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

7 February 2020

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

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SA Practice Administrators Group

5 November 2020

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

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Adelaide Waterproofing Presentation

22 May 2023

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.

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SA BoSP Meaningful Marketing

24 April 2023

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. 

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Adelaide Sustainability Roundtable

16 February 2023

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.

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Adelaide Welcome Breakfast

24 January 2023

The ACA SA committee will host its annual Welcome Breakfast at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 21 February. Book now to reserve your place.

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SA Update 2022

7 December 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.

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SA Christmas Celebration

26 September 2022

ACA SA and National President John Held and the SA Branch Committee are hosting Christmas Drinks at The Gilbert Hotel on 29 November.

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SA Business of Design Lunch recap

14 September 2022

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.

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Mutual Recognition in SA

4 August 2022

Automatic Mutual Recognition is now available in South Australia for accredited building professionals to operate using their interstate licences.

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St John Mental Health First Aid Course

21 July 2022

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.

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SA Committee Changes

20 July 2022

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!

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SA Advocacy in Action

20 July 2022

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.

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Architecture Talent Roundup – FY 21/22

20 July 2022

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.

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SA Business of Design Lunch

19 July 2022

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.

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SA Update – July 2022

14 July 2022

The ACA SA has had a strong focus on advocacy, mental wellbeing and culture, and has welcomed the return of BoSP.

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SA Practice Managers Lunch – Cybercrime

20 June 2022

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.

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The engine of growth

3 May 2022

Join the ACA SA committee and Warwick Mihaly from Mihaly Slocombe for our next Business of Small Practice event on 24 May. Book now!

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Flexibility, Collaboration & Prioritising Mental Health

7 March 2022

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.

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SA Announces State Sponsorship

5 March 2022

The ACA SA branch is delighted to announce their continued involvement with ROUSSOS Recruitment as their 2022 State Sponsor.

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SA Breakfast – 5 April

5 March 2022

The SA committee has organised a breakfast catch-up at Luigi’s Delicatessen on Tuesday 5 April. Save the date! 

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Succession Planning Online Event with Macquarie Bank

4 March 2022

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.

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SA Virtual Roundtables

9 February 2022

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. 

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SA 2021 – Advocacy, Collaboration & Events

7 December 2021

The ACA – SA has been active this year in a number of areas, including events, mental wellbeing, advocacy and consultation with other professional bodies.

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SA Xmas Drinks

11 November 2021

ACA – SA and National President, John Held, and SA Committee invite members to join us for Christmas Drinks at Roxie’s.

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Insights into Mental Wellbeing in Architecture

10 September 2021

Join the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in South Australia for their next We Should Talk session on Wednesday 22 September.

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St John’s Mental Health First Aid Training

1 August 2021

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.

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Business of Design in SA – A Recap

14 July 2021

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

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SA – Advocacy, Mental Wellbeing & Culture

27 June 2021

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

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Designing Practice with Emma Williamson

27 May 2021

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

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Architects Mental Wellbeing Breakfast in SA

9 March 2021

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

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SA Breakfast & Architects Mental Wellbeing Launch

5 February 2021

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

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South Australia Update 2020

6 December 2020

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

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SA Roundtable on Post-COVID Reality

4 November 2020

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

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SA Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

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

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Investment in Digital Design

20 April 2020

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

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South Australian Snapshot

8 April 2020

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

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Communication, Autonomy and Initiative

24 March 2020

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

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Policy, Process and Restricted Contact

23 March 2020

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

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SA Calendar of Events 2020

16 March 2020

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

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SA Welcome Breakfast 2020

26 February 2020

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

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SA Update - Events, Advocacy & Getting Involved

4 December 2019

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

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Recap: SA Practice Managers Lunch

25 November 2019

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

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SA Committee Hosts First BoSP Event

7 November 2019

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

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Business of Design Lunch & Industry Updates in SA

5 September 2019

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

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SA Branch Update

8 July 2019

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

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4 June 2019

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

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Quality Outcomes and a Culture Shift

15 April 2019

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

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Williams Burton Leopardi

5 November 2018

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

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John Held, New ACA National President

21 September 2018

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

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ACA - SA August Update

18 August 2018

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ACA - SA Update

16 July 2018

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SA Update

12 June 2018

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

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ACA - SA April Update

16 April 2018

The latest advocacy and events in South Australia.

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SA Advocacy Update

18 December 2017

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

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A Year of Highlights for ACA - SA

17 December 2017

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

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ACA - SA November Update

14 November 2017

There is a real opportunity to work on the new 'design-led' schools program in South Australia. John Held explains - and how ACA can help.

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News from SA - August

21 August 2017

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

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News from South Australia

13 July 2017

John Held with all the news from South Australia.

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Congratulations John Held!

21 June 2017

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

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ACA SA June Update

9 June 2017

An update on activity from ACA - SA.

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SA April news

17 April 2017

An update from ACA - SA.

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News from ACA - SA

19 March 2017

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

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News from SA

17 February 2017

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

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Learning Environment Opportunity Study

17 February 2017

ACA - SA has been working closely with the SA Department of Education and Child Development to introduce a new type of planning study for schools.

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SA 2016: A year in review

15 December 2016

President John Held reports on a busy year for ACA in South Australia. Membership has risen, there’s generally a better vibe about the amount of work around.

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ACA - SA November 2016

10 November 2016

Advocacy and action continues apace in South Australia.

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SA Practice Administrators Group

5 November 2020

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

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ACA - SA State of the Profession Survey Report

7 April 2016

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

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2016 - New Plans and Ongoing Projects in SA

7 February 2016

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

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Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review

2 December 2015

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

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ACA - SA August 2015 Update

13 August 2015

News from ACA - SA.

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ACA - SA July 2015

21 July 2015

An overview of activities in South Australia this month.

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ACA - SA June Update

13 June 2015

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

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May News from ACA - SA

12 May 2015

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

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ACA - SA March Update

11 March 2015

An update on all things ACA - SA.

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Architects & Quantity Surveyors Event Report

8 October 2014

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ACA - SA September Update

7 October 2014

This month’s activities in South Australia.

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ACA - SA August Update

2 September 2014

The August monthly update from ACA - SA.

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Builder and Architects - Event Report

4 August 2014

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

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July Update

4 August 2014

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

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SA President’s Report, 2013 - 2014

17 June 2014

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

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Lawyers, Financiers, Architects

13 May 2014

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

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50 Years of the Association of Consulting Architects - SA

12 February 2014

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

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SA President's Report

1 December 2013

John Held provides an overview of SA activities in 2013.

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