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AACA is Moving to Sydney

AACA’s office is moving from Canberra to Sydney.

Our new postal address is:
PO Box A2575

Courier deliveries to:
Regis, Level 4
95 Pitt Street

Rebuilding the Team
Interested in working for the AACA? Check vacancies here

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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.

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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:

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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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