New Government Architect brings valuable local knowledge to position Media Release: 31 August 2016 The ACT has a new Government Architect following the appointment of Catherine Townsend, Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said today. “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Townsend of Townsend + Associates Architects (T+AA) to the […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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
For those with overseas qualifications to complete the first session of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) in 2016 you must finalise your Stage 2 Overseas Qualifications Assessment by Friday 30th October 2015.
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
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.