Update on the ANZ Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) Review

Please select this link to read the current 1 page update, correct as at September 2016.

Please select the report title to access the ANZAPAP Review Stage 1 Final Report that has been approved for release by the owners of the ANZAPAP. 

This update is provided on behalf of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, owners of the ANZAPAP.

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AACA – New location, New Look

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.



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AASA Project to practice – Last chance to register

Last chance to register

The AASA Project to Practice commences this Friday with Indy Johar / Architecture OO and Laura Lee / Architect, FAIA, Hon. FRAI.

Friday September 30th & Saturday October 1st 2016

The Call to Action

The need for innovation in Australia has never been more urgent. As our economy adjusts to a post-resources present, we ask where is architecture creating its future, and how is the sector shaping the policy and funding levers of tomorrow?

The demise of automotive manufacturing is only one of a constellation of warning signs that remind us traditional industries are under threat. Will the professional services sector replace manufacturing, or itself be subject to massive contraction? Some commentators forecast that over 70% of Australia’s service based industries – those that are likely to make the most impact in the new economy – are themselves at risk of disruption through technologisation within the next decade. 

We know the education and practice of architecture will be changed by these tectonic shifts in the economy. So what are the new drivers of innovation and growth? 

The 2016 AASA conference seeks to map the relationship between architecture and the emerging innovation economy through exemplars in research, education and practice. We want to document those changes that are propelling new conceptualisations of projects and practice, and that are restructuring the education of the architect as a result. 


Full schedule available online: http://utsarchitecture.net/AASA2016/

Academic – $300.00
Industry Professional – $200.00
Sessional – $200.00
Student – $40.00
Keynote Only ($40 per keynote speaker)

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AACA Director Catherine Townsend appointed as ACT Government Architect

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.

Statement ends

Media contacts: Hayden McGirr T (02) 6207 4596 M 0434 860 282 [email protected] 

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AACA is Moving to Sydney

AACA’s office has now moved from Canberra to Sydney.

Our new postal address is:
PO Box A2575

Courier deliveries to:
Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street

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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. Previously, all overseas architects firstly had to apply for their architectural qualifications to be assessed as comparable to an Australian qualification, then sit the Architectural Practice Exam before being able to apply for registration as an architect in Australia. The Overseas Architects Assessment Program means that for architects who have the appropriate experience benchmarked against the relevant performance criteria in the National Standard of Competency for Architects and demonstrated through complex projects, there is now only one assessment process to be completed before applying for registration as an architect in the state or territory where they reside. Guidance and application forms can be found here.

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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 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.

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Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street

PO Box A2575

(612) 8042 8930
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