Why be an architect – ‘it is what it is’…

When I try to question the architectural world, the response I usually get from mentors is ‘it is what it is’… Earlier this year, I sat for registration. In my interview I was asked why a client should hire an architect, in place of a building designer or the like. I replied a prescribed and […]

Woodford Sheppard’s Our Lady of the Snows captures the First Nations’ vernacular

On the banks of Labrador’s Lake Melville, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church stands against an impressively rugged landscape, one that is characteristic of Canada’s northern regions. Asserting the building’s presence is the church’s apse, purposefully oriented towards the Mealy mountains whose formation defines the territory’s horizon. Designed by Woodford Sheppard Architecture, a Newfoundland-based […]

William Chan – Ownership builds better communities

Sydney-based Cox Architecture designer and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Fellow, HY William Chan realised early on that our built environments are vastly improved by directly including locals in the design and innovation process. Travelling to South Africa and India while studying at university, HY William Chan met with vulnerable slum communities on the very fringes […]

There’s no place like home – Paul Karakusevic at the Sydney Architecture Festival

One of the keynote speakers at this year’s Sydney Architecture Festival – Making Housing Affordable – was Paul Karakusevic, a UK-based architect with long experience working in some of London’s most historically disadvantaged boroughs. Can you talk about the foundation of Karakusevic Carson Architects?  When I formed the practice, public housing design was not really […]

Dutch public library wins building of the year at World Architecture Festival

Civic architects, Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse’s LocHal Public Library took out the top prize at Friday’s awards ceremony. The panel of almost 150 architects, designers and academics praised the building for its versatility. Originally a locomotive and wagon factory from the 1930s, the LocHal is in Tilburg and has […]

Kukame McPierzie joins Woods Bagot as Perth studio chair

Perth local Kukame McPierzie has joined Woods Bagot as Perth Studio chair, taking a lead role in key transport, workplace and education projects. It’s a been a steady surge to success for McPierzie, who was awarded the 2019 Western Australian Emerging Architect Prize for being “instrumental in the design and delivery of ‘city changing’ schemes”. […]

Agency and change: robotics and other disruptive construction technologies

UTS is on the frontline of investigation into the current and the coming disruption in the AEC industry. Its research reveals it’s vital that Australia invests in robotics if it is to remain competitive on the world stage. When trying to predict the future it is always important to reflect on the past and take […]

Victoria’s State Library reopens, and it’s a study in restoration over replication

The $88.1 million renovation of the Victorian State Library by Architectus and Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen has officially opened to the public. The five-year redevelopment plan focused on the Victoria Gallery, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, the Russell Street entrance, the Isabella Fraser Room and the Quad, which connects all four of the library’s […]

Simone Carter joins Rothelowman as Principal of Interiors

Rothelowman has announced the appointment of Simone Carter – the practice’s newest leader of Interior Design.  Based out of the Melbourne studio, Carter brings to Rothelowman over 20 years of global interiors experience, having worked on projects in the UK, Middle East, China and Australia, including the award-winning New Royal Children’s Hospital as well as the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne. In […]

HASSELL’s Geelong Arts Centre marries the historic with the contemporary

HASSELL has overhauled and modernised the newly opened Geelong Arts Centre, cladding the dance studio element in channel glazing and revealing a once-hidden heritage church.  Led by Principal Mark Loughnan, HASSELL transformed the venue by updating the exterior and interior spaces without the facility closing. “The building had to keep operating,” Loughnan tells ADR. “It was a really complex undertaking. […]