ACA – SA
ACA – SA is committed to building a proactive community of practice owners in South Australia. The branch runs regular events and roundtables, along with targeted networking groups through which members can support each other. ACA – SA is is a strong advocate for members and the wider profession and enjoys productive relationships with industry, government and universities.
Find out more about what is coming up and what we have done in the past via the links below. We hope to see you at an ACA – SA event soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mutual Recognition in SA
Automatic Mutual Recognition is now available in South Australia for accredited building professionals to operate using their interstate licences.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
SA Xmas Drinks
ACA – SA and National President, John Held, and SA Committee invite members to join us for Christmas Drinks at Roxie’s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SA Calendar of Events 2020
Welcome to the ACA - SA calendar for 2020. We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year!
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.
SA Update - Events, Advocacy & Getting Involved
In South Australia, 2019 was a year of events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACA - SA August Update
ACA - SA Update
Events and advocacy - John Held on ACA - SA activity.
ACA - SA April Update
The latest advocacy and events in South Australia.
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.
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.
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.