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 […]

“In a nutshell, you try to create a dream for them” – ElvinTan on commercial design projects

Elvin Tan loves to design and loves talking about it even more. Since launching his own multi-disciplinary design studio in 2018, Tan has developed a portfolio rich in hospitality and commercial projects. He also happens to be shortlisted for the IDEA 2021 Emerging Designer of the Year, with two projects also up for the Retail […]

“There’s a lot of inequity in the way people live” in Melbourne says Woods Bagot’s new urban design lead

The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns exacerbated the inequities already present in Melbourne, according to Heinz von Eckartsberg. Appointed to Woods Bagot to lead urban design in Australia and New Zealand in July 2021, von Eckartsberg says the pandemic exposed weaknesses in how the city was both planned and developed. “I equate it with […]

“Unpaid overtime is not part and parcel of being an architect” – Maytree Studios’ Rebecca Caldwell

With the ethos ‘humans first and architects second’, Maytree Studios’ director Rebecca Caldwell is schooling the industry on how to run a transparent and accessible practice, no high horse necessary.  “I can’t go and run a business that’s super profitable and drive my new car, but have my staff still tapping away on $65 grand a year with […]

The cross-cultural prowess of atelier Luke

Designing across Australia and Japan, architect Luke Hayward is an example of transcultural design dexterity. Co-founder of his studio atelier Luke, with his partner interior designer Junko Nakatsuka, Hayward speaks to ADR about his design philosophy and career journey. The past year for Luke Hayward has been a roller coaster of COVID-related innovation and opportunities. […]