How to survive a practice merger

Emotion can render all manner of situations uncomfortable. A relationship break-up, bidding on a dream home at auction…
or the merger of three architectural practices comprising 400 employees. Senior management of The Buchan Group, unified and rebranded as Buchan since May, recognised several years ago that a merger was in everyone’s best interest. But they also […]

Does your practice have a communications plan?

As part of a regular series, AR asks a panel of experts their response to the following question: does your practice have a communications plan in place and do you think this is important? Brooke Lloyd, director, head of interiors, Cox Architects As an architect or designer, it’s natural to assume a circular relationship of […]

What are the benefits of belonging to an architectural body?

AR speaks to members and the leaders of three distinct, national organisations that all provide professional support to Australian architects – the Australian Institute of Architects, Architeam and the Association of Consulting Architects – to find out what they offer and their future plans. Australian Institute of Architects The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), which […]

Are language skills important for architects?

Australia’s diverse population and architects’ increasing work in different countries suggest that speaking different languages is a career boost. But practices looking to their bilingual staff overseas need them to also have design skills and be steeped in the firm’s culture. How important is it for architects to speak a language other than English when […]

Why design thinking is integral to your business not just your projects

Design isn’t just about the plans you draw up for the buildings you create. Design thinking should be an integral part of your business model too. Design thinking is the antithesis of resting on your laurels, of reusing past methods and approaches or rehashing ideas. It is about finding the client’s specific problems and then […]

Why architects and designers need a communications plan

While architects and designers are great at communicating with builders, partners, homeowners and clients, the same can’t always be said when it comes to communicating with the media and the broader public. ADR chats to Genevieve Brannigan, director of creative communications agency Communications Collective, which works with a number of practices as well as the Australian Institute […]

Can architects claim a bigger slice of marketing budgets?

A growing number of architects globally are landing incredible branding and marketing projects. BrandCulture’s Nick Bannikoff and Stephen Minning investigate. Dozens of experiential marketing agencies have opened recently in Australia, but all the while a newer trend has been quietly emerging: the growing role of architecture in branding and marketing. Over the past two years, […]

The latest in electromechanical locking solutions

To make sure your doors close firmly, open easily even with unexpected pressure loads and have a minimal noise impact, look at specifying the cobalt side load locks, writes Angus Richardson. To begin with an explanation of the term, electromechanical locking solutions is the umbrella term for a range of locking solutions that enable access […]

Evolution in public space design leads to Perth studio merger

Three Western Australian architectural firms – Taylor Robinson, Chaney Architecture and Broderick Architects – will join forces next week, forming an innovative new firm that will respond to the changing architecture industry in the region. From Monday 9 April the trio will be known as Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick and will offer clients a breadth […]

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals it pays women 20% less than men

Female employees at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), which is the UK’s third-biggest architecture practice, earn 19.6 percent less than men, according to newly released gender pay gap figures. The London-based studio calculated the figures by comparing the median hourly pay rate of the firm’s staff salaries. When it comes to the difference in bonuses, that […]

WA Government Architect joins planning department to drive forward state design projects

The Office of the Government Architect (OGA) has joined the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage from the Department of Finance, to create a closer working relationship across the state’s design projects. The Government Architect provides leadership and independent advice to State Government to improve the design of public buildings and spaces, including the Better […]