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Meet ARB OPEN - a 3 year project to create a more open platform for architecture.You can read more about ARB OPEN in our new 3 year Strategic Plan. At it's centre, is a new digital-first strategy. So what does it mean for you? Well, firstly, we're saying goodbye to hardcopy mail. From now on you'll only hear from us by email. And it's up to you to make sure we can get in touch.

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. 

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.

To mark 2017 International Women's Day, we asked 2016 Architects Medallion winner, Chloe Yuen, to set out in her own words some of the issues she sees most relevant in architectural practice.

As the recipient of the 2016 NSW Architects Medallion and one of many recent Architecture Graduates in NSW, I would like to take this opportunity to share my own thoughts on three issues that should concern us, and inspire us to evolve architecture in Australia:

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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?

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.

Direct attempts at redressing gender inequity are often treated with charges of discrimination under a different heading. Undermining merit and questioning motives, a more subtle resentment and misogyny emerges. So I have agreed to out myself.

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.

On 16 December 2015, Magistrate Geoffrey Bradd found building designer, Timothy Treleaven guilty of illegally representing himself as an architect.  He was convicted of breaching the Architects Act and was fined $3,500.  

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