“You’re not buying a brand when you come to Tzannes” – discussing design with Chi Melhem and Ben Green

In the era of branding, it’s unusual to hear anyone in the industry define itself as the opposite, but that’s what Sydney architecture, urban and integrated design studio Tzannes does. Fresh from winning the Overall prize at IDEA 2019 and just missing out on top crown at the World Architecture Festival, Alec Tzannes’ eponymous practice […]

Dealing with lean times – how to remove stress associated with redundancies and contract work

Negotiating human resources during the lean times is an ongoing challenge for many practices. This is where a few practised strategies can help. By its very nature, the architecture and design industry experiences periods of feast and famine. It is an industry filled with creativity, imagination and hard work, but it is also one that […]

Australians need to value architecture and design more – HY William Chan

NSW Young Australian of the Year 2020 finalist and COX Architecture urban designer HY William Chan sits down with ADR to talk about why Australians don’t always appreciate architects or designers. The self-described “cities innovator” was part of last year’s City of Sydney 2050 Expert Panel, where he presented to the Citizen’s Jury and advised […]

The architect as solo creative genius must be “demystified”, says the Architecture Lobby

Positioning the director of an architecture practice as the solo creative genius enables them to get away with “basically running a bad business”, says Architecture Lobby Victorian chapter steward Frank Burridge. “We think that architects being a solo genius is a kind of phenomenon or an attitude that supports a lot of the really bad […]

Sean Gill joins Gray Puksand

A design focused architect, Gill joins Gray Puksand’s Brisbane office as an associate and brings over 10 years’ experience. In his new role, Gill will focus on leading project teams on current work as well as building new relationships. With portfolio strengths in retail, mixed-use and commercial projects, Gill sees his move to Gray Puksand as an opportunity to […]

“Without people to bring it to life, architecture is just a beautiful sculpture” -HASSELL’s Evodia Alaterou

As the first principal of HASSELL’s strategy team, Evodia Alaterou combines data with curiosity to determine what exactly makes ‘good design’. The South African-born designer studied architecture before doing a Masters in Environmental Psychology. She now leads a team dedicated to developing a deeper understanding of the people at the centre of HASSELL’s projects. It […]

From sculpture to skyscraper – discussing the design process with Chris Wilkinson

In 2013, WilkinsonEyre principal Chris Wilkinson was puzzling over the brief for the new Crown hotel in Sydney while on Christmas holiday at the family home in Lucca, Italy. “I spent most of the Christmas going through this brief. It was very detailed with the spaces they wanted, plus or minus figures for the area,” […]

“Do you really need a laundry?” – James Legge, pondering the future of Australia’s cities

It’s the Aussie dream to have the big house with all the amenities, a garden and a pool, but in our current property market, James Legge from National Sustainability Award winning-practice Six Degrees says for many of us, it’ll never be anything more than that – a dream. In the latest ABS Residential Property Price […]

“Everywhere you build in Australia, you’re building on Indigenous land” says designer Jack Mitchell

Architecture is a form of occupation says Jack Mitchell, likening our cities to a study in colonialism not dissimilar to that present overseas. Speaking to ADR in the lead-up to the second BLAKitecture forum at Melbourne’s MPavilion on 17 December, Jack Mitchell shared his own experience as a young Indigenous designer. “So much of what […]

ADR’s top 10 profiles of architects and designers for 2019

We love a good profile. This year had its fair share of movers and shakers making waves in the design world from artists telling architects to find a new job to women speaking about the challenges they face in the industry. For our review of the year, we look at the 10 top profiles. “Everywhere […]

Why be an architect – ‘it is what it is’…

When I try to question the architectural world, the response I usually get from mentors is ‘it is what it is’… Earlier this year, I sat for registration. In my interview I was asked why a client should hire an architect, in place of a building designer or the like. I replied a prescribed and […]