The principal aims of the ACA are:
- To encourage excellence in the quality of service that our members provide
- To vigorously represent the aims and interests of architects in private practice on issues relating to the practice of architecture.
The ACA believes that practising architects should have an effective independent voice to represent their interests within the construction industry and beyond, through contact with the press, other professional and trade bodies and government departments as well to promote the value of the services that architects provide to the public at large.
Its enduring purpose is to maintain an up-to-date and agile response to important current issues about architectural practice and to respond with opinion and support. This is delivered in the form of seminars, networking and discussion groups for the membership and by tracking and publicly commenting on the opinions and activities of Parliament, government departments and other relevant organisations.
The ACA also supports its members by providing information and contact details to help with practice issues such as professional indemnity insurance, health and safety, legal questions and environmental obligations.
The ACA is constituted as a company limited by guarantee. It is managed by an unpaid elected council of practicing architects, with the daily running in the hands of a small but highly effective team in London.