At an event explaining changes to the Architects Regulation held at the NSW Chapter last week, an audience question probed an architect’s duty to provide cost advice to their clients. It echoed a recent complaint heard by the Board. Most in the room agreed that architects are generalists and not experts, and so could never be expected to have current market pricing at call.


Sydney World Design Capital 2020 brings global focus to Australian architecture and design 

13 July 2017

The Montreal-based World Design Organzation has announced Sydney is one of two metropolitan cities shortlisted to be declared the World Design Capital in 2020, in a bid that promises to deliver a more inclusive and resilient city. 

More than 500 architects were removed from the Register in NSW on 1 July, meaning some may be starting the new financial year trading in breach of the Architects Act. Much like lawyers, architects must renew their licence to practice each year. While the cost of registration varies across each State and Territory, NSW charges the lowest registration fee of any mainland State at just $250.00 in the practising category.

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. 


We are excited to launch a series of Salon events and podcasts that will explore the role and value of quality standards in architecture; the impacts of regulation on learning cultures; and most ambitiously, the future of architectural regulation in this country.

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean has announced three new appointments to the NSW Architects Registration Board that includes the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Commissioner and architect, Dr Deborah Dearing as President.


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