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 winners for this year’s SA Architecture Awards 2021. Read more about the SA Architecture Award winners  here

See the 2021 SA Winners Gallery 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

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
  • 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.

We are looking for full time Architectural Technicians to join our studio.

We offer a stable and supportive culture with active mentoring from colleagues and studio leaders.

We invest in the long term development of our people and actively support project variety to foster well rounded career development.

We offer great working conditions and remuneration according to qualifications, experience and responsibility level.


What about you

You will already have some project experience and will be proficient with Revit plus other drafting software.

You will have a working knowledge of building construction as well as relevant codes such as NCC, Australian Standards etc.

You will have a “can do” attitude and have the interpersonal skills to nurture great relationships with your colleagues and consultants.

Please send a short resume to by the close of business 25th June 2021. All applications received in strict confidence.

We are looking for full time Registered Architects and experienced Graduates of Architecture to join our studio.


We offer a stable and supportive culture with active mentoring from colleagues and Studio Directors.

We invest in the long term development of our people and actively support project variety to foster well rounded career development.

We work on a variety of projects from the very large and complex to the small bespoke and we celebrate the expertise and ingenuity of our people across all aspects of our projects.

You will be remunerated according to experience and responsibility level, with opportunities for leadership and business development exposure in the future.


What about you

You will already have some project experience and will be up and running in Revit, plus other design/documentation software.

You will be enthusiastic about the design, coordination and delivery of projects.

You will have a “can do” attitude and have the interpersonal skills to nurture great relationships.

Please send a cover letter and short resume to by the close of business 25th June 2021. All applications received in strict confidence.


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

The dwp team is currently on the lookout for new talent and is offering a wide range of opportunities in design and business support roles. 

A diverse and multicultural team of professionals work together to deliver projects in teams of highly focused specialists for a broad spectrum of interesting projects. Our culture is progressive, open, collaborative and dynamic and we welcome the very best talent from around the globe.

With over 250 professionals in studios located across Asia, Australia and the Middle East we can offer our people exceptional career opportunities.

A passion for engaging the collective expertise of our people, our clients and community is at heart of our success.

More information here 

Are you looking for a new challenge in a flexible work environment, wanting to step away from the day to day demands of running projects, but still keen to be involved in the processes of delivering a project. This maybe the job for you?

Reports to: Directors – Adelaide Studio

Position Summary:
Senior Architect to manage QA & Document Control
Become involved in the various aspects of project development and delivery, you will provide a key support role to project leaders in ensuring that the project documentation, processes and QA policies and requirements are managed and implemented.
There may be occasions where you may be required to assist in the project documentation / delivery process, so a knowledge or ability to document would be a benefit.
Will consider part time role for the right candidate

Key Responsibilities:

• Document Control
– Involvement in all aspects of project phases including project setup, documentation review and transmittals
– Filing and checking all incoming and out-going documentation across multiple projects
– Receiving and processing shop drawing reviews
– Creating and managing document numbering systems as per organisational standards
– Corresponding with consultants/contactors/clients about documentation processes
– Managing construction phase documentation control and compliance with Contractor’s Project Management Plan
– Setup and managing monthly reporting with PA’s
– Archiving of project and organisational records
• QA Coordination
– Maintaining filing systems and folders
– Ensure that the QA Procedures are being following and correctly filed and support others in doing so
– Manage and monitor all required QA policy required for projects
– Corresponding with consultants/contactors/clients regarding QA requirements and submissions

Key Relationships

• QA Coordinator
• Associates
• Project Architects / Leaders

Knowledge and Experience

• Understanding of the built environment and Australia codes & standards
• Knowledge of Aconex
• Knowledge of Team Binder desirable
• Knowledge of Projectwise is desirable
• Ability to build effective relationships
• Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and collaborate as part of a team
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Excellent time management with ability to meet deadlines and manage conflicting priorities
• Strong attention to detail
• Be proactive and to take initiatives or propose improvements where appropriate
• Motivated, punctual and prompt to act on support requests


• Tertiary qualification preferred
• Registration preferred


Please send applications to

We’re on the hunt for a new team member.
Do you have 3-5 years experience as a graduate of architecture or have recently registered?
Position is for a part-time role (3 days a week) located in our Glenelg Studio.
Revit + Enscape experience is essential. Must have a passion for Residential Architecture and Interiors with keen eye for detail. If this is you?
Please send your CV/Portfolio to

Our team is looking for a registered Architect or an experienced graduate of Architecture who is passionate about design.  If you have 5-10 years’ experience and would like to work in a collaborative office environment, you might be perfect.   

Your skills and experience need to 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 professional development.  


Please contact for more information.

North Adelaide, SA

Practice Description:
Cumulus was formed out of the idea that collective vision leads to richer, more diverse and creatively interesting experience. We are a team of 35 working together from Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne and Adelaide. 


We create unexpected spaces that people love. To do this, we believe neither people nor design should be squeezed into a single typology or identity. Prescription makes for unimaginative design. The world is full of rich and diverse experiences which we strive to reflect in our architecture. 

We are a flexible workplace that values collaboration, continued learning, social and environmental responsibility. Just like our people, our projects are distinctive. We seek to preserve the world’s character and create architecture that appreciates time, place and people. That’s why our design is empathetic of its surroundings and easily understood. 


Our response comes from the minds, ideas and passion of many. Cumulus is the creative output of our people, their expertise and their passion for brilliant design. When these elements combine, ideas expand, grow and catalyse in an infinite number of ways. There’s a dynamism, a domino effect. At Cumulus, we want to create with you.

Job Description:
Cumulus are seeking an Architect or Experienced Graduate with exceptional design capabilities to work from our North Adelaide studio.

The projects you will encounter in this role will be diverse in nature and client type. You will work with commercial, government and private clients in rural, remote and urban contexts. Projects may be public assets, commercial, masterplans, complex adaptive heritage sites, social or tourism focused. All will be underpinned by a rigorous and collaborative design process and reviewed against quality assurance processes.

Our team is diverse with a set of common attributes. We are collaborative, responsible, reflective, ambitious, playful and rigorous. Please contact us should you have any questions or for a copy of the position description.

What We Offer:

  • Creative, supportive and respectful studio environment
  • Collaborative team
  • Ownership of projects and extended responsibilities
  • Opportunity to contribute to and lead significant and diverse projects
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Established culture of work/life balance
  • Commitment to and investment in your growth and ambitions
  • Annual allowance for CPD training
  • Salary based on experience
  • Opportunities for inter-office travel

Years of Experience Needed: 2+ yrs of experience

Program Knowledge Needed: ArchiCAD preferred

To find out more info about the practice:



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 or telephone Peter Hignett on +61 8 8232 0177.

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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

Member Services Specialist

Lesley Ganf

Membership Services Officer

Zafiro Papanikitas

National Education Officer


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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