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Schools & education

The Australian Institute of Architects is actively involved at every level of architectural education and training, including developing resources for primary and secondary school teachers, accrediting schools of architecture, preparing graduates for the Architectural Practice Exam and assisting practicing architects in their continuing professional development.

Architecture Schools of Australasia Handbook

For Australian and some regional overseas study opportunities see the Institute's annual Architecture Schools of Australasia Handbook.

The handbook details:

  • full contact information for 23 universities offering architecture courses in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
  • professional course recognition and accreditation details
  • overview of degree courses offered
  • course structures and units available
  • course duration
  • staffing information
  • student activities
  • campus resources
  • admission requirements
  • statistical information for each school
  • statistical comparison of student numbers and graduates

Australasian schools of architecture

There are 18 schools of architecture in Australia offering architecture programs recognised by the Institute and accredited by the relevant state/territory architecture board. Here is a contact list for the Heads of Australasian Architecture Schools/Programs.

Except where stated otherwise, the following Australian schools of architecture offer courses recognised and accredited by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the relevant state/territory architects registration boards. The AACA maintains an official listing of accredited architecture courses in Australia.

Australian Capital Territory

University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts & Design

New South Wales

University of Newcastle, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

University of New South Wales, Faculty of the Built Environment

University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building

Queensland

Griffith University, Environment, Planning & Architecture

Queensland University of Technology, School of Design

University of Queensland, School of Architecture

Bond University, Soheil Abedian School of Architecture

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University, School of Creative Arts & Humanities – the Bachelor of Design program at Charles Darwin University is three years in duration. A course minimum of 10 semesters is fundamental to obtaining full accreditation. Students graduating from the Bachelor of Design (specialisation in architecture) with a credit average can directly enter the 4th year of Deakin University's Master of Architecture program.

Western Australia

Curtin University, School of Built Environment

University of Western Australia, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts

South Australia

University of Adelaide, School of Architecture & Built Environment

University of South Australia, School of Art, Architecture & Design

Victoria

Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building

Monash University, Faculty of Art & Design

RMIT University, School of Architecture & Design

University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning

Tasmania

University of Tasmania, School of Architecture & Design

New Zealand

University of Auckland, National Institute of Creative Arts & Industries

Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture

Unitec Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Department of Architecture & Building


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Accreditation

Professional architecture courses in Australia are subject to accreditation jointly run by the Institute, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and Architect Registration Boards in each state and territory.

ANZ APAP is published by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the Institute. It sets out the steps to be followed for professional accreditation of architecture programs in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZ APAP Quick Reference Guidelines summarise the processes, roles and responsibilities of members of visiting panels as outlined in detail in ANZ APAP.

Canberra Accord

The Canberra Accord is a document by seven accreditation/validation agencies in architectural education. The Canberra Accord is intended to facilitate the portability of educational credentials between the countries whose accreditation/validation agencies signed the Accord. It does not address matters related to professional registration or licensure.

The fourth General Meeting of the Canberra Accord was held in May, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Read about the meeting here.

Funding/scholarships for study within Australia & internationally

The following are resources for Australian architecture students seeking funding and/or scholarships to study in Australia and overseas, and for international students studying in Australia.

Funding & Scholarships by school

National Education Committee

The Institute’s National Education Committee (NEC) is made up of Institute members from all states and territories who are practicing architects and academic staff. A Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) member also serves on NEC. The committee focuses on all aspects of undergraduate architectural education, including education and research policies, recognition and accreditation of architecture courses, programs of architecture and students, national and international bodies concerned with architectural education, architecture and children, and careers information. For further information contact the National Education Unit at the address given above.

Tertiary Education of Architects Policy

The Institute believes that architectural education is the essential foundation of the profession and is committed to developing and maintaining education standards through its Tertiary Education of Architects Policy and Standards for Programs in Architecture.

Research Policy & Understanding Research Excellence in Architecture

The Institute’s Research Policy and Understanding Research Excellence in Architecture promote and support collaborative research that links the profession, the construction industry, universities and government.


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