National Seminar Series 2018

Schools & education

The Australian Institute of Architects is actively involved at every level of architectural education and training, including developing resources for primary and secondary school teachers, accrediting schools of architecture, preparing graduates for the Architectural Practice Exam and assisting practicing architects in their continuing professional development.

Please view the Institute's Education Advocacy Statement.

Institutionalising National Standards:  A History of the Incorporation of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NSCA).

A paper by Associate Professor Kirsten Orr
University of Technology Sydney

Significant changes and transformation in the institutional organisation of the Australian
architecture profession occurred in 2014. There were attempts in some states to deregulate the
profession, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) continued to push for a
system of national registration, and a major review of the National Competency Standards in
Architecture (NCSA) was completed. It is therefore timely to consider the history of the
incorporation of the AACA in 1974 and its role in the development and evolution of the NCSA...

 Please view the whole article here.

Australasian schools of architecture

There are 18 schools of architecture in Australia offering architecture programs recognised by the Institute and accredited by the relevant state/territory architecture board. Here is a contact list for the Heads of Australasian Architecture Schools/Programs.

Except where stated otherwise, the following Australasian schools of architecture offer courses recognised and accredited by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the relevant state/territory architects registration boards. The AACA maintains an official listing of accredited architecture courses in Australia.  When selecting a specific program, potential students should check the AACA listing as institutions may offer more than one program, some of which may not be accredited.

The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA) provides leadership and advocacy for architectural education in the Australasian region.

Australian Capital Territory

University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts & Design

New South Wales

University of Newcastle, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

University of New South Wales, Faculty of the Built Environment

University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building


Griffith University, Environment, Planning & Architecture

Queensland University of Technology, School of Design

University of Queensland, School of Architecture

Bond University, Abedian School of Architecture

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University, School of Creative Arts & Humanities – the Bachelor of Design program at Charles Darwin University is three years in duration. A course minimum of 10 semesters is fundamental to obtaining full accreditation. Students graduating from the Bachelor of Design (specialisation in architecture) with a credit average can directly enter the 4th year of Deakin University's Master of Architecture program.

Western Australia

Curtin University, School of Built Environment

Curtin University, Open Universities Australia (OUA) Online Program 

University of Western Australia, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Visual Arts

South Australia

University of Adelaide, School of Architecture & Built Environment

University of South Australia, School of Art, Architecture & Design


Deakin University, School of Architecture and Built Environment 
NOTE: Both the Masters of Architecture and Masters of Architecture (Design Management) are accredited.

Monash University, Faculty of Art & Design

RMIT University, School of Architecture & Design

University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning


University of Tasmania, School of Architecture & Design

New Zealand

University of Auckland, National Institute of Creative Arts & Industries

Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture

Unitec Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Department of Architecture & Building -
NOTE - this is not an accredited program



Professional architecture courses in Australia are subject to accreditation administered by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia through the AACA Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand. For further information please refer to the AACA website.

Funding/scholarships for study within Australia & internationally

The following are resources for Australian architecture students seeking funding and/or scholarships to study in Australia and overseas, and for international students studying in Australia.

Funding & scholarships by school

National Education Committee

The Institute’s National Education Committee (NEC) is made up of Institute members from all states and territories who are practicing architects and academic staff. A representative from the  Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) and the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) also serve on NEC. The committee focuses on all aspects of undergraduate architectural education, including education and research policies, recognition and accreditation of architecture courses, programs of architecture and students, national and international bodies concerned with architectural education, architecture and children, and careers information. For further information contact the National Education Unit at the address given above.

Tertiary Education of Architects Policy

The Institute believes that architectural education is the essential foundation of the profession and is committed to developing and maintaining education standards through its Tertiary Education of Architects Policy and Standards for Programs in Architecture.

Research Policy & Understanding Research Excellence in Architecture

The Institute’s Research Policy and Understanding Research Excellence in Architecture promote and support collaborative research that links the profession, the construction industry, universities and government.