New tax rules for government tender bids

Companies are now required to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts. The new tax rule is definitely an improvement, but further steps still need to be taken to protect and assist small businesses that are subcontracted into these projects, says Kate Carnell from the Australian Small Business and Family […]

Nicholas Grimshaw to step down as chair of Grimshaw

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has stepped down as chair of Grimshaw, the now global practice he set up almost 40 years ago. The 79-year-old architect, who won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal 2019, is handing over the reins to Andrew Whalley, the company’s deputy chairman, who has worked alongside Grimshaw since 1986. Founded in 1980, the practice became […]

Flammable cladding costs could approach billions for building owners

Australian building owners face a bill that could run into billions of dollars to replace combustible cladding of the sort that fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK, which killed 72 people, as well as fires in Australia and overseas, write Simon Lockrey, senior lecturer/ research fellow, RMIT University and Trivess Moore, lecturer, RMIT University. […]

More architecture professionals to receive a pay rise – but the value will be less

The 2019/2020 Hays Salary Guide has been released, revealing salary and recruitment trends in Australia and New Zealand across multiple industries. Simon Bristow, regional director of Hays Architecture, says that the report implies both positives and negatives for the profession, but that the long-term prospects for the industry are good. The report is based on […]

Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre will have a ‘simple and restrained’ post-fire redesign

Calls for heightened focus on reform after cladding blamed for Melbourne fire