Click below for link to the survey:
Click below for link to the survey:
Survey of practitioners open until 14 December
A critical component of the Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand led by the AACA with the support of all architectural stakeholder organisations is a survey of practitioners (whether registered as architects or not).
The brief anonymous survey of practitioners working across all levels in the profession is open until 14 December. Interviews and focus groups teasing out findings of the survey will follow early in 2019, so it is important that all practitioners across the profession participate in the survey.
So, please make sure you complete the survey and encourage your colleagues to do likewise – regardless of their role and experience in practice. We want to hear all voices!
The Research Team is currently working on the literature review – an important component to provide context for the research.
The Academic survey has been issued to all ongoing and sessional architecture academics via Schools of Architecture for administrative ease. Information is not linked to particular Schools – the responses are anonymous and will be aggregated across Australia and New Zealand. The survey is open until 30 November 2018. If you are an ongoing or sessional academic Semester 2 2018 and you haven’t seen the survey – ask your Head of School so you can have your say.
Please email the Study’s Research Director at [email protected].
The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia is leading a major study of Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand with the support of all architectural stakeholder organisations in Australia and New Zealand. The Study includes a literature review, collection of data from a range of sources, surveys of the opinions of architecture academics and practitioners, interviews with key stakeholders such as Architect Registration Boards and architectural representative bodies, and focus groups with architecture academics, students, graduates, practitioners and employers.
The Study is expected to report mid-2019.
More detail about the Study here.
Interested in finding out about national pathways to registration for practitioners with overseas qualifications or with extensive experience working in an architectural office but no architectural qualifications?
The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia is running 1 hour briefing sessions on the Overseas Qualifications Assessment, the Experienced Practitioner Assessment and the National Program of Assessment at 1pm on Wednesday 5th December and 1pm on Thursday 6th December 2018.
If you want to read more about the different pathways to registration as an Architect in Australia, see this pathways diagram.
Come along and find out about your pathway to registration. There will be an opportunity at the end of the session to talk to AACA staff about your situation and pathway.
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Email [email protected] with an indication of your preferred program of interest to reserve your spot.
Where? AACA Office, Level 5, 75 Castlereagh St, Sydney CBD
When? 1pm on Wednesday 5th December OR 1pm on Thursday 6th December 2018
Note that this is not a briefing session on the Architectural Practice Examination (APE).
Exciting opportunity for an architect to join the leadership team at the Architect Registration Board of Victoria.
The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) is leading a major study of Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand with the support of all architectural stakeholder organisations in Australia and New Zealand.
The AACA is the major funder of the Study with additional funding provided by the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, the Australian Institute of Architects and New Zealand architectural stakeholder organisations.
This aim of this study is to help understand and identify ways to improve the experience of architecture students, graduates and academics, and, importantly, to support greater connections between schools of architecture and the architectural profession. It will look at how both the architectural practice environment and the university teaching environment have evolved in recent years, and how the two sectors can best work together to offer meaningful education and career pathways.
The Study will include a literature review, collection of data from a range of sources, surveys of the opinions of architecture academics and practitioners, interviews with key stakeholders such as Architect Registration Boards and architectural representative bodies, and focus groups with architecture academics, students, graduates, practitioners and employers.
The research team will be running surveys, focus groups and interviews in different locations across Australia and New Zealand from November 2018 to March 2019. The Study is expected to report mid-2019.
More information here.
If you are interested in participating in the research, please email [email protected]
For occasional updates about the study, please “like” our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/aepstudy
AACA’s 2017-2018 Annual Report is now available on our website. The link is below:
The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia is launching a landmark study of Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia, in collaboration with architectural stakeholder organisations. The AACA is calling for expressions of interest (EoIs) from researchers seeking to work part-time with us on this exciting project from August 2018 to April 2019. EoIs are welcome by 10 August 2018 from freelance researchers, university architecture academics, and other suitably qualified professionals. Working to the AACA project director, researchers will work on tasks including survey and interview design, literature review, fieldwork and report writing. Please consult the Call for Expressions of Interest document for further information on the study and details on what to include with your EoI.
The National Program of Assessment is a competency based assessment allowing entry to the Architectural Practice Examination for practitioners with have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised architectural qualification.
Taking the form of a complex architectural project, successful completion of the National Program of Assessment is recognised by all Australian architect registration boards as an alternate entry to the Architectural Practice Examination, successful completion of which is necessary before applying to a State or Territory registration board to become registered as an architect.
The National Program of Assessment tests candidates’ competency in architecture on the basis of their acquired knowledge and experience. The focus of the design exercise is to design a complex building in response to a hypothetical design brief.
AACA is moving to online application for Overseas Qualifications Assessment. During this transition phase, if you intend submitting an application for Overseas Qualifications Assessment – Combined Stage 1 & Stage 2, please contact AACA direct on [email protected] or (02) 8042 8930 for further advice.
New Temporary Skilled Visa Takes Effect
The Temporary Skilled (457) Visa has been abolished from 18 March 2018, replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (482) Visa. This gives effect to the Government’s policy announcement in April 2017, which seeks to ensure that temporary work visas are more closely aligned with skill needs.
In 2016-17, 129 Temporary Skilled Visas were issued to applicants nominating the occupation “architect”. (AACA Profile of the Profession in Australia, 2018)
The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa has two streams: the Short Term Stream and the Medium Term Stream. Architects are in the Medium Term Stream, which means they remain eligible for four year renewable Visas.
The most significant changes for Medium Term Stream applicants are the requirement for two years’ relevant work experience and an increase in the English language standard. Applicants now require an overall IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum score of 4.5 in any element) or the equivalent in other testing systems.
There are a number of other detailed changes which are described in full on the Department of Home Affairs website
See here for more information about AACA’s Overseas Qualifications Assessment processes.