Interior architectural designer Ilianna Ginnis on designing for nonverbal communicators

“In 2021, someone who’s nonverbal still can’t order a coffee independently because design doesn’t facilitate for that,” Ilianna Ginnis tells me recently. The interior architectural designer, disability advocate and PhD candidate at Monash University is researching how designers can interact with nonverbal communicators to make more inclusive processes. She says this form of participatory design […]

Foomann partnership a “winning formula” for design success

Since launching their practice in 2008, Foomann founding directors Jamie Sormann and Jo Foong have approached each project with considered simplicity and warmth to create homes primed for their client’s lifestyle. Created only two years after graduating from Melbourne University, Foong and Sormann explain that their small architecture practice “wasn’t really a planned thing”. “It […]

Getting to know IDEA 2021 Designer of the Year finalists Rachel Nolan and Patrick Kennedy

In celebration of the 2021 IDEA Awards, ADR is taking a sneak peek into the people behind the design magic. Today we’ll learn more about the design duo from Kennedy Nolan. As a Designer of the Year finalist, Kennedy Nolan has seven projects shortlisted in a range of categories, most notably Residential Single. Winners are set to […]

“Design reflects society” – Ros Moriarty on how Indigenous narrative equals better placemaking

Balarinji managing director Ros Moriarty discusses how a co-design methodology with local Aboriginal shareholders is required to create urban places connected to Place and Country. Nearly 40 years ago, Ros and her husband Yanyuwa man John Moriarty founded the Indigenous design studio to foster authentic engagement and understanding of Aboriginal Australia for major projects nationally. […]

Getting to know IDEA 2021 Designer of the Year finalist Travis Walton

In celebration of the 2021 IDEA Awards, ADR is taking a sneak peek into the people behind the design magic, with Melbourne designer Travis Walton now taking the lead. As a Designer of the Year finalist, Travis Walton Architecture has two projects shortlisted in the Residential Single category and one in Workplace under 1000sqm category. Winners are […]

Architects collectively can lead the conversation on sustainability, says Robert Goodliffe

If Australian architects collectively can get a name for not just creating beautiful objects, but for creating them with a view to sustainability, there will be a greater appreciation of design as being integral to the solutions of the 21st century, according to Robert Goodliffe. After more than three decades as a partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, […]

Getting to know IDEA 2021 Designer of the Year finalist Fiona Dunin

In celebration of the 2021 IDEA Awards, ADR is taking a sneak peek into the people behind the design magic, with Fiona Dunin from FMD Architects kicking us off. As a Designer of the Year finalist, FMD Architects have two projects shortlisted in the Residential Single category and one in Workplace under 1000 sqm category. […]

Glenn Murcutt becomes first Australian Praemium Imperiale laureate

Sydney-based architect Glenn Murcutt has been named Australia’s first Praemium Imperiale laureate – an annual prize awarded by the Japan Art Association. Designed to honour “fields of achievement not covered by the Nobel Prizes”, the program selects winners in architecture, painting, music and sculpture, with each receiving five million yen ($61,000). As the 2021 architecture laureate, […]

Sullivan+Strumpf to launch The Guardians by contemporary artist Nithiyendran

One of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is set to showcase his exhibition The Guardians at Sydney Sullivan+Strumpf across four exciting weeks. Opening October 14, Nithiyendran’s major solo exhibition will feature creative references to his diverse global influences and gestures to broad histories related to sculptural and ritualistic icons designed to protect […]

School for vulnerable students completed by Gray Puksand

The Melbourne City Mission’s Hester Hornbrook Academy Sunshine campus by Gray Puksand is a project built on establishing values of “community and belonging” for Victoria’s most disadvantaged youths. Leveraging on The Academy’s values of community and belonging, the practice created a contemporary and purposeful learning space for Sunshine, located 12km west of the CBD. In […]

Hassell appoints six new principals

Hassell made 59 promotions across its global studios at the end of last month, adding six new principals to its leadership team. Speaking of the announcement, Hassell’s managing director Steve Coster described the appointments as a balanced representation of the practice, “including gender and geographic locations. “These promotions reflect each individual’s contribution toward designing the world’s best places […]