Orr, K, Institutionalising national standards: a history of the incorporation of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA), Australian Institute of Architects, Sydney, Australia, pp. 12 (2015) [Published Creative Work]
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The AACA’s formation was motivated by the desire for a single body to oversee matters of national professional concern and was initiated by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and received the co-operation of the state and territory architects registration boards. Its primary objects were to promote, recognise and accredit Australian higher education architecture programs, to define acceptable standards of professional experience, to provide for the examination of those seeking registration as an architect, and to define acceptable criteria for the practice of architecture. The criteria were published in NCSA 01 (1993) under a federal program for the development of national competency standards for the Australian professions generally – a microeconomic reform strategy for a multicultural Australia.
Since 1993, the NCSA has evolved and its authority has expanded. In addition to defining the skill sets expected of a competent architect entering the profession, it is now embedded in accreditation procedures for Australia and New Zealand architecture programs, informing higher education curricula and directly shaping the architects of the future.
Archival material held by the Institute of Architects and AACA has been examined with financial support from the NSW Architects Registration Board (2012). This history of the AACA’s role in the institutional realm of the Australian architecture profession provides a foundation for identifying and understanding the profession’s possible futures.
|Item Type:||Published Creative Work|
|Keywords:||national standards, Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, national competency standards|
|Research Division:||Built Environment and Design|
|Research Field:||Architectural History and Theory|
|Objective Division:||Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Group:||Understanding Past Societies|
|Objective Field:||Understanding Australia's Past|
|Author:||Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)|
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