Hames Sharley makes slew of appointments

Jun 1, 2020
  • Article by Tili Bensley-Nettheim

Hames Sharley has announced promotions across the architecture practice’s six national studios.

South Australian studio leader, Leon Gouws has been appointed as a director of Hames Sharley. Gouws brings with him more than 15 years of experience and is passionate about confronting the industry’s multi-faceted challenges head-on.

“With how architecture is continuously changing, we will never stop learning. We can achieve things tomorrow that were not possible yesterday,” he says.

Gouws has spent much of the last three years focusing on healthcare architecture, playing a particularly active role in assisting private healthcare clients to develop their portfolio in the market by assessing building economics and related financial outcomes.

Stepping into this new role, Gouws is committed to nurturing his team and seeing innovative ideas to fruition. 

Practice leadership requires talent care taking, according to Gouws, as team cohesiveness is vital in order for a firm to thrive. He promotes a culture of active participation and plans to build on that moving forward.

In addition to Gouws’ promotion, Peter Lovitt, Jeevan Krishnan, Naden Scarfone, Prasad Nimma, Yaara Plaves, Elyse Watts and David Challinor have been promoted to associates. Previous senior associate, Shannon O’Shea, has also been appointed associate director.


The announcement follows the appointments of Elise Miles Simonovksi as Hames Sharley’s Victorian studio leader and interior design principal Hollie Raymond-Baker earlier in 2020.

Hames Sharley says that the recent slew of promotions is both a reflection of each individual’s dedication as well as a promise of the practice’s capacity to meet the future challenges of Australia’s built environment.

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