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

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.

ABOUT Detail Studio:
People matter – Creativity matters – Growth matters – Trust matters.

The idea that what we create should be mindful of the place it occupies and the people who live, work, learn or play within it is forefront – details matter.
Established in 2007, we have steadily grown, delivering work across multiple sectors from education and
commercial to health and residential projects.

We invest in our relationships with each other, our consultant team and our clients. We collaborate and embrace
our creative diversity so that we deliver successful projects for our clients.

Our ideal candidates are proactive, hard-working individuals with excellent knowledge of Revit. With a creative flair, you will be passionate about innovative and creative design solutions and thrive in a team environment.

We are looking for an experienced Architect/ BIM Technician with an eye for detail and strong design, design
development and construction knowledge.

You will need:

  • Strong design and technical knowledge
  •  + 5 years full-time architectural experience
  • Demonstrate a high level of expertise in Revit and AutoCad
  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate with clients, consultants and internal team
  • Rendering (Lumion, Enscape) and photoshop skills will also be highly regarded.

For the right person, there are limitless opportunities to grow.

  • Full time position
  • Working with a passionate, fun team who want to contribute meaningfully to the built environment
  • A creative studio working environment
  • Working on a diverse portfolio of projects
  • Opportunity to grow into a leadership role at DS
  • Flexible working arrangements and ‘work-life’ balance
  • We are a united, friendly bunch who support and nurture each other
  • A competitive remuneration package and ongoing career development.

Please apply by 30 July

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 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.

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

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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