The South Australia Branch of the ACA is active in many areas affecting the business of architecture and represents members in wide-ranging discussions with industry, government and universities.
ACA – SA runs bi-monthly roundtables covering a wide variety of topics. The Practice Administrators Group help to develop important resources, while the Keith Neighbour graduate study program assists graduates studying for registration.
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SA Calendar of Events 2020
Welcome to the ACA – SA calendar for 2020. We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year!
SA Update - Events, Advocacy & Getting Involved
In South Australia, 2019 was a year of events, advocacy and engagement with government and industry.
Recap: SA Practice Managers Lunch
Anna Roussos spoke at a recent ACA Practice Managers Lunch in Adelaide about the value of employee happiness in practice.
SA Committee Hosts First BoSP Event
The first Business of Small Practice (BoSP) forum in Adelaide was a great success, with keynote speaker Kate Fitzgerald and an insightful panel sharing their workplace experiences and advice on small practice. Ian Hore reports.
President’s Christmas Drinks in SA
Raise a glass with us at Christmas Drinks in Adelaide on Friday 22 November.
SA Practice Managers Lunch
Are your employees feeling valued? Join the ACA – SA Committee and Anna Roussos for a Practice Managers Lunch on 13 November.
The Business of Small Practice in SA
Join the ACA and keynote speaker Kate Fitzgerald for the first BoSP event in South Australia on 17 October in a new series curated specifically for small business.
Business of Design Lunch & Industry Updates in SA
The ACA – SA provides a review of activity over the last month, with events, new members and industry updates.
SA Small Business Roundtable
The SA branch's latest roundtable covered the successes and pressures of running a small business. Mario Dreosti recaps the main points.
ACA - SA Calendar of Events 2019
Welcome to the ACA – SA event calendar for 2019. We look forward to seeing you over the year!
SA Annual Business of Design Lunch
Join the ACA – SA Committee on 27 August for their annual Business of Design presentation and lunch, with special guest speaker Kerstin Thompson.
SA Branch Update
The ACA – SA Committee announces three new upcoming events, welcomes a new sponsor, and outlines its most recent advocacy work with the DPTI.
The Pressures of Small Business
What’s required to run a successful small business? What are the pressures? Join the ACA – SA on 19 July for a special roundtable discussion.
For multidisciplinary practice GHDWoodhead, growing the business is about strategic focus and working hard, with continued growth, global expansion and ongoing diversification the key ambitions.
Builders and Architects Have Their Say
Architects and builders talked novation at a recent roundtable discussion in South Australia, agreeing that early, meaningful collaboration and communication can only lead to better outcomes. Mario Dreosti recaps the main points of the discussion.
SA Roundtable - 15 May
Join the ACA and builders for an open discussion to unpack the risks and rewards in the novated D&C environment.
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.
Quality Outcomes and a Culture Shift
Architects and building certifiers found much common ground at a recent roundtable discussion in South Australia. Mario Dreosti reviews the main points, including the current appetite for increased speed and reduced cost over quality, and the importance of professional culture in effecting change.
President's Report - April 2019
National President John Held discusses long hours, unpaid internships and the value in getting involved.
SA Event: Partial Services & Novation
On 3 April in Adelaide, join informed by Planned Cover to investigate how partial services and novation affect the architect's role, liability and risk. ACA members receive a discount on these events.
Roundtable Discussion in Adelaide
Join us on 21 March for an extremely topical roundtable discussion with building certifiers.
Single Touch Payroll Event
Join the ACA – SA Committee and Cbus to learn all about Single Touch Payroll at our next event in Adelaide on 13 March.
SA February Update
Issues raised at the ACA – SA's recent Welcome Breakfast will help to inform this year's calendar of roundtables, lobbying and major events.
Join us for Breakfast in Adelaide
The ACA – SA Committee invites members and sponsors to an informal catch-up breakfast on 5 February.
SA Christmas Drinks
The ACA – SA Committee hosted our President's Christmas Drinks on the rooftop of the Darling Building on Friday, 23 November.
2018 President's Christmas Drinks in South Australia
ACA – SA invites members and their staff to the rooftop of the Darling Building for the 2018 President's Christmas drinks.
Williams Burton Leopardi
A series of challenges at Williams Burton Leopardi provided the impetus for a radical review and rethink of everything from client interactions to studio systems and processes.
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.
SA Practice Managers Lunch
Are you guilty of putting your IT security needs in the too-hard basket? Come along to the ACA – SA Practice Managers Lunch on 25 October to hear the latest cybersecurity advice from the experts.
News from SA
The Roundtable with quantity surveyors, new school projects, and ongoing advocacy with government – John Held updates on all things ACA – SA.
ACA - SA Roundtable: Architects and Cost Planners
How can architects and cost planners work together to deliver the best project value? Join the ACA – SA to discuss the issues at its next roundtable discussion on 20 September.
ACA - SA August Update
Events, advocacy and support for young practitioners and established practices, ACA – SA is always a hotbed of activity. John Held outlines the latest.
John Held provides an overview on recent discussions at the COAG Building Ministers Forum regarding the Shergold-Weir Report, Building Confidence.
Future Practice? Conversations from the heart (of architecture)
What would Macquarie and Greenway say? Sean Godsell reflects on the state of the profession.
2018 Award Rates
Updated Federal Industrial Awards pay rates for the Architects Award – effective from 1 July.
How Do You Performance Review?
ACA – SA is developing advice for all members about the effective use of performance reviews. To get going we want to hear from you.
Can Design Deliver Positive Economic Outcomes?
Broadening the procurement process to consider the value of good design brings economic benefits to the state, argues SA Industry Advocate Ian Nightingale.
Are architects vulnerable to cyber crime?
Join the ACA – SA for a roundtable on keeping your business safe online.
News from SA
ACA – SA has a number of events and activities planned for 2018. John Held gives us a quick rundown.
ACA - SA Calendar of Events
The ACA – SA Committee is delighted to announce its calendar of events for 2018. Put the dates in your diaries!
Where is the ACA Heading in 2018?
SA Advocacy Update
As the year draws to a close, ACA – SA continues to fight for the rights of architects, and the importance of procurement processes that support quality outcomes for the community.
A Year of Highlights for ACA - SA
This year has been a busy one for ACA – SA, with increased membership and plenty of new initiatives for research, advocacy and engagement.
Learning Environment Opportunity Studies - an update
Are you prepared for the Building Better School program? Join ACA – SA at a roundtable discussion on the Learning Environment Opportunity Study (LEOS) to learn from those who have already used the process.
ACA - SA November Update
There is a real opportunity to work on the new 'design-led' schools program in South Australia. John Held explains – and how ACA can help.
Fee Proposal Workshops
Blue Turtle is offering ACA members a 10% discount on its Fee Proposal Workshops being held in five cities around Australia in November.
Join the SA Practice Admin Group!
The ACA – SA Practice Administrators Group meets regularly to share knowledge, views and experiences. New members welcome.
News from SA - August
30 years of ACA – SA. John Held outlines current work, and reviews the last year of advocacy and action.
Step Up, Don’t Step Back
John Held argues that stepping up to the small stuff is also the path to improving the profession's wider role in society.
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.
May News from SA
ACA – SA is forging ahead with advocacy around the procrement of STEM works and proposed changes to government contracts.
Know Your Awards? They have changed!
Join ACA – SA lunch for a special presentation on the Architects Award and other awards relevant to practice.
Research in Practice
John Held reflects on conjunctions of research and practice in a talk presented at the Australian Institute of Architects Flipped Forum, which asked ‘Can practice lead research?’
News from ACA - SA
The ACA – SA's latest update features a strong program of events and advocacy for 2017.
ACA Insight - the National Webinar Program
ACA Insight – the National Webinar Program gives all members the opportunity to join a national discussion on the business of architecture.
Learning Environment Opportunity Study
ACA – SA has been working closely with the SA Department of Education and Child Development to introduce a new type of planning study for schools.
News from SA
There is a lot planned in SA for 2017. John Held provides an update.
Announcing the ACA Insight 2017 Webinar Program
The ACA is delighted to announce the 2017 ACA Insight National Webinar Program. Put the dates in your diary now!
Do Unto Others
ACA National President Steve Kennedy wishes all well, and urges architectural practices to look forward to 2017 with 'optimism for ourselves but also with optimism and generosity towards our staff'.
SA 2016: A year in review
President John Held reports on a busy year for ACA in South Australia. Membership has risen, there’s generally a better vibe about the amount of work around.
ACIF Forecasts - November 2016
ACIF has released is Construction Industry Forecast for November 2016.
ACA 2016 Annual General Meeting
2016 ACA Annual General Meeting – Monday 12 December.
ACA Member Offer - Fee Proposal Workshops
Blue Turtle is offering ACA members a 10% discount on its Fee Proposal Workshops around Australia in April
Give SA graduates a chance!
South Australia produces some great architecture graduates. ACA – SA argues that they should also have the chance to design buildings for their universities as they proceed with their careers.
Specifying local content is important to South Australia's economy. A recent ACA – SA Round Table explored the issue with Industry Participation Advocate Ian Nightingale.
ACA SA Roundtable - Local Content
Join ACA – SA for a roundtable discussion on the benefits of specifying local, featuring industry participation advocate Ian Nightingale.
Roof Access Checklist
ACA – SA has developed a model checklist for roof access on site inspections.
ACA - SA: DPTI Prequalification and Contract Changes Survey
South Australian architects, please take our survey about the SA government prequalification system for consultants, builders and trades.
SA State Budget Stimulus Package
The SA 2016–17 Budget features a major stimulus package for the construction industry, with $500 million allocated to upgrade school facilities. This is an opportunity for architects to show leadership and work collaboratively to deliver outstanding educational facilities.
Future Housing: the Nightingale Model
Come along to a discussion of the Nightingale Model and the future of housing by James Legge of Six Degrees, presented by ACA – SA and the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Where to from here: A promising outlook
A rapidly changing profession brings fresh opportunities for flexibility and specialisation, says emerging architect Emily Chalk.
Where to From Here: Clients Drive Collaboration and Consolidation
Michael Hegarty reflects on the rise of the integrated architecture and engineering practice, arguing that we need to reframe design as process that is essential to client needs.
Architecture's State of Play: Where to Next
Michael Pilkington takes a close look at the ACA – SA State of the Profession research, and argues we must take a ‘let's make the cake bigger’ approach to both practice and the way serve the community, “because, simply, we can and we do live fundamentally for some kind of human-betterment”.
Where to From Here: It's Not Even Architecture
As young practitioners and thinkers deeply invested in our profession's future, Jenna Holder and Athanasios Lazarou consider the issues and make a strong call for collective action. Part of the ACA's Where to From Here series, which invites reflections on the recent ACA SA State of the Profession research.
Architects in Australia
Insightful reports by Gill Matthewson chart the professional profile of architects and the industry’s growth and development in recent years through the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses.
SA State of the Profession - the research is in
We now know a great deal more about architectural practice in South Australia – three reports provide a comprehensive account of the state of the profession and the opportunities and challenges for the future.
ACA - SA State of the Profession Survey Report
The ACA – SA State of the Architectural Profession survey provides crucial research on the size, shape and characteristics of architectural practice in SA – the first study of its kind in Australia.
Architects in SA - A View from the APBSA data
A report on data from the APBSA provides and overview of the demographics of registered architects in South Australia.
ACA - SA March 2016
Procurement, research, registration and roundtables – a brief update on a very active month at ACA – SA.
2016 - New Plans and Ongoing Projects in SA
Welcome to 2016! We hope this year brings good news for architects and for South Australia!
Architects in SA - A view from the census
Architects in SA – A View from the Census is the first report on the Australian architectural profession to look at census data over time.
ACA - SA Roundtable: Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide
Have you used ACA's Architects' Time/Cost Calculation Guide? Come to the ACA – SA Round Table, hear all about it and give us your feedback.
ACA - SA December Update
The last SA update for 2015. (Have you done the State of the Profession Survey yet?)
Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review
An update on the Australian Government’s response to the “Harper Review” into competition policy.
BIM - the Architects' Trojan Horse
Peter Barda argues that BIM offers a way for architects to regain their role as trusted advisor.
The Challenges Facing the Professions
Join Raymond Spencer, chair of the SA Economic Development Board, at the August ACA – SA Roundtable.
ACA - SA June Update
John Held updates members on ACA – SA activities and discussions.
Unfair Contract Terms
The Federal Treasury has committed to extending unfair contract protections to small businesses. Mario Dreosti provides an overview.
May News from ACA - SA
ACA – SA President John Held provides an update for May 2015.
ACA - SA April update
John Held outlines recent and upcoming events and activities.
Mario Dreosti outlines the sections of the Competition Policy Review that are of immediate relevance to the profession.
The Gap Between Authority and Expertise - BIM and Government Procurement
John Held reflects on the importance of the educated government client and architects who have a sophisticated understanding of the client organisation.
The State of the Profession
ACA wins Architectural Practice Board of SA Research Fellowship to research the state of the profession
Improving Government Procurement in South Australia
ACA – SA is on the front foot with changes in government procurement – a report on the recent DPTI priorities survey.
Construction Market Report
What are the economic forecasts for your state? The ACIF Construction Market Report is out now.
Professional Services Subcontract
A new Professional Services Subcontract is available for members to use when a back-to-back agreement is required with the Lead Consultant.
Recent research on registration has identified concerns about the way the process impacts negatively on women – and thereby on practice more broadly. What can the ACA and architectural practices do to help improve things?
News from South Australia
ACA – SA President, John Held, with an update on recent on recent discussions around procurement, limits of liability and other issues.
Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?
John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.
Architects & Quantity Surveyors
The next ACA – SA Roundtable brings together architects and quantity surveyors.
Welcome new ACA members
The ACA is delighted to welcome new members across Australia.
Builder and Architects - Event Report
Architects and Builders, the July ACA – SA Round Table, canvassed a broad range of matters. Ian Hore outlines the key discussion points.
It is always busy at ACA – SA. John Held outlines recent events and activities.
Unfair Contracts Consultation Submission
The ACA’s submission to the Treasury consultation on Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections To Small Businesses.
SA President’s Report, 2013 - 2014
John Held, ACA – SA President, reports on the previous year and on plans for the future.
Architects and Builders Round Table
The next ACA – SA Roundtable brings together architects and builders to discuss changes and developments in the industry.
SA Construction Professionals Forum
Advocacy in South Australia continues apace through the Construction Professionals Forum.
Unfair Contract Terms
The Australian Government is investigating the use of unfair terms in contracts, with the intent of providing better proteaction for small business. Have your say in the consultation phase.
Lawyers, Financiers, Architects
How can financiers, architects and lawyers find better and fairer ways of working together? Ian Hore reports on a recent ACA – SA round table discussion.
White Card Training
White Card training for staff of ACA – SA member practices.
Lawyers, Financiers & Architects
Save the date for another ACA – SA Roundtable.
Tour, lunch & talk
ACA – SA has a bumper member event planned for May 5. Save the date now.
Celebrating 50 years of ACA - SA
ACA – SA celebrates 50 years with an event at the SA Architecture Museum.
ACA - SA Advocacy - February update
ACA – SA has kicked off 2014 with energy and enthusiasm. John Held provides an update on recent advocacy and initiatives.
50 Years of the Association of Consulting Architects - SA
The year 2013 marked 50 years since the inauguration of the organisation that became ACA – SA. David Hassell outlines the aims and major activities of the organisation over its first half-century.
Fee Proposal Workshops
Blue Turtle is offering ACA members a discount on its Fee Proposal Workshops being held around the county in November.
Event Report: NCSA Review
A roundtable in South Australia canvassed knowledge of and responses to the National Competency Standards in Architecture in the lead-up to the AACA review.
SA Workplace Health & Safety Working Group
A new working group in South Australia aims to rationalise the work health and safety material presented to architects.
National Salary Survey
The ACA National Salary Survey provides important data on architectural salaries across Australia.
Architectural Practice Board of SA Code of Conduct
The new Code of Conduct released by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia requires extra material to be added to standard architect client agreements.
Graduate Gender Pay Gap
The graduate gender pay gap in architecture is a complicated matter. John Held and ACA – SA aimed to clarify recent poor reporting.
Practice Administrators Group
The ACA – SA Practice Administrators Group meets informally to discuss matters of common interest.
Safe Design in South Australia
ACA Safe Design documents are being been adapted for South Australia.
Architects & Engineers: Venus & Mars?
An ACA – SA Roundtable between architects and engineers canvassed a range of topics – the current marketplace, the working relationship between architects and engineers, and education.
Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program
The Keith Neighbour Graduate Study Program assists those sitting registration exams in South Australia.