Leadership changes ahead for the AACA

Kate Doyle will step down as CEO in March 2021 after six years in the role. Prior to her role as CEO for the AACA Kate spent ten years as the Registrar for the NSW Architects Registration Board.

Under Kate’s leadership, all assessment programs on the path to registration have been reviewed and updated in line with best practice; agreements to facilitate professional mobility of architects between Australia and Canada and Australia and the USA have been developed, and similar agreements with the UK are also being negotiated.

AACA’s position as a key influencer in the profession has been strengthened. Over the last few years AACA has published a range of research and reports about the architectural profession that are recognised as primary sources by industry stakeholders – including  Architectural Education and the Profession (2019), the first research project in this space involving all industry stakeholders.

Kate is stepping down in March 2021 at the completion of the review of the National Standard of Competency for Architects, a critical project as the Standard is the benchmark for registration as an architect in Australia.  

“Kate has led enormous changes in the AACA over the past six years”, says Catherine Townsend, AACA President. “The AACA has become more relevant and Kate leaves the AACA in a respected position at this critical time of focus on regulation in the construction industry. On behalf of the Board I thank Kate for her outstanding leadership and unfailing professionalism.

The AACA has commenced a recruitment campaign for the new CEO working with Six Degrees Executive. Contact Nick Hindhaugh E. [email protected]

Catherine Townsend, President AACA

13 October 2020


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