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 Institute strongly ecourages continuous learning for all our members.

CPD  activities help you build your business, keep pace with current trends, enhance your recruitment and develop the skills you need to provide the best service to your clients.

For any queries please contact the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia

Access our online and face-to-face cpd

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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.


Our friendly architecture studio is highly collaborative and supportive, with a strong belief in work/life balance, learning by osmosis and giving everything a go (we all wear a lot of different “hats”!). Due to recent success with several new projects on the horizon for 2022/2023, we are on the lookout to expand the diversity of our award-winning reputable team.

We are looking for either a registered Architect or experienced Graduate of Architecture to join us, who has exceptional communication, coordination and drafting skills with interest for design detail, documentation and project management. With an eagerness to socialise and a keen a sense of humour, you may also be fuelled by our shared obsession and appreciation for good food, music, plants and time out for a coffee break!

Working within a light filled open plan studio in Adelaide city’s West end, there is the ability to work on a vast range of projects particularly within our health and education portfolio – enabling rapid professional growth with full project lifecycle exposure.

You will liaise directly with our team, clients, project managers and consultants and should have an enthusiastic, independent, and inquisitive problem-solving attitude to confidently manage projects and collaborate to find the answer together.

This is a full time, Adelaide CBD studio-based role operating during normal business hours, with ability to accommodate flexible working arrangements.



Wiltshire Swain Architects are a proud South Australian owned boutique architectural and design studio of 10, with “large firm” experience, varied portfolio and high-quality reputation. Since 2005, WS has specialised in commercial fit outs and projects, particularly excelling within the Health and Education sectors – we believe to be the most rewarding industries. Our goal is to work collaboratively as a team to maintain our stable and repeat clientele relationships by utilising our extensive technical expertise to make small design moves, that create big functional changes.

We are seeking a motivated team member who is willing to learn and grow with our business. A Graduate may (if desired) utilise our strong platform and mentoring support to seek their Registration. Alternatively, if you already have the necessary Architectural qualifications, take the lead and run/manage projects from concept to completion or prepare and manage documentation in Revit while also guiding and educating those with less experience within the studio. Regardless, there is the ability to develop your skills and undertake a variety of roles on various projects to always keep things interesting. The role is loosely defined as we are seeking someone who is passionate, with the ability to accommodate the right role for the right person.


  • Tertiary Qualification and Professional Degree in Architecture.
  • Between 3-7 years of post-degree professional experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word/Excel
  • Proficiency documentation in Revit
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Interest in Health and Education design – to share our passion in making spaces “healthier”
  • Sound skills in briefing, design, documentation, consultant management, tendering and contract administration processes
  • Eye for detail, quality and exceptional presentation standards
  • Ability to multitask, set and manage timelines and budgets
  • Proactive, approachable, sociable and a team player

If you are intrigued by what you read, then we want to hear from you ASAP! We would love the opportunity to informally discuss details further and answer any of your questions, to ensure that together we may be the right fit. Please submit at minimum a short introductory bio about yourself and what you would like to achieve personally and professionally, and a digital copy of your resume and portfolio should these be readily available (current, 5MB max size), addressed to Stellar at

Renumeration will be discussed and negotiated dependant on previous experience. All discussions and material received will be treated confidentially. Only successful applicants will be contacted for more information and further discussion.

We look forward to meeting you!

  • Permanent full-time role with a flexible & supportive team environment
  • An opportunity to develop whilst collaborating on exciting projects
  • Competitive remuneration, modern office and new fit-out

An excellent opportunity for a motivated and experienced Senior Architect to join the team at Messis Studio

About the Opportunity

Messis Studio is an emerging architectural practice with a residential focus. Due to continuous growth and the strategic plan to diversify into other sectors, Messis Studio have identified the need for a Senior Architect.

Reporting to the Director, your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with the management of Messis Studio’s resources and project delivery
  • Assisting with business development
  • Assisting with the training and development of the team
  • Generate business from networks and referrers
  • Contribute to design decisions
  • Applying technical building design and construction knowledge to design and documentation
  • Delivering accurate and proficient computer aided drafting

About You

The successful applicant will have:

  • Master’s Degree in Architecture
  • Registered Architect with 3-5 years’ experience in residential and commercial projects
  • Passion for small business
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Experience using AutoCAD software

About Our Client

Messis Studio is a design focused practice, specialising in linking projects to place and to the culture of its inhabitants. The practice is primarily focused on delivering residential and small commercial projects across SA.

The practice believes in making a positive impact. A signature of the practice is to always provide contextually responsive design outcomes, which are aligned with environmentally sustainable principles.

As the practice is currently undergoing a rebrand, more information can be found at

Our multi-disciplinary design studio in Adelaide is seeking an enthusiastic Architect or experienced Graduate of Architecture with between 3 and 6 years experience to join our team to support the delivery of exciting, recently commissioned projects.

About Us

JPE Design Studio have a diverse portfolio of award winning projects across the commercial, education and public realm sectors with a focus on positive environmental and social impact. JPE fosters an authentic studio culture and integrated design approach that generates unique possibilities for our clients. Our co-design process, design ambition and creative exchange drives new thinking, in the pursuit of enriching the human experience.

Innovating since 1851, our studio scale of 30 designers and support staff offers established disciplines including Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. JPE also engages with artists, practice collaborations and our work has begun to expand interstate.

The Role

This role involves the contribution and experience to work across all phases of a project from consultation and project establishment to construction, with senior level mentorship. This role presents an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop project leader skills and be involved in design and client liaison, documentation management and have exposure to site delivery.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree in Architecture (accredited in Australia)
  • A collaborative mindset and design skills
  • Strong communication skills; verbal, written and graphic
  • Min 3 years documentation experience using Autodesk Revit
  • A demonstrated understanding of construction and project delivery
  • Ability to work independently, within a team and across multiple projects
  • Eligibility to live and work in Australia, currently residing in Australia


  • Training supported, including for CPD points
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • Paid membership to the Institute of Architects
  • Paid annual Architect Registration Fees to APBSA
  • Participation in a Studio Committee to develop new skills
  • Industry participation encouraged and supported
  • Staff engagement includes reviews 3 times a year, bi-monthly coffee catch-up with a Director and a dedicated digital HR platform to seek further feedback and keep track of your goals.
  • Opportunity to grow with us and take on future roles and responsibilities

How to Apply

Please send your queries, resume and portfolio sample via email to Adrienne at

About us Studio S2 Architects are boutique specialist Architects and Interior Designers to the tourism industry. We help our clients shape their own extraordinary by helping them understand what is amazing and unique about them, and shaping them into buildings and spaces. Our team live tourism so that we can use the right industry terminology with our clients, rethink the rules and industry standards from within a strong knowledge base, think beyond best practice and create intelligent and highly functional spaces. We spend time as a team on site and in the regions, so you can understand and be part of that industry too. Working with us is full of challenges, but also celebrations. We love to see you achieve great things, grow professionally, and love where you work. We offer a flexible environment where we encourage self direction and achievement but expect high efficiency and self regulation in return. Qualifications & experience
  • Registered Architect or designer in Australia with 10+ years’ experience working in Australia on commercial projects.
  • Ideally applicant will have working knowledge of ArchiCAD 23 or later.
Tasks & responsibilities
  • Plans and conducts professional architectural work without detailed supervision, able to work independently and also collaboratively.
  • Must be able to execute all aspects of a complete project from pre-design to completion of contract administration and everything Architectural in between.
  • Pre-design and feasibility processes, report writing.
  • Concept and sketch design in collaboration, including basic modelling. Our work includes exterior, interior and some landscape.
  • Planning application preparation including architectural reports.
  • Architectural design development to inform selections, types, schedules, legends, etc. Samples boards. Furniture selection and scheduling.
  • Assistance with drafting where required.
  • Contract administration.
  • Ancilliary reports for tourism businesses such as liquor licensing capacity reports.
  • Tender writing and fee proposals.
  • We encourage you to travel and experience the tourism industry extensively, and actively participate in tourism industry events, openings and launches.
  • Work directly with the Directors but also independently and within the team, on a broad range of projects including client, consultant and builder interaction.
  • We work when we work, but we play when we play. We stand by our weekly office drinks (in the late afternoon), and our monthly lunches. We also occasionally take a staff field trip to a site or region – so you can be more familiar with the tourism industry.
Due to significant recent market growth, we are seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working and experienced Interior Designer or Graduate of Interior Architecture to increase our depth and contribute to the company’s success. The position will be offered initially as Part-time with opportunity to increase to Full-time, with the successful incumbent remunerated at a salary rate that is commensurate with their experience and skill. Take advantage of a vibrant office environment and a chance to grow your skills. To be successful in this role you will possess:
  • A tertiary qualification in Interior Architecture or equivalent
  • A minimum of five years’ experience (residential strongly preferred)
  • Experience in using AutoCad and Revit
  • Experience in using Lumion or similar rendering programs.
  • Experience in using Adobe Suite (Indesign, Photoshop etc)
  • Strong communication skills and industry contacts.
  • Experience in running projects independently from initial client meeting, tender, design development, documentation, specification and through to completion
  • A positive “can do” attitude and extensive experience of working in an Architectural, collaborative, team environment.
The key responsibilities of this role are to:
  • Work alongside the Director and also autonomously through all phases of projects from initial briefings and concept design through to handover.
  • Preparation and development of Concept Design, Construction Documentation & Detailing, Schedules & Specifications
If this sounds like the perfect role for you, a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for this role, along with a current resume and electronic portfolio (or link to portfolio included in cover letter/resume) should be uploaded to Seek platform

Due to significant recent market growth, we are seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working and experienced Architect or Graduate of Architecture or Draftsperson ideally with a passion for residential interior spaces also to increase our depth and contribute to the company’s success.

The position will be offered as Full Time with the successful incumbent remunerated at a salary rate that is commensurate with their experience and skill.

Take advantage of a vibrant office environment, a chance to grow your skills and the potential to profit share work won with the company.

The Candidate will be required to begin immediate work or within 4 weeks.

This could be the new start you were looking for!

To be successful in this role you will possess:

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience working with applicable Australian Standards, Codes and Industry practices as well as Local Council Planning Guidelines and Procedures.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience using Autodesk Revit in a professional capacity.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience with advanced skills and extensive experience in using Lumion or Enscape or similar rendering programs
  • A minimum basic knowledge of Autodesk Autocad
  • Strong drafting skills and demonstrated experience in developing construction documentation.
  • Strong communication skills and industry contacts.
  • Great client-liaison skills and a can-do attitude.
  • Knowledge of Plan SA portal, code and lodgment system
  • experience and passion in Interior design, joinery design and scheduling of materials an added advantage but not required.

The key responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Work alongside the Director and also autonomously through all phases of projects from initial briefings and concept design through to handover.
  • Develop sound Planning Documentation from Sketch Plans.
  • Prepare Tender and Construction documentation using a range of construction methods for both Residential and Commercial projects.
  • manage your own repeat clients workflow and relationships

If this sounds like the perfect role for you, a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for this role, along with a current resume and electronic portfolio should be applied through the seek platform

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.

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

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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