How do you define design success?

In a world that tells us the most important thing is to win at all costs and increase the bottom line, how do we define success and what it means to individual architectural practices? With most architectural projects spanning at least 12 months, end outcomes can be an irrelevant concept in defining success on a […]

Cloud connected doors are the next level up

Entry as a Service is the next level up of automatic door maintenance and technology, explains dormakaba’s Kevin Blacow. We’re now used to the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) connecting many of the staple appliances and fixtures of our everyday lives to the cloud and, therefore, each other, but what may surprise is […]

How do architectural practices deal with complaints?

In the latest issue of AR, we ask a panel of experts their response to the following question: do complaints against architects fall on deaf ears, and has your firm put a process in place to deal with them? Tracy Hall, marketing director, GoDaddy Australia and New Zealand In an increasingly digitised world, complaints against […]

Embracing emotion is key to leading a healthy workplace

In its recent 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)[1], The World Health Organisation recognised the serious effects of burnout, defining it as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. The condition is characterised by feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or […]

How Winter Architecture is shaking up the traditional business model

Winter Architecture’s intriguing business model makes it stand out as a likely way of the future. Winter Architecture was established less than three years ago, but the architects involved all have solid experience working for larger firms before that, and the practice has already won or been shortlisted for a number of high-profile prizes, including […]

More architecture professionals to receive a pay rise – but the value will be less

The 2019/2020 Hays Salary Guide has been released, revealing salary and recruitment trends in Australia and New Zealand across multiple industries. Simon Bristow, regional director of Hays Architecture, says that the report implies both positives and negatives for the profession, but that the long-term prospects for the industry are good. The report is based on […]

Australian Institute of Architects CEO Julia Cambage on training and leadership skills

Recently appointed Australian Institute of Architects CEO Julia Cambage is no stranger to what she sees as some commonly-faced challenges for small businesses. With extensive commercial experience derived from managing multimillion-dollar contracts at the helm
of Australia’s largest private procurement company to managing the world’s oldest youth mentoring program, Cambage is keen to position the Institute […]

What ROI can taking part in competitions provide?

Rather than seeing them as a waste of time and resources that rarely pay dividends, you could regard competitions as a way to grow your practice’s reputation and experience. They have much more to offer in the way of rewards than simply prizes for winning them. You are participating in one of the many open […]

How architecture practices can overcome business challenges

Projects stall, prized associates land jobs overseas, the economy in your specialist field tanks and off-the-plan apartments go way, way off. How do architectural practices plan for – and cope with – the business of staying in business? “I’m not sure that you can succeed as an architect if you don’t have a good dose […]

Designing with confidence

Larki is a new software that provides exceptionally detailed three-dimensional files – point cloud surveys made up of millions of site data points, ensuring greater accuracy than via traditional two-dimensional surveys, writes Haley Hooper. TheLarki software was created with the intention of making architects’ lives easier. The start-up’s founder Simon Cookes (who is also an […]

The need for project control in the current climate

According to software and information business solution company Deltek’s research, firms in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) sector have pinpointed their greatest management challenges as: client change requests accurate project timeline forecasting, and poorly defined scope. Added together, these challenges have resulted in a climate where two in three AEC firms are reporting up […]