Getting to know Regional Design Service

The small town of Corowa is the unlikely setting for thriving architecture and design studio Regional Design Service. The studio’s founders talk to Isla Sutherland about demystifying and democratising good design for regional communities. Phillip Nielsen and Aaron Nicholls began their practice in 2017. At the time, Corowa had not had an architect in residence […]

Getting to know Sans-Arc Studio

Sans-Arc Studio may only have a couple of years under its belt, but with offices in Adelaide and Melbourne already, it’s quickly becoming the darling of the Australian hospitality design scene. You only have to spend a few minutes chatting to Matiya Marovich to understand why Sans-Arc Studio is the perfect name. Founded in Adelaide, […]

Tim Ross premieres podcast on Sydney Opera House tapestries

Comedian and design enthusiast Tim Ross has put the recent lockdown to good use by producing a new podcast about the Sydney Opera House’s tapestries. “As a touring performer, everything sort of stopped. So pretty quickly, I thought about all the things I could do if I can’t get on the road,” he tells ADR. […]

“We’re here to live, not to defy death. Our architecture should do the same” – Koichi Takada

Architects and designers need to seize the moment post-COVID-19 to wind back the clock and “protect architecture as a sanctuary for human beings” says architect Koichi Takada. “We try to sit on a bench and it says, ‘Please do not sit.’ Or, ‘Make sure you keep a 1.5-metre distance’. The rule completely destroys the idea […]

Five Australian houses architects have built for themselves

Architects have designed these five houses for themselves, applying their exacting design standards to their own home sweet homes, whether that be a converted warehouse in Melbourne or a weatherboard cottage from the 1920s. Bondi Beach apartment by Adele McNab Caught up in a Miami Vice fantasy, Adele McNab couldn’t resist this apartment, stripping the space back […]

Challenge the perception that architecture is only “required at the end of a project”, says Richard Kirk

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre designed by Richard Kirk, director of KIRK architecture practice, has received the Queensland Architecture Medallion — the Queensland Architecture Awards’ highest honour. Kirk shares his views on some of the biggest challenges facing the profession. How do you define the value of architects?  Too often, architects are thought of as […]

Workplaces will not go “back to normal” after COVID-19 says Ray Brown

The rows of workstations where employees sit at the same desk year after year will be “less in demand” post COVID-19, says Architectus CEO Ray Brown. Instead, Brown says companies should be drawing inspiration from the university “sticky campus” model if they want their employees to return to their office following the pandemic. “A few […]

There is some fear over “being open and honest” as a young woman in architecture, says Stephanie Lancuba

In our ongoing series on women in architecture, we chat to Lyons project architect Stephanie Lancuba on the fears, challenges and influences that have changed her course as a young designer.   When did you first become interested in architecture and design? From a young age, I was generally interested in creative pursuits, but my connection to the construction […]

Dan Cox joins Hassell as its newest principal

After 15 years at Carr, most recently in the role of interior design director, Dan Cox has been named a principal at Hassell. The Perth-born interior designer and past IDEA judge spoke to ADR just six days after taking over the new role, in the middle of Melbourne’s second coronavirus lockdown. “I went in to […]

The physical model is anything but obsolete, says Woods Bagot model maker

It’s a dying art, but one that John Sargood preserves in a workshop cluttered with perfectly detailed miniatures of Woods Bagot buildings destined to grace skylines the world over. It’s an almost impossible task to capture John Sargood’s world in print. Reading back over our conversation, it’s quickly apparent that so much is missing. Sargood […]

“You must be open to embracing every opportunity that presents itself, especially as a female in the industry” – Brindha Kugan, Architectus

The climate change emergency, layered in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, has created a large-scale social experiment of resilience. For architects and designers there has been industry-wide introspection, a delving into existing toolboxes, in order to imagine a built environment that is adaptive and responsive to these crises. ADR speaks to Architectus Australia associate, Brindha […]