Getting to know Katherine Burdett from Noble Architecture

Inspired by an upbringing surrounded by nature and the importance of ‘hands-on’ work, Sydney-based architect Katherine Burdett is all about architecture that positively inspires its inhabitants through feel and function. The director of emerging design practice Noble Architecture, Burdett provides services to both Sydney and Regional Australia, with a particular focus on sustainable projects that […]

“Architectural drawing is a respected, but increasingly rare skill”

A talented architectural draftsman, Woods Bagot’s Harry Charalambous chats to ADR about how drawing has become a “respected, but increasingly rare skill”. Since graduating from the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Architecture course in 1979, Charalambous has worked on extensive projects within Australia and throughout Europe and Asia. He has demonstrated a mature understanding of […]

“Context is everything in design” – three architects on embracing Indigenous culture in design.

Listen, live and learn, ADR talks to three architects embracing Indigenous culture in their design practice. More than a year after Black and Indigenous Lives Matter marches bring a wave of feet to Australian streets, it’s heartening to see so many non-Indigenous allies continuing to stand up. They must speak out against systemic racism more […]

Landscape architect Peachy Green on creating “magical moments”

Good design isn’t always a bed of roses. However, Peachy Green founder and landscape architect Fran Hale shares how she gets pretty close to making it one. Since starting her studio in 2011, Melbourne-based Hale has developed a distinct style for buoyantly lush and considered spaces. ADR recently caught up with Hale to discuss her career […]

Iranian studio HOOBA Design named RIBA International Emerging Architect 2021

HOOBA Design and its founder Hooman Balazadeh have been named the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2021. The Iranian practice made the longlist for the prize with The Kohan Ceram Central Office Building – a multi-storey project that stands out with its unique perforated brick “like a glowing beacon on a grey city corner” in Tehran. […]

“We did very much learn on the run” – BKK Architects on 21 years in practice

The three leaders at BKK Architects typify the collegiate nature of Melbourne architecture practices. And it’s been that way since the very start… In days of yore, 21 was when we were given the key of the door and launched out into the world as fully-fledged adults. Things aren’t that cut and dried anymore, but […]

Getting to know IDEA 2021 Emerging Designer of the Year finalist State of Kin

As we get closer to the 2021 IDEA Awards gala in Sydney, ADR is shining a light on the next generation of emerging designers. Today, it’s the turn of Perth-based multi-disciplinary design studio State of Kin. As an Emerging Designer of the Year finalist, State of Kin has two projects shortlisted in the Hospitality category […]

“Sure, being female-led is a differentiator, but clients are more interested in people without an ego”

As one of the country’s few female-led practices, Pop Architecture in Melbourne isn’t fixed on gender, but on the absence of ego. “We were both in quite different places when we decided to start; it wasn’t particularly conscious or planned,” says co-founder and director Katherine Sainsbery. “I’d left Wood Marsh earlier that year and had […]

Getting to know IDEA 2021 Emerging Designer of the Year finalist Dreamers & Shakers

As we near closer to the IDEA gala in Sydney, ADR is shining a light on the next generation of emerging designers. Today, Prue Dabelstein from Dreamers & Shakers is showing us how it’s done. The 2021 winners are set to be announced in person at the IDEA gala in Sydney on Thursday 24 February 2022. Buy […]

Meet our Designer of the Year finalists for IDEA 2021

It’s official! We’ll be announcing the winners for IDEA 2021 in Sydney on 24 February 2022. Buy your tickets now. From the almost 300 projects shortlisted, there can only be one winner across each of our 15 categories, but there are also five special awards. Of those, the most hotly contested has to be the 2021 Designer […]

“Pushing architectural boundaries has become taboo” – Koichi Takada

Architects and designers are increasingly being forced to choose compliance over creativity to the detriment of their craft, says Japan-born, Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada. “The whole world has become compliant,” Takada tells ADR. “We used to have an element in which we, as architects and designers, would challenge and push the boundaries. For me, that […]