New South Wales

2020 NSW Architecture Medallion | Phoenix Central Park | Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects | Photographer: Martin Mischkulnig

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

Luxe on Eve | Smith & Tzannes | Photographer: Ben Guthrie

The Institute is committed to developing and promoting a strong architectural profession and advocating for safer, more sustainable communities. Learn about local and national advocacy initiatives.

Bungarribee Parklands Shelters | Stanic Harding Architects | Photographer: Simon Wood

Our Chapter and National Awards programs are an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the valuable contribution architecture makes to our communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Marion Mahony Griffin Prize winners 1999 - 2019 | Photographer: Alexander Mayes

The NSW Chapter Prizes recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and practices. Our prizes and honours celebrate a diverse array of architectural work, encompassing culture and literature, excellence in practice, emerging perspectives on design in the public realm, distinctive bodies of work by female architects and projects and practices driven to advance the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.


Bridgewater Park Amenities | Urakawa Jenkins Architecture | Photographer: Guy Wilkinson Photography

Continuing Professional Development is an important avenue to improve professional knowledge and competence. CPD is compulsory for registration in NSW.

View our range of online and face-to-face CPD opportunities.

National Award for Commercial Architecture | International House Sydney | Tzannes | Photographer: Ben Guthrie

Meet our Chapter Councillors and discover our local committees helping shape our work and the built environment.

National Commendation for Commercial Architecture | Barangaroo House | Collins and Turner | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

Our Chapter hosts a range of local events celebrating architecture and catering to the profession and the broader community.

Discover upcoming events now.

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI | Photographer: Brett Boardman

Discover more about our tailored CPD, events and programs for members in Newcastle and regional NSW.

2020 James Barnet Award winner | Bathurst Rail Museum | Integrated Design Group | Photographer: Trent Cash

The program celebrates the high level of design excellence in country NSW
and the achievements of members practicing architecture in regional and remote locations.

Looking for a room to hire or the latest architectural jobs in NSW?

Check out our notice board for the latest information. 


Photographer: Nik MacMillan

Senior Architect Counsellors are appointed to provide advice to members and the public on the practice of architecture on voluntary a basis.

Architecture Bulletin is the official journal of the NSW Chapter.

Re-Framing Sofala | Jenny K Lin | The University of New South Wales | Photographer: Alexander Mayes

NSW Design and building practitioners act and regulation


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.


Continuing Education

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.

Regional Divisions

Maitland Riverlink | CHROFI | Photographer: Brett Boardman

Newcastle Division

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).

Country Division

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.

Montoro Cellar Door | Source Architects | Tom Ferguson

Architecture Bulletin

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


For EDITORIAL enquiries, please contact

For ADVERTISING enquiries call +61 2 9246 4055 and download the 2021 Media Kit which includes editorial guidelines, advertising rates and booking deadlines.


Thank you to our patrons who ensure the ongoing viability of Architecture Bulletin.

Major Patron
Mirvac Design

Supporting Patrons 
Crone, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, NBRS Architecture.

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.

Current issue - Community

This edition seeks to explore community. How does community shape architecture? How can architecture cultivate a sense of community and connection? The articles herein consider different typologies or approaches to design, where a focus on community and collaboration is central.

Notice Board


Looking for a new career opportunity in New South Wales? View architectural and built environment job openings below.

Rara Architecture is a small architecture and interior design studio based in Melbourne. 

Rara comes with a strong brand presence and are quickly establishing themselves as a benchmark for leading architecture in Australia. To achieve that, they work tirelessly on building a strong cooperative team that strives toward excellence.

The work consists mostly of residential projects, including new builds, extensions and high end fit-outs. 

The current team of 3 is looking to expand into the Sydney market, so is in need of an architectural graduate with 3+ years experience to assist in planning and building permits, as well as to carry out the documentation for the interior design team.

It is highly desirable that this individual has adequate all round experience in residential projects; including preparation of town planning/ building permit packages and full documentation suites, as well as excellent knowledge of Revit.

Since Rara is a small practice, all employees must take responsibility to meet monthly targets and learn to work to a degree of autonomy. To achieve those responsibilities, the ideal candidate should possess:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in Australia, preferably in Melbourne or Sydney
  • Exceptional Revit skills
  • A thorough understanding of the BCA, Rescode and the planning schemes

Some other ideal skills include – a proactive work approach, high level attention to detail, initiative to assist the team and problem solve, friendly demeanor, ability to understand client requests, highly organised, good understanding of building materials as well as construction costs.

Employment terms are negotiable for the right candidate.

To apply please submit a copy of your CV and Portfolio to 

Key points

  • Exciting opportunity for an experienced Residential Architect
  • Attractive salary on offer in flexible work environment
  • Modern offices, approachable friendly team

Job summary

Golden opportunity with progressive Architectural, Project Management company specialising in high end residential.

Our Company

The Site Foreman is a well-established Architecture and Project Management company offering a unique turn-key style approach to Residential Design, Tender and Project Management. Custom new home designs, major renovations, alterations and additions are the core of the business, with a fast developing portfolio of medium density and multi-residential projects. From its home of Sydney’s Inner West, The Site Foreman services a broad range of clients locally and along the eastern seaboard from the Northern Beaches, through the upper and lower North Shore, the Eastern Suburbs to the Sutherland Shire. The Site Foreman’s team of talented professionals in residential architecture, construction project management, financial management, and client services successfully deliver an average of 100 projects a year to very happy clients.

The Role

Due to the continued growth and innovative expansion of architectural services available to our clients, the Design Department is expanding and has a full time role for a dedicated and professional Design Architect. You will be positioned across a range of varied residential projects including new high end dwellings and alterations and additions. This will be an evolving and varied role with no two days the same that will require the successful candidate to be motivated, self-sufficient and able to design in accordance with the brief provided by the client.

Your Profile / Key Criteria

  • Focus in Residential Architectural design, both in terms of Duplex, New Builds, Major Alterations & Additions
  • Strong Residential knowledge about construction materials used in Australian residential construction
  • You must be a registered architect with a minimum (5) years working within a Residential Architectural practice (preferably single dwelling).
  • Proficient REVIT skills
  • Ability to learn independently by reading, observing, trial and error and researching
  • Ability to follow procedures and work with minimal supervision
  • Capacity to understand the whole picture and the details simultaneously
  • Understanding of client’s financial and time constraint
  • Class 2 Design Practitioner registration is preferable, not essential.
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Job benefits & perks

  • Motivated and driven team
  • Flexible work environment
  • Trained Graduate Architect will support you in the role
  • Modern offices, located in Croydon & Double Bay
  • Supportive and approachable management
  • Regular team building events

How to apply

If this sounds like you and you feel you have what it takes, please email your application to with your resume, and a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience in Residential Architecture & Revit. Please also attach or send via DropBox your Design Portfolio (max. 5 mb), alternatively we will ask for this should you be shortlisted.

You Must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident to apply for this role.

We thank you for your interest in this opportunity, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Architectural Projects is a design practice with a focus on high-end residential prospects individual and multi unit, commercial, heritage and public projects seeks an exceptional Project Architect to join their team. The practice often forms part of a multi-disciplinary architectural team for larger projects and undertakes numerous urban and architectural research projects, publications and exhibitions and is involved with various twentieth century modernist Architectural societies. A strong emphasis on design that challenges our clients while providing functional, yet innovative design solutions is our focus.

We require a Project Architect with the following skills and qualities:

  • Self motivated
  • A demonstrated passion for architecture and design
  • Inventive
  • Solution seeker
  • Systematic work method
  • Able to efficiently programmed work
  • Advanced skills in ArchiCAD24
  • Strong design and documentation skills essential
  • Good people skills
  • Ability to work well in a small design team
  • 5 yrs+ post degree experience (minimum)
  • Documented experience as a Project Architect
  • Good liaison skills with authorities

Salary negotiable.

City fringe location 2 mins from station

Email CV and portfolio to or for information on Architectural Projects visit

Are you an experienced Senior Architect ready for a change?

About Architectus

We are a top-tier architecture and design studio with specialist expertise in commercial, education, interiors, public, residential, transport, urban design and planning. With a team of more than 410, our insightful and human-centric design approach is combined with a collaborative ethos and digitally agile culture to create unique places with distinct identities across all projects.

Whether extracting insights, detecting challenges or visualising solutions, we embrace change and drive innovation across our studios to deliver more – creatively, accurately and efficiently. We recognise the work of the team; with shared collaborative attitudes ensuring the best research, technology and outcomes for projects, clients and stakeholders are achieved.

Your Role

As a leader within our business, your responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to business development and marketing processes
  • Client project relationship management from a technical and design perspective
  • Partnering with the project leader to ensure they’re informed of all technical and design job aspects
  • Recommending technical document production for project
  • Managing delivery of approved technical and design document production

Input and perform network development, knowledge management, employee mentoring, operational improvement, and design review processes initiatives

Your Experience

We look forward to welcoming someone with:

  • Registered Architect with 6+ years post-graduate experience
  • Prior experience gained within large commercial office building
  • Strong understanding of the key elements of a commercial building (laying out, cores, façade)
  • Design focused, with a proven track record in leading design
  • Comfortable leading and mentoring a team
  • Exemplary design communication skills to convey design concepts through imagery and diagrams
  • Comfortable and capable in using Revit, Indesign and 3D software

Architectus is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we actively promote an inclusive workplace culture and encourage people form diverse cultural background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply.

Please apply via our careers page:

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Room Hire

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.

Chapter Staff




Membership Services Officer


Business Development Manager & Head of Partnerships


Events & Awards Coordinator


Awards & Communications Coordinator





Education Program Lead


Policy and Advocacy Manager


National Education Project Officer


Contact us

NSW Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects

3 Manning Street
Potts Point, NSW 2011

P: +61 2 9246 4055


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