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.
President’s Comment – February 2024
ACA National President John Held reflects on the nature of quality in the built environment, from design, documentation, construction and environmental aspects to the quality of the profession itself, from graduates up to senior architects.
President’s Comment – December 2023
As the year comes to a close, ACA National President John Held reflects on the expanding activities of the organisation, from IR and the nuts and bolts of profitable practice, to mental wellbeing, business planning and marketing, and advocating for students, graduates, managers and leaders.
President’s Comment – August 2023
It’s been a busy month of advocacy for the ACA. National President John Held outlines some of the ACA’s current advocacy work and emphasises the importance of collaboration when trying to make a difference.
President’s Comment – June 2023
ACA National President John Held reflects on education, ongoing learning, obstacles for students and graduates, and ACA advocacy and support of the latest research.
End-of-Year Reflections 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.
President’s Comment – November 2022
ACA President John Held takes us through the highs and lows of the month, from an uplifting NEC meeting in Adelaide to the profitless boom, regulatory battles and poor procurement practices, and the need to work towards better quality of life for practice owners, their staff, their clients, our society and the planet.
President’s Comment – September 2022
Pandemics, personal tragedies and economic downturns strike unexpectedly. We need to look for ways to support others and help our profession be better, writes ACA National President John Held.
President’s Comment – June 2022
ACA National President John Held discusses some of the current issues dogging the construction industry, including price rises, materials shortages, labour scarcity and delays, and the resultant impacts on building contracts.
President’s Comment – May 2022
ACA President John Held reviews the ACA’s advocacy, activities and priorities over the last six months, covering automatic mutual recognition, flexibility, mental wellbeing and equity in practice.
President's Comment – January 2022
As we embark on another pandemic year full of uncertainty and disruption, John Held invites members to ask questions and give feedback to help the ACA provide assistance in the months ahead.
President’s Comment – December 2021
As we prepare to farewell 2021, ACA President John Held reflects on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned over the last year.
President’s Comment – November 2021
The effects of low fees and long hours on mental wellbeing in the architecture profession is becoming increasingly clear, but if fees went up, would the time or the profit trickle down? John Held explores the issues.
President’s Comment – September 2021
John Held writes on the topics of the day, including vaccination, ventilation and air quality, and the ACA’s joint advocacy around the National Registration Framework.
President’s Comment – EOFY 20/21
John Held reflects on the challenges of the past year and the ACA’s ongoing commitment to gain recognition, raise awareness and advocate to government and the wider community.
ACA President’s Comment – May 2021
New building legislation in NSW and proposed changes in Victoria will have wide-ranging impacts on the profession, and it’s critical that architects ask questions, give feedback and engage with government, says John Held.
ACA President’s Comment – March 2021
John Held takes a look at the issues of the day, from the Lacrosse appeal decision to the end of JobKeeper and the Mutual Recognition Amendment Bill.
ACA Advocacy on Unfair Contracts
We need to work together to advocate for improved contracts and procurement methodologies, says John Held.
President’s Comment – February 2021
On the 10th anniversary of Keith Neighbour’s passing, John Held fondly remembers his former mentor and friend, who was a strong advocate for mentoring, connection and support within the profession.
ACA President’s Comment – 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.
ACA President’s Comment
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.
ACA President’s Comment – 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.
ACA President’s Comment – 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.
The Power of Sharing Stories
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.
ACA President’s Comment – 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.
ACA President’s Comment – February 2020
As disaster strikes, John Held discusses the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences, and the broader role of the architect in society.
When Will Architects Be in the Firing Line?
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.
A Question of Standards
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.
How Can Architects Take Action?
As governments tackle systemic issues in the building industry, John Held outlines some of the ways that architects can make an impact.
What Keeps Architects Awake at Night?
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.
ACA President's Comment – 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.
President's Report - April 2019
National President John Held discusses long hours, unpaid internships and the value in getting involved.
Welcome to 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.
Reflections from the ACA President
ACA National President and SA branch President John Held reflects on the year's achievements and the challenges ahead.