Is your architect a nerd?

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Is your architect a nerd?

Um, yes I am.

Are all architects nerds? Err, pretty much. You see, we need to be. Buildings are very complex things, and Architecture is more than just building… so we kind of have to be really, really, into what we do, as there’s a lot to learn! In no particular order: Design, Construction, Planning, Heritage, Bushfire, Sustainability, Affordability, Services, Trends, Ethics, Permits, Philosophy, Landscape, Aesthetics, Interiors, Plans, Sketches, 3D models, Specifications, Feasibilities …. and so on. These are just some of the daily tasks/considerations that we tackle on the job. (I’ve written about this before. See What Does An Architect Do? )

Did you know…

… that the profession of Architecture is legislated by The Architects Act 1991, and the Architects Regulations 2004?  You can find out more about them by following this link:

Here in Victoria, the ARBV Architects Registration Board of Victoria exists to serve the public interest and ensure high professional standards are maintained.

Legally in Australia, the word “Architect” is protected to ensure it is ONLY used by those professionals who have:

a.) completed requisite Architectural Degrees at University (usually five years full time study, like the course I took at Melbourne University)

b.) undertaken extensive on-the-job experience
 (which must be logged – currently a minimum of 3300 hours mandatory experience across seven prescribed competencies)

c) passed stringent exams by the Registration board
 (This is 2-part – we must pass both a “National Examination Paper” and also a one-hour “Examination by Interview”)

d.) paid annual Registration fees, and

e.) have ample Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance Cover and provide proof to the ARBV (this protects the interests of consumers).

This is to give you peace of mind that you are engaging the services of a qualified professional.

Architects must also undertake regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct. This is the task of recording ongoing learning to develop and maintain the knowledge necessary for the provision of architectural services that an architect normally provides. CPD and further education activities promote a broad base of study areas which encourage research and advancement of the profession. The objective of CPD is to maintain and enhance professional knowledge and skills of architects, to maintain technical excellence,  to  serve the community better and to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct. See more here:

Being the ‘nerd’ that I am, I love CPD! There is always more to learn – especially with the construction industry. There are constantly new innovations and products making their way into the marketplace especially in terms of more sustainable buildings, so that’s a favourite topic of mine.

Drafstpersons or Building Designers cannot legally use the title “Architect” or “Architectural-designer” as they are not required to meet the strict criteria outlined above. Essentially, if we don’t abide by the requirements of the Act, we are breaking the law. So yes, we are professional and thorough in our approach, and take you and your building project seriously.

Often people want to know why Architectural services can cost more than getting plans drawn up by a “drafty” – I hope this helps explain that the two service-providers are not the same.


Are you a nerd too? Do you love what you do? Would love to hear in the comments below!

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  1. Susan on September 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

    From one nerd to another, I love your nerdiness! xx

    • talinaedwards on November 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Suse! Nerds rule :o)