2020 SA Architecture Awards | Sparkke at the Whitmore | Troppo Architects | Photographer: Aaron Citti

South Australian CHAPTER

The SA Chapter represents the interests of all its local members across the state. We promote the advancement of the profession by providing education and research programs and by engaging with local and state governments to address issues relating to the built environment.

We also work with local media outlets to promote discussion about the value of architecture in society and we foster strong industry partnerships to create more continuing education opportunities for our members.

The SA Chapter recognises the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Programs and Activities

Elder Hall Northern Upgrade and Conservation Works | DASH Architects | Photographer: DASH Architects

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.

Baliol Residence | Grieve Gillett Andersen | Sam Noonan

The Australian Institute of Architects National Awards program is a great way to receive public and peer recognition for your work and helps the Institute to promote architects and architecture within SA, across Australia and internationally.


Christies Beach High School Inclusive Education Centre | Flightpath Architects | Photographer: cr3 Studio

Continuing Professional Development is an important avenue to improve professional knowledge and competence.

View our CPD opportunities.

St Mary's Corner | Grieve Gillett Andersen | Photographer: Sam Noonan

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

Grange Surf Life Saving Club Redevelopment | GHDWoodhead | Photographer: Iain Bond

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

Looking for a room to hire or the latest architectural jobs in SA? Check out our notice board for information.

Adelaide Botanic High School | Cox Architecture and DesignInc | SA | Photographer: Sam Noonan

archi ed introduces school students to the world of architecture

BHP Adelaide | Woods Bagot | Trevor Mein

An architect has moral rights in relation to the use of their design and should be attributed when images of the work  are published.  See our template letters for asserting your rights.

The 2019 National Award for Interior Architecture | The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute | Swanbury Penglase with BVN | SA | Photographer: Peter Barnes

SA Designers for Diversity exists to ensure that architecture and affiliated designers of built environments can work in a profession that is equally and meaningfully navigable for all practitioners.


The SA architecture awards 2021

We’re pleased to announce the entrants in this year’s SA Architecture Awards 2021.

2021 SA Architecture Awards Entrant Gallery

Part of a national awards program run by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Join us for Jury Presentation Day Saturday 13 March at Leigh St to see architects present their projects.


Continuing Education


The Act to proclaim the start of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in South Australia came into operation on 1 July 2020. All practicing architects will be required to undertake CPD, and report their CPD annually at the time of renewing registration.

The first full year of operation will be from 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021, and the Architectural Practice Board of SA has set an amount of 10 points for this first year only. At least 5 points must be Formal CPD, with the remaining points Informal. This reduced amount is in recognition of the current economic situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that this is the first year of mandated CPD in South Australia.

From July 2021, the full 20 points will be required – including a minimum of 10 Formal points. For more information please visit the Board’s website

The Institute has become aware that companies are approaching architects with range of CPD offerings that they claim will earn the architect formal points.  We note that no organisation, including the APBSA and the Institute, endorses CPD presentations or can guarantee that attendees will be awarded formal points.  Formal CPD points will be assessed by the Board based on the records kept by the architect and whether those records demonstrate that the architect gained knowledge relating to the stated NSCA competencies. Information is available from the APBSA website.  In the interim, be wary of organisations offering ‘too good to be true’ CPD, including points that can be stockpiled for use in future registration years. 

See Institute’s Online CPD Here

See Face to Face CPD Events 

ARchi Ed

archi ed is a task group of the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. We want to encourage an appreciation of architecture and the built environment in school students and the wider community. We will do this by introducing school students to the world of architecture, the thinking behind architectural design and the many factors that contribute to what, where, how and why buildings are constructed.

Information for Schools

Information for Architects


At the Institute we often see images of a building in an article in the media that do not attribute the architect for the project.

As author of the work, the architect has moral rights in relation to the design and should be attributed when images of the work – whether digital renders, hand drawings or photographs – are published.  Even where copyright in the projects is transferred to the client, as is the case with projects for government and some private client organisations, the architect retains moral rights. 

Where images are provided to the media this information should be included by the client for the project, where construction is yet to occur.  Once the building is completed, it is the building owner’s responsibility to provide this information.  Attribution of the photographer or artist, where applicable, is also required, but does not negate the requirement to attribute the architect.

We’ve developed some form letters around media attribution to be sent under Institute letterhead reminding people of their role. Please feel free to use these templates or contact the Institute if you would like us to send it on your behalf.

Attribution Letter – Media

Attribution Letter – Client Organisations

Attribution Letter – Contractor/Manufacturer/Supplier

Designers for Diversity

SA Designers for Diversity exists to ensure that architecture and affiliated designers of built environments can work in a profession that is equally and meaningfully navigable for all practitioners, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual preference, family structure, whether able-bodied, living with a medical condition or disability. We also value and recognise these qualities in the built environment.

We have a range of SA Practices who have signed on to the program including:

  • Brown Falconer
  • Cox Architecture
  • DASH Architects
  • GHD Woodhead
  • Hames Sharley
  • Hardy Milazzo
  • Hodgkison
  • KHAB
  • Swanbury Penglase
  • TCL
  • Tectvs

Please contact us to find out more sa@architecture.com.au


Notice Board

SA notice board

Looking for a new career or tender opportunity in South Australia? View architectural and built environment listings below.

Are you passionate about good design in South Australia?

Are you a strong, clear and confident communicator with experience reviewing significant construction projects?

The South Australian Design Review program is seeking new members for its Design Review Panel.

Since the Design Review program was established in 2011, 474 design reviews have been undertaken of over 216 significant projects throughout South Australia, with a total value of $8.4 billion.

The Design Review Panel assists the Government Architect in delivering independent design advice to the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP), informed by all aspects of best practice urban design.

The Office for Design and Architecture South Australia is seeking applications from all sectors of the design community to join the existing Design Review Panel, particularly professionals with experience within the fields of urban design, medium density residential design, sustainable development, education, landscape architecture, infrastructure and heritage. New members will be selected to complement the existing skills within the panel and build a broader range of expertise.

Successful applicants will be invited to be a member of the Design Review Panel for an initial term expiring 30 June 2023 (with an option to extend), and would attend approximately five to ten half-day sessions per year. There will also be an opportunity for suitable candidates to join the panel periodically as the Design Review Panel is now an open panel.

If you are interested in supporting good design in South Australia, please apply through the tenders.sa.gov.au website. Applications closing Tuesday 6th April 2021.

If you require any further information or have questions please contact Rose Chard, Program Officer Design on (08) 8402 1886 or visit the ODASA website odasa.sa.gov.au.


Elite Pools and Landscapes are Australia’s concrete pool builder of the year (National SPASA Awards 2020). Due to an ever-increasing demand for their outdoor design and construction expertise, Elite are seeking an architect to assist the Director with the design and selections process for high end residential pool and landscape projects.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Developing conceptual site plans to include structural detail (hardscape) and landscaping detail (softscape)
• developing complex site plans and working drawings including shop drawings for items including services etc.
• communicating directly with Elite clientele in regard to design and finishing elements
• Coordinating with different material suppliers during the design phase and assisting with selections
• coordinating with trades as well as engineers and other professionals

This is a full time role with above award pay rates available for the right candidate, and an immediate start.

The candidate will also possess:

• 3D design skills and experience
• a background in residential architecture and design.

This role is primarily based in the Elite office in Greenacres, SA, but will involve site visits to meet with clients, trades and other Elite staff members. This is a rewarding role for the right applicant.

Elite Pools and Landscapes is a family business and the team culture is very strong.

This role will suit an architect looking for a long-term and stable career in high end residential design and construction working within a close-knit team.

For more information or to apply, please email info@elitepoolsandlandscapes.com.au

You can also visit our website or Instagram for examples of our work.

A flexible part time position is available for an experienced architect or architectural draftsperson at Planbuild Architects, Town Planners and Builders.

Planbuild is a small practice established over 40 years ago which is directed towards providing a wide range of services in architecture, town planning and building from offices located in Hutt Street, Adelaide.

We are seeking a person with substantial practical and CAD experience who is interested in a challenging, well paid and interesting job offering flexible and casual working hours.

To apply, please contact us at email@planbuild.net or telephone Peter Hignett on +61 8 8232 0177.

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

Room Hire

The South Australian Chapter has rooms for hire from a small meeting room to host interviews, small meetings or your interstate workplace to our large boardroom.

Contact us to book.

Chapter Staff

Vanessa Thamm

Communications and Projects Officer 

Lesley Ganf

Events and Special Projects Officer

Zafiro Papanikitas

National Education Project Officer



Contact us

SA Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects

Level 2
15 Leigh Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

P: +61 8 8402 5900
E: sa@architecture.com.au



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