Who we are and what we do
The Association of Consultant Architects (ACA) is the national professional body representing architects in private practice – consultant architects – in the UK. Membership is open to Registered Architects practicing on their own account either alone or in partnership or as a Director of a company whose business consists wholly or mainly of an Architects’ practice or an allied field.
An architect who elects to become a member of the ACA will be required to pay a subscription based on the number of personnel working within his or her practice. Any other principals of the practice, whether working in partnership or in other forms of collaboration, will then become eligible for full voting membership.
Voting members must be Registered Architects, but do not have to be members of the RIBA. They may adopt the suffix ‘ACArch’. The title “architect” is protected and regulated by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). All registered architects are required to adhere to the ARB code of conduct.
The ACA is not a regulatory body, but provides an independent voice for and support to architectural practices that promotes and enables high standards in practice within the membership. The ACA maintains a directory of members and promotes the work of member architects in other ways, publishes a newsletter and arranges events and seminars all directed towards keeping members up-to-date with best practice.
The principal activities of the ACA and services provided are:
- The ACA directory of practices published on the website
- The ACA newsletter, which includes updates on various aspects of best practice
- Occasional email informatives regarding practice and events and notices from associated organisations such as CIC, CIAT and SPACES
- The ACA study tour, usually in November to a European city and organised biennially
- Publication of the ACA Standard Form of Agreement for an architect, ACA SFA 2012, the ACA Form of Building Contract and project partnering contracts, PPC2002 and TPC2005, as well as other contract forms including the new Framework Alliance Contract FAC-1
- Maintenance of close ties with other professional and trade associations within the construction industry. The ACA is an associate member of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and is also a member of the National Planning Forum
- Lobbying Parliament and consultation with government departments and other industry and national bodies. ACA comment and consultation is well-regarded by Government, ACA members and within the industry as a whole, particularly with respect to Town Planning issues through the ACA Planning Action Group (ACAPAG)
- A programme of talks and seminars including “ACA soapbox” and ACAPAG Planning reviews and update seminars and occasional building visits
- The ACA website and associated networking and blogs as well as social networking through LinkedIn, twitter and Facebook
- ACA council meetings which take place approximately eight times a year and the AGM
- Occasional ACA exhibitions
The ACA operates from its UK head office at:
Charlscot, Cudham Road
Kent. TN16 2NJ
Telephone: 01959 928412