Keeping you up-to-date with all things ACA, and news and items of interest from across the profession and the industry.
2022 – Have Your Say!
The ACA seeks feedback from members to help inform our work and plans for 2022. Please take the time to fill out our quick questionnaire.
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.
Agi Sterling Receives Life Fellowship
Congratulations to the ACA’s NSW/ACT President and Vice-President of ACA National, Agi Sterling for receiving the honour of a Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Architects. Well-deserved and well done!
Favourite Podcasts for Summer
We are big fans of sharing knowledge and learning through conversation. Emma Brain has compiled a list of some of her favourite podcasts to get stuck into once the end-of-year stress has passed.
2021: A Year in Review
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.
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.
AWMF Recap 2021
Promoting mental wellbeing in the profession has never been more important. The following recap highlights the wonderful work being done in the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forums around the country.
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.
ACIF Forecasts – November 2021
AICF has released its Construction Industry Forecast for November 2021. We have published a summary here. ACA members have free access to the full forecasts, available on the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.
Work-related Wellbeing – Initial Findings
Monash University Professor of Architecture Naomi Stead provides an update on the three-year, Australian Research Council–funded research project about the wellbeing of practitioners and students in architecture, with an emphasis on some early findings of the recent practitioner survey.
Robert Goodliffe Retirement
Robert Goodliffe, Managing Partner from ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, retired in September 2021 after 40 years as a designer, practice leader and influential advocate for ethical business and climate action. The ACA celebrates the milestone and wishes Robert well in all future endeavours.
Designing in Bushfire Prone Areas
The ABCB is offering a one-hour NCC CPD course on the principles of bushfire behaviour and how it affects building design.
Client Choice Awards 2022
The ACA is delighted to partner with the Client Choice Awards 2022, which has an exclusive discount offer for ACA members. Entrants gain valuable insights and client feedback. The deadline for entries is 30 November.
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.
Student Survey: Wellbeing of Architects
Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. After the recent successful survey of practitioners in July, the Monash-led Wellbeing of Architects survey is now open for students. Please share this survey widely.
Employer Vaccination Guide
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has published an Employer Guide on COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace, which aims to assist employers to navigate the vaccine rollout in Australia.
Architectural Work Cultures Survey Update
Great news! The recent Architects & Wellbeing survey had a huge response, doubling its target, with more than 2100 participants.
NATSPEC’s NSW Class 2 Reference Specification
NATSPEC has released a new reference specification for Class 2 buildings. The reference specification, which was developed in cooperation with the NSW Government, is a nationally applicable quality control tool that sets out the minimum requirements for Class 2 buildings.
Tech Trends Overview
The latest Deltek Clarity Industry report explores how architecture and engineering (A&E) firms in Asia Pacific (APAC) are reaching their digital goals, and identifies common barriers to tech adoption.
Work-related Wellbeing Survey
Improving mental wellbeing in practice is fundamental to the future of the profession. The ACA is proud to support the major research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, and encourages all to participate in this important survey on work-related wellbeing.
2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects
Charmaine Kai, ACA member of the Expert Reference Group on the NSCA, provides an update on the key developments.
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.
EOFY Report 20/21
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.
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!
That’s a RAP!
On 3 June, the ACA hosted a webinar with TheFulcrum.Agency on the importance of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs). Emma Brain provides a recap.
ACIF Forecasts – May 2021
The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has released its Construction Industry Forecast for May 2021. We have published a summary here. ACA members have free access to the full forecasts, available on the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.
WIL Survey: The Architecture Profession’s View
Is your practice involved in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs for university students? Share your views by taking a short 15-minute survey!
University of Adelaide Reunion
Did you graduate from the University of Adelaide’s School of Architecture and Built Environment between 1975 and 1999? If so, it’s time to celebrate at your reunion on Friday 6 August 2021.
ACA Response to Victorian Framework for Reform
After extensive consultation, the ACA’s VIC/TAS Committee has submitted its response to the Victorian government’s Framework for Reform building review. Our executive summary outlines the ACA’s key priorities and the full submission is also available for download for further background and discussion of the issues.
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.
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.
Pitching Social Housing Ideas
Verity Campbell offers a recap of her recent ArchiPitch event, which featured seven architectural practices pitching big ideas to a panel of social housing experts.
Congratulations ArtMade Architects!
Sydney-based ArtMade Architects has won the Client’s Choice Award for the Best Architecture Firm for the second year running.
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.
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.
Myth Busting – Domestic & Family Violence at Work
The Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) and Our Watch have released a report into domestic and family violence, and the impacts this has on the workplace. The resource uses evidence to tackle some common myths about domestic and family violence, and provides tools and resources for Australian businesses to become leaders in prevention.
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.
Automatic Mutual Recognition
The ACA welcomes the automatic mutual recognition scheme, which serves as a sound framework to create national harmonisation across the architectural labour force. However, several issues need to be addressed.
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!
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.
Special ACA Membership Offer
The ACA is delighted to extend a special half-year membership offer. Head to our membership portal to find out what’s on offer.
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!
Summary of New IR Legislation
The Federal government announced its long awaited workplace relations reform package on 9 December, setting the scene for industrial relations to be at the forefront of the political agenda coming into 2021. Tom Earls from Fair Work Lawyers provides a summary of the proposed legislation for ACA members.
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.
Last Chance to Enter Client Choice Awards
Entries for the Built and Natural Environment Consulting category of the Client Choice Awards are closing on 15 December.
Architects Declare Update
Since its establishment in July 2019, Architects Declare Australia has continued to advocate and educate, with a guide to going carbon neutral and a number of webinars on topics related to biodiversity and sustainability.
New Industrial Relations Advisory
The ACA is delighted to introduce Tom Earls of Fair Work Lawyers (FWL), who will provide principal industrial relations advisory services for ACA members.
NexSys IT Member Offer
The ACA’s National Principal Partner, NexSys IT, is extending its support to ACA members with an exclusive offer of Autodesk licences at cost price.
Vale (Kenneth) Struan Gilfillan OAM
The ACA sadly advises that founding member of the Association in Melbourne and longtime Chairman of the National Industrial Relations Committee Struan Gilfillan passed away peacefully on 20 October 2020.
ACA Branch Elections 2020
If you have ever wanted to contribute, lead, support or just be part of the conversations of the peak body that represents you and your practice, now is the time to nominate as an ACA Branch committee member!
Leadership Change at the AACA
Kate Doyle will step down as CEO of the AACA in March 2021 after six years in the role. The ACA has greatly valued her contribution and wishes her well in her future endeavours.
NATSPEC Universal Design TECHnotes
Australia’s ageing population means that the principles of universal design in residential design and construction are increasingly important. NATSPEC recognises the importance of universal design with the release of three new TECHnotes.
Nominations Open for Australian Honours
Is there someone exceptional within the architecture profession who you would like to nominate for an Australian Honour? The Order of Australia recognises Australians for outstanding service or exceptional achievement in a diverse range of fields and areas of endeavours, including architecture.
ACA Industrial Relations & Employment Advice Service
The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Fair Work Lawyers (FWL) as our Industrial Relations Consultants, with FWL Partner Tom Earls providing principal advisory services.
New ACA Partnership - Management for Design
The ACA is delighted to announce a new partnership with Management for Design to provide financial and business management support services to members.
MCC Report on Sexual Harassment
‘Disrupting the System: Preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment’, a new report from the Male Champions of Change, aims to shift the way we understand and respond to sexual harassment. Justine Clark provides a summary.
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.
Clarification of Stage 4 Restrictions
The ACA – Victoria/Tasmania provides further clarification of COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions, with advice on construction site access, worker permits, COVID Safe Plans and ongoing advocacy.
COVID-19 Stage 4 Restrictions
On Monday 3 August, the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews announced Stage 4 Restrictions, which apply to the Melbourne area and do impact architectural practices.
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.
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.
ACA Branch Elections
It is an election year for all ACA branches in 2020, and we invite members to get involved.
2020 National Examination Paper Moves Online
The AACA has announced that the 2020 National Examination Paper will now be delivered remotely via candidates’ individual devices with online live supervision.
Design and Building Practitioners Bill
On 3 June 2020, the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 successfully passed through Parliament.
ACA delighted to support Monash Mental Wellbeing Research project
The ACA is proud to support the new research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing, led by Professor Naomi Stead of Monash University.
AACA National Examination Paper Postponed
Given the evolving Coronavirus situation across Australia, the AACA has postponed the APE National Examination Paper currently scheduled for 21 April until 18 August.
2020 National Program of Assessment
Applications for the AACA’s 2020 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) close 28 February 2020.
ACIF Forecasts - November 2019
The Australian Construction Industry Forum has released its Construction Industry Forecast for November 2019.
Client Choice Awards 2020
Do you know what your clients really think of your practice and the service it provides? Enter the Client Choice Awards for Best Architecture Firm and receive a special report of invaluable client feedback on everything from quality and innovation to responsiveness and value for money.
Hundreds of Australian architects have signed up to the Architects Declare movement, which aims to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action in the built environment.
A Guide to Architecture and Wellbeing
Ben Channon's new book Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Wellbeing explores the ways that buildings and spaces can impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
WA Cladding Update
ACA - WA President Malcolm Jones gives an overview of the WA cladding audit, issues around ACP compliance, and some early next steps.
Professional and Technical Services now on the SA Product Register
Do you want your practice to be visible to SA State Government procurement staff? Then sign up to the SA Product Register.
May 2019 ACIF Forecast
ACA members now have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard, with the May forecast available from 14 May.
ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard
ACA members will now have free access to the ACIF Customised Forecasts Dashboard.
Registered Architects are on the List!
No more chasing around to find a JP to witness your Stat Dec. Registered architects are now authorised witnesses.
ACA's First CEO Appointed
The ACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Angelina Pillai as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Consulting Architects.
New Construction Product Register
NATSPEC’s National Construction Product Register is a new tool to ensure quality control and reduce the number of non-conforming products in the Australian built environment. Emma Green from NATSPEC Communications tells us more about how it works.
Key Findings from Non-conforming Building Products Inquiry
The final report of the inquiry into non-conforming building products was tabled by the Senate Economics References Committee in December 2018. Subtitled “the need for a coherent and robust regulatory regime”, it aims to strengthen accountability and compliance in relation to building products.
AACA Seeks Participants for Focus Groups
Do you have something to say about the way practitioners can be involved in architectural education? The AACA is looking for a mix of architects to take part in focus groups nationwide.
NSW Security of Payment Act
The NSW Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2018 has passed parliament.
A Balanced Outlook for Construction
The Australian Construction Industry Forum has released its new ACIF Forecasts, with growth expected in non-residential building and infrastructure construction, but the decline in residential building expected to continue.
ACA Elections 2018
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.
Report Identifies Widespread Sexual Harassment
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
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.
New BIM Ready Report Released
The Queensland BIM Taskforce has released its findings from its recent BIM Survey.
ACA Announces New Partnership with BEC
The ACA is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Built Environment Channel (BEC), a free digital screen network available to practices big and small.
Single Sign-on for ACA
Announcing improved access to the ACA Member Toolbox.
Pro bono Legal Advice for ACA Members
The ACA is delighted to announce a new agreement with Moray and Agnew Lawyers. This provides members with 20 minutes of pro bono legal advice from Moray and Agnew’s experienced commercial team.
New BIM Taskforce
ACA - Qld/NT and the Australian Institute of Architects Qld have joined forces to create a BIM Taskforce to help architects and practices become BIM capable.
ACA NEC meeting, Adelaide 2017
The National Executive Committee met recently in Adelaide. It was an opportunity to reflect on the activity of the past five years, and to chart a path for the next five. ACA National President Kieran Wong reports.
Join the SA Practice Admin Group!
The ACA - SA Practice Administrators Group meets regularly to share knowledge, views and experiences. New members welcome.
A Message from Kieran Wong, ACA National President Elect
Kieran Wong, ACA National President Elect, introduces himself and plans for the future of the ACA.
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.
Congratulations Catherine Baudet
Catherine Baudet's decades of advocacy for women in architecture has been recognised with the Paula Whitman Prize for Leadership Gender Equity.
Fast Track Pathways to Registration
The AACA has introduced two fast track pathways to registration for experienced practitioners.
A new report aims to explore new futures for architecture and new ways of measuring the contribition already made by the industry.
Announcing the ACA Business Toolbox and ACA Salary Calculator
The ACA BUSINESS TOOLBOX provides members with the essential resources to effectively and easily operate their businesses.
The Victorian Building Authority is contacting building practitioners - including architects - to identify the possible use of non-compliant building material in the construction of buildings in Victoria.
ACA Strategic Plan - An Update
The ACA has achieved an enormous amount since it released a new Strategic Plan, in 2012. National President, Steve Kennedy, outlines the achievements to date.
Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice
The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.
ACIF & APCC collaborations
ACIF and the APCC have a number of projects underway relating to procurement, project team integration and BIM.