Jacquie Banks joins Arcadis as Melbourne City Executive

Arcadis has announced the appointment of Jacqui Banks to its Global Cities Team as city executive Melbourne.  Banks is an experienced leader in urban renewal, precincts, place-making, planning, urban design, and building and infrastructure delivery. Most recently Banks played a leading role in the planning and development of the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area, Australia’s largest […]

Slow growth shows need for accelerated construction and investment

“Australia’s economic growth rate remains stuck at a decade low, but the Government has what’s needed to get it moving again,” says Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia.  “What’s urgently needed is an acceleration of infrastructure projects to the construction phase and more discussion of measures to encourage business investment. We need investment in […]

Introducing the Business of Architecture and Design conference

The Business of Architecture and Design (BoAD) is a brand new one-day conference created to prepare practice leaders for success. Brought to you by the publisher of Australian Design Review (ADR) and Architectural Review (AR), BoAD is all about looking to the future. The A&D industry is evolving quickly and this conference has been designed to provide […]

Australia’s first Passive House apartment building completed

Australia’s first Passive House (Passivhaus) Certified apartment building, located 300m from Redfern station, will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Sydney on 17 September. Called The Fern, the 11 one-bedroom serviced apartments are the first in the country to be built using the German approach to home design that uses a combination of high-performance […]

Digital media is changing the face of buildings, and urban policy needs to change with it

As the buildings in our cities become ever brighter thanks to the lights of digital media, Niels Wouters academic specialist, Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces, University of Melbourne, says that councils need to set out specific guidelines on design and decision criteria to promote long-term sustainability and acceptance. Looking over the Melbourne skyline […]

New appointments at Hames Sharley

Hames Sharley has appointed three senior leaders across its practice as part of a nationwide commitment to encourage a new age of built spaces.  Accepting the role of director are Retail and Town Centre Portfolio Leader Harold Perks in Melbourne, and National Design Forum Leader Derek Hays in Perth. In Adelaide, Studio Leader Leon Gouws […]

Australia ‘could lead the world’ in sustainable infrastructure says new report

Australia could lead the world in sustainable infrastructure with benefits for the community and business says Infrastructure Australia (IA) in the Australian Infrastructure Audit released today. The Green Building Council of Australia welcomes the report as fresh evidence to support urgent action to ensure the productivity, resilience and sustainability of cities and communities across Australia. […]

Launch of State of SME Scams Report

More than half (53 percent) of small business owners are worried their business will be scammed. Despite this, two-thirds don‟t train their staff in scam awareness and prevention. On average, Australian small businesses lose almost $40,000 per scam. To mark National Scam Awareness Week (12 to 16 August) Westpac has launched a new report that reveals Australian […]

Aurecon recognised on 2019 AFR BOSS most innovative companies list

Global engineering, advisory and design firm Aurecon has been named one of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative companies, ranking number four in the professional services category of the prestigious AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list. The esteemed annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss magazine, is based on a rigorous assessment […]

Dates announced for South Pacific Passive House Conference

The Australian Passive House Association (APHA) has formally announced dates for the 2020 South Pacific Passive House Conference. Co-hosted by the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) and the Passive House Institute of New Zealand (PHINZ), the conference will be held  from 28 to 31 May 2020 in Sydney. The event will be at the Roundhouse, at the heart of […]

Call to increase cost of lodging unfair dismissal claims

Two leading voices for Australia’s small and medium sized businesses, Employsure and the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA), have  announced a new partnership to advocate two key areas of workplace reform. Ed Mallett, founder and managing director of Employsure, and CEO of SBAA, Anne Nalder, are joining forces to propose the need for the simplification […]