Architectus launches Urban Design and Planning Melbourne

Architectus has announced the launch of Architectus Urban Design and Planning Melbourne and has appointed Dean Thornton to lead the team.  The new offering to the Melbourne market comes at a time when the Urban Design and Planning (UDP) sector has seen exceptional growth for Architectus in it’s Sydney office. With over 23 years of […]

How to future-proof your practice

A blend of technology and business smarts can help to prepare your practice to thrive in the “disruptive economy”. Industry leaders suggest that new technologies – which streamline practice processes and provide better oversight of financial reporting – can help architecture firms position themselves for future success in a constantly-changing operating environment. Recent Deltek research […]

Are awards worth winning?

What can build reputation, help to confirm your creative approach, add to a stockpile of history, joy and opportunity, and make hard work truly worthwhile? In a word, winning! Here, AR speaks with small and medium-sized firms that have either won a design competition for a high-profile, imaginative commission or received an award for an […]

How to survive a practice merger

Emotion can render all manner of situations uncomfortable. A relationship break-up, bidding on a dream home at auction…
or the merger of three architectural practices comprising 400 employees. Senior management of The Buchan Group, unified and rebranded as Buchan since May, recognised several years ago that a merger was in everyone’s best interest. But they also […]

Does your practice have a communications plan?

As part of a regular series, AR asks a panel of experts their response to the following question: does your practice have a communications plan in place and do you think this is important? Brooke Lloyd, director, head of interiors, Cox Architects As an architect or designer, it’s natural to assume a circular relationship of […]

What are the benefits of belonging to an architectural body?

AR speaks to members and the leaders of three distinct, national organisations that all provide professional support to Australian architects – the Australian Institute of Architects, Architeam and the Association of Consulting Architects – to find out what they offer and their future plans. Australian Institute of Architects The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), which […]

Are language skills important for architects?

Australia’s diverse population and architects’ increasing work in different countries suggest that speaking different languages is a career boost. But practices looking to their bilingual staff overseas need them to also have design skills and be steeped in the firm’s culture. How important is it for architects to speak a language other than English when […]

Why design thinking is integral to your business not just your projects

Design isn’t just about the plans you draw up for the buildings you create. Design thinking should be an integral part of your business model too. Design thinking is the antithesis of resting on your laurels, of reusing past methods and approaches or rehashing ideas. It is about finding the client’s specific problems and then […]

Why architects and designers need a communications plan

While architects and designers are great at communicating with builders, partners, homeowners and clients, the same can’t always be said when it comes to communicating with the media and the broader public. ADR chats to Genevieve Brannigan, director of creative communications agency Communications Collective, which works with a number of practices as well as the Australian Institute […]

Can architects claim a bigger slice of marketing budgets?

A growing number of architects globally are landing incredible branding and marketing projects. BrandCulture’s Nick Bannikoff and Stephen Minning investigate. Dozens of experiential marketing agencies have opened recently in Australia, but all the while a newer trend has been quietly emerging: the growing role of architecture in branding and marketing. Over the past two years, […]

The latest in electromechanical locking solutions

To make sure your doors close firmly, open easily even with unexpected pressure loads and have a minimal noise impact, look at specifying the cobalt side load locks, writes Angus Richardson. To begin with an explanation of the term, electromechanical locking solutions is the umbrella term for a range of locking solutions that enable access […]