Why use an Architect?
If you choose an architect for your project, you know that the person has attained the necessary architectural qualifications, completed at least two years practical experience after graduating from a recognised architectural course, and has then passed the Architectural Practice Examination. This is a national examination. All architects must successfully complete these 3 steps to become registered.
You also know that the architect is regulated by the Architectural Practice Board of SA and must follow the Architects' Code of Conduct. All architects must also maintain professional indemnity insurance to ensure they are covered for claims of negligence or other civil claims.
You can be assured that architects are proficient in all elements of the National Standards of Competencies for Architects (NSCA). Recognised qualifications for registration are assessed against the NSCA, and approved accordingly; and the Architectural Practice Examination assesses candidates practical experience and knowledge of the competencies. Architects must maintain their proficiency in all elements of the NCSA at all times.
Registered architects are encouraged to undertake regular professional education appropriate to the services they provide, to ensure they keep up to date with current developments and practices in the building, construction and planning industries. Professional development can also include courses in contract administration, design, documentation, business management, project management and similar competency based courses.
Members of the community are entitled to have services provided at a professional level by a registered architect or architectural business. Registration ensures architects have the necessary qualifications and experience to provide the services, and are accountable for both their conduct and competency.
The Board recently surveyed members of the South Australian community about design. You can read the results in the report South Australia Benefit of Design July2015, which clearly shows the community prefers well planned, sustainable, functional and aesthetically pleasing design in public spaces and the built environment.