About the BDAV
The Building Designers Association of Victoria is an industry body which acts for building design professionals. The BDAV is a not-for-profit organisation, registered under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act. It is managed by a committee of volunteers from amongst the membership, whose objective is to advance the profession of building design, by offering cost-effective, quality, membership services and benefits to meet the needs of this growing sector of the building industry community. The Association has more than 1,900 members (at March 2013).
BDAV Members share a common interest and are required to observe the Association's Constitution and Rules. A Code of Ethics assuring honourable and professional practice within the design sector and the building industry binds BDAV Members.
BDAV members are in high demand, and are involved in all aspects of the building design profession, including the design of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and all other types of buildings. In Victoria, building designers are responsible for the design of more than 80% of residential developments, including units, apartments, and project homes.
The building design profession has undergone many changes over the last 30 years, and one of the most significant areas of change has been in the area of training. There are numerous formal courses available today, at Degree, Diploma, Associate Diploma and Certificate level, and graduates of these courses are well equipped to undertake the vast range of building design projects required by the marketplace. The majority of BDAV members are modern-day graduates who have undertaken comprehensive training, and are well qualified to carry out the various facets involved in building design.
Building Designers carry out a broad range of roles in the design process, including pre-design services, site analysis, schematic design, design development, contract documentation, and some are involved in contract administration.
The BDAV's membership represents a significant sphere of influence, as specifiers and co-ordinators of the full range of building activity and, as such, play a vital role in the building construction process. A membership survey conducted by the Association identified that BDAV members, collectively, were involved in upwards of $2.5 billion worth of construction activity in Victoria over a twelve-month period, making this an extremely influential sector of the building industry with the ability to influence both builders and clients.
As a result of developing close relationships, the BDAV has gained acceptance amongst government agencies and industry groups as an authority on building design issues, and its views are sought and respected. The BDAV is represented on a number of major, influential government Committees and Boards. A member of the BDAV serves on the Building Practitioners Board representing the interests of all draftspersons at this important industry forum. (This Board, set up under the Building Act 1993 to administer the registration of Building Practitioners in Victoria – which include Draftspersons – is responsible to Victoria's Minister for Planning.)
The BDAV is an industry leader in continuing professional development and has won industry awards for its CPD delivery. The BDAV is also an approved CPD Provider for the Victorian Building Industry, as administered by the Building Commission. The BDAV’s CPD program features industry-specific educational seminars, general meetings and other educational events which provide BDAV members and other interested persons with numerous opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge on a wide range of issues.
The BDAV co-ordinates a successful Building Design Awards competition each year to promote excellence in building design. The Association also produces an annual consumer-oriented magazine - Winning Design - to coincide with our Awards event, which features all winners, entrants, and sponsors. The magazine, which is distributed via newsagents throughout Victoria, has become a popular publication for Victoria’s discerning home buying and renovating public.