New South Wales CHAPTER
The Institute’s NSW Chapter is headquartered at Tusculum, a heritage listed Colonial Regency villa in Potts Point. We support more than 3000 members through a wide range of programs including: CPD and public talks; publication of Australia’s longest running architectural journal, Architecture Bulletin; an extensive awards program; advocacy campaigns; and heritage services.
We actively engage with local and state government to promote best practices in urban planning and the profession in general. Since 1949, we have also maintained a register of significant architecture in NSW, focusing on 20th century heritage.
The NSW Chapter recognises the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional land owners of Tusculum. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
Programs and Activities
NSW Design and building practitioners act and regulation
DBP ACT & REGULATION RESOURCES
The Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act and Regulations impose multiple new obligations on design practitioners. To ensure our members are across the requirements and the implications these entail, we strongly encourage all architects practicing in NSW to familiarise themselves with the information and resources curated here.
Changes NOW IN EFFECT
NSW CPD Program
Continuing professional development (CPD) activities at the NSW Chapter help members enhance their skills, gain new knowledge and insights about different aspects of the profession, and maintain registration.
Our events are curated to provide highly relevant and valuable learning opportunities for our members and the broader built environment community. They cover a broad spectrum of topics aligned to the four units of competency defined by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Competency Standards in Architecture. These are design, documentation, project delivery, and practice management.
From 3 July 2023, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 are being expanded to include new classes 3 and 9c buildings. Alteration or renovation work for existing class 3 and 9c buildings will come into effect on 1 July 2024.
The Institute has worked closely with the current government to ensure the voices of our members have been represented from the outset of the implementation of the NSW building reforms. What is likely to change with the coming election?
We have a great opportunity for architects and students to come together to enable a Sustainability Action Plan to become a reality for your practice. The University of Sydney is looking to partner with small to medium-sized architecture practices across NSW.
We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Image Makers Association Australia which will formalise collaboration, training and education programs between the two peak bodies, and encourage Image Makers Association members as the preferred photographers for Institute members.
The Newcastle Division runs a host of events throughout the year for both members and public engagement with architecture. These events include formal CPD seminars, informal talks including Architecture on Show, the Newcastle Architecture Awards, and programs from our Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN).
NSW Country Division coordinates several regional CPD seminars throughout the year – known as ArchiMEET – as well as an annual three-day conference.
ArchiMEET offers attendees formal CPD points and takes place in different regional centres across NSW.
The NSW Country Division Conference offers members a full program of local and interstate speakers addressing topics relevant to regional practice.
Journal of the NSW Chapter
Architecture Bulletin is the official journal of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter. The NSW Editorial Committee contribute towards planning, sourcing material and editing Architecture Bulletin, which has been an important cultural focus for the NSW Chapter for more than 60 years.
During this time, Architecture Bulletin has continued to evolve to match the expectations of members and present intelligent debate around the issues of contemporary practice in a balanced and inclusive manner.
Architecture Bulletin is read by a broad cross-section of the Institute’s membership – students, graduates, architects, academics – and others passionate about the creative act and practical dimension of architecture. Members can keep up to date with news, issues, events and social activities throughout the state.
More than 3000 people subscribe to Architecture Bulletin, with an estimated readership of more than 10,000 throughout architectural practices.
NSW Chapter members receive Architecture Bulletin as part of their membership. Non-members can subscribe to the magazine by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current issue - Practice & Materiality
For EDITORIAL enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
For ADVERTISING enquiries call +61 2 9246 4055 and download specifications and booking deadlines information from the link below.
The Patrons Program was first introduced in 2006. To date, Architecture Bulletin Patrons have helped fund the publication’s transition to full colour and enabled us to maintain our focus on meaningful content, debate and relevant information, without undue reliance on advertising revenue.
We invite your firm to consider the benefits of joining our other Patrons in helping the NSW Chapter continue to bring this respected publication to members and readers.
NSW JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for a new career opportunity in New South Wales? View architectural and built environment job openings below.
Ghazaleh Shemshaki is an Iranian asylum seeker looking to restart her Draftsperson career here in Australia. Ghazaleh has 20 years’ experience in the architectural industry in Iran, focusing on administration and project drafting, and has her Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Tehran. Since coming to Australia, she has studied English and gained local work experience as a cleaner and as a kitchen hand, as well as working in household installation. Ghazaleh has full and unlimited work and study rights.
Ghazaleh is eager to learn and open to undertaking further formal study to improve her skills. While Ghazaleh’s ultimate goal is to find a full time role as a draftsperson, she is now looking for a work experience opportunity to familiarise herself with the Australian industry, meet new contacts, and identify her best next steps to return to the field.
Ghazaleh is looking for a part or full time, short term work experience opportunity and will be commuting from Merrylands in Western Sydney. She is supported by the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown, NSW. We are hoping that meeting the right people and getting the right support will really open doors for Ghazaleh to build her life here in Australia.
The NSW Chapter has rooms now for hire from small meeting rooms to host interviews, small meetings or your interstate workplace to our large boardroom and theatre-style event space for up to 100 pax.
Contact us for more information and to book.
JOANNA MCANDREW – NSW STATE MANAGER
CHAPTER OFFICE STAFF IN NSW
Membership Services Officer
Membership Engagement Coordinator
Business Development Manager & Head of Partnerships
Awards & Prizes Lead
Event & Awards Coordinator
NATIONAL STAFF LOCATED IN NSW
Education Program Lead
Policy and Advocacy Manager
National Education Project Officer