Temporary architecture “breathes new life into the city and makes the invisible visible”

Ahead of her appearance at DESIGN Canberra (4-24 November), Yena Young from Berlin-based design team Plastique Fantastique sits down with ADR to chat about temporary architecture and incorporating performance, music and dance into design.  Could you tell us a little about Plastique Fantastique? Plastique Fantastique is a platform for temporary architecture, which samples the performative possibilities of urban environments. Established in Berlin in […]

Baracco+Wright returns Melbourne to its pre-colonial roots in new landscape project

Following its successful 2018 Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Baracco+Wright applies its thoughtful style to transforming a car park into a deconstructed garden in Melbourne’s Chinatown. ADR caught up with Louise Wright to talk about the unique project and why it’s important for architects to always consider what came before. Hi Louise, welcome to ADR! Can you tell us […]

Biennale of Sydney announces two new directors

The Biennale of Sydney, the largest exhibition of contemporary art in Australia, has announced two new members have joined its board of directors: Johanna Featherstone and Rachel Verghis. Chaired by Kate Mills, the board of 13 members also includes Josephine Cashman, Geoffrey Cassidy, Danielle Earp, Anne Flanagan, Paris Neilson, James Roth, Morry Schwartz AM, Naseema Sparks […]

Abbie Galvin announced as first female NSW Government Architect

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes today announced the appointment of Abbie Galvin as the 24th NSW Government Architect.  “I’m delighted Ms Galvin will be our new Government Architect and the first woman to hold the position since it was created more than 200 years ago,” Stokes said. “The Government Architect has been one […]

Jeanne Gang to speak at Powerhouse Museum

Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum has announced an Australian exclusive event with internationally-renowned architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA. For the first time in Sydney, the founding principal of Studio Gang and MacArthur Fellow will discuss her award-winning practice and design process in a free talk at the Powerhouse Museum on 28 October 2019. Gang is the founding principal and […]

Back with the tribe – Karen Webster takes the reins at LCI Melbourne

The new principal and dean of LCI Melbourne, Karen Webster, has come back to academia after a spell in the industry. It’s like coming home, she says. Karen Webster worked at RMIT for 25 years and she loved it. “It was my life, my world,” she recalls. “I headed up fashion and textiles there and […]

Meet emerging practice LXN Architecture

For co-directors Josh Crossin and Sarah Lindsay, LXN Architecture isn’t the duo’s first foray into opening their own practice. Here, they tell AR about having a “second crack” at establishing a studio and doing it “properly”. While Josh Crossin and Sarah Lindsay were both born and raised in Tasmania, the pair had quite different backgrounds. […]

Woods Bagot names Rhonda Mitchell and Jason Fraser principal

Woods Bagot has promoted Rhonda Mitchell and Jason Fraser to principal, with regional executive chair Kate Frear congratulating the pair on their ability to “seek out challenges, connection and choice”. Based in Melbourne and Sydney respectively, Mitchell and Fraser found architecture in different ways. After graduating with a fine arts degree, Fraser found himself “at odds […]

Australia’s top commercial photographer announced

Sydney-based professional photographer, Gavin Jowitt, was named Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year at the 2019 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) this week. Organised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), APPA is the most prestigious competition for professional photographers. This year saw 1647 entries judged over three days with the results announced at a […]

New appointments at Hames Sharley

Hames Sharley has appointed three senior leaders across its practice as part of a nationwide commitment to encourage a new age of built spaces.  Accepting the role of director are Retail and Town Centre Portfolio Leader Harold Perks in Melbourne, and National Design Forum Leader Derek Hays in Perth. In Adelaide, Studio Leader Leon Gouws […]

Warren and Mahoney appoints Sven Ollmann as Sydney principal

Architecture practice Warren and Mahoney has appointed Sven Ollmann as a principal in its Sydney studio following the firm’s recent achievement of $1billion of projects in development in Australia. Ollmann arrives with more than 25 years’ experience working at the forefront of sustainable commercial design. He began his career in Europe before moving to Sydney […]