The ®AIA website’s practice section. Looks useful but it’s only available to members who can find their login details.
Revision 2009: The RAIA inform me that it is also available to non members, who can subscribe.
Revision 2010: It appears even members (or some members) have to pay an extra $315 in order to access the service.
A wealth of advice, fact sheets, and podcasts for those attempting to run an architectural practice. It’s american, but most of what they have to say applies internationally.
“The AACA is recognised as the national organisation responsible for establishing, coordinating and advocating national standards for the registration of architects in Australia and for the recognition of Australian architects overseas by the relevant Registration Authorities.”
A site with anonymous contributions describing working conditions in architectural offices in Europe. To be taken with a dose of salt.
“The primary role of the ACA is to assist members to navigate their way through the employment processes including wages and awards, conditions of employment, represent them in industrial matters and maintain a concise and current information stream to members to enable the architects to be as little distracted as possible from their primary role of providing well considered designs, documents and other services to their clients.”
Ruddian award rates for architects can be found from this page . Click on 2008: “S-U”, then scroll down to “Technical services: architects”. Note these rates only apply to respondent employers who are constitutional companies (ie P/L). The award text can be found from this page , using the code AP801194 and selecting “AP” from the dropdown list. Note these rates exclude compulsory superannuation.
Rates for practices which are not companies (ie sole trader, partnership) are slightly lower at the moment.
NZ Department of Building and Housing free downloads of building compliance documents, including E2 AS1 (external moisture).
A video series by an American architect. I’ve only seen the first of seven (low net speed today) – it’s fairly light on, but may be of use to a school student considering the profession. It shows an architect drawing an arts and crafts style house with a set square and parallel rule, which ain’t quite the way these days.
The Productivity Commission’s report to the Australian federal government a decade ago focussed on increasing fee competition, and deregulating parts of the Architects Act.
This needs some checking yet, but I think the report, as interpreted by the various states and the ®AIA, has resulted in changes to restrictions to words such as “architectural” and to the removal of sliding fee scales.
The home of the Australian Standards, with links to SAI Global where they can be purchased as PDFs or hard copies.
“Standards Australia is recognised by the Government as Australia’s peak Standards body. It coordinates standardisation activities, develops internationally aligned Australian Standards® that deliver Net Benefit to Australia, and facilitates the accreditation of other Standards Development Organisations.”