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Supporting architects

In 2021-2022, the Board continued to provide support to architects through initiatives, which included:

Free CPD webinars

The Board offers a CPD webinar series free of charge. In 2021 we delivered 32 hours of free webinars attended by a total 3,716 architects. Register for CPD webinars on the Board’s website here

Investigation of illegal representation as an architect

The Board daily investigates reports of persons or entities illegally representing themselves or others as architects. This includes monitoring of classified advertising, social media and websites to check compliance with Section 9 and 10 of the Architects Act 2003.

Free client architect agreement

The Board’s Short Form Architect Client Contract here is a valuable resource for architects and their clients.  It is available for architects and their clients to use free of charge. As at 30 June 2021 there had been more than 4,600 downloads from the Board’s website.

Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship

The Board offers the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship for NSW architects, graduates and students to undertake a course of study, research or other activity contributing to expanded knowledge and practice in NSW.

In 2021-2022 the Board has digitised the unique and valuable collection of BHTS reports, encapsulating 70 years of travel-based research and scholarship undertaken by NSW architects, graduates, and architecture students. All reports in the archive have been collated, abstracts and keywords have been prepared, and a fully functional catalogue and search tool have been developed (date, author, subject, keyword). The Board anticipates that the digitised archive will provide a significant, enduring, and ever-expanding source of material for future scholars in the field of architecture.

Ground-breaking research

The Board is a partner investigator in the ground-breaking research project Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing. This studies the work-related wellbeing of architects and architecture students with funding from the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme.  It will produce two toolkits in support of cultural change across education, workplace and institutional settings. The Board anticipates that the resources generated by this project will fundamentally support the architecture profession into the future – encouraging old work cultures to be replaced by those with a new focus on occupational wellbeing. We expect flow-on impacts from this transformation that will benefit consumers of architecture and the quality of the built environment more broadly.

Interagency connection

The Registrar actively participates in interagency meetings with government and architect membership bodies that contribute to the interests of the wider NSW architecture profession.  In 2021-2022 this has included

-       Meeting monthly with the NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects and quarterly with the NSW/ACT President of the Association of Consulting Architects

-       Involvement in the development of regulatory reforms impacting architects including the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021

-       Membership of Expert Panels established by the NSW Building Commissioner on Regulation and Legislation, Continuing Professional Development, and Research.

Information to consumers

The Board provides information to consumers about the qualifications and competence of architects and promotes a better understanding of architectural issues in the community. Board initiatives include the annual Sydney Architecture Festival, the ‘Working with your Architect’ resources, programs delivered in primary and secondary schools, and the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange (MADE by the Sydney Opera House) supporting interdisciplinary collaboration and deeper understanding of international practices across architecture, design and engineering disciplines.

Note: The NSW Architects Registration Board is a small, self-funded government agency of five staff. It operates without Government funding and relies solely on the income received from fees levied on NSW architects and architect corporations and firms.

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2024 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship – Applications open

The NSW Architects Registration Board invites eligible architects, graduates and students to apply for this prestigious program by 31 August 2024.

NSW ARB and ARBV publish "Deep Dive Report" on Architecture Sector Risks

New report highlights systemic risks in the Australian architecture sector and provides actionable recommendations for improvement.

2024 Architects Medallion Winner

Chloe Gesler of the University of Newcastle awarded the 2024 Architects Medallion.

The Wellbeing of Architects Symposium

The Wellbeing of Architects [education + practice] symposium marks the conclusion of a comprehensive research project, The Wellbeing of Architects: Culture, Identity and Practice (2020-2024).

NSW ARB and ARBV taking a ‘deep dive’ into systemic risks in the Australian architecture sector

The NSW ARB and ARBV are partnering on a “Deep Dive Report into Systemic Risks in the Australian Architecture Sector” using insights from focus groups conducted in 2023.

Emeritus Professor Helen Lochhead AO – 2024 Australia Day Honours

Professor Helen Lochhead, Deputy President and elected architect member of the NSW ARB Board, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2024 Australia Day Honours.

NSW ARB proudly supports Sydney Opera House symposium: Concept, Innovation and Renewal

The NSW Architects Registration Board was pleased to be supporting a symposium in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House on 8 November 2023. This event offered a comprehensive look into the Sydney Opera House, one of Australia’s most significant architectural achievements. 

2023 Architects Medallion winner

Samantha Rich awarded the 2023 Architect's Medallion: “Go slowly, thoughtfully, carefully, and respectfully”.

The architects elected to the Board

Outcome of the ballot for the election of 2 Architects to the Board

2022 Architects Medallion winner: Tualagi Nokise

The award gives validation to the topic of sustainable disaster relief architecture in our changing environment which acknowledges the grass roots impact and relevance of traditional technologies to the continual struggle of local communities.”

New changes to Continuing Professional Development

From 1 July 2022 the NSW Architects Registration Board is introducing changes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for NSW architects.

2021 Architects Medallion winner: Marni Reti

“There is no reason architecture cannot contemporise Indigenous culture with the permission of Elders.”

Supporting architects

In 2021-2022, the Board continued to provide support to architects through initiatives, which included:

2020 Architects Medallion Winner: Jincheng Jiang

‘I think the most important architectural issue in New South Wales is turning our city from exclusive to inclusive.’

NSW ARB Short Form Architect Client Contract 2019

The Board is pleased to announce the launch of its Short Form Architect Client Contract 2019. The SFACC can be downloaded from the Board’s website and is a free online resource to assist architects to meet their obligations under the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017.

NSW ARB Partners on groundbreaking study

A ground-breaking research project investigating the work-related wellbeing of architects and architecture students, has been funded in the most recent round of the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme.

AACA Briefing Sessions on Pathways to Registration

Want to know more about the AACA’s Oversees Qualifications Assessment or Experienced Practitioner Assessment?


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