“Confidence can come without competence” – Cassandra Keller on architecture’s gender pay gap

Cassandra Keller says transparency and differentiating confidence from competence are vital to combating architecture’s gender pay gap. It’s easy to slip into thinking the habits of pay and working conditions that you may have experienced as a graduate or employee are normal. It’s up to each employer to make a conscious decision to do things […]

Australian pre-built visualisation company wins 2020 CGarchitect 3D Award

Australian rendering and pre-built visualisation company FloodSlicer has won a 2020 CGarchitect 3D Award for their abstract exploration of a South Melbourne mixed-use development.  The CGarchitect Architectural 3D Awards were introduced in 2004 to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of architectural visualization. 2020 marks the award’s 17th year, attracting entries from top studios, freelancers […]

Frost Collective creates “modern gothic” branding for Queen & Collins

Sydney-based strategic design agency Frost Collective have led the branding for GPT Group’s $238 million Queen & Collins project.  The redevelopment by Kerstin Thompson Architects and BVN Architecture integrates multiple buildings in Melbourne’s famed Gothic Bank precinct into a ‘city within a city’.   GPT Group sought out Frost Collective to create the communications strategy and […]

NSW Government seeks feedback on design and construction regulations

The NSW Government is asking for feedback on proposed regulations that will strengthen the design and construction of buildings in NSW. Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said consultation on the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 will give stakeholders an opportunity to give feedback on important changes to how buildings are regulated. “In June […]

‘Are architects worth it?’ Groundbreaking Australian research finds answer

ArchiTeam and the University of Melbourne have released their crowdfunded Research for Architects in Small Practice (RAsP) report, finding that houses with renovations designed by small-practice architects outperform non-architect-designed houses. Launched in 2018, RAsP’s first research topic was: “Do small practice architect designed renovations improve capital gains in the Melbourne residential property market?” The groundbreaking […]

Grimshaw partners with BPI Rating for sustainable product material selection

Global architecture firm Grimshaw has partnered with BPI Rating, the construction material data platform, to co-develop a solution to integrate sustainability and responsible sourcing into the practice’s material selection. The partnership is designed to assist Grimshaw’s ambition to reach carbon neutrality in their practice by 2020 and deliver zero carbon ready buildings and infrastructure by […]

COVID-19 prompts government spending on housing programs

Four billion dollars in new or expedited funding for 98 housing program initiatives were announced by Australian governments due to the coronavirus pandemic between March and June 2020. The new report from AHURI, ‘Policy coordination and housing outcomes during COVID-19’, led by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology analysed the scale and range of policy […]

Architecture’s content dilemma: when you build and they don’t come

Architecture’s reticence to change cannot afford to extend to website content. It is time for the industry to innovate beyond project detail posts and director Q&As. Here are four alternatives. As a business practice, architectural culture is fantastically slow to change. The industry puts on and takes off styles and design trends with ease, but […]

B Corp Certification with Kosloff Architecture

Well prior to establishing Melbourne-based Kosloff Architecture in 2017, founders Julian Kosloff and Stephanie Bullock knew they wanted to align their practice with the principles of a B Corp. “It was one of the first decisions we made,” says Bullock. “The first question we asked ourselves is ‘what do we want this to be?’ The […]

The office isn’t dead, but will be 20% smaller says Unispace

Workplace design specialists Unispace have created a predictive tool that models expected office re-occupancy levels post-COVID-19 and provides space allocation recommendations.  The Predictive Analytics Tool (PAT) leverages 3.2 million data points from the Bureau of Labour Statistics to help businesses across industries prepare for their return to the office.  The tool is able to forecast […]

4 additions for the architect’s bookshelf

A humorous critique of architecture’s taxonomies, a celebration of the site-specific Sunshine Coast design and a curation of essays on how the industry should respond to COVID-19 are some of the best architecture book releases of 2020. Architecture as a Global System: Scavengers, Tribes, Warlords and Megafirms by Dr Peter Raisbeck Raisbeck goes beyond standard […]