Online Applications for LEP and Part 3 APE now open

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The Board's online facility is now open for Part 3 Architectural Practice Examination by Interview and for Locally Experienced Architects (LEP). 

Part 3 application closes at midnight Friday 21 April 2017.

LEP applications for inclusion in the May cohort of interviews will also close Friday 21 April 2017.

Please read the Guide for applicants carefully before making your application. 

If you require further information please contact the Board at (02) 9241 4033.


Online Application for the Architectural Practice Examination

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Applications for Session 1 Architectural Practice Examination (APE) can now be made online. 

Read the  APE Guide for Online Application before you proceed.

Click this secure link: or go to this website's sidebar for easy access.

APE Part 1 and 2 applications close midnight Friday 17 February 2017

Local Experienced Practitioner Program applications close midnight Tuesday 28 Feb 2017

APE Part 3 applications close midnight Friday 21 April 2017

2016 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarships announced

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Byera’s gift funds the next generation of design research

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Continuing an unbroken 66 year heritage in funding architectural research, almost $100,000 was awarded at a function in Sydney Wednesday night as part of Australia’s richest and longest running bequest of its type.

In presenting the 2016 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship to 10 recipients, President of the NSW Architects Registration Board, Richard Thorp AM said; “Architecture shapes our cities, streets and suburbs here at home. But global forces shape our architects. For more than 65 years, the Byera Hadley Traveling Scholarships have made it possible for over 200 architects, students and graduates to travel, research and return - bringing global experience and exemplars back home”.

2016 Byera Hadley Scholarship Winners include

  • Bobbie Bayley - Girt by sea, girth by desert: a bicycle odyssey across Australia’s grand section along the 25th latitude - from Fraser Island to Dorre Island off Western Australia (around 6,110kms) to better understand the relationship of country to architecture.
  • Nicole Larkin - Framing the wild edge: a survey of coastal pools in NSW and the formulation of strategies towards their integration along our changing coastline.
  • Marshall Blecher - A survey of floating communities around the world, which have the potential to improve the world’s coastal cities by offering a climate-resilient avenue for development - ranging from floating slums in Lagos, to contemporary water-based living in Amsterdam.
  • Robert Baron - Re-situating the Teatro Amazonas which aims to de-cipher the curious presence of a high style theatre in the European tradition in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
  • Alex Jones - Renewing the block. This study will analyse urban renewal and regeneration in European social housing to redefine current Sydney housing models, including the iconic McKell Building
  • William Maynard - Detailed transformations: a study of construction detailing in contemporary adaptive re-use projects in Portugal and Spain
  • Sophie Solomon - Supermodel Housing: long, thin and dense - low-rise terrace housing in South-East Asia that are longer and thinner than the traditional Sydney terrace.
  • Jed Long - Architecture of (im)permanence challenges the way architects use materials in architecture with travel to Indonesia, Japan, US and Mexico.
  • Nicola Balch - To find and explore accessible ways of digitally mapping and measuring human engagement with public space.
  • Eva Rodriguez Riestra - Curating architecture: practices and strategies for Sydney

Successful applicants receive up to $15,000 in funding to cover flights, accommodation, and expenses that must include travel, followed by a report that shares results of the scholarship that are published by the NSW Architects Registration Board, and regularly feature on ABC radio.

Applications for Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarships open in June each year, and close on 31 July. The scholarships are presented with assistance of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship fund, which is administered by Perpetual.

Who was Byera Hadley?

Byera Hadley was an architect and educator born in 1872. He began as a part-time teacher in architectural drawing at the Sydney Technical College - culminating in his appointment as Lecturer-in-Charge at the Department of Architecture in 1914. Under his leadership, the College became acknowledged as one of the finest schools of architecture in the British Empire of the time.

In 1937, Byera Hadley made provision in his will for a bequest to enable young architects who were graduates from a school in NSW to travel overseas in order to broaden their experience in architecture, with a view to advancing  architecture upon their return to Australia.

The first recipient of a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship was Bryce Mortlock in 1951 who received 400 pounds for travel to Europe to study ‘Monumentality and Modern Architecture’ - at a time when the tallest building in Sydney was the GPO building in Martin Place - finished more than sixty years earlier.

The alumni of scholarship holders since 1951 includes architects recognised in their profession and the broader community, and has included themes that influence the direction of architecture in Australia; including affordable housing, city planning, social trends and social innovation, emerging technologies and methodologies in design and advanced construction.

The Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarships enable winners to undertake a course of travel, study, research or other activity approved by the Board, that is seen to contribute to the advancement of architecture.

If you want to learn more about Byera or his gift, call the NSW Architects Registration Board on 02 9241 4033, email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow us on Twitter at @ArchInsights

Get on Board

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Get on board: nominations open for 2 elected architects


The NSW Architects Registration Board (ARB) administers the Architects Act 2003, the legislation regulating architects in NSW. 

The Board comprises 11 members, including;

1. The immediate past president of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects

2. The NSW Government Architect 

3. One architect who is an academic and who teaches architects at one of the four schools of architecture in NSW

4. Two architects elected by architects

5. An architect appointed by the Minister, who the Minister thinks will represent the interests of practising architects (and who is not an office holder in any Australian architectural industry organization)

6. A person appointed by the Minister who will represent the views of home owners 

7. A person appointed by the Minister who has particular knowledge of the views of local government in respect of the quality of buildings

8. A person appointed by the Minister with expertise in the property development industry

9. A person appointed by the Minister who is a legal practitioner with expettis ein building and construction law

10. One person appointed by the Minister with expetrtise in the building industry


The Board's key role is to protect consumers of architectural services by ensuring that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner, disciplining architects who have acted unprofessionally or incompetently, accrediting architectural qualifications for the purpose of registration,  informing the public about the qualifications and competence of individuals or organisations holding themselves out as architects, and promoting a better understanding of architectural issues in the community. 

To learn more about the dates, or to download the nomination forms and candidate information, head to the NSW Electoral Commission site

Complaints and Conduct Forum

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How does the Architects Act work? What’s the Board’s role in compliance and enforcement? How does it apply to architects? How does it apply to non-architects? How does the complaints process work? What are strategies to avoid complaints in the first place? What does the evidence show?

We explored these questions and more us at the launch of a new mediation pathway that promises to resolve issues between homeowners and their architects sooner, and provide another choice beyond lodging a complaint. 

For those who missed the event;

LISTEN to the audio from the event on our SoundCloud site.

DOWNLOAD the event primer - Better pathways to resolve disputes sooner.pdf.

Featuring presentations, followed by a panel discussion with Matt Curll, Legal Member; Natalise Sullivan, Planned Cover; Dr Philip Briggs, Chair, Senior Counsellor; and Robyn Bailey, NSW ARB Mediator.

Kindly supported by Hall & Wilcox

Managing mental health

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managing mental health

Tim Horton, Registrar NSW Architects Registration Board

Each year, the NSW Architects Registration Board receives applications from architects for all sorts of things. It may be an application for an exemption from completing continuing professional development due to prolonged illness, surgery or personal circumstance. In some cases, applications are supported by a doctor’s certificate. In a few cases, the applications relate to mental illness.

The Board has the authority to grant exemptions and waivers. But we recently asked ourselves, is that the limit of our role? If our primary mission is to protect the public by ensuring that architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner, don’t we need to ensure that an architect experiencing mental illness has some support? For example, in one recent application, a doctor certified that the architect in question had not been fit to practise that prior year. Yet she had – presumably providing services to clients, working with councils and builders and making sure her business activity statement (BAS) was in on time.

National Program of Assessment for Locally Experiened Practitioners

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The Board is pleased to announce that applications for the National Program of Assessment for Locally Experienced Practitioners (LEP) are now open to applicants in New South Wales.

This Program provides an alternative pathway to registration to graduates of Australian accredited architecture programs with relevant experience at Executive level in complex architectural projects undertaken in Australia.  Successful completion of this program allows applicants to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) and apply directly for registration an architect with the NSW Architects Registration Board, after a successful interview with a Panel of assessors. 

Please read Notes contained in Form 10.



Contact the Board for further information.

Resolving disputes sooner

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We know that sometimes, disagreements become disputes if given the chance. That’s why, on 1 July 2016, the NSW Architects Registration Board will offer a new pathway to resolve disputes before they escalate.

This will give homeowners and architects alike a chance to find solutions to issues quickly and without undue cost. To make this happen, we are looking for mediators with experience in small domestic residential construction and early stage architectural design to come on board.

Are you the right person? Or do you know someone who is? If so, please send your CV and a short statement of experience toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 June 2016.

What's measured, improves....mostly

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 Change. Architecture. Discuss. SPREAD v2

Management guru Peter Drucker once said "what's measured, improves". That's been a kind of mantra to us over the past few years. It's driven us to measure and share data points intended to map trends. We think it's a small contribution to improving the knowledge base the sector has on itself.

We think some of the data shows the sector performs well. Consider that in NSW, there are around 25,000 solicitors. Each year, the Legal Services Commission receives around 2,500 complaints against lawyers of one sort or another (yep, that's 10%).

By contrast, with around 3,900 practising architects in NSW, just 13 complaints were received by the Board last registration year (or 0.03%).

Good data can shine a light on where the sector excels. But data can also lie. Especially when you get it wrong.

Since 2009, the Board has used the wrong formula for what should be a simple calculation. Keen observers will find the figure on page 10 of our annual report where we publish a profile of the age and gender of the profession. Thanks to a call from Parlour, our error was pointed out. We checked. Parlour is right. We've been doing it wrong.

So what is the real picture?

On 30 June 2015 there were 3,930 practising architects in NSW. 1,004 were women. That’s 25.5% of the practising population. Add the non-practising architects (academics, retired, those operating in different fields), and the total population was 4,762 – of which 1,179 were women. That’s 24.7%.

So what's the Board doing to encourage greater gender balance in the sector, and more opportunity for women and those with flexible work needs?

In 2015 the Board adopted a new policy that allows architects who may have taken time out from practice to re-register in the practising category. For us, it's a mechanism designed to remove many of the barriers in re-connecting with the profession after a time away.

This year, for the first time in is 92 year history, all four candidates for the Architects Medallion, as nominated by the four schools of architecture, were women.

The Board has also appointed more women, and younger architects, as examiners to improve diversity in the cohort who help us admit new architects in to the profession (of 80 examiners, 26 are now women).

We can do better, and we will do better. We agree that what’s measured, improves. We think it starts with data. And most importantly, we know that data needs to be good data.

2016 BWPRA Applications Open

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The Board invites applications for the 2016 Built Work Program of Assessment.  Submit your application for Stage 1 before 30 June 2016.


Applicants are now able to submit a submission for Stage 1 - Application for Admission to the Program, at any time during the year.  Each application will be looked at upon receipt and eligible applicants will be advised of a suitable time to submit for Stage 2. 

Stage 1 assessment will take around 4-6 weeks.  Once found eligible, applicants will be given 3 months to prepare their submission for Stage 2.