The NSW Architects Registration Board works to promote a better understanding of architectural issues in the community by connecting the public, students, architects and others with information about architecture, design and the world around us. We prepare teaching aids and resources for schools, sponsor and support exhibitions and events, and award scholarships.

Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarships

Byera Hadley's bequest is Australia's most prestigious and sustained gift of its type; resulting in more than $3m being granted to over 160 architects, students and graduates since 1951. Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarships promote travel and research in cities and communities around the world. Scholars return to share their research with colleagues, Councils and communities.

Story of an architectural project

You might be thinking of renovating or designing from scratch. Where do you start? What's involved in preparing a brief, setting a budget or planning for a renovation? What’s really involved in working with an architect? Is it worth it? How do you source a builder and how do you know when the price is right?

Consumer FAQs

Is it important to use a ‘registered' architect?

The use of the title ‘architect' is protected by law. Only people registered with the NSW Architects Registration Board may use the title.

What level of fees can I expect to pay for the services of an architect?

Architects' fees are subject to open market competition. There is no central fee control system.

Sydney Architecture Festival

Sydney Architecture Festival

Since it started in 2007, around 40,000 Sydneysiders have taken part in events, talks and exhibitions on design, architecture and the built environment thanks to the Sydney Architecture Festival.

Protecting the Consumer

The NSW Architects Registration Board is a statutory authority responsible for registering architects, approving architectural education, conducting enquiries into the conduct of architects, investigating misuse of the title Architect and promoting a better understanding of architectural matters in the community.

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  • Working With Your Architect

    When you use an architect you know that the person you are working with is highly qualified and has the skills in design, documentation and project delivery you need to help you realise your project.

    Completing a successful architectural project will happen partly because you have a good working relationship with your architect. This guide describes what architects do for their clients and provides general advice about how to work best with your architect.

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  • Accessing Alternative Dispute Resolution

    The Board’s Complaints process is an effective mechanism to investigate architects who may have acted in an unprofessional or incompetent manner.

    However the Board regularly receives calls from people seeking advice on issues that may be currently unfolding on site, or which are at a critical phase where early and prompt action can assist.

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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.

2023 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship announced

Announcing recipients of the 2023 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship

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

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

The architects elected to the Board

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

2022 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship announced

Byera’s gift funds the next generation of architectural research

Supporting architects

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

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.

COVID-19 Update

The NSW Architects Registration Board is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  We are following the guidance of the Commonwealth and State Governments and are working to ensure that all of our services to consumers and architects continue without interruption.

Sydney Architecture Festival 2019

The 13th Sydney Architecture Festival will be a week-long festival running from 11-17th November 2019. This year’s theme is Making. Housing. Affordable.

2019 Architects Medallion Winner Sarah Yap

The Board is excited to announce that the 2019 Architects Medallion has been awarded to Sarah Yap, from the University of Sydney.

Festival declared ‘best ever’ as Board accelerates in to 2019

Figures released today from the 2018 Sydney Architecture Festival last weekend prove Sydneysiders want to be more engaged in the planning and design of Sydney’s future - with new records set this year for those sharing the program online. 

What makes a building truly great? Sydney Architecture Festival 28 Sept - 1 Oct 2018

Sydney, Australia: The 12th annual Sydney Architecture Festival returns to the heart of the city this September, with events unfolding over four days from Friday 28 September until Monday 1 October 2018. 

Dr Deborah Dearing recognised with award

President of the NSW Architects Registration Board, Dr Deborah Dearing was awarded the prestigious NSW Chapter President's Prize at the annual NSW Architecture Awards, hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter. 

Forum to shine a light on Affordable Housing solutions

In the face of an increasing shortage of affordable housing on the North Coast of NSW, a group of locals and organisations will come together to host the Affordable Housing Local Solutions Forum on the 3rd & 4th of May at the Uniting Church in Bellingen. 

A new media platform to support and inspire

The Board is pleased announce it will partner in a new media venture that aims to support and inspire those who design and plan Australia’s built environment.

The Built Environment Channel will supply news, information and specialist content to architects, engineers and designers throughout Australia via a network of digital screens, placed at no cost in participating practices.

#IWD2018 Profile: Kathlyn Loseby

To celebrate International Women’s Day, our newest recruit, Jesse Matheson (JM) spoke with Kathlyn Loseby (KL), architect and Chief Operating Officer of Crone, about the continued push for gender equality in the Australian architecture sector.

New Architects Medallion design announced

The Board is pleased to announce the winner of the Architects Medallion design competition is a team led by HY William Chan (Medallion design), Ramin Jahromi (Nominated Architect) and Rob Asher (Computational Design) from Cox Architecture; supported by Kristie Fitch, Bunda Jewellery and Palloys, NSW.

NSW ARB partnership with Australia by Design to grow in 2018

One of the objects of the Architects Act is to promote a better understanding of architecture in the community. Our partnership with 'Australia by Design' will grow in 2018 to an 18-week series featuring architecture, product design and landscape architecture.

Boom sends costs through the roof

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.

Building the debate: A recap on the first ARB OPEN Salon on Standards

The NSW Architects Registration Board recognises that the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) is fundamental to a number of our statutory functions: it extends to the accreditation of architectural programs, all pathways to registration, and the ongoing learning of architects.

Speaking up for aspiring architects

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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