President’s comments

The ACA National President provides regular commentary on the matters that impact ACA members and the profession, and the strategies we can all take to address them.

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ACA President’s Comment – December 2020

7 December 2020

John Held takes a moment to reflect on the lessons of 2020, from the nature of community to the value of communication, and the need to be prepared and open to change.

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ACA President’s Comment

27 September 2020

Better procurement practices will support building quality, but also healthier, safer work practices for a wide range of people in the construction industry, says John Held.

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ACA President’s Comment – July 2020

14 July 2020

ACA President John Held reflects on the need for a finer-grained approach to stimulus, and the importance of being active and assertive in creating a post-pandemic future.

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ACA President’s Comment – June 2020

9 June 2020

As we release the preliminary findings of our third Pulse Check Survey, John Held explores the key issues in the profession, from workflow to JobKeeper, from stimulus to flexibility and the future of work.

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The Power of Sharing Stories

21 April 2020

ACA National President John Held invites members to share their stories, views and impressions on how to create better places to live, work and be.

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ACA President’s Comment – March 2020

24 March 2020

As architectural practices face uncertain futures in the time of COVID-19, ACA National President John Held discusses the importance of sharing stories, ideas, and love and consideration for each other.

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ACA President’s Comment – February 2020

3 February 2020

As disaster strikes, John Held discusses the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences, and the broader role of the architect in society.

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When Will Architects Be in the Firing Line?

7 November 2019

Every day a new story hits the headlines outlining a case of workplace exploitation and underpayment. John Held ponders when architecture’s long hours culture will hit the front pages, and what the ACA can do to help ensure we have fair and efficient businesses.

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A Question of Standards

12 September 2019

With the high cost of accessing Australian Standards, how can we expect high levels of compliance in the building industry? Easy access to clear, understandable Standards must be a priority, argues John Held.

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How Can Architects Take Action?

3 September 2019

As governments tackle systemic issues in the building industry, John Held outlines some of the ways that architects can make an impact.

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What Keeps Architects Awake at Night?

9 July 2019

How do we ensure our profession remains relevant and vibrant? John Held draws threads through the many issues facing architecture and the construction industry, and asks how can we support each other as we face the future.

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ACA President's Comment – April 2019

28 April 2019

In light of the release of the Building Confidence Implementation Plan, ACA National President John Held revisits the recent history of regulation in the Australian construction industry and the challenge of timely reform and coordination between all states and territories.

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President's Report - April 2019

2 April 2019

National President John Held discusses long hours, unpaid internships and the value in getting involved.

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Welcome to 2019

19 January 2019

The year has begun with a focus on quality - and the lack of it. ACA President John Held considers what architects and the ACA can do to improve the quality of the built environment.

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Reflections from the ACA President

12 December 2018

ACA National President and SA branch President John Held reflects on the year's achievements and the challenges ahead.

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