Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni on architecture’s role in preserving peace

As bombs rained down on architect Marwa Al-Sabouni’s home city of Homs, Syria, she made the difficult decision of staying in the city throughout the civil war. ADR chats to Al-Sabouni about how she believes the architecture in Homs helped facilitate conflict and the role architecture can now play in creating peace and identity. When […]

Sibling Architecture teams with RMIT Design Hub for live research project

Sibling Architecture has teamed up with RMIT Design Hub to present New Agency: Owning Your Future, a live research project and exhibition focused on the link between ageing and the design of our future homes.  Taking place 29 August to 22 September, the exhibition, curated and designed by Sibling Architecture, will transform the Design Hub into a […]

What lessons can you take from a ‘starchitect’?

Moshe Safdie is undoubtedly a starchitect of the 20th and 21st centuries, who appears not to have fallen for his own hype. At almost 80, he claims not to entirely understand the tricky process of winning projects. Marian Edmunds asks, ‘what can we learn from the Israeli-Canadian architect?’ Sometimes people seek you because of your […]

The challenges of coastal design

Polly Harbison has a Sydney-based practice that specialises in coastal residences. Here she shares some recommendations with AR for the best materials to use when constructing in this environment. AR: What are the particular design challenges in this space? Polly Harbison: A lot of the buildings on the south coast are quite cold. They have […]

In conversation with Coy Yiontis

Some would find working alongside their partner a sure path to divorce, but Rosa Coy and George Yiontis says the only drawbacks are talking about work too much at home and organising family holidays… There are many different business models for an architecture practice, but one of the most fraught, surely, would be one run […]

Meet emerging practice Adam Kane Architects

With interior designer parents and a life-long love of building and creating, Adam Kane was almost destined to work in the architecture industry. AR talks to him about how that passion led him to set up his own practice. I’ve always had a fascination with design and construction and if I wasn’t an architect I’d […]

Australian Institute of Architects ousts CEO Jennifer Cunich

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has sacked its CEO Jennifer Cunich, replacing her with national president Clare Cousins in the interim.  According to the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Cunich’s departure follows “months” of ongoing discussions between the two sides. Cunich joined AIA IN 2016 during a period of financial difficulty, and one of her first […]

Q&ADR: Woods Bagot’s Georgia Singleton

ADR catches up with global director and education sector leader at Woods Bagot, Georgia Singleton, to find out the biggest challenges that architects are facing and how the design of educational institutions is evolving. What does a ‘typical’ day look like in your role as global leader of Science and Education? The only consistency is […]

The Robin Boyd Foundation Launches the Boyd Circle

The Robin Boyd Foundation for Design has gathered together eleven leading architects to form the inaugural Boyd Circle to educate the public on why design matters. The Boyd Circle will curate a bold new program of talks, open days and interactive events that promote inclusive discussion and active public participation in design. It aims to […]

How to improve pathways into architecture for First Nations people

Hosted on the Yalukit Willam land of the Boon Wurrung people, in a leafy clearing of Melbourne’s verdant Royal Botanic Gardens civic space MPavilion hosted BLAKitecture late last year, a public forum discussing how the architectural industry might respectfully embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at all levels of the design process. It highlighted […]

Why landscape is crucial to healthcare design

There’s been a huge amount of research into the effect of green spaces on our health, with many scientists agreeing that they can aid with healing. ADR speaks to Brent Hardcastle, associate, Wilson Architects about how to incorporate landscape into design to promote health and wellbeing. What are the main challenges health centres face when […]