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This update is provided on behalf of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, owners of the ANZAPAP.
In August 2016, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) moved its head office from Canberra to Sydney. The move is part of a renewal process that started in 2014 with the appointment of Kate Doyle as CEO. Prior to her appointment, Doyle was Registrar (from 2004-2014) of the NSW Architects Registration Board.
AACA is a key accreditation body for architects practicing in Australia. Its relocation to Sydney makes the AACA more accessible to a wider community of collaborators and clients – architects, heads of school, overseas applicants and the public.
Its new streamlined Castlereagh Street offices designed by HASSELL (under principal, Philip Harper) include a mix of private work areas and open spaces, reflecting both current workplace design trends and the AACA’s more inclusive approach.
Retiring AACA President Richard Thorp has championed the organisation’s change and relocation. “Acting on advice that Sydney was the right place to be based, our design brief for the new premises was that they provide not only well designed office spaces, but also a space suitable for hosting seminars and events for the profession,” said Thorp.
AACA MEDIA RELEASE-2016
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 position of ACT Government Architect.
“Catherine brings a wealth of local expertise in roles such as the Director of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, Chair of ACT Board of Architects, and as a member of the Building Regulatory Advisory Committee, as well as being recognised as a highly competent architect.” Minister Gentleman said.
The role of the Government Architect is to provide independent design advice to the ACT Government on architecture, urban design, planning and procurement. Advice from the Government Architect may be sought on major government projects or private proposals.
Catherine attained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra in 1980 before going on to study Architecture at the University of Sydney where she graduated in 1984.
“As a young architect Catherine worked for Mitchell Giurgola & Thorp Architects and Peter Freeman & Partners Architects and Planners during the 1980’s before establishing the Canberra based firm
Townsend + Associates Architects in 1993 with her partner Bruce Townsend.
“Through her work at T+AA Catherine attained an impressive list of industry awards and has contributed to a number of important advisory groups and tribunals such as 2003 Bushfire Recovery Taskforce, juror on the National Portrait Gallery Design Competition and Advisor for the Canberra International Arboretum Design Competition.
“Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised countries, and Canberra is not alone in seeking better ways to nurture our physical environment: both natural and built. I am excited to work with the ACT Government to focus on improving quality of life through good design.” Ms. Townsend said.
Minister Gentleman said the ACT’s first Government Architect Professor Alastair Swayn submitted his resignation earlier this year due to ill health and sadly passed away earlier this month.
“I would like to again recognise Alastair’s valuable contribution to design quality in the development of our city during his five years of tenure.
“Independent, highly qualified professional advice to government remains a vital part of the ACT Planning Strategy and will continue to contribute to the development of our great city,” Minister Gentleman concluded.
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AACA’s office has now moved from Canberra to Sydney.
Our new postal address is:
PO Box A2575
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235
Courier deliveries to:
Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Check out pathways to registration for overseas architects and graduates.
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 Australia as a competent professional Architectural practitioner. It comprises 70 individual Performance Criteria, which are grouped into Elements and Units of Competency and underpinned by 5 Knowledge Domains.
The Standard applies to the accreditation of Australian university programs, Overseas Qualifications Assessment, http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/about/overseas-qualifications-assessment,
the National Program of Assessment http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/about/national-program-of-assessment,
the Architectural Practice Examination http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/about/architectural-practice-exam,
and the Assessment of Overseas Registered Architects. http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/about/assessment-of-overseas-registered-architects
See here for more information http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/library/page/document/nsca_overview.pdf, and go here to create your personalised version of the Standard. http://competencystandardforarchitects.aaca.org.au/matrix
The 2015 edition of the Standard is currently being used in the Overseas Qualification Assessments and the National Program of Recognition. Information about the transition to using the 2015 Standard as the basis for part 1 of the APE will be available by 16 November 2015.