Vice President of the NSW/ACT branch Michael Lewarne discusses his early career, lessons learned in practice, and the value of thinking critically, maintaining curiosity, and making space for opportunities along the way.
Work, Practice and Parenting
Please join the ACA – NSW/ACT branch for an evening of lively discussion on how to juggle home and work, practice and parenting with presenters Melonie Bayl-Smith and Michael Lewarne.
SA Welcome Breakfast 2020
The ACA – SA Committee kicked off the year in style with a delicious breakfast spread at the President’s Welcome Breakfast on 13 February.
Annualised Salaries - changes to the Clerks Award
Changes to the Clerks Award insert new rules about annual salaries, with changes coming into effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 March 2020.
Marketing Gold with Rachael Bernstone
Don’t miss the WA branch’s next Lunch and Learn event on 20 March, when communications expert Rachael Bernstone will share her tips on how to turn your awards entries into marketing gold.
Climate Change Consideration in Design
informed by Planned Cover Risk Manager Kathryn Budd offers advice on managing your risk and your professional obligations related to environmental standards and climate change. What is the role of construction industry professionals in making positive change?
Understanding the Many and Varied Roles of a Superintendent
informed by Planned Cover is offering ACA members a special discounted rate for a national webinar on 19 March on the role of the superintendent on a construction project.
Client Choice Awards Finalists 2020
The ACA is delighted to congratulate ACA member ArtMade Architects for being named as Best Architecture Firm (<$30m revenue) in the Client Choice Awards.
Tips for Pro Bono Work
Dunn and Hillam Director Lee Hillam shares her experiences and tips about incorporating pro bono work into practice in a sustainable way.
2020 National Program of Assessment
Applications for the AACA’s 2020 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) close 28 February 2020.
Architects’ Potential for Community Recovery
As architects discuss how best to support recovery from the current bushfires, it is helpful to reflect on previous experiences and processes. What can we learn? Rob Stent’s examination of the recovery process after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires provides cautionary insight and suggestions for the future.
Survey on National Standard of Competency for Architects
The AACA seeks feedback on the National Standard of Competency for Architects. Have your say. Take the survey now!
Working Closely with Bushfire-Affected Communities
BVN co-CEO Ninotschka Titchkosky revisits the rebuilding of the Narbethong Community Hall and offers some invaluable advice about bushfire recovery work.
The Architect’s Role in Industry Reform
Join the ACA – QLD/NT committee and guest speaker Bronwyn Weir for a special lunch presentation in Brisbane on Thursday 5 March on the architect’s role in industry reform. Book now for this unmissable event.
Resources for the Bushfire Crisis
Unprecedented nationwide bushfire activity in 2019–2020 has had devastating and wide-ranging impacts, not just on those who have seen their homes and properties destroyed or damaged by the bushfires, but also businesses suffering financial hardship. This Resource Roundup includes updated information, resources and other pertinent links.
After the Fire: Be Patient, Considerate and Strategic
Kim Irons of Irons McDuff Architecture cautions patience to those keen to offer aid to those affected by the bushfires.
Pay Equity: Resources & Reading
The issue of pay equity has been on the agenda for Australian governments and business for decades, but pay disparities remain a persistent problem in many workplaces.
Resources for Mental Health
There are a number of excellent organisations providing a range of initiatives and services to support Australians living with mental illness.
Deloitte Private Principal Adam Russell explores how cloud computing and balanced strategic decision making can drive performance and growth.
Bijl Architecture founder and director Melonie Bayl-Smith shares the key lessons she has learned in practice, the value of mentoring programs, and the many benefits she has gained from involvement with professional organisations.
ACA Business Toolbox
A new report aims to explore new futures for architecture and new ways of measuring the contribition already made by the industry.
Free Trade Agreement Resources
The Federal Government has developed resources to help businesses make the most of the free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China.
The ATO has released its 2015 performance benchmarks for architecture.
The ACA is pleased to provide ACA logos for members use.
Ten Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes
The RIBA has released guidelines to explain how client organisations can get the best possible outcomes when they procure architectural services.
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.
Guide to Hiring New Employees
A new guide for small business from the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot
Consult Australia has released its 2013 Workforce Diversity Industry Snapshot.
Editorial policy & submissions
Equal Pay Day draws attention to the pay disparity between men and women. We list some resources to help you ensure this is not an issue in your practice.
Advice for members
The ACA assists members with formal and informal advice in a range of areas relating to the business of architecture.
Benefits of ACA Membership
The ACA helps architectural businesses of all sizes to operate efficiently and productively. We provide timely information, promote debate and advocate for better business and employment practices.
Join today to make the most of our resources, networks and expertise, and to help make a difference in the profession!
What do Architects do in a Financial Crisis?
The Autumn 2013 issue of Architect Victoria canvases the question.Link
American Institute of Architects Foresight Report
The 2014 Foresight Report aims to “highlight key trends and to outline their impact” on architectural business in the US and on current and future practice. It also includes strategies immediately related to business, marketing, operations, practice and design and firm leadership.It is available now from the American Institute of Architects. A PDF version can be purchased for $US 10 from the AIA Store.Link
RIBA Future Trends Survey
The RIBA Future Trends survey “monitors business and employment trends affecting the profession” in the UK on a monthly basis.Link
Architects & Social Media
How can architects use social media effectively for business and professional development?
Architecture & Marketing
A collection of articles to help you think about the role of marketing in your practice.
A roundup of discussions elsewhere about the structure and ownership models of architectural practices.
The international discussion of architecture salaries continues with a number of ongoing projects.
Notice under Section 159 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
Changes to the ACA-Australia Constitution
The ACA sends out a range of notices to members in relation to legal requirements under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and the ACA Constitution.
The ACA is generously supported by principal partners and sponsors at both national and state levels. This support enables us to lead the discussion of the business of architecture and to provide excellent resources to members.
Annual reports & financial reports
Association of Consulting Architects
The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) leads the discussion on business matters in architecture in Australia and is the key body representing architectural employers in Australia.
The ACA has branches in all states. Each branch brings a slightly different focus to its activities. This diversity means that the branches work together in a complementary way at a national level.
Staying up to date
The ACA keeps you up to date with what matters in the business of architecture.
A New Deal for Urban Australia
The Urban Coalition report argues that significant investment is needed in Australia’s cities.
National Executive Committee
The ACA National Executive Committee is guided by the ACA Strategic Plan. The committee meets regularly to identify opportunities and needs relating to the business of architecture.
Government as Smart Client & Procurement Case Studies
An excellent guide to procurement from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
Construction Industry Report
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the Private Sector Construction Industry Report for the 2011–2012 financial year.