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Make your tax agent appointment now, says CPA Australia

Now is a great time to make your tax-time appointment with your tax agent, says CPA Australia’s head of External Affairs, Paul Drum. “This year’s tax time has been a little different from previous years, with the rollout of Single Touch Payroll for employers, and the introduction of income statements for employees – instead of […]

Ombudsman concerned by report UGL is extending payment times

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is concerned by reports that engineering group UGL plans to change its bill payment time-frame. According to a report in the Australian Financial Review, UGL, which is owned by Australia’s largest construction company CIMIC, has told its suppliers and sub-contractors that from 15 October they will be […]

The seven habits of highly effective architects – part one

Effective habits are internalised principles and patterns of behaviour that assist us to perform at our best. AR presents the first in a series of articles exploring the best habits to improve professional and interpersonal effectiveness. Have you ever heard the term ‘knee-jerk reaction’ being used as a compliment, or even in the same sentence, […]

You’re all about architecture — how do you run a practice?

If your practice was born of your passion for architecture and design, and your success is the result of the same, how on earth are you supposed to know how to run your business? You’re not a businessperson. You’re not an administrator. You’re not an accountant, analyst or actuary. You’re an architect … aren’t you?! […]

Transformation – disruption and the future

“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” — Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum We live in a time of great promise and great […]

Listen now! Why Ken Shuttleworth believes PR, HR and finance are “more important” than architects

In the second episode of ADR’s The Business of Architecture and Design podcast, London based architect Ken Shuttleworth discusses the important roles that the finance, PR and HR teams play in an architecture practice and how his practice is trying to solve the gender pay gap. After launching our podcast series last week with part […]

The ACA National Salary Survey open for 2019

The Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACA) has brought back its National Salary Survey for 2019 and is this year opening it up to non-ACA members to gather more valuable and meaningful results. Independent and anonymous, the ACA National Salary Survey generates valuable data about remuneration and employment trends. The survey acts as a resource for […]

Dr Barnaby Bennett announced as SAF creative director

The 13th Sydney Architecture Festival (SAF) will be a week-long festival running from 11 to 17 November 2019 under the direction of the newly appointed creative director, Dr Barnaby Bennett. This year’s theme is Making. Housing. Affordable. At its core, the practice of architecture is a response to the human need for shelter. The festival extends this […]

Asian cities and you: Peter Verwer on urbanisation and design opportunity

“Asia is going to be the powerhouse of the future…” Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, 16 December 1967 – the day before he drowned. It’s a bit late for spoiler alerts when talking about Asia’s tremendous business opportunities. More than five decades ago, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt told his British counterpart, Harold McMillan, that “…the […]

Stephen Todd appointed as creative director for Sydney Design Week 2020

The Powerhouse has appointed writer and editor Stephen Todd as the creative director of Sydney Design Week 2020. Todd will draw on his specialised expertise in design to create a dynamic seven-day program directly responding to the design industry. Taking place from 16 to 22 September 2020, Sydney Design Week will refine the previously titled Sydney […]