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 […]

Evolution in public space design leads to Perth studio merger

Three Western Australian architectural firms – Taylor Robinson, Chaney Architecture and Broderick Architects – will join forces next week, forming an innovative new firm that will respond to the changing architecture industry in the region. From Monday 9 April the trio will be known as Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick and will offer clients a breadth […]

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals it pays women 20% less than men

Female employees at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), which is the UK’s third-biggest architecture practice, earn 19.6 percent less than men, according to newly released gender pay gap figures. The London-based studio calculated the figures by comparing the median hourly pay rate of the firm’s staff salaries. When it comes to the difference in bonuses, that […]

WA Government Architect joins planning department to drive forward state design projects

The Office of the Government Architect (OGA) has joined the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage from the Department of Finance, to create a closer working relationship across the state’s design projects. The Government Architect provides leadership and independent advice to State Government to improve the design of public buildings and spaces, including the Better […]

How the Hong Kong Design industry wants to put its stamp on the world

A group of eight Hong Kong-based emerging designers are visiting Melbourne during Design Week to showcase their work as part of the Hong Kong Design Centre’s (HKDC), Business of Design Week (BODW) initiative at the NGV. ADR caught up with the Chairman of HKDC, Professor Eric Yim, to find out his aims for the pilot program […]

Industry experts on futureproofing a business

As part of a regular series, AR asks a panel of industry experts their response to the following question: What is your practice doing to futureproof the business? Gerald Matthews: Managing director, Matthews Architects We train ourselves to be agile. Agility is more important than foresight. There is plenty of speculation about possible futures, but fundamentally no […]

How to prepare your practice for growth

In the latest of a series of articles focusing on the business plan, ADR reveals that when it comes to preparing for growth, the best thing you can do is plan, plan and then plan some more… A successful business plan will lead to the expansion of the practice, which brings its own set of challenges […]

Celebrated design hotel to change hands

After several years of first creating and then operating Hotel Hotel and hatted Monster kitchen and bar, artisan-focused property developer and creative production house Molonglo Group has sold the hotel and Monster businesses to Ovolo Hotels. The private sale between Molonglo Group and Ovolo Hotels includes the businesses, operations and the staff that work and […]