Architects Board
of Western Australia

Architects Board of Western Australia

About

About

Who Are We?

The Architects Board of Western Australia is a statutory authority that administers the Architects Act 2004, the legislation that regulates architects in Western Australia.  The Board’s key role is to protect consumers of architectural services.

Although the Board reports to State Parliament through the Minister for Commerce, it is entirely self funded by architects.

The Board is composed of 10 members – four members are appointed by the Minister as consumer representatives, two members are appointed by the Minister on the nomination of professional architectural bodies, and four members are elected by architects.

What Do We Do?

The Board manages the registration process for architects and issues licences to corporations.  As part of the registration process, the Board accredits architectural courses from Western Australian universities and conducts the Architectural Practice Examination.

The Board also monitors the correct use of the word “architect” (and associated words) and investigates any contraventions of the Architects Act 2004.  The Board has a role in disciplining architects if they have acted unprofessionally or breached the Act.  It also has a public awareness role that complements its consumer protection functions.

The Board meets once a month, excluding December. In addition to monthly Board meetings, members also participate on sub-committees as required. Board members are paid sitting fees as determined by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Board Members & Staff

The Board members currently in office are:

  • David Ashton
    Appointed by the Minister as a consumer representative in 2017.
  • Neil Cownie
    Re-elected by architects in 2017.
  • Alison Devellerez
    Elected by architects in 2018.
  • Karen Dill-Macky
    Appointed by the Minister as a consumer representative in 2018.
  • Judith Hogben
    Appointed by the Minister as a consumer representative in 2017.
  • Dr Sharon Ivey
    Re-appointed by the Minister as a consumer representative in 2018.
  • Dr Francesco Mancini
    Appointed by the Minister on the nomination of a prescribed body in 2018.
  • Isla McRobbie
    Re-appointed by the Minister on the nomination of a prescribed body in 2017.
  • Leigh Robinson
    Deputy Chairperson of the Board. Re-elected by architects in 2017.
  • Dr John Taylor
    Chairperson of the Board. Re-elected by architects in 2018.

The Board is supported by the following staff:

  • Lisa Edwards
    Registrar
  • Olivia Merredew
    Administration Officer

Architects Act 2004

The Architects Act 2004 was proclaimed on 15 November 2005 and replaces the Architects Act 1921.

Please click here to view the Architects Act 2004.

Please click here to view the Architects Regulations 2005.

Annual Reports

Please click here to view the Board’s Annual Report for 2017/18.

Please click here to view the Board’s Annual Report for 2016/17.

Strategic Direction

The Board’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 re-affirms the Board’s purpose to protect consumers of architectural services by:

  • administering the registration scheme established under the Architects Act 2004;
  • accrediting architectural education courses;
  • ensuring that only properly qualified and competent persons are identified as architects;
  • regulating the practice of architecture by architects; and
  • monitoring the continuing education of architects to ensure they maintain appropriate levels of knowledge, skill and competence.

The Board’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020 can be viewed here.

Action items have been adopted for each of the key strategic priorities outlined in the Plan, with mechanisms for measurement of key performance indicators incorporated into the Board’s annual calendar.