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Architects Registration Board of Victoria

The ARBV’s purpose is to protect the community interest and instil confidence in the regulation, integrity, and delivery of architectural services in Victoria.

About the ARBV

The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) is a self-funding statutory authority. The ARBV’s purpose is to protect the community interest and instil confidence in the regulation, integrity, and delivery of architectural services in Victoria. We are responsible for:

  • Registering and approving
  • Regulating conduct, investigating complaints, and non-compliance
  • Assisting the Architects Tribunal
  • Protecting and regulating language
  • Course accreditation

The ARBV office is staffed by the Chief Executive Officer/Registrar, General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, Registrations Manager, Compliance Officer as well as Administrative Support Officers.

 

The Board

The Board consists of ten members, including nominations from the Minister for Consumer Affairs, the Profession, Architecture schools and Allied Industries. The members of the Board are appointed by Governor in Council in accordance with Section 47 of the Architects Act 1991. The Minister for the purposes of the Act is the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Richard Wynne.
Members in office as at 12 May 2020 are:
  • Karen Alcock, Chairperson, Architect, FRAIA
    Elected representative of architects
  • Richard Salter, Deputy Chairperson, B.Eng (Hons), B.Sc
  • Representative of Professional Building Industry Organisations nominated by the Housing Industry Association (Vic)
  • Bruce Allen, B.Arch., M.Arch., M.B.A., LFRAIA
    Elected representative of architects
  • Stuart Brown, B.Tech Building Surveying
    Representative of the Institute of Engineers, Institute of Surveyors, Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Royal Australian Planning Institute
  • Catherine Duggan, B.Arch (Hons), B.EnvDes RAIA
    Architect nominated from panel submitted by RAIA (Victoria)
  • David Islip, B. Arch (Hons) B.P.D. Urban Design (Hons) FRAIA GAICD
    Practising Senior Government Architect nominated by the Office of Victorian Government Architect (Vic).
  • Dr Giorgio Marfella, PhD, M.Arch, RAIA
    Representative of approved schools of architecture appointed by Responsible Minister
  • Venise Reilly, BA, Dip Ed
    Representative of Professional Building Industry Organisations nominated by the Housing Industry Association (Vic)
  • Arianne Rose, BSc, LLB, FAICD
    Consumer representative nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs (Vic)
  • Dionne Wright, BA, Dip.Ed, GradDipEd(EdLship)
    Consumer representative nominated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs (Vic)

ARBV Board Charter

The purpose of this charter is to set out the functions of the governing body of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).

Committees and Panels

The Board has two standing committees: the Audit and Risk Committee and the Human Resources Committee meets as required.

The Board establishes advisory panels to inform its decision-making in major policy areas including education, tribunals, legislation, and competencies for the profession.

The Assessment of Architectural Practice and other Examinations

The Board has appointed a panel of architects to examine applicants for registration. The examination is held twice yearly.

Accreditation Panel

The Board has appointed a standing panel for accreditation and assessment of courses in architecture. See the University Courses page of this website for details. Refer to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) for information about accredited courses.

Architectural Services Award

The ARBV no longer offers the Architectural Services Award.

 

Staff

Our leadership team
  • Adam Toma, Chief Executive Officer & Registrar (accountable officer for the purposes of Part 7, section 42, of the Financial Management Act 1994), responsible for policy matters and the registration of architects.
  • Harry De Jong, Manager Governance
  • General Counsel & Deputy Registrar (position vacant)
  • Darren O’Beirne, Chief Financial Officer and Manager Corporate Services
  • Oowan Davies, Manager Compliance
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