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

View this year’s awards entries can be seen in the entrant gallery.

The booklet celebrating the winners for last year’s SA Architecture Awards 2021 can be found here.

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

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


UPDATE: Monday 13 September 2021

The APBSA August newsletter contained clarification to the SA CPD Rules. The Important Information CPD Points item states that ‘suppliers are not recognised as providers of Formal CPD in SA’.

This advice reflects a national decision made by all Boards at an AACA forum held in 2019. However, we understand that the APBSA is the only Board to implement this decision to date.

In light of the APBSA’s advice, The SA Chapter recommends that architects registered in South Australia do not count supplier CPD for formal points. This includes:

· supplier CPD promoted as being eligible for formal CPD

· supplier CPD promoted through other organisations, including the Institute’s Refuel program.

In the interim if you have queries regarding the validity of the CPD you have undertaken prior to the information provided in the August newsletter, please contact the APBSA to clarify the situation.

The Institute has contacted the APBSA for clarification and will be continuing to advocate for the place of educational CPD that provides architects with understanding of materials and services.


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

Committee EOI open for 2022


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
  • Architects Ink

Please contact us to find out more

Notice Board

SA notice board

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

BB Architects is looking fill a spare seat in the office with an architect or graduate.  Like everyone else, we are looking for someone with a few years under their belt.

The points of difference in working at BB are the relaxed work environment, flexible hours, variety of projects from heritage, conservation, residential, small commercial, hospitality, and some unusual one off projects.  Everyone in the office gets a chance to do everything from sketch design through to contract administration, and outcomes are generally collaborative rather than top down driven.

If this sounds like a place you want to work, please contact us at

ASHLEY HALLIDAY is an acclaimed contemporary architecture and interior design practice rapidly drawing attention for its high profile and award winning work. Current projects include an Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Carrick Hill Visitor Pavilion, RSPCA Animal Care Campus, Aviation projects and bespoke houses to name a few.

We are looking for a graduate architect or architect with 4+ years experience to join our relaxed and flexible studio environment based in the west end of the CBD. Our work is characterized by its creativity, design innovation and attention to detail. We work hard toward this end, enjoy teamwork, share our collective experience, and value work-life balance. If you are looking for an opportunity for career growth, new responsibilities and the chance to step out of the shadows this is the position for you. 

You must have a passion for design and detailing and not be content to settle for the status quo. You will be working on an exiting range of commercial, cultural, civic and residential projects with a great group of clients.

The essential criteria we are looking for in applicants include;

  • Excellent verbal and graphic communicator
  • Knowledge of documentation and construction detailing
  • Project experience focusing on design development, documentation and detailing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Collaboration within the office team
  • Management and coordination of consultants

Prospective applicants are encouraged to send a tailored portfolio of your work relating the above mentioned criteria to

All applications will be kept in strict confidence. Attractive renumeration will be negotiated based on your level of experience and goals.

Responding to the continuous trajectory of our project portfolio, we are looking for an Architect or experienced Graduate of Architecture (minimum 3-5 years’ experience) to join our team.

You will have

  • Proficient skills in Revit, delivering documentation to a high level of detail (LOD 350)
  • BIM collaboration experience (i.e. with sub consultant models and working with linked files)
  • The ability to schedule within Revit and create and edit families
  • Experience in delivering projects from inception to completion
  • Demonstrated skills in managing consultant teams
  • Client liaison experience
  • Experience working with Enscape (desirable)

This role will support our backline and project delivery, with career progression opportunities to manage project teams and large-scale projects. You will work closely with our senior team members across multiple sectors, scales and complexity of works.

What S9 offers

As one of Adelaide’s largest architecture and design studios, you will work alongside our 45 design and support staff and 5 hands on Directors, as well as;

  • The opportunity to work within a progressive and growing design studio, with a broad portfolio of projects across various sectors
  • Modern, open-plan studio environment located just outside of the CBD
  • Career progression opportunities and an internal mentor scheme
  • Competitive salary with regular reviews
  • A strong team culture, with a fun sense of community. The studio partakes in regular ‘Fun Fridays’, Family Day BBQ’s, charity events and birthday celebrations (which always involve cake!) just to name a few
  • S9 are signatories to the Architects Declare Movement (Australian Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency) and are committed to the ongoing improvement of our sustainability processes
  • As an evolving studio we continually look to advance the way we do things and embrace new technologies


Please apply via Seek or directly, by sending your CV, portfolio and cover letter to

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Tony Zappia on 0433 500 009.

Please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Echelon Studio are looking for a new team member!

Either a graduate or recently registered with 3-5 years experience

If you’re interested please contact Chris Morley at

Join Our Team


Tectvs is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary architecture and interior design practice, with more than 33 years of experience delivering innovative, sustainable, and cutting-edge design services.


We are looking for an outstanding and passionate project architect to join our team. Our studio environment is laid back and enjoyable but dedicated to excellence. If you want to be a part of a small practice that allows you the opportunity to design, collaborate, contribute, and evolve as an architect, then we look forward to hearing from you



–    bachelor or master’s degree in architecture

–    proven track record of delivering projects through to construction and completion

–    experience in multi-residential / commercial / residential projects

–    design development and documentation for primarily private sector clients

–    comfortable delivering large scale projects

–    an excellent technical knowledge of BCA, Australian Standards, council regulations & construction practices in SA

–    experienced and comfortable coordinating with project teams, consultants, contractors and clients

–    effective time and resources management

–    working knowledge of Vectorworks is desirable

–    ability to balance several projects simultaneously

–    salary offer commensurate with experience and skill base


How to apply

–    must be eligible to live and work in Australia and must currently reside in Australia

–    submit cover letter, CV and portfolio to

–    only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview

Responding to the current growth in our Health Portfolio, we are seeking an experienced Architect / Interior Designer with a passion and focus on medical and healthcare design.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake feasibility studies to deliver efficient and compliant planning solutions in tandem with client, SA Health and infection control consultants
  • Develop space planning, test fits and schematic design solutions for healthcare and commercial projects
  • Prepare design development presentations and construction documentation to suit
  • Liaise with engineering services and specialist sub consultants
  • Undertake and co-ordinate delivery of projects through CA phases maintaining compliance to SA Health approvals and integrating specialist engineering overlays and specifications
  • Manage end of project commissioning for purpose of facilitating SA Health license approvals and operational requirements

As an ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Demonstrated skills in the delivery of the key responsibilities as noted above
  • Ability to work with a team or autonomously
  • Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup and Enscape skills
  • Healthcare and or Day Surgery project experience with a knowledge of Health Facility Guidelines and AS4187 upgrades is essential

All applicants need to be aware and focused on the complex and integrated services requirements that clinics possess, along with the required standards and regulations.

What S9 offers:

  • Modern, open-plan studio environment
  • Opportunity to be part of a growing Architectural and Interior Design Practice
  • Opportunity to up-skill with clear development and promotion pathways, working closely with senior staff and Directors
  • Competitive salary with regular reviews
  • A strong team culture, with a sense of community and focus on wellbeing
  • Internal mentoring scheme
  • Professional Development support through internal and external education streams
  • Member of Day Surgeries Australia
  • Sustainably conscious practice and signatories for the Australian Architects Declare Movement
  • As a progressive studio, we are committed to embracing new technologies and are continually advancing our processes


Please send your CV, portfolio and cover letter to

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Tony Zappia on 0433 500 009.

Please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No recruitment agencies thank you.

Our team is looking for a registered Architect or an experienced graduate of Architecture who is passionate about design.  If you have 5+yrs experience and would like to work in a collaborative office environment, you might be perfect.   

Ideally your skills and experience would include technical construction knowledge; AutoCAD drafting proficiency; and an ability to work interdependently to delivery projects.

Experience delivering both residential and Government projects would be ideal.   

Our office values our people and we welcome and encourage diversity; flexibility; and developing as a team together. 

Please contact for more information.

We are looking for more staff in Adelaide!


Experienced Architect

We are looking at architect staff in senior roles (great to have Women apply to balance the office working environment and equal opportunity!)


Looking at senior architect manager $90K – $110K Package (package depending on experience up or down).   


  • We are seeking self-motivated and responsible individuals who want to run their own projects and build their skill.
  • It is an advantage they are seeking to develop their career and have management aspiration.
  • Our work is national, diverse and generally for Government, Defence and some private clients in all types of sectors; Education, Corrections, Industrial, Agricultural, commercial and these can be urban or remote works.
  • We often collaborate with other architectural practices.
  • We utilise the latest technology in BIM
  • Our Company has offices around Australia which we are seeking to develop further.


We are seeking applicants with;


  • 5-10+ Years’ experience.
  • Need to be able to manage their own projects and teams
  • Needs great IT and software capable skills; teams, word, excel
  • Advantage to be an ARCHICAD user and BIM
  • Advantage to be able to travel for a week or longer dependant on projects

A casual 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 (possibly with their own business) to help on a casual basis

To apply, please contact us at 

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Chapter Staff

Alex Knopoff

Member Services Officer (Communications & CPD)

Christine Obst

Member Services Officer (Awards & Partnerships)


National Education Team (Refuel Program Lead)


Administrator (Refuel & Enterprise)

Ille Smolanko

Administrator (Refuel & Enterprise)


Marketing and Business Development Officer (Education)

Contact us

SA Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects

Level 2
15 Leigh Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

P: +61 8 8402 5900



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