness in practice.
Gallery House Site Tour
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.
SA Committee Hosts First BoSP Event
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.
The Architecture of Emergency
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.
Money Matters Event Recap
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.
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.
The Digital Journey
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.
Events, Advocacy and Education in QLD/NT
Our Qld/NT branch update includes recent events, advocacy initiatives, education research and a couple of Save the Dates.
2019 Trivia Night
Join the ACA - Qld/NT Committee and Quiz Master Robert Wesener for the 2019 Dinner and Trivia Night on Friday 25 October.
Business of Design Lunch & Industry Updates in SA
The ACA - SA provides a review of activity over the last month, with events, new members and industry updates.
Business Toolbox Update & Events in Vic/Tas
The Vic/Tas committee talks events, ARBV nominations and the business toolbox.
The Architects Role, Fee-cutting and the Procurement Process
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.
Aileen Sage Architects
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.
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.
Victorian Government Leadership on Cladding
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.
SA Branch Update
The ACA - SA Committee announces three new upcoming events, welcomes a new sponsor, and outlines its most recent advocacy work with the DPTI.
QLD/NT President's Report
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.
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.
WA Event on Lacrosse
Join the ACA - WA on 31 May for an exclusive luncheon presentation on the Lacrosse Fire ruling and its implications for architects.
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.
Quality Outcomes and a Culture Shift
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.
Gender Equity Discussion in WA
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.
Jackman Gooden Architects
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.
WA Panel Discussion on Joint Ventures
Join the ACA - WA on Thursday 4 April for a panel discussion on the merits and pitfalls of joint ventures.
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.
VIC/TAS February Update
Matthew Tence provides an update on ACA - VIC/TAS plans for the year.
BoSP2: Organisational Structure
The ACA - WA recently held its second Business of Small Practice event, talking shares, trusts, asset protection and employee ownership.
Office of Regional Architecture
Business courses, development programs and mentoring opportunities have helped motivate a reassessment and continual improvement approach for Rosalie Pech Eva.
Williams Burton Leopardi
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.
Fulton Trotter Architects
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.
Lunch with MATES in Construction
Join ACA - WA and Cbus on 2 November for a 'Lunch and Learn' about mental health on site and in practice.
The Business of Small Practice
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.
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.
Welcome Robert Wesener
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.
Thank you Mark Williams
Thanks to Mark Williams for his hard work and commitment.
Welcome Malcolm Jones
The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Malcolm Jones as President of the WA branch.
The Mill: Architecture + Design
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.
Farewell from Kieran Wong
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.
ACA - SA August Update
ACA - Vic/Tas August Update
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.
Bryant Alsop Architects
For Bryant Alsop, success comes from building strong relationships - with consultants, builders and suppliers as well as valued employees.
A client focus and a reverence for place have been fundamental for Denmark firm PTX Architects.
ACA - SA Update
Events and advocacy - John Held on ACA - SA activity.
ACA - SA April Update
The latest advocacy and events in South Australia.
Langoulant Review into WA Major State Projects
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.
SA Advocacy Update
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.
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.
A Year of Events for ACA - Qld/NT
ACA - Qld/NT President Mark Williams reflects on a year full of events and activity.
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.
News from SA - August
30 years of ACA - SA. John Held outlines current work, and reviews the last year of advocacy and action.
News from South Australia
John Held with all the news from South Australia.
Congratulations John Held!
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.
ACA SA June Update
An update on activity from ACA - SA.
SA April news
An update from ACA - SA.
Procuring Architectural Services - an Industry Discussion Paper
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.
News from ACA - SA
The ACA - SA's latest update features a strong program of events and advocacy for 2017.
News from SA
There is a lot planned in SA for 2017. John Held provides an update.
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.
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.
ACA - SA November 2016
Advocacy and action continues apace in South Australia.
SA Practice Administrators Group
The ACA SA Practice Administrators Group meets informally to discuss matters of common interest.
ACA - SA State of the Profession Survey Report
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.
2016 - New Plans and Ongoing Projects in SA
Welcome to 2016! We hope this year brings good news for architects and for South Australia!
Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review
An update on the Australian Government’s response to the “Harper Review” into competition policy.
ACA - SA August 2015 Update
News from ACA - SA.
ACA - SA July 2015
An overview of activities in South Australia this month.
ACA - SA June Update
John Held updates members on ACA - SA activities and discussions.
May News from ACA - SA
ACA - SA President John Held provides an update for May 2015.
ACA - SA March Update
An update on all things ACA - SA.
Architects & Quantity Surveyors Event Report
ACA - SA September Update
This month’s activities in South Australia.
ACA - SA August Update
The August monthly update from ACA - SA.
Builder and Architects - Event Report
Architects and Builders, the July ACA - SA Round Table, canvassed a broad range of matters. Ian Hore outlines the key discussion points.
It is always busy at ACA - SA. John Held outlines recent events and activities.
SA President’s Report, 2013 - 2014
John Held, ACA - SA President, reports on the previous year and on plans for the future.
Lawyers, Financiers, Architects
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.
50 Years of the Association of Consulting Architects - SA
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.
SA President's Report
John Held provides an overview of SA activities in 2013.