Designers shouldn’t waste time “spinning their wheels” says Rob Mills

With the coronavirus outbreak causing cancelled or postponed projects, it can be tempting for designers to go into overdrive seeking out new business, but Rob Mills says that’s not the best use of your time. “I’ve been through three recessions, now this is the fourth, and I’ve looked back over those times and I realised […]

“Maintain a mindset to continue the innovation of your team,” says Jeremy Bull

“Stay positive and protect your capital so that you can explode out of the gates when the market finds its new normal” is Alexander & CO. principal Jeremy Bull’s advice to practices dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. In the first of our Working from Home series, where we speak to Australian interior designers and architects […]

Robin Boyd-winning architect Gabriel Poole dies

Gabriel Poole, Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture winner and 1998 Royal Australian Institute of Architecture Gold Medalist, passed away yesterday of natural causes aged 85. The Poole House, designed in 1962, while still a student draftsman in Robin Gibson’s office, was his first home in Brisbane’s Sherwood. In the 1970s, Poole established Atelier-Two-Designs with […]

Introducing Tili Bensley-Nettheim, editor AR magazine and ADR Architectural

Tili Bensley-Nettheim joins Niche as the editor of AR magazine and ADR Architectural, teaming up with Elisa Scarton, editor of inside magazine and ADR Interiors. Tili will also be an integral part of the content team for Niche’s newest initiative, the Business of Architecture and Design conference, which had a very successful debut last November […]

“The greenest building is the one you don’t knock over,” says Tim Ross

Tim Ross explains why we’re often afraid to let our buildings age, preferring to knock them down and replace them with “crappy modern buildings that make no impact on the future”. Speaking to ADR in the lead up to the premiere of his new show Designing a Legacy in Melbourne, the comedian and TV presenter […]

Every project needs “moments of delight”, not Instagram moments – Kukame McPierzie

Creating moments of delight in design comes through “thoughtful, considered, original, creative” work and not from producing Instagram-perfect buildings, says Woods Bagot’s Perth studio chair Kukame McPierzie. “A simple example is you design a house for someone and you have a great view, so someone comes out of their bedroom in the morning and they […]

“Interiors tend to not reach their potential when they become obsessed with brand new,” says principal Mark Talbot

Architectus principal Mark Talbot says the industry shouldn’t focus on creating “photo-worthy fitouts that demonstrate prowess in taste and modern design”. Speaking to ADR following his move to Architectus’ interior architecture sector, Talbot has 28 years of experience across the architecture, interior architecture and industrial design disciplines, and says a designer’s focus should always be […]

“You’re not buying a brand when you come to Tzannes” – discussing design with Chi Melhem and Ben Green

In the era of branding, it’s unusual to hear anyone in the industry define itself as the opposite, but that’s what Sydney architecture, urban and integrated design studio Tzannes does. Fresh from winning the Overall prize at IDEA 2019 and just missing out on top crown at the World Architecture Festival, Alec Tzannes’ eponymous practice […]

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 […]

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 […]

The architect as solo creative genius must be “demystified”, says the Architecture Lobby

Positioning the director of an architecture practice as the solo creative genius enables them to get away with “basically running a bad business”, says Architecture Lobby Victorian chapter steward Frank Burridge. “We think that architects being a solo genius is a kind of phenomenon or an attitude that supports a lot of the really bad […]