The ACA was founded in 1973 by former presidents of the RIBA. It has stood firm for quality in architecture and reliability of service in private practice ever since.

Although its roots go back much earlier, the ACA was created at a time when there was no organisation in existence dedicated specifically to the interests of private practitioners. It continues to focus on the issues of practice and over the years has consulted and campaigned successfully on important areas of concern to architects who run their own practices.

The original dedication still holds true and the maintenance of a collective voice on important and topical matters related to the role and standing of consultant architects is still considered to be the single most important benefit offered to ACA members today.

The ACA Founders include:

Ray Moxley

David Stern

Richard Sheppard

John Partridge 

Theo Crosby

Leslie K. Watson

 Brian Falk

Sam Scorer


The ACA believes that it is vitally important that those who choose to practise architecture have an effective voice to represent their interests whether through the press, parliament or in the eyes of the public.

The ACA is the only organisation whose first aim is such representation. Other organisations may have a dilemma as to whether they represent individuals or practices – our aims are clear and are as follows:-

  • to encourage excellence in the quality of service that our member architectural practices offer to clients
  • to represent exclusively the aims and interests of architects in private practice on issues of practice

If you are an architect interested in having an effective voice and prompt representation on issues that affect you and your practice, ACA is uniquely positioned to work on your behalf. If you are not an architect but wish to have more information on architects and their practice then our Directory will help you.