CEO reports

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai provides regular overviews and updates on all things ACA, from advocacy and industry engagement to branch and national activities, partnerships and new ACA initiatives and offers for members.


CEO Report – May 2024

20 May 2024

Angelina Pillai recently attended the two-day Wellbeing of Architects symposium, opening Day 2 (Practice day) with a moving Welcome that spoke to her own personal commitment to the work of improving wellbeing in architecture. She also chaired the Peak body session, which included representatives of the Institute, EmAGN, ArchiTeam and the NSWRB.

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CEO Report – March 2024

13 March 2024

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reviews the ACA’s work and priorities for the first few months of the year, from advocacy, business tools and resources to equity, mental wellbeing and research partnerships.

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CEO Report – December 2023

11 December 2023

In her final report of the year, Angelina Pillai updates us on her recent visit to Parliament House with ACIF to discuss pressing issues in the construction industry, and her highlights of the year, including a new RAP for the ACA and three new working groups.

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CEO Report – November 2023

8 November 2023

Angelina Pillai highlights some of the ACA’s recent industry collaborations and initiatives – from the Australian Building Industry Forum’s recent review of the Building Confidence Report implementation, to Consult Australia’s End of Year Tender Initiative, to working with the AACA and the Fair Work Commission on updates to the Architects Award.

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CEO Report – September 2023

2 September 2023

The ACA RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reports on this fantastic achievement as well as the ACA’s recent activities, including new regional and university engagement working groups, attendance at ACIF’s quarterly conference and the ACA’s own recent NEC gathering in Hobart.

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CEO Report – June 2023

28 June 2023

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reviews the ACA’s work and priorities for the first six months of the year, with a focus on the relevant and practical, from advocacy and resources to equity, First Nations understanding, small business operations and mental wellbeing.

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CEO Update – Reconciliation Week 2023

31 May 2023

As we approach the end of National Reconciliation Week, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on the key themes of reconciliation, the new Competencies for understanding and designing with Country, the ACA’s work in sharing relevant resources, and an inspirational mini tour of Sydney's new Deloitte building with Professor Deen Sanders.

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CEO Update – April 2023

4 April 2023

Last week ACA CEO Angelina Pillai was in Canberra to attend the Clean Air Forum to hear health professionals, scientists, researchers and leading voices from the built environment discuss clean indoor air, ventilation and COVID-safe design. It was a big week in Canberra, with legislation also going through on the Voice to Parliament, the Gender Pay Gap and the Safeguard Mechanism. Angelina provides an update.

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End-of-Year Reflections 2022

8 December 2022

As yet another year draws to a close, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai and ACA President John Held reflect on the hard work, activities and priorities of the ACA over 2022, and exciting plans for the year ahead.

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CEO Update – October 2022

12 October 2022

After a recent jampacked ACA NEC meeting in Adelaide, Angelina Pillai reflects on the strong connections between fees, the value of architecture and mental welllbeing within the profession, and introduces relevant ACA activities in the coming months.

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CEO Update – August 2022

5 August 2022

Angelina Pillai outlines ACA activity and priorities for the last few months, with a focus on workplace culture and wellbeing, research, advocacy, industry collaboration, and plans for the year ahead.

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CEO Update – March 2022

9 March 2022

As we leave International Women’s Day behind for another year, ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on the broad issue of equity in practice, touching on pay equity, neurodiversity, and a forthcoming collaborative series called Stepping Up. 

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2021: A Year in Review

8 December 2021

CEO Angelina Pillai reviews the ACA’s work and priorities for the year, from connection and collegiality to advocacy, partnerships, timely information and good communication.

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CEO Update – September 2021

12 September 2021

Angelina Pillai takes us through a busy month, emphasising ACA’s focus on the critical topic of ventilation in the built environment, and outlining our latest industry collaborations and advocacy work.

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EOFY Report 20/21

27 June 2021

CEO Angelina Pillai summarises ACA activity and priorities for the last year, outlining our seven strategic objectives and what they mean for members, ACA committees, and the broader profession. 

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CEO Update – April 2021

9 April 2021

Angelina Pillai outlines ACA advocacy and activity for the first quarter of 2021, with an emphasis on strategic partnerships, research and mental wellbeing within the profession.

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2020: A Year in Review

4 December 2020

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai takes a look back on a challenging but fulfilling year and outlines the ACA’s exciting plans for the year ahead.

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CEO Update - October 2020

27 September 2020

Angelina Pillai reflects on the importance of prioritising culture and wellbeing in our workplaces and the wider profession, and reports on our recent inaugural, all-of-ACA-branch and national conference, which brought all our committees together for the first time.

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CEO Update July 2020

14 July 2020

Angelina Pillai reflects on the challenges of the past six months, as well as the positive action, advocacy and community spirit she has seen in the age of COVID-19.

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ACA National Report 2020

29 May 2020

Through the challenges of 2019-2020, the ACA has worked tirelessly to provide up-to-date advice, a jampacked business toolbox, continued advocacy, IR representation at the FWC, a dynamic and relevant online events program, and an engaging platform to share knowledge, experience and a sense of community. Here’s a recap.

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CEO Update - February 2020

31 January 2020

Angelina Pillai discusses the bushfire response and the ACA’s agenda for 2020, and introduces us to ACA Malaysia and our two new national sponsors.

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2019: A Year in Review

3 December 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reviews events, advocacy and activity in 2019 and outlines plans for the year ahead.

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International Men’s Day Reflections

19 November 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai reflects on a week of inspirational panel discussions and events that will hopefully spur others on to further action.

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CEO Update - October 2019

4 October 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai offers an overview of a very busy couple of months, with a state by state wrap of recent events, surveys and activity, and a look forward at conferences, awards, mental health research and advocacy.

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CEO Update - August 2019

8 August 2019

Angelina Pillai reviews a very busy couple of months of advocacy and activity in the branches.

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CEO Update - June 2019

5 June 2019

ACA CEO Angelina Pillai takes a look at the big issues of concern to members, the ACA's ongoing work in advocacy, future plans for research and a state by state wrap.

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ACA National Report 2019

4 June 2019

The ACA has never been busier, and we are pleased to provide an update on the actions and activities of the last year as well as future plans - all of which aim to support our members.

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CEO Update - April 2019

2 April 2019

CEO Angelina Pillai reports on ACA advocacy, membership and the business toolkit, and finishes with a state by state wrap for March.

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CEO Message - First Month in Office!

27 February 2019

New CEO Angelina Pillai reviews her first month at the helm of the ACA.

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