Warwick Mihaly and Erica Slocombe began their practice at the same time as starting a family in the wake of the GFC. Sandra Tan speaks to the partners in life and work for AR, and discovers their true passion for place and craft.
“I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible.” The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.
Five minutes with Branch Studio
“I feel like our best ideas often come from a slightly whimsical yet critical analysis of a situation,” says Brad Wray of Branch Studio Architects, one of the practices in the running to take out Zenith’s Emerging Designer category at IDEA 2016.
“Our interest in Kevin Borland’s architectural approach took expression in our work via a lens of interpretation and transformation,” says Melbourne-based practice Mihaly Slocombe, discussing their Chamfer House project – a ‘sensitive infiltration’ of a 1970s Kevin Borland design.
Emerging practice: Mihaly Slocombe
Melbourne School of Design graduates: Danielle Savio
“Nothing can replace work experience. It will make everything in your course more relevant.” Danielle Savio graduated from the Master of Architecture in 2010, and now works at Brookfield Multiplex while running a blog for women in the built environment. She offers her advice for those coming up in the field.
On infrastructure and risk: Larisa Moran
“There’s something fascinating about being part of something that’s physically built. And you can touch and feel when the end product is complete. There’s a buzz that you can get out of that that you can’t get in many other industries.” Larisa Moran is chief operating officer at Woods Bagot, and discusses her role with AR.
Georgina Wilson: agile practice
“Each project has the capacity to take us somewhere quite different,” says Georgina Wilson, of GW Architect. The small Sydney-based practice is shortlisted in Zenith‘s Emerging Designer category at this year’s IDEA.
Melbourne School of Design graduates: Elliot Summers
“Ignore the grades. Focus on the work instead. Read broadly and proficiently. Take ownership.” Elliot Summers graduated from the Master of Landscape Architecture in 2012, and then co-founded Polygon Landscape Architecture. He offers his advice for those coming up in the field.
Cox releases designs for Rod Laver Arena redevelopment
The project will involve a reskinned façade, a new eastern annex, new food and beverage outlets, upgraded bathroom facilities, increased disability access, and back-of-house improvements which will allow bigger and better shows to come to the arena.
Mirvac sets the scene for a smart building future
The building housing Mirvac and Ernst & Young’s (EY) new Sydney headquarters was constructed to embrace industry-leading design, technology and sustainability features. So what does it take to be part of the new breed of smart buildings in Australia?