Jeanne Gang to speak at Powerhouse Museum

Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum has announced an Australian exclusive event with internationally-renowned architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA. For the first time in Sydney, the founding principal of Studio Gang and MacArthur Fellow will discuss her award-winning practice and design process in a free talk at the Powerhouse Museum on 28 October 2019. Gang is the founding principal and […]

Boutique hotel lobbies: the first wow

While the big hotel names still dominate the hospitality industry, the rise of the boutique hotel offers myriad opportunities for architecture practices looking to branch out. And they can make an instant impression if they get the entry right… As is so often the case these days, we are captive to our first impressions. Hotel […]

The fourth industrial revolution

Computation is digitising design and architecture practices need to ensure they stay ahead to stay in the game. It is the year 2019, and I have just watched a generative design algorithm help design a state-of-the-art roof for Macquarie University’s Central Courtyard Precinct, accurate right down to the weight and structural integrity of the steel trusses. There were humans at the […]

‘Transformer’ rooms and robo-furniture are set to remake our homes – and lives – before our eyes

Christian Tietz, senior lecturer in industrial design at UNSW, explains why in high-density cities, static apartment layouts with one function per room will become a luxury that cannot be maintained.  With two-thirds of a global population of 9.4 billion people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, we can expect a change in the […]

Mentoring to boost women in building and construction

A national mentoring program for women will boost the numbers of women working in the building and construction industry.  “Numbers of women participating in building and construction remain low despite our industry presenting a fantastic opportunity for women to pursue secure, fulfilling and rewarding careers,” says Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia. “Part of […]

Make your tax agent appointment now, says CPA Australia

Now is a great time to make your tax-time appointment with your tax agent, says CPA Australia’s head of External Affairs, Paul Drum. “This year’s tax time has been a little different from previous years, with the rollout of Single Touch Payroll for employers, and the introduction of income statements for employees – instead of […]

Ombudsman concerned by report UGL is extending payment times

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is concerned by reports that engineering group UGL plans to change its bill payment time-frame. According to a report in the Australian Financial Review, UGL, which is owned by Australia’s largest construction company CIMIC, has told its suppliers and sub-contractors that from 15 October they will be […]

The seven habits of highly effective architects – part one

Effective habits are internalised principles and patterns of behaviour that assist us to perform at our best. AR presents the first in a series of articles exploring the best habits to improve professional and interpersonal effectiveness. Have you ever heard the term ‘knee-jerk reaction’ being used as a compliment, or even in the same sentence, […]

You’re all about architecture — how do you run a practice?

If your practice was born of your passion for architecture and design, and your success is the result of the same, how on earth are you supposed to know how to run your business? You’re not a businessperson. You’re not an administrator. You’re not an accountant, analyst or actuary. You’re an architect … aren’t you?! […]

Transformation – disruption and the future

“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” — Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum We live in a time of great promise and great […]