Architects Award Changes 2020

The new Architects Award 2020 document has come into effect with notable changes to six clauses. The Association of Consulting Architects Australia has been negotiating changes with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in the 2014 and 2018 award reviews. The decisions of both these award reviews have now been determined and handed down by the […]

“You can’t stay stagnant” during COVID-19, says Carley Nicholls

Practices and studios need to think beyond the now to how they want to be positioned when the coronavirus pandemic passes, says interior design strategy and practice director Carley Nicholls. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the co-director of Melbourne’s Studio Tate brings the […]

Women in architecture: Architectus design leaders Marina Carroll and Elizabeth Seuseu

In a video interview with Architectus principal Marina Carroll and senior associate Elizabeth Seuseu, filmed in the less-than-ideal settings we’re all painfully familiar with now, the women speak frankly about gender and the industry with Australian Design Review and inside editor Elisa Scarton. Carroll joined Architectus Sydney in 2012. With a particular interest in learning […]

“Teamwork is more crucial than ever” during COVID-19, says Miriam Fanning

Making yourself available to your team members and preparing a set of guidelines to assist with working remotely, isolation and anxiety is the advice from interior designer Miriam Fanning. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Melbourne’s Mim Design Studio […]

“Look to the new avenues” to come after COVID-19, says Shannon Peach

Amid the doom and gloom predictions for our economy and the A&D industry, Milieu director Shannon Peach advises practices to prepare for the “deferred activity” that he believes will come later this year. In our latest virtual fireside chat with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the director of the […]

“Don’t be blinkered” in your COVID-19 leadership, says Articolo lighting designer Nicci Green

Look for the opportunities you weren’t open to or even aware of before because you were “blinkered” is Nicci Green’s advice to anyone running a business during the coronavirus pandemic. In another of our virtual fireside chat with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the Melbourne-based lighting designer behind Articolo […]

“Beware of rushing into new areas to make up for lost business,” says Paul Conrad

Weather the storm by sticking to your current strategies and not rushing into new fields is Paul Conrad’s leadership advice to practices working through the coronavirus pandemic. In the second of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the principal of the eponymous Melbourne architectural and […]

“As a leader, it’s all about creating a sense of certainty amid the uncertainty” says Kate Challis

Australian studio and practice leaders are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. For Kate Challis, the focus is on providing certainty for her staff in an environment of unprecedented uncertainty. Last week, we chatted to a range of designers, architects, urban developers and furniture makers to see how they’re handling the current situation […]

What to do if you’ve had projects cancelled or postponed

Postponed or cancelled projects are nothing new, but the government’s stop-work orders following the coronavirus outbreak has transformed what was a rare occurrence into an industry wide phenomena. We spoke to a handful of Australian designers and architects as well as an industry expert to get their strategies for dealing with postponed or cancelled projects. […]

Designers shouldn’t waste time “spinning their wheels” says Rob Mills

With the coronavirus outbreak causing cancelled or postponed projects, it can be tempting for designers to go into overdrive seeking out new business, but Rob Mills says that’s not the best use of your time. “I’ve been through three recessions, now this is the fourth, and I’ve looked back over those times and I realised […]

Remote Architects Club looks beyond COVID-19

Created by Berlin-based Brazilian architect Daniel da Rocha, the Remote Architects Club is a forum for architects to share their remote working strategies and support one another as they decamp their offices. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, Rocha had been interested in the unlocked potential of the architecture profession to move to remote work scenarios. “As […]