- Article by Tili Bensley-Nettheim
Hames Sharley and bureau^proberts announce new leaders with collaboration and site sensitivity at the forefront of their minds.
Hames Sharley have announced that Hollie Raymond-Baker will be stepping into the position of principal of interior design for the workplace sector of its Perth studio.
A new addition to the team, Raymond-Baker brings more than 10 years of experience to the position, with past work as associate director of Hillam Architects and as senior interior designer at Woods Bagot’s Perth studio.
Raymond-Baker has a particular interest in collaborations across architecture, interior design and the project brand as well as synergies that emerge in between.
“The longevity and backbone of this company provide a significant foundation, and the opportunities for collaboration to me are quite exciting,” says Raymond-Baker of her new role.
Rather than focusing on the imposition of a coherent aesthetic, Raymond-Baker believes that design should aim to be as responsive as possible to the function and context of the specific site.
“The way in which we share and test ideas is critical to the success of a project, and it begins with a sense of openness and a desire to share knowledge to achieve a common goal,” she says.
Raymond-Baker will play a central role in the creation of the narratives and unique identities of Hames Sharley’s expanding workplace portfolio. The firm is one of Australia’s leading practices, consistently ranked among the world’s most robust.
News of Hames Sharley’s addition coincides with Brisbane-based bureau^proberts’ appointment of two new practice partners – Kelly Geldard and Dax Yem. Both Geldard and Yem are well-established architects and familiar faces within the practice, with Geldard celebrating her 20th year at the firm with the appointment.
“These are architects of the highest order — equipped to deliver our clients not only leading design but efficient and effective processes at every stage of their projects,” says bureau^proberts’ managing and creative director Liam Proberts.
Geldard specialises in front-end design concepts with a focus on residential projects, including private homes, investor-led multi-residential towers and boutique residential apartments. Catering to Queensland’s tropical climate is a design parameter that Geldard embraces.
“I enjoy the challenge of creating spaces that are unique and comfortable, places to inhabit and create a home,“ she says.
Yem’s appointment to principal also marks his return to the practice after 12 years running his own firm.
“This practice is where I developed my skills as an architect — my roots are firmly planted here and I am excited to contribute to the practice’s evolution,” he says.
Working across residential, retail and education projects, Yem focuses on gaining in-depth knowledge of every party’s needs and remains deeply mindful of stakeholder engagement throughout the process.
Both Geldard and Yam have great affection for the award-winning architecture practice whose multi-residential work has transformed South East Queensland’s urban fabric.