Donald Watson wins 2021 AIA Gold Medal

The 2021 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal has been awarded to Donald Watson, with the jury describing him as “Queensland’s foremost architectural historian” and a “protagonist of postmodernist design”. Australia’s most prestigious architecture award, the Gold Medal recognises distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, producing work […]

Technē promotes Bianca Baldi to associate

Technē Architecture and Interior Design‘s Bianca Baldi has been promoted from interior designer to associate. With more than 10 years of industry experience at the Melbourne practice, Baldi has worked in a variety of sectors including hospitality, residential and commercial spaces. She began her career as an undergraduate in 2010 and went on to work […]

“Within the current world, politics has become a dirty word”, but it’s not – David Flack

The Australian public, and designers in particular, shouldn’t be afraid of being political, says IDEA 2020 Designer of the Year David Flack. “Within our current world, politics has become a dirty word, but it’s not. It’s actually the place all design starts from,” says Flack. “There is a fear within a lot of Australians, but […]

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal win Pritzker Architecture Prize 2021

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been awarded the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The French duo best known for its social housing, cultural and academic institutions, public spaces and urban developments, made a name for itself most recently with its transformation, alongside Frédéric Druot, of Tour Bois le Prêtre. The crumbling 1960s tower block in […]

New book chronicles career and experiences of Kerstin Thompson

For more than 25 years, Kerstin Thompson has explored how architecture can “respond to local conditions to positively shape lives and communities”. In Kerstin Thompson Architects: Encompassing people & place, the extensive body of work of the practice and the achievements and lessons learnt by its founder are chronicled in what publisher Thames & Hudson […]

Design needs to be a “key contributing factor” in aged care models, says Hassell’s Gabriella Avenia

Designing for aged care should not be a challenge, but an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the evolution of the current model, says Gabriella Avenia. The Hassell architect recently penned an insight piece on the sector and the relationship between social connection and mental health with particular emphasis on the recent COVID-19 lockdowns. “Often designers […]

Hassell announces a slew of promotions

Hassell has announced appointments into its principal, senior associate, and associate groups across its nine global studios.  Hassell managing director, Steve Coster said the new principals reflect the firm’s focus on bringing together both strategic intelligence and creative design.  “This group of people have a broad and positive influence across Hassell, leading great projects, inspiring […]

“Architecture does not stop at creating beautiful forms” – Andra Matin

Jakarta-based Andra Matin talks about beginning his practice in an economic crisis and the need for a paradigm shift in Indonesian contemporary architecture. To herald local, traditional design while simultaneously championing a nationwide modernisation is a balance few could find with the elegance of Andra Matin. Since founding his eponymous Jakarta-based studio andramatin in 1998, […]

Getting to know Made For

Made For is a Melbourne-based architecture and design practice founded in 2016 by husband and wife team Mitchell Jones and Cara Stizza. We speak to Jones about Made For’s troupe of eight and the future of design after COVID. “I go under the guise of creative director because it’s one of the only titles in […]

Hames Sharley makes “strategic alliance” with appointment of Khoa Do

Hames Sharley has partnered with Khoa Do of Curtin University to enhance the practice’s design process and bridge the gap between academia and the private sector.  Bringing with him more than two decades of experience in university and private architecture sectors, Khoa Do is currently Associate Professor of Architecture and Deputy Chair of the Curtin Academy. […]

ASPECT Studios appoints Tamsin McLean as COO

Tamsin McLean has been named ASPECT Studios’ Chief Operating Officer, leading one of Australia’s most revered landscape architecture practices into a post-pandemic future.   McLean has previously held key managerial positions at Woods Bagot and Bates Smart and was a principal at Activate Strategy Group where she collaborated with service-based businesses facing critical organisational change.  It […]