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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
With manufacturing in Australia in decline, it is increasingly difficult for young designers to see their concepts through to completion. But an innovative new concept called Space Tank Studio is helping designers, artists and product developers turn their ideas into reality. We spoke to the man spearheading the project, Holger Dielenberg. Australian Design Review: Can […]
Who do you choose to take the shots of a recently finished project, and what are the essential elements to get right? AR talks to four top photographers.
The City of Melbourne is calling for expressions of interest from Melbourne companies, entrepreneurs, business owners and start-ups for the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Mission to China and Japan. The call is open to a range of industries, including the built environment. The biennial project aims to establish trade and business relations with Asia, showcasing […]
What’s the one thing that every single person touches every single day, without giving it a moment’s thought? It’s time designers gave greater consideration to door handles and furniture when specifying on projects. Everyone knows what door handles are, but what about door furniture? Simply put, it’s a catch-all expression referring to any fixtures and […]
In an increasingly crowded market, retail chain IGA has employed the services of design firm loopcreative to fashion a point of difference for its Summer Hill store. With Coles, Woolworths and Aldi – as well as new online operators – competing aggressively on price, the owners of the Summer Hill store are targeting the high-end […]
When people like Bill and Melinda Gates give away millions to philanthropic causes there are always those people who point the finger and say it's easy to be charitable when you're a billionaire. But what would they say to a tiny architectural practice in Denmark, which manages to do good and still be a successful business?
The journey from a set of problems presented by a client to the architects’ final solution can take many different roads. Debbie-Lyn Ryan from McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) says this road requires a combination of a flexible approach and using the right tools for the job. “Normally the client will give us a brief of […]