4 additions for the architect’s bookshelf

A humorous critique of architecture’s taxonomies, a celebration of the site-specific Sunshine Coast design and a curation of essays on how the industry should respond to COVID-19 are some of the best architecture book releases of 2020. Architecture as a Global System: Scavengers, Tribes, Warlords and Megafirms by Dr Peter Raisbeck Raisbeck goes beyond standard […]

Lending changes boost home ownership

The Federal Government has given a boost to economic recovery post-pandemic by removing restrictive lending requirements for finance lenders, including mortgage finance.  Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said, “We commend the Federal Government for winding back regulation to a more reasonable position that allows the market more flexibility to approve housing finance. We […]

Hassell announces new board members for three-year practice vision

Two new members have been appointed to Hassell’s board for three-year terms. Liz Westgarth joins the board after nine years with the firm’s Sydney studio, recognised for their work at 60 Martin Place for Investa, The State Library of NSW, and Metro North West. Prior to Hassell, Westgarth was with Foster + Partners and Future […]

BLP ushers in new leadership era with Tara Veldman as managing director

Australian architecture firm Billard Leece Partnership (BLP), has appointed 12 principals and 11 associates as its new leadership team.  After 25 years of practice, BLP, a 130-strong team with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, is moving to a more inclusive model of ownership recognising performance and fostering diversity of talent.  Following David Leece’s recent retirement […]

BESIX and Watpac integrate to create multi-disciplinary contractor

The integration of BESIX and Watpac construction companies creates a new multi-disciplinary contractor, bringing a unique offering to Australian and New Zealand markets. The capability of internationally acclaimed BESIX Group has been combined with iconic local brand, Watpac to form BESIX Watpac, heralding a new approach to the construction industry. The expertise that delivered the […]

Arcadia announces senior promotions

Arcadia Landscape Architecture has announced the promotions of Valerie Ostermann to associate and Kaylie Salvatori to Indigenous landscape strategist. “In the two years that Valerie has been with Arcadia, she has demonstrated exceptional design leadership within the studio and become a trusted mentor internally. Her multi-disciplinary collaboration skills and her delivery of significant construction packages […]

“Flexibility has become the most valuable currency” in the workplace – Balder Tol, WeWork

As companies around the world start to rethink their workplace needs post-COVID19, they’re in search of more flexible and safer, turnkey options, says WeWork general manager of Australia and New Zealand Balder Tol. Speaking to ADR recently about the future of co-working in a post-pandemic ‘normal’, Tol says WeWork has been affected by the pandemic, […]

Unispace appoints new leaders to grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on workplace design

Global workplace specialist Unispace has appointed a new CEO and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) to grapple with the short and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on office fit-outs, commercial tenancies and real estate portfolios.  Steven Quick, former CEO of Global Occupier Services at Cushman & Wakefield and previously Executive Managing Director at CBRE, stepped into the […]

Master Builders Australia calls for consensus to arrest economic decline

Master Builders Australia seeks a National Cabinet consensus to deal cohesively and practically with the tension between the health and economic impact of the virus is the overwhelming imperative to be drawn from the 7% fall in June quarter GDP.  “This is a fundamental requirement to instilling the confidence necessary to arrest the shocking drops […]

How COVID-19 will change aged care design

Associate director and seniors living leader at Hames Sharley, Gary Mackintosh explores how aged care design will balance resident’s emotional and physical health post COVID-19. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of seniors’ living providers, especially those offering residential aged care, has been literally on staying alive and protecting their staff and […]

Geyer acquisition sparks brand redesign

Design consultancy Geyer has announced it has been acquired by The Intelligent Consulting Group, with a rebanding to usher in the company’s new era.  An entrepreneurial business specialising in the property sector, The Intelligent Consulting Group is led by Group CEO Marcel Zalloua, who is also the co-founder of commercial and retail delivery specialist, Valmont. […]