Change. Architecture. Discuss.

Change. Architecture. Discuss is a project that explores the future of architecture and the built environment in NSW and beyond.

Next generation showcase: graduating exhibitions

Since 2009, the Board has been proud to support the graduating students’ end of year exhibition at each of the four schools of architecture in NSW. These exhibitions are an important meeting point for students and their families, university lecturers, program directors and researchers, and the profession itself. It's an important milestone in the cultural life of the architectural community. 

Research & innovation

As an independent statutory authority, the Board seeks to model an evidence-based approach to advising government and the community on architectural issues. We know design, architecture and the built environment are a significant part of the NSW economy so how do we make the most of our investment in the long term shape and character of our state?

MADE by the Opera House

A 10 year commitment that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Sydney Opera House and the special bond between Australia and Denmark that began with Jørn Utzon’s visionary design of the Opera House.

Registering Architects

Architects are skilled and experienced professionals. In order to be registered with the NSW Architects Registration Board, a person must have the prescribed university qualification in architecture, or other qualifications that the Board deems equivalent.

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AACA Launches National Survey of Architectural Education and the Profession

This week the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia has launched the second phase of its major survey of architectural education and the profession in Australia and New Zealand, with the support of all architectural stakeholder organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Notice of ballot

The NSW Architects Registration Board comprises 11 members – two of which are architects elected by architects. A notice seeking nominations to fill these two positions was posted on 10 September 2018. Between 10 September and 2 October, 11 nominations were received.

A change in the Architects Regulation in 2017 allows the Board to conduct the election process online through a secure electronic voting site.

Important dates:

  • Ballot opens: 9am, Friday 26 October 2018
  • Ballot closes: 5pm, Monday 19 November 2018

Voting instructions:

  • At 8.30am on 26 October 2018, all architects will receive an email containing information about how to access the voting site and submit their ballot securely. Architects will only be able to access the voting site by following the link and instructions in this email.
  • Architects will be able to vote once, at any time between 9am on 26 October and 5pm on 19 November 2018.
  • Any architect who instead wishes to vote by email must submit a request in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that alternative arrangements may be made.

The elected architects begin their two-year term on 20 December 2018 and will attend their first Board meeting in February 2019.

A new face, and continuity following appointments to the Board

The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean MP, has announced the appointment of six Board members. The appointments signal a chance for the Board to build on its strategic plan, with a new face joining the Board in November.

Festival declared ‘best ever’ as Board accelerates in to 2019

Figures released today from the 2018 Sydney Architecture Festival last weekend prove Sydneysiders want to be more engaged in the planning and design of Sydney’s future - with new records set this year for those sharing the program online. 

What makes a building truly great? Sydney Architecture Festival 28 Sept - 1 Oct 2018

Sydney, Australia: The 12th annual Sydney Architecture Festival returns to the heart of the city this September, with events unfolding over four days from Friday 28 September until Monday 1 October 2018. 

The Internet of Things in Public Space - Nicola Balch

Byera Hadley Travelling Scholar Nicola Balch has been researching the role and impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) in public spaces around the world, and reports on her findings just as Sydney is radically rethinking its public spaces and infrastructure.

Tokyo Infill, a subdivided city - James Masman

After walking over 200km in 3 weeks, Byera Hadley Travelling Scholar James Masman shares his fresh insights about the unique character of Tokyo streets, and questions if innovative planning policy might be the secret behind these fascinating spaces.

Re-Imagining Mosques - Ryan Wazir

Byera Hadley Travelling Scholar, Ryan Wazir, sheds light on his current research that explores the opportunity for architecture and urban design to re-imagine contemporary design approaches to mosques, and continues an important conversation on how these disciplines can foster inclusivity, interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Meet Eric Ye. A profile of the 2018 Architects Medallion winner

The Architects Medallion is awarded each year to a graduate of the Master of Architecture course from an approved school in NSW who has achieved distinction generally throughout the final two years of the course. We sat down with this year's winner, Eric Ye.

Balancing private gain with public interest - Georgia Forbes-Smith

Winner of the 2017 Architects Medallion, Georgia Forbes-Smith reflects on architecture's 'Sydney moment' - and the challenge of balancing private gain and public interest 

NSW ARB joins Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Architects Scholarship Program

The NSW Architects Registration Board will partner with the University of Technology, Sydney, to mentor up to 10 Indigenous students studying Architecture at UTS over five years as part of the remarkable new Droga Indigenous Architecture Scholarship.

Meet The 2018 NSW Architects Medallion Finalists

The Board has awarded the Architects Medallion since 1924 to a graduate of the Master of Architecture course from a school in New South Wales, who has achieved distinction both in a particular subject area at final level and generally throughout the last two years of the course.

The winner of the 2018 NSW Architects Medallion will be announced on 29 March 2018. Meet the finalists below:

2017 Architects Regulation now live

Over recent months, the Board has been working with the Department of Finances, Services and Innovation to remake the Architects Regulation. This Regulation sits under, and supports, the Architects Act. Contained within the Regulation are clauses that define architectural qualifications, course accreditation, and how Board members may be selected or elected. 

Modernism on show highlights new paths to architecture

A new exhibition on European architects in post war Australia explores the contribution made by immigrants who were welcomed to a foreign land with new rules. “The Moderns: European Designers In Sydney” opened at the Museum of Sydney in July and will run until November 2017 thanks to Sydney Living Museums.

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