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 […]

Aged care innovator honoured with award

The CEO of Queensland aged care facility NewDirection Care Bellmere, Natasha Chadwick, has been named Australian Business Woman of the Year 2019 for pioneering a new approach to aged care. As founder and CEO Chadwick has spent the past seven years shaking up the aged care sector by creating a world-class ‘micro-town’ residential community for the elderly […]

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

One year on from an electrical fire that ravaged La Mama Theatre, the Melbourne institution has revealed the design of its rebuild, which architect Meg White says will retain the original spirit of the building. The non-profit theatre, which was established in 1967 and designed by Carlton architect George S. Clarke, burnt down on 19 May 2018 after […]

Record year for building work in Victoria

Applications for building permits in Victoria continued at record levels in 2018, with the cost of works in permits reported to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) reaching almost $40 billion for the first time.  The value of building permits for the 12 months was $39.6 billion – up 10.7 percent, or $3.8 billion, on the […]

Woods Bagot to design major terminal expansion at Hobart Airport

Following its busiest year ever with more than 2.6 million passengers passing through the terminal, Hobart Airport has unveiled plans for a major terminal expansion with international processing facilities, which is being designed by Woods Bagot.  Leading the airport terminal master planning and design team, Woods Bagot principal Andy Gentry explains that the initial December 2020 stage […]

Precht’s timber skyscraper combines modular homes with vertical farms

Architecture practice Precht, created by Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei, has designed a skyscraper concept that would see residents produce their own food in vertical farms. Called The Farmhouse Precht designed the modular building system to combat the combined issues of climate change, population growth, and food shortages. It aims to create […]

How can we design desirable cities of the future?

According to the latest UN projections, the world’s population is set to grow by 2.9 billion – that’s the equivalent of two more African continents – in the next 33 years. By that time, it’s expected that humans will have developed into an almost exclusively urban species with 80-90 percent of people living in cities. […]

Woods Bagot appoints Paul Rea to lead rail projects in Australia

Woods Bagot has appointed international specialist Paul Rea to the role of Australia’s regional leader, rail. The appointment follows “unprecedented” levels of investment in transport infrastructure and a confident pipeline of work, says the practice. Rea brings with him more than 25 years in the architecture profession leading a wide range of high profile rail […]

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

The Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian Chapter is calling for a heightened focus on reform in the wake of an apartment building fire in Melbourne CBD, which firefighters say has combustible cladding similar to the material used on London’s Grenfell Tower. The fire started on the 22nd floor balcony of the Neo200 apartment complex on 4 February at […]