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New South Wales services & publications

Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC)

The Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC) are jointly published by Master Builders Australia Limited (Master Builders) and the Australian Institute of Architects (Institute). They are intended for use in building projects where an architect administers the contract.

NSW ABIC contracts have been drawn up specifically for use in the state of NSW. Acumen practice advisory website has a collection of sample ABIC contracts.

For detailed information on ABIC contracts, including purchasing options, visit the ABIC building industry contracts page.

To order contracts please download and complete this form (price list included) and email to nsw@architecture.com.au.

Architecture Bulletin

Architecture Bulletin is the NSW Chapter's journal and is managed by the NSW Editorial Committee. 
For EDITORIAL enquiries, please contact bulletin@architecture.com.au.

For ADVERTISING enquiries call (02) 9246 4055 and download the 2019 Architecture Bulletin media kit  which includes editorial guidelines, advertising rates and booking deadlines.

To SUBSCRIBE to Architecture Bulletin download the subscription form.


Thank you to our Patrons who ensure the ongoing viability of Architecture Bulletin.

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Mirvac Design
Supporting Patrons Allen Jack+Cottier, BKA Architects, Conybeare Morrsion, Crone, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, NBRS Architecture, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

CURRENT DOUBLE ISSUE – Election / Procurement 

Both the NSW and Australian parliaments go to elections this autumn. Whether they are likely to be hot button campaign issues or not, there are countless areas where architectural practice is frequently buffeted by shifts in government policy, or where architects have special insights to offer on policy in wider areas. The NSW Chapter has asked the major parties on their views across several of these. In this issue, eleven architects offer their own opinions on topics from design competitions and construction failures to WestConnex and the lockout laws.

Read the ELECTION ISSUE  Vol 76 No 1 – March 2019

Now is an appropriate time to reflect on the role of the architect. How can our profession improve the built environment and protect the public in their use and enjoyment of buildings when procurement practices so often hamper our ability? Whether it be through competitive procurement processes, partial services, reduced certification, less regulation of others in the construction sector, or restrictive fees, the outcome affects the control we can offer for the final built quality. This issue of Architecture Bulletin addresses the pros and cons of some existing procurement methods and opens up the discourse to look at alternatives. Guest editor Kathlyn Loseby

Read the PROCUREMENT ISSUE  Vol 75 No 4 – March 2019  

Back issues






For further back issues please contact the NSW Chapter (02) 9246 4055 or nsw@architecture.com.au.

Architecture Bulletin has been an important cultural focus for the NSW Chapter of the Institute for more than 60 years, and is its official publication of record.

During this time, Architecture Bulletin has continued to evolve to match the expectations of members and present intelligent debate around the issues of contemporary practice in a balanced and inclusive manner.

Published four times a year, Architecture Bulletin is read by a broad cross-section of the Institute's membership – students, graduates, architects, academics – and others passionate about the creative act and practical dimension of architecture. Members can keep up to date with news, issues, events and social activities throughout the state.

More than 3000 people subscribe to Architecture Bulletin, with an estimated readership of more than 10,000 throughout architectural practices.

The Patrons Program was first introduced in 2006. To date, Architecture Bulletin Patrons have helped fund the publication's transition to full colour and enabled us to maintain our focus on meaningful content, debate and relevant information, without undue reliance on advertising revenue.

We invite your firm to consider the benefits of joining our other Patrons in helping the NSW Chapter continue to bring this respected publication to members and readers.

For more information about the Patrons Program please contact the NSW Chapter nsw@architecture.com.au or phone (02) 9246 4055.

Local by design

Launched at the 2016 Country Division conference, this brochure promotes the benefits of using regional architects for the design of buildings in regional areas. It features six award-wining projects – houses, a bush retreat, a shopping arcade and a café made with shipping containers.

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Architects are often unfairly blamed for increasing the size and cost of houses. But their training and skills lead in the opposite direction. This fold-out brochure presents four projects that demonstrate their architects' skill in achieving substantial results with modest budgets. The print version has been distributed at the Institute's Architecture on Show events.

Heritage downloads

The NSW Chapter and the Heritage Council of NSW have published two guidelines for architects working on heritage buildings or in a heritage context. They are now available as downloads.


About these guidelines

In 1988 the Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter jointly produced Infill: Guidelines for the Design of Infill Buildings. Sixteen years later the two organizations recognised the need to update and expand the guide. They also agreed to collaborate on the publication of two more guides to provide advice on the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and alterations and additions to heritage buildings.

The first of the three publications was published in 2005. Design in Context: Guidelines for Infill Development in the Historic Environment expands on the six principles explained in the earlier document to present 10 case studies exemplifying the best practice application of the principles. They range from a dual occupancy in a suburban historic context to residential infill in a rural context and the master planning of a site of mixed character within a conservation area of unified character.

The second guide, New Uses for Heritage Places: Guidelines for the Adaptation of Historic Buildings and Sites, was published in 2008. It explains seven principles for achieving successful adaptive reuse projects and illustrates these through 11 detailed case studies, including railway workshops, a hay shed and a historic hospital precinct. Many other examples from across the state are also included.

A third guideline on alterations and additions to heritage buildings is currently being prepared.