ACA – WA has a busy calendar of events, activities and advocacy – find out more about what is coming up and what we have done in the past via the links below.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our social events – breakfast in February, lunch in July and Christmas drinks at the end of the year – and at some of our many CPD sessions.


WA Sponsors 2023

27 April 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.

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The Business of Small Practice – Market Matters

5 April 2024

The BoSP is back in WA, and the first event of 2024 promises to be a big one! Join ACA WA Vice-President Kate FitzGerald and housing industry experts for an important and timely afternoon of discussion around the housing market and planning system updates. Don’t miss it!

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The Role of the Building Surveyor

15 March 2024

What is the specific role of the building surveyor in the building approvals process? Join the ACA WA online on Thursday 28 March with the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Audit Manager, Paul da Costa for the next in our series of informative webinars.

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How’s the Amenity? Renewing the Great Australian Dream

28 February 2024

Join ACA and Woods Bagot for a panel conversation presented as a part of the Perth Design Week 2024. Dive into density with some of Australia’s most forward-thinking place makers, academics and advocates.

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Joint Venture Partnerships in Architecture

19 February 2024

Join ACA WA for an informative online presentation on the merits and pitfalls of Joint Venture partnerships with construction lawyer Isla McRobbie.

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ACA WA Advocacy Prevails

12 February 2024

After several months of committed advocacy and campaigning led by ACA WA Vice-President Kate Fitzgerald, the ACA WA is delighted to share that the once-deferred Medium Density Code has been reintroduced. This will help ensure the supply of well-designed housing in suburbs and infill precincts for the State.

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WA Welcome Breakfast 2024

25 January 2024

ACA WA invites members and friends to join us for breakfast at Wards Central Dining at Victoria House in Shenton Park. 

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WA Branch Update – December 2023

10 December 2023

The WA branch committee finished off a busy year with an end-of-year celebration at Lawson Flats. It was great to see so many of our members, sponsors and industry colleagues at our event. It feels like the festive season is well and truly here! Here’s a snapshot of what the WA branch committee has been up to in 2023.

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WA Member Survey 2023

27 November 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!

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WA Xmas Drinks at Lawson Flats

30 October 2023

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.

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WA Medium Density Code Update

4 September 2023

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.

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Better Balustrades

25 August 2023

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.

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WA Update – June 2023

26 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.

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WA Business of Design 2023

18 May 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.

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WA Safety in Design Webinar

18 May 2023

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.

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WA Welcome to 2023 Breakfast

9 January 2023

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.

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WA 2022 Update

6 December 2022

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.

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WA End-of-Year Celebration

20 October 2022

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.

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First Nations History in WA

4 October 2022

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.

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WA Advocates for Increased Energy Standards

13 September 2022

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.

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WA WHS Legislation Uncovered

23 August 2022

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!

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WA Update – July 2022

11 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.

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WA Business of Design Lunch

15 June 2022

ACA WA invites you to our annual Business of Design Lunch with special guest speaker, Dale Alcock.

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Business of Small Practice – Meaningful Marketing

14 June 2022

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.

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Upcoming Events in WA

8 June 2022

The WA Branch has two exciting events coming up – a Business of Small Practice event and the annual Business of Design Lunch.

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Legal overview of WA’s WHS changes

9 May 2022

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.

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WA Update – NRF, Local Government Reform and More

10 March 2022

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.

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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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Managing Supply Chains & Rising Construction Costs

28 February 2022

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.

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WA Welcome to 2022 Breakfast

12 January 2022

The WA Branch is kicking off the year with a relaxed breakfast shared amongst our committee, members, and special invited guests.

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WA 2021 – Advocacy, Connection & Information

7 December 2021

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.

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Xmas Drinks in Perth

11 November 2021

WA President, Kukame McPierzie, and committee invite members to join us for our annual Rooftop Drinks at the Alex Hotel on 26 November.

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WA Design Review event

11 September 2021

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.

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Business of Design Recap

11 September 2021

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.

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BoSP Recap – Fee Talk

9 September 2021

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!

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WA Business of Design Lunch

5 July 2021

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

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WA Update – Advocate, Connect & Inform

28 June 2021

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

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May Update from WA

8 May 2021

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

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Refining the Missing Middle Blueprint

8 May 2021

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

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Medium Density Symposium recap

14 April 2021

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

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Medium Density Policy in WA

14 April 2021

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

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Michelle Blakeley, Architect

13 April 2021

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

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Design Matters: Medium Density Symposium

18 March 2021

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

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WA Branch Update – March 2021

9 March 2021

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

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WA Branch Launches Wellbeing Forum

22 February 2021

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

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New WA Branch President Kukame McPierzie

5 February 2021

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

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Welcome Breakfast in WA

29 January 2021

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

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Western Australia Update 2020

6 December 2020

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

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Christmas Drinks in WA

1 November 2020

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

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Xmas in WA - Save the Date!

27 September 2020

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

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Business Resilience with Bill Withers

27 September 2020

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

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WA Update - August 2020

10 August 2020

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

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Infrastructure of long-term benefit

3 August 2020

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

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WA Advocacy & Business of Design

14 July 2020

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

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WA Branch Update - May 2020

29 May 2020

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

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Innovation, Resilience & Relationship Building

20 April 2020

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

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Managing Remote Teams Webinar

8 April 2020

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

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Managing Small Business Finance in a Crisis

8 April 2020

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

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Tight Financial Management and Open Communication

22 March 2020

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

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Trialling Remote Working

19 March 2020

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

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WA Calendar of Events 2020

20 January 2020

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

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End of Year Celebrations in WA

20 January 2020

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

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WA 2020 Welcome Breakfast

12 January 2020

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

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WA Update - Survey, Events & Plans for 2020

2 December 2019

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

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The Architecture of Emergency

31 October 2019

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

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Money Matters Event Recap

5 October 2019

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

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WA Event on Lacrosse

9 May 2019

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

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Gender Equity Discussion in WA

1 April 2019

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

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WA Panel Discussion on Joint Ventures

25 March 2019

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

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BoSP2: Organisational Structure

12 December 2018

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

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Office of Regional Architecture

10 December 2018

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

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Lunch with MATES in Construction

10 October 2018

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

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The Business of Small Practice

21 September 2018

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

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Welcome Malcolm Jones

19 September 2018

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

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Farewell from Kieran Wong

6 September 2018

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

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PTX Architects

17 July 2018

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

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Langoulant Review into WA Major State Projects

2 April 2018

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

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Procuring Architectural Services - an Industry Discussion Paper

13 April 2017

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

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