The Architects Role, Fee-cutting and the Procurement Process

15 August 2019

On 29 August, the ACA – QLD/NT Committee will conduct an important forum covering the architects’ role, skills and management, fragmentation of the procurement process and fee-cutting.

In light of recent events, including the Grenfell Tower fire, the Lacrosse Tower fire and the Opal Tower structural failures, the spotlight has been focused on the construction industry and the roles and responsibilities of consultants and contractors alike.

The ACA – QLD/NT branch will conduct a forum to investigate a course of action to re-establish the important role architects can play in the improvement of the procurement process. This event will provide a forum to discuss what we can do collectively to arrest and reverse the decline of the full use of the profession’s responsibility by:

  • Sharing knowledge and experiences to develop a platform for advocacy of the profession’s historical role
  • Deciding how we promote the profession and what are the key messages
  • Understanding current procurement practices and how they impact on our ability to serve the community as their independent design and procurement professional
  • Reinforcing the meaning of the ‘profession’ and its relevance to the recent building failures

The Panellists

Ralph Bailey is a Principal Architect at Guymer Bailey Architects and has a proven track record of designing award-winning architecture and landscaping in the community, education, corrections, justice and resorts sectors. As an AIA Life Fellow, Ralph has had an impressive career spanning five decades that also includes teaching at QUT for 17 years, publishing several papers and books on design and landscaping, and being a pioneer in eco-tourism alongside Guymer Bailey co-founder Tim Guymer.

Robin Fardoulys AM is the Managing Director of Fardoulys Constructions, a Brisbane-based building company operating in the commercial construction sector, including the oil and gas sector, defence facilities, education and aged care sectors. Hotel and club refurbishments are a growing component of the business.

Robin’s industry involvement has included being a board member of the QBCC Queensland Building and Construction Commission 2013–2016, a board member of the Australian Building Codes Board 2009–2018, Chairman of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) 2006–2015 and past National President of the Australian Institute of Building.

Robin was recently appointed by the Australian Government to the Board of JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand), an international accreditation authority. In 2017 Robin was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for “Significant service to building and construction industry, to standards and policy development, and to tertiary education”.


12.30pm for 12.45–3pm
Thursday, 29 August 2019


United Services Club,
183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill


Member: $120
Non-member: $140


On site parking. $10 cash preferred on arrival.


1.5 formal CPD points


Don’t delay. Register for this important event by 5pm on Tuesday, 27 August 2019.