This report outlines the findings from the joint research project undertaken by the ARBV and NSW ARB to identify systemic risks affecting the Australian architecture sector.
Glossary of terms used in the report.
A joint working group comprising representatives from the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) and NSW Architects Registration Board (NSW ARB) were involved in the report's preparation.
This research project was undertaken jointly by the ARBV and NSW ARB to identify current and future systemic compliance issues and associated risks affecting the architecture profession in Australia.
Systemic risks are risks that extend across a sector and that, if they materialise, can cause widespread harm as well as raise questions about the efficacy of the regulatory regime and the regulators.
Summary of findings, implications and recommendations.
Areas for further research.
If they materialise, systemic risks can cause widespread harm as well as raise questions about the efficacy of the regulatory regime governing the sector and the regulators that oversee it.
The lens for analysis of the systemic risks facing the Australian architecture profession is on issues that are, could be or should be within the regulatory remit of the ARBV and NSW ARB.
The market for architectural services.
Procurement models used in the construction sector can have a significant impact on project outcomes, including the time frames for completion as well as the cost and quality of building projects.
The success of a construction project is likely to depend heavily on relationships among the various parties involved in the project, including the relationship between the architect and client.
In light of the rise of building defects, it is incumbent on governments, industry bodies and regulators to identify core risk factors and entities responsible for building defects.
Construction projects are inherently risky. Materialisation of risk can result in a project deviating from expected outcomes and, in turn, can compromise the project itself.
Adaptation of infrastructure and settlement patterns to climate change and extreme weather conditions will become a growing reality for many countries in the years and decades to come.
There are a range of technological changes that could disrupt the provision of architectural services.
The adequacy of education for architects is being questioned, particularly in light of recent disruptive change.
This research project has revealed a series of systemic risks that affect, or are likely to affect, the architectural sector in Australia.
Updated 28 August 2023