Federation Story is a free interactive exhibition at Federation Square that traces the events, people and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation. It also celebrates the richly diverse stories and events that have continued to shape our country, our culture and our place in the world. My story has been featured. You can view the link here.
I have been invited by the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), a statutory authority with its primary responsibilities including the registration of architects and approval of architectural companies/partnerships, investigation of complaints against architects, provision of Tribunal inquiry into professional conduct and accreditation of architecture courses, to become an Architectural Practice Examiner. I feel honoured to be invited and have proudly accepted the position.
I have a passion for encouraging, supporting and mentoring graduates of architecture, particularly woman, to register as architects.
Registration provides formal recognition of our skills, training and experience in the eyes of both the public and the profession. It’s process offers learning and networking opportunities, and is an important career milestone, and enabling us to set up our own practice. It also provides access to many of the systems used to obtain and reward our work, and leadership roles which are limited to registered architects. Research also indicates that registered architects earn higher salaries. Most importantly, after years of study and work it allows us to officially and legally call ourselves an architect.
Are you considering becoming registered?
Are you a graduate of architecture, living in Melbourne, and wanting to become registered? I highly recommend the PARC course, run by the lovely Bryan Miller and Nicole Hardman, which I completed in 2010. If you are considering doing the course apply ASAP to avoid disappointment. The details below have been provided by Bryan Miller.
What is PARC?
Practicing Architecture Pty Ltd (PARC) is a small education provider specializing in the area of Architectural Professional Practice. PARC is run by Architects for Architects (and for those preparing to be registered as Architects). Over the last ten years the PARC Tutorials have assisted some 2000 applicants with achieving their architectural registration with an average pass rate within our participants across this time of over 90%.
If you are thinking about carrying out a new build, extension, or alterations, and you think you can save money by having “mates in the industry” you must read this blog post.
Are you considering not using an architect for the construction stage?
A full architectural service takes a project from concept through to completion on site. Occasionally clients consider not engaging the architect for the construction stage of their project, other wise referred to as Contract Administration; however, there are risks associated with this. Some clients fail to understand that CA is a core architectural service, as opposed to an additional service. While this may at first be seen as a cost saving measure clients may not be aware of the risks involved by proceeding with the construction stage without the assistance and guidance of the architect. Contracts produced by such organizations as the MBA and HIA have no role for an architect and it could be argued that these contracts appear to be biased towards the building contractor. Clients need to understand these risks before making the decision not to engage the architect for the provision of CA services. The risks include:
- Forms of building contract where there is no provision for an architect.
Why pay 10% on top of your construction costs for an architect?
Imagine you were buying a new car, and for 10% extra you could have the car fully customised to your own personal needs, with no increase to manufacturing costs. Would you do it? The same precise analogy can be used when engaging an architect to design a home to your own personal needs and aspirations. The 10% (or whatever percent is determined necessary for the complexities of your project, be it 6% or 15%) is buying you expertise that will allow you, for the same construction cost, to create a home that has been specially customised for your needs.
‘There is a danger that in the rush to cut costs we lose more than money from our building projects. To avoid diminishing the quality of life that good design brings, it is necessary to identify the value created by thoughtful and responsive architecture.’
Ruth Reed, Royal Institute of British Architects President, 2009–2011
The ingredients of good design
The recipe for good design include:
- delivering a customised home designed to your own individual brief
- providing a home that is inclusiveness and accessibility for all
- delivering fitness for purpose, without the expensive add-ons
- providing sustainability that is incorporated into the fabric and use of the building
- creating a low running and maintenance costs home
- delivering a return on your investment
- creating a positive impact on your environment
- completing you home on-time and on-budget
- providing flexibility for a future change of use
- delivering cost-effectiveness in the long term, with good design always costing less than bad design
- delivering value over the whole life cycle of the your home