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.
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.
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.
D&BP Act – 12 Months In
Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Wednesday 10 August for a presentation about the NSW D&BP Act by Principal Building Inspector Jonathan Lynch and Senior Building Inspector and registered architect Charles Zhang from Building Professional Audits, NSW Fair Trading.
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.
Bushfire Resilience and Design
Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Thursday 21 July for a Zoom presentation by Nigel Bell, architect and expert in the design of bushfire compliant buildings.
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.
Changes to National Construction Code
Join the ACA NSW/ACT committee on Wednesday 29 June for a special presentation on the changes and updates to the NCC with Luke Sheehy from Design Confidence.
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!
Sydney recap – Becoming fearless
Jennifer Crawford provides a recap of the recent Sydney event, Becoming Fearless in Practice, presented by Michael Lewarne.
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.
Sydney event – Becoming fearless in practice
Join Michael Lewarne and the NSW/ACT branch on Wednesday 27 April for a presentation on reshaping practice and exploring new possibilities. Don’t miss our first Sydney face to face event for the year.
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.
NSW/ACT 2021 – D&BP Act, Collaboration & Wellbeing
In 2021, the NSW/ACT branch focused on CPD events on the NSW D&BP Act, advocacy, collaboration with other professional bodies and prioritising mental wellbeing.
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.
Xmas Drinks in Canberra
Save the date for the Canberra end-of-year Christmas drinks at the Howling Moon Rooftop Bar on Tuesday 14 December.
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 Regulation & Class 2 Buildings
Join us on Wednesday 8 September for a special presentation by Kirsten Orr, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board, on the regulatory context of architecture in NSW with a focus on Class 2 Buildings.
NSW D&BP Act, part 1 – The Architect’s Perspective
The first of a five-part CPD series on the NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act (DBP Act) features an information session by special counsel Christopher Larcos of Moray & Agnew Lawyers. The presentation sets out key issues as they apply to architects.
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.
NSW/ACT – Advocacy & Education, Events & Plans
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.
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.
NSW Design & Building Practitioners Act Part 1 – A Recap
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.
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.
Ideas for a Better Profession
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.
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.
A Contemporary Heritage Approach
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.
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.
WA Member Survey
The WA Committee invites all West Australian members to complete our 4-minute survey!
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.
NSW/ACT Update 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.
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.
Doing Documentation Better
On 11 November 2020, guest speaker Alex Chistiakoff presented an ACA webinar on delivering high quality documentation efficiently and consistently.
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.
Catch-up in Canberra - 29 July
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.
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.
NSW/ACT Branch Update - 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.
Construction Crossroads with David Chandler
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.
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.
LinkedIn for Architects - 6 May
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.
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.
Juggling Home & Work
Join the ACA for a lively online discussion about juggling home and work, practice and parenting with Melonie Bayl-Smith and Michael Lewarne.
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.
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.
NSW/ACT Update - Advocacy, Events and Engagement
The NSW/ACT Committee has had a strong focus on advocacy this year, joining other industry groups to lobby government for building reform.
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.
NSW Design and Building Practitioners’ Bill
The ACA welcomes NSW draft legislation and supports the NSW Government’s efforts on building quality.
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.
Insights from the NSW Land and Environment Court
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.
Christmas Drinks in Canberra
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.
Recent Advocacy & Future Events in NSW/ACT
The NSW/ACT committee offers an update on recent advocacy and outlines future events.
Business Toolbox Update & Events in Vic/Tas
The Vic/Tas committee talks events, ARBV nominations and the business toolbox.
Join the ACA - NSW/ACT and Special Counsel Christopher Larcos on 16 October to learn more about the changes to ABIC Contracts.
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.
NSW/ACT July Branch Update
The NSW/ACT Committee is in planning mode, with several new events and initiatives planned for the coming months.
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.
Event Recap: Client Architect Agreement Update
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.
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.
Event Report: LEC Seminar
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.
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.
NSW Security of Payment Act
The NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2018 has passed parliament.
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.
New Building Product Ban in NSW
The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading has announced a building product ban for certain types of aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding.
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.
Mid-year Update from NSW/ACT
The ACA - NSW/ACT branch has planned a host of interesting events for the second half of 2018.
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.
The Latest News from NSW
ACA - NSW/ACT has had a busy month, with several events and initiatives.
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.
ACA - NSW/ACT is moving ahead on a new program of events and initiatives.
News from SA - August
30 years of ACA - SA. John Held outlines current work, and reviews the last year of advocacy and action.
Building Community with ACA - NSW/ACT
An update from Agi Sterling, the new ACA - NSW/ACT President.
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.