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.  

The Board regularly receives enquiries from home owners who wish to access the electronic files related to their project from their architect. This can be for a range of reasons. In some cases, home owners may want to provide a builder with drawings, or because architectural services have been completed with further modifications now needed. This information sheet outlines the Board’s view on how parties can best approach the issue of access to electronic (CAD) files.

The web is now an integral part of any business, so it makes sense that a greater number of architectural practices are choosing to advertise and engage through websites and social media. The NSW Architects Registration Board (ARB) administers the Architects Act 2003. At the heart of this Act is a set of ethics, standards and expectations for anyone providing architectural services in NSW. You can find a summary of the Act here.

The Board has decided to better define the policy associated with registration as an architect, particularly when;

1. Seeking to register for the first time after a period of absence or travel following successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE), or;

2. Seeking to re-register as a Practising Architect after a period off the register, or with non-practising status

SEPP 65 is the only area of practice in NSW that is restricted to architects. The SEPP aims to improve the design quality of residential apartment development in New South Wales.  It recognises that the design quality of residential apartment development is of particular importance and public interest due to the economic, environmental, cultural and social benefits of high quality design.

More than $130,000 in funding for architectural research was awarded at a function in Sydney tonight as part of Australia’s richest and longest running annual bequest of its type.

Buildings are complex, and it’s a rare thing for a new building to be defect free. Amendments coming in to effect today make it even more important to be clear upfront on how defects are identified, rectified and paid for. Because the best defect is one you never have to live with.

The Board's latest project entitled "Transition to Registration" is now published on this corporate website.  This resource is designed to assist graduates, both recent and those who may have been working in architecture for some time, to make the transition to registration.

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