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Are you an Overseas Architect?

With the agreement of the state and territory architect registration boards around Australia the AACA has developed the Overseas Architect Assessment Program which provides a FastTrack to registration for appropriately experienced overseas architects who are not eligible to apply for registration under our existing mutual recognition arrangements.

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Architecture, Design and Better Cities

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has put cities back on the agenda by declaring urban planning a matter of ‘quality of life’. One of Mr Turnbull’s first acts as Prime Minister was to create a new cabinet position of Minister for Cities and the Built Environment.

What makes a good city? Why does great architecture matter? Paul Barclay discusses this with art expert and Griffin lecturer Edmond Capon as well as a developer, an architect and an academic.

Recorded at the National Press Club Canberra. Broadcast 8pm 16 November 2015, or Listen Here.

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The revised National Standard of Competency for Architects is now available in on- line format.

The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) is the overarching document that establishes the Standard for architectural education and assessment of professional competency prior to registration as an Architect in Australia. The Standard describes what is reasonably expected of a person who can demonstrate the standard of skill, care and diligence widely accepted in […]

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National Recognition of Architects’ Registration

One step closer! The Productivity Commission’s Review into Mutual Recognition Schemes published on 25 September 2015 recommends that State and Territory Governments should make the legislative changes necessary to implement the proposed National Recognition of Architects’ Registration scheme. See here for the full report. http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/mutual-recognition-schemes/report

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This Week

Applications now open for 2015 NPRA
Stage 1 Eligibility applications for this years NPRA are now open.
Please find the 2-Part Application Form on the Forms & Fees page of our website.

Have you got an overseas qualification and want to get registered?
See our Overseas Qualificaitons Assessment page for more information.

New research on the architectural profession in Australia
The AACA study provides a detailed benchmarking comparison of requirements in each jurisdiction, viewable through a customisable online matrix on the website. A new profile of the Australian architectural sector is also downloadable as a companion document to the study. Please view findings at: comparison.aaca.org.au

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National Galaxy Poll: The Benefit of Design

Key findings from a national Galaxy Poll on the benefits of good design for public buildings and public spaces

97% of Australians believe that cities and towns are better to live in when public buildings and public spaces are well designed.

99% say that it is important to invest in the good design of hospitals and schools.

93% of Australians agree that ‘having a qualified and experienced designer involved from start to finish [public buildings and residential apartments] would result in fewer defects than if left to the builder alone’

If an apartment building was to be built in their area almost everyone (97%) would want the principles of design quality to be professionally considered and implemented in the design of the new building

The full Report is available here.

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First Australian Architect Registered in Canada Under the APEC Architect Agreement

Andrew Scott is the first Australian Architect to achieve registration in British Columbia, Canada through the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between Canada, Australia and New Zealand under the APEC Architect Project. The MRA was signed in February of this year and allows for fast-track cross- border registration for senior architects between the three countries. Read more about Andrew’s story.

Or see more about applying to be an APEC Architect.

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This week

Review of the RAE/RGE complete. Applications now open for revised process.

What does the architectural professional look like in Australia? Check out the latest industry research by AACA.

How do requirements for registration in Australia compare with those in New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore?

New Combined Stage 1 & 2 Assessment Process for residents in Australia with overseas qualification in architecture who would like to move towards registration.

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Review of the Recognition of Academic Equivalence/Graduate Equivalence (RAE/RGE) Finalised

Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2 – Final Assessment process for applicants with overseas qualifications wanting to progress to APE for registration as an architect in Australia replaces the RAE/RGE processes. Stage 2 Final Assessment replaces the RAE and RGE with one process which allows applicants to provide academic and/or professional evidence to meet the required […]

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AACA Revised Programmes

The AACA has recently conducted reviews of the Review of Academic Equivalence (RAE), Review of Graduate Equivalence (RGE) and the National Program of Assessment (NPrA).

These programmes have been refined to improve programme clarity of purpose and streamline requirements to assist Applicants in their transition to registration in Australia.

The RAE/RGE will be replaced by Stage 2: Final Overseas Qualification Assessment, with applications opening on 22 June 2015 and;

NPrA 21 in 2015 will be open for applications at the end of July.

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Regulation of the Architect Profession within Australia

In Australia, the eight states and territories regulate the architecture profession. Each jurisdiction has its own Architects Act and Architect Regulations. The AACA has commissioned a report that provides an overview and comparison of the differences and similarities of each.

See here for the full report.

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Architectural Practice Exam (APE) Exam Calendar

The Architectural Practice Exam is held twice a year by the State and Territory Architect Registration Boards. The next session of the National Examination Paper (NEP) will be held on Tuesday, 25 August 2015. Please refer to your State or Territory Architects Board Website for further information regarding to APE Applications and Logbook lodgement dates.

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Updated Application Forms

The AACA has introduced two new forms, Form PA and Form V. These forms replace the previous Form M and Form R. Please ensure you are using the current forms as any Form M and Form R received by AACA on or after 29 April 2015, with the exception of a verification of a recognised […]

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Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

PO Box A2575
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235

(612) 8042 8930
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