Looking to trade in Asia? EOIs for 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Mission

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 […]

A multidisciplined yet specialised approach

To be multidisciplined or specialise? It’s a debate that often comes up for many businesses, and particularly so for architecture and design practices.

Perceptions of doors

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 […]

Good design key in tight market

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 size matters: Mette Lange Architects

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 digital tech behind McBride Charles Ryan’s architecture

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 […]

The debate: Life after death

Can an architectural practice survive the demise of a ‘starchitect’? Recent events have prompted Edwin Heathcote and Simon Nelson to tackle this timely topic.

How to improve your fee proposals

Ian Motley offers an introduction into fee proposals, and suggests success may not depend on the amount you quote, but the range of options you provide.

Reach for the skies: access control at airports

When it comes to access control, no facility has a greater range of requirements than airports, reports David Wilson. Tailoring solutions to the myriad different areas is the only way to make sure that passengers are always secure and never inconvenienced.

Should you expand your architectural practice?

Architecture studios all have to start somewhere, but what makes a practice grow to a medium- to large-sized business, and what infrastructure is required to make the expansion successful?

The debate: the monograph

To produce a monograph or not, that is the question... Stephen Webb and Christon Batey-Smith debate the pros and cons with Stefan Mee.