Bates Smart and Garner Davis Architects offer pro-bono services for Dandenong Hub of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre [ASRC] is building a new hub in the heart of Dandenong to better support and empower people seeking asylum in the region.  Greater Dandenong is recognised as Australia’s most culturally diverse region with over 157 different nationalities and is now home to the highest population of people seeking asylum in […]

City of Sydney releases vision for high-tech public square

A major new public square at Sydney’s Central station is one step closer, with the City of Sydney releasing its vision for a high-tech, green and people-friendly precinct. The square will complement the NSW Government’s plans for Tech Central, a new 250,000 sqm technology and innovation precinct next to Central Station. Lord Mayor Clover Moore […]

RMIT research calls for home design to support ageing in place post-pandemic

Pragmatic housing design features are vital to enable older people to stay home longer, have greater independence and reduce the cost of aged care services, according to new RMIT University research. COVID-19 has exposed serious flaws in the quality of care provided in residential aged care. About 1.3 million older Australians need help with their […]

Tim Ross premieres podcast on Sydney Opera House tapestries

Comedian and design enthusiast Tim Ross has put the recent lockdown to good use by producing a new podcast about the Sydney Opera House’s tapestries. “As a touring performer, everything sort of stopped. So pretty quickly, I thought about all the things I could do if I can’t get on the road,” he tells ADR. […]

Hassell announces new board members for three-year practice vision

Two new members have been appointed to Hassell’s board for three-year terms. Liz Westgarth joins the board after nine years with the firm’s Sydney studio, recognised for their work at 60 Martin Place for Investa, The State Library of NSW, and Metro North West. Prior to Hassell, Westgarth was with Foster + Partners and Future […]

The Architecture Drawing Prize calls for submissions

In partnership with Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has called for entries for the fourth edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize.  Launched in 2017, the prize is conceived to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing. Entries are welcomed by Australian architects, designers […]

BLP ushers in new leadership era with Tara Veldman as managing director

Australian architecture firm Billard Leece Partnership (BLP), has appointed 12 principals and 11 associates as its new leadership team.  After 25 years of practice, BLP, a 130-strong team with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, is moving to a more inclusive model of ownership recognising performance and fostering diversity of talent.  Following David Leece’s recent retirement […]

Grimshaw completes heritage encased Olderfleet office tower

Global practice Grimshaw celebrates completion of 40-storey Olderfleet commercial tower, merging Melbourne heritage with contemporary workplace architecture.  Set behind three heritage-listed buildings at 477 Collins Street, collectively known as the ‘Olderfleet Buildings’, the 40-storey office tower was designed by Grimshaw to deliver on Mirvac’s aspirations for the development to be one of Melbourne’s highest quality […]

Melbourne Design Week 2021 calls for designers and artists to submit ideas

Artists, designers and architects are being invited to pitch their projects and ideas for Melbourne Design Week 2021. The Victoria-wide 11-day program of talks, tours, workshops, launches and exhibitions will explore the theme ‘Design the world you want’ in 2021. Expressions of interest are now open for ideas that consider “how the design community can […]

BESIX and Watpac integrate to create multi-disciplinary contractor

The integration of BESIX and Watpac construction companies creates a new multi-disciplinary contractor, bringing a unique offering to Australian and New Zealand markets. The capability of internationally acclaimed BESIX Group has been combined with iconic local brand, Watpac to form BESIX Watpac, heralding a new approach to the construction industry. The expertise that delivered the […]

Arcadia announces senior promotions

Arcadia Landscape Architecture has announced the promotions of Valerie Ostermann to associate and Kaylie Salvatori to Indigenous landscape strategist. “In the two years that Valerie has been with Arcadia, she has demonstrated exceptional design leadership within the studio and become a trusted mentor internally. Her multi-disciplinary collaboration skills and her delivery of significant construction packages […]