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

Getting members ready to declare

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 start to take effect from 1 July 2021

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 2020 Architecture Bulletin media kit which includes editorial guidelines, advertising rates and booking deadlines.

To SUBSCRIBE to Architecture Bulletin download the subscription form.


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 - Construction

This edition of Architecture Bulletin on the theme of construction reflects the current consuming concern for the NSW Chapter. On the one hand, we face a raft of incoming legislative and regulatory reforms to address construction quality failures in NSW. On the other, we are in the thick of fast-paced COVID-19 stimulus projects and a critical momentum that has grown around activism toward the transformation of public space in this new paradigm. 

The opportunity to exert positive influence in both spheres of activity to optimise quality construction outcomes is both tremendous and welcome, but things are moving at a cracking pace.

Notice Board


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

Architect – Archer Office

Archer Office is an Architecture practice currently working on an exciting mix of projects that span Community, Sporting and Musical venues, Commercial, Single and Multi-Residential typologies. We are on the lookout for a highly motivated Architect with 5-10 years experience to join our team.

Registered architect with 5-10 years’ experience in:

  • Detailed design and documentation for government, commercial and / or private clients.
  • Coordination with project teams and specialist consultants.
  • Effective communication with stakeholders and contractors.
  • Delivering design intent through detailing and construction.
  • Documentation and communication using Archicad and Adobe CS.

Send CV and folio to:

  • Join a collaborative team of highly qualified design professional
  • Help support great design outcomes for the people of NSW
  • Generous salary starting from $129,360 p.a + super
  • Recruitment/Talent Pool process to fill future vacancies

The opportunity and Role 
We are creating a recruitment pool to fill future temporary and ongoing Principal Design Advisor positions to join the GANSW branch within The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment.

Government Architect NSW (GANSW) is situated within the Place, Design and Public Space division. GANSW is a multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified design professionals within the Department which support NSW Government to realise public value through great design. The team has extensive experience in government and industry and draws on a range of disciplines, including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and allied services. 

The Principal Design Advisor provides high-level expert strategic design advice and design and project management leadership relating to significant projects, policies and programs to support high quality, sustainable design outcomes on behalf of GANSW. A key purpose will be to work collaboratively within the Department and across government agencies to support better design. The role will promote design culture, capacity building, procurement and co-design processes that enhance design related decision making and support delivery of good design across government agencies.

Essential Requirements

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in architecture, landscape architecture and/or urban design
  • Be eligible to be registered in the peak body for specialist design qualification (where applicable)

For more information on this role, please view the role description here.

Portfolios will be required for successful interviewees (max. 10 pages A3).

Applications Closes on: 11:59pm, Sunday 7th February 2021

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Olivia Hyde –

Architecture Saville Isaacs is a multi-award winning boutique architectural practice, specialising in high end bespoke coastal homes and exclusive multi-unit residential building.  We value enthusiasm, focus and dedication, with a passion for architecture and all design.  

We are seeking a graduate architect with at least 5 years post graduate experience, local to Sydney. You will be working in a small team on exciting projects within Sydney and surrounding coastal suburbs. 

Revit and graphic skills are important. Relevant local experience is critical – you must be able to fulfil the role of Project Architect, responsible for design development, documentation, and contract administration.   

Please express your interest by emailing us at and include your resume and portfolio.  

Want to advertise a job? Free job listings are an exclusive benefit for Institute members. Contact us to find out more.

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

Chapter staff located in nsw
Lisa King

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Walter Hill

Membership Services Officer

Melissa McDonald

Member Services and Administration Officer

Jessica Russell

Media and Communications Officer

National staff located in nsw
David McSorley

National Education Project Officer

Kate Moore

National Education Manager

Otto Nothnagel

National Manager, CPD Program Development

Contact us

NSW Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects

3 Manning Street
Potts Point, NSW 2011

P: +61 2 9246 4055


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