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Wellbeing of Architects


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Full program description

Wellbeing is an increasingly important topic in the field of architecture and architectural education. It is a critical aspect of a healthy and sustainable profession. Widespread and widely accepted, a lack of focus on wellbeing has negative impacts on the architecture profession. Many architects and students of architecture work long hours, often under tight deadlines and high stress levels, which can lead to burnout, poor mental health, and physical health problems.

This CPD will aim to make practical improvements, promoting work-life balance and strategies to create healthier work environments to improve wellbeing outcomes.

The proposed topics of the CPD will include:

Value: how to argue for the value of architectual services, recognising societal and personal contributions, supporting positive narratives

Trust and Transparency: leadership in practice, management style, autonomy and trust, communication

Time and Money: time management and sustainable hours policies, allocating resources, fee setting, upskilling and support

Responsibility and Risk: procurement processes, remuneration and risk, managing pressure and stress, advocacy

Psychological Safety: WHS legislative protections, flexibility and work-life balance, HR support in small practice, supporting neurodiversity and disability, acknowledging intersectional experiences of class, race and gender

This CPD will be launched in early 2024. Register your interest by filling in this form


The Wellbeing of Architects is a comprehensive three year study – funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme – that aims to be the one of the first major studies to use interdisciplinary, qualitative and quantitative methods to address the question of how workplace cultures and professional identity affect wellbeing in architecture – and thus lay the foundations for practical improvements in the future.

The Wellbeing of Architects is an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers at Monash University’s Department of Architecture (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture) and Department of Management (Faculty of Business and Economics). It also includes many industry-based research partners including five architectural offices, as well as the New South Wales Architects Registration Board, the Australian Institute of Architects, and Association of Consulting Architects (ACA), as well as the peak body representing architecture schools – the Association of Australasian Schools of Architecture (AASA). Through these partnerships, the project hopes to produce better outcomes for all members of this unusual and strongly identified cohort – across education and practice.

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