SA Breakfast & Architects Mental Wellbeing Launch

5 February 2021

2020 was quite a year! As we embark on 2021 and look to the future, join the ACA – SA for a very special Welcome Breakfast as we launch the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum.

There is no doubt that mental wellbeing is a serious workplace issue, and the ACA has been watching the development and success of the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum in the UK with great interest. In early 2020, the ACA announced that we will be taking the lead on the development of an Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (AMWF) in Australia, with local groups available to architects in every state and territory. It’s now South Australia’s turn to launch its own local AMWF.

With increasing pressures on architects in a fast-paced business environment, a culture of overwork and long hours are the norm. Practices striving for higher productivity, cost-reduction and results are struggling to find the balance needed for wellbeing. Over recent years, however, there has been a growing awareness of the need to improve this culture in architecture. Your people are the key to your success. Happy, thriving people are more engaged, more productive and work more collaboratively.

Over breakfast, we will be joined by our guest speakers, Ben Channon, Brian Clohessy and Angelina Pillai. We’ll also have a local panel to discuss the issues. So, come along, join the ACA – SA for breakfast and be involved in the launch of what will be an exciting start to 2021.


Ben Channon

Ben founded and chairs the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in the UK, which is focused on improving mental health in the profession. Ben is a Director of Ekkist, a practice that consults on the design, creation and management of buildings and places that support human health and well-being. He is a former Associate and Mental Wellbeing Ambassador at Assael Architecture, which has won a number of awards for its approach to staff care.

Brian Clohessy

Brian is Head of People and Character at BVN Architecture in Sydney. He is a leading expert on workplace culture and will share evidence-based research on the benefits of creating a strong supportive culture in your architecture practice.

Angelina Pillai

Angelina is the CEO of the ACA and the key driver behind the establishment of the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum in Australia. Angelina had the following to say about the importance of the AMWF:

Creating an environment that supports a healthy and vibrant workforce can be difficult, particularly in times like these, when COVID-related challenges such as remote working, isolation and health risks provide additional stresses for both employers and employees. The ACA recognises that mental wellbeing is a serious workplace issue. Our aim for this initiative in Australia is to raise awareness of mental health issues within the profession and to create a supportive community of practitioners in each state and territory. Once established, each group will meet on a regular basis to share knowledge, experiences, research and strategies in a bid to support architects’ mental wellbeing in the workplace.



7am for 7.30–9am Tuesday
23 February 2021


The Adelaide Pavilion,
Terrace Room, Cnr South Tce & Peacock Rd,


Members: $50.00 pp (incl. GST)
Non-Members: $60.00 pp (incl. GST)
Breakfast included


Please reserve your seat online by Thursday 18 February 2021. If you have enquiries, contact Sascha Byrne at


Proud Sponsor of the ACA – SA 2021

Anna Roussos Recruitment + Advisory