IDEA 2020 will open on 27 February

IDEA 2020 is set to open on 27 February, with the discounted early bird entry running until 27 March. Keep reading to find out the key dates for this year’s interior design excellence awards. This year marks our 18th anniversary, making IDEA one of Australia’s oldest and best loved awards programs, celebrating achievements in design […]

Design for a changing climate – fire and community resilience

Communities in Australia and California share connected experiences as they face climate-related threats, especially fire. But how much have we really learned about designing places that will serve us well during times of disaster? Californian RCH Studio’s director Greg Kochanowski and Hassell’s San Francisco principal Richard Mullane discuss how the global design community can support disaster […]

Dealing with lean times – how to remove stress associated with redundancies and contract work

Negotiating human resources during the lean times is an ongoing challenge for many practices. This is where a few practised strategies can help. By its very nature, the architecture and design industry experiences periods of feast and famine. It is an industry filled with creativity, imagination and hard work, but it is also one that […]

Aussie interior designers offer pro bono services to bushfire-affected communities

Local interior designer studios like Fiona Lynch, Simone Haag and Studio Griffiths have come together to lend their services pro bono to bushfire-affected communities, signing up for the Design Donated initiative. As of writing, more than 225 interior design studios across the country have signed up on the online platform started by Melbourne interior designer […]

Watch the video of Peter Verwer’s keynote lecture at BoAD

Peter Verwer explains why “the Asian century has arrived” in this video of his keynote for the Business of Architecture and Design conference. Verwer, a research fellow, was one of four keynote speakers at our inaugural Business of Architecture and Design conference in November 2019. At the event, he explained why the future is already […]

Living in a material world – Axolotl

For over 20 years Axolotl has been a leader in the materials field, and has even branched out into producing a niche product like trophies. And in a time where the materials used on and in our buildings are under greater than ever scrutiny, there are a range of alternatives available, says Kris Torma. Axolotl […]

Minimalist design dominates as Coy Yiontis Architects revitalises an old project

A subtle interior scheme makes landscape the focal point in St Vincent’s Place, a Melbourne family home designed by Coy Yiontis Architects. The practice was familiar with the property, having worked on the original build in 2010. At that time, a rundown 1930s Art Deco dwelling was demolished and replaced with a contemporary build, although […]

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 […]

Western Sydney University creates women’s architecture scholarship

Western Sydney University has teamed up with Frasers Property Australia to launch a scholarship specifically for women studying architecture. The $60,000 scholarship will be for the Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) and is “designed to encourage growth in female participation in architecture”. Students interested in applying for the scholarship have until 20 March to fill […]

China opens 1000-bed hospital, built in 10 days

The first coronavirus patients have arrived at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, just 10 days after construction crews broke ground on the site. The hospital, whose name means ‘Fire God Mountain’, started accepting patients with the coronavirus from other hospitals early yesterday evening, reported the Associated Press. The new hospital spans two floors and 60,000 square […]

Australians need to value architecture and design more – HY William Chan

NSW Young Australian of the Year 2020 finalist and COX Architecture urban designer HY William Chan sits down with ADR to talk about why Australians don’t always appreciate architects or designers. The self-described “cities innovator” was part of last year’s City of Sydney 2050 Expert Panel, where he presented to the Citizen’s Jury and advised […]