The Australian Institute of ARchitects

The peak body for architecture

We represent over 11,500 members globally, committed to raising design standards and positively shaping the places where we live, work and meet. 

Along with our members, we are dedicated to improving our built environment and the communities we call home by promoting quality, responsible, sustainable design and advocating on behalf of the profession for the benefit of all Australians.

Policy and Advocacy

From cladding/ACPs to inadequate registration; from self-certification to inequitable risk allocation in contracts; the state of Australia’s construction industry is worrying, and the solution complex but the simple reality is the need for urgent regulatory reform.

Our focus with regard to building regulation has always been and remains on four key aspects within the profession’s areas of expertise:

  • quality
  • safety
  • regulatory reform and
  • compliance.

We must protect the safety of our communities and return confidence to the sector. 

We have developed a set of Guidelines for EOI and RFT for architectural services following research into best practice EOI and RFT methods in public sector and educational institutions that commission architectural services.

The objective of the guidelines is for potential clients to review their own EOI and RFT methods and documents and align them with best practice to enable an effective and efficient process that maximises the potential for high quality built outcomes and reduces bidding and assessment costs for all.

We launched our Hands off Anzac Hall campaign on 7 November 2018, opposing plans to demolish this award-winning building.

The Australian War Memorial is hell-bent on demolishing Anzac Hall as part of its extravagant $500 million redevelopment plans.

As architects, we are passionate about preserving Australia’s heritage and honouring our national history, nowhere more so than the extraordinary service and sacrifice of the servicemen and women. Destroying such an investment – of effort, culture, and family memories – is a waste and mark of disrespect.


Why join the institute?

Shape the future of the architecture profession in Australia and abroad through a connected global community of over 11,500 design professionals.  Together, we give a voice to the profession, advocating for the highest standards for our communities. As a member, you will have access to the tools and networks to grow your career and practice at all stages, from student to senior practitioner and alternative career paths. 


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Open to individuals who graduated from a recognised architecture course. Become a part of EmAGN, a design community for graduates and emerging architects, and receive local and national support to successfully merge into the profession.

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