Life-of-project enterprise agreements a critical IR reform

Allowing enterprise agreements to run the full length of major project construction is a sensible and long overdue reform, critical to securing the next wave of resources and energy project investment, according to AMMA (Australian Resources and Energy Group). Life-of-project agreements are the subject of a policy discussion paper recently released by Attorney General and […]

Nominations open for grand designs in Port Phillip

  Port Phillip Council in Melbourne is calling for nominations for its biennial City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards 2020, presented in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Design Week.  The nominations are for awards that have been held every two years since 1998. The awards encourage and celebrate design excellence in urban design, […]

Architecture Drawing Prize deadline extended to 4 October

The Architecture Drawing Prize deadline has been extended until Friday 4 October. Entrants can submit their drawing work across four categories: hand-drawing, digital, hybrid and working detail. The Architecture Drawing Prize is an international competition that celebrates the art and skill of architectural drawing. Now in its third year, the prize is curated by Make Architects, […]

Abbie Galvin announced as first female NSW Government Architect

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes today announced the appointment of Abbie Galvin as the 24th NSW Government Architect.  “I’m delighted Ms Galvin will be our new Government Architect and the first woman to hold the position since it was created more than 200 years ago,” Stokes said. “The Government Architect has been one […]

ACA’s BoSP Perth: money matters

The Business of Small Practice (BoSP) forum series is an initiative of the Western Australian Committee of the ACA (Association of Consulting Architects). It brings together architects to share insights about the behind the scenes functions of practice. The most recent event – which took place in Perth in May – focused on Money Matters. […]

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 […]