For Students

Interested in Architecture?

"The most basic definition of an architect is a professional who is qualified to design and provide advice - both aesthetic and technical - on built objects in our public and private landscapes. But this definition barely scratches the surface of an architect's role. Architects serve as trusted advisors, their role is holistic, blending diverse requirements and disciplines in a creative process, while serving the public interest and addressing health and safety matters."— Architecture & Architects, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC: 2015).

An architect must be registered by a professional body.  In SA, that is the Architectural Practice Board of SA.  Similar Boards exist in other States, Territories and overseas.  

To assist students, and the general public, the Board has recently produced a series of 15 short films.  The film series is titled 'What does an Architect do?', and is available on this website (go the page What does an Architect do), or to the Board's Vimeo Channel.  The film series presents 15 architects giving their own unique insights into what makes an architect, and what an architect does.  The films draw out the variety of work architects are involved with, the skills required for architecture, the different career pathways for architects, and demonstrates the value of architecture to the community.  

The Board also supports the recently established annual Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD), assists students and graduates of architecture (including presenting an annual award to a student at each of the SA Universities who excels in the subject of Practice Management), and has commissioned and published a survey report South Australia Benefit of Design July 2015.  This report clearly demonstrates that the community prefers well planned, sustainable, functional and aesthetically pleasing design in the built environment.  

 Students and members of the public can find out about

  • What an architect does
  • How to become an architect
  • The Architectural Practice Examination