Fender Katsalidis announces new parental leave policy

Multidisciplinary design practice Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) is taking another step towards gender equality in the workplace by introducing a new parental leave policy that treats men and women equally. The industry-leading move will see eight weeks of full wage paid parental leave given to both men and women, without distinguishing between primary and secondary […]

Five reasons why your architectural practice should do content marketing

Whether you’re a plumber or an architecture practice, the message is the same. Using content marketing to let the world know how good you are at what you do is an absolute win for your bottom line. Don’t do content marketing? That’s a shame – because I can guarantee your rivals do. Content marketing – […]

Friend or foe – are service agencies a threat to the A&D industry?

Some of Australia’s largest professional service networks are now turning their hand to design-led activities. But what impact is this type of disruption likely to have on those who traditionally dominate this space?    Diversity is key when it comes to how we define our future habitats. But can the design capabilities of management-style consultancies ever match […]

Designing for the future – a chat with Hassell about its rebrand

This month Hassell unveiled a new brand identity, website and podcast series that are opening up new conversations about the value of design in a fast-changing world. As the 80+ year-old firm looks to the future, Hassell‘s Managing Director Steve Coster and fellow Board Director and Head of Design Mark Loughnan discuss the journey to […]

Sean Gill joins Gray Puksand

A design focused architect, Gill joins Gray Puksand’s Brisbane office as an associate and brings over 10 years’ experience. In his new role, Gill will focus on leading project teams on current work as well as building new relationships. With portfolio strengths in retail, mixed-use and commercial projects, Gill sees his move to Gray Puksand as an opportunity to […]

Igloo case study – Lanes Group training and employee retention project

An Igloo Shared VR cylinder was introduced by Lanes Group as part of a wider program of learning and development and health and safety initiatives. About the client Lanes Group is the UK’s largest independent drainage and utilities specialist. One of its most important contracts is to unblock, clean and repair drains and sewers for […]

Immersive experiences with shared VR

Today practitioners in the AEC industry are looking for immersive experiences – technology that can genuinely show them the solutions to their built environment challenges in new and exciting ways. Shared VR is one such platform… Igloo designs, develops and delivers immersive 360-degree domes, cylinders and all of the enabling technologies.  Stepping inside one of […]

Managing debtors

Do debtors mean you are struggling with cash flow issues? Here are some tips to help architects get paid on time. Debtors or late paying clients are one of the biggest frustrations for small business owners in the architecture industry. They have a detrimental effect on your business’ cash flow, causing you not only unnecessary […]

Asian opportunities for architectural practices

There are ample opportunities for Australian design entities to weave their magic in Asia, but those seeking success by emulating their local business model may leave disappointed. Earlier this year the University of Sydney School of Architecture staged a congenial exhibition called Fusion of Horizons. Consisting of private letters, diary entries, ethnographic research and an array […]

Why be an architect – ‘it is what it is’…

When I try to question the architectural world, the response I usually get from mentors is ‘it is what it is’… Earlier this year, I sat for registration. In my interview I was asked why a client should hire an architect, in place of a building designer or the like. I replied a prescribed and […]

William Chan – Ownership builds better communities

Sydney-based Cox Architecture designer and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Fellow, HY William Chan realised early on that our built environments are vastly improved by directly including locals in the design and innovation process. Travelling to South Africa and India while studying at university, HY William Chan met with vulnerable slum communities on the very fringes […]