Help staff members “feel connected and safe in their roles” during COVID-19, says Greenbox Architecture

This week’s virtual fireside chat is a little different as we reach out to Greenbox Architecture to see how the Sydney practice is approaching leadership during COVID-19 as a studio. Greenbox works across a variety of project types and sizes from single dwellings to multi-res, office fit-outs, data centres and commercial buildings. Its focus as […]

Hames Sharley appoints Melbourne studio lead

Australian architecture and design practice Hames Sharley has appointed Elise Miles Simonovski as its new studio leader for Victoria. Originally from Canberra, Simonovski brings 17 years of experience within the design and construction industry, fulfilling various roles and client relations spanning Commercial, Education and Defence portfolios. “I’m very excited to join Hames Sharley, be a […]

ABC to premiere documentary on Richard Leplastrier

ABC is set to premiere a documentary on the Australian architect Richard Leplastrier, filmed over the course of 15 years. Richard Leplastrier – Framing the View premieres on 12 May and is the work of documentarian Anna Cater, who is known for the 2010 documentary Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle, which also aired on ABC. The […]

“Look to the new avenues” to come after COVID-19, says Shannon Peach

Amid the doom and gloom predictions for our economy and the A&D industry, Milieu director Shannon Peach advises practices to prepare for the “deferred activity” that he believes will come later this year. In our latest virtual fireside chat with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the director of the […]

“Beware of rushing into new areas to make up for lost business,” says Paul Conrad

Weather the storm by sticking to your current strategies and not rushing into new fields is Paul Conrad’s leadership advice to practices working through the coronavirus pandemic. In the second of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the principal of the eponymous Melbourne architectural and […]

Designers shouldn’t waste time “spinning their wheels” says Rob Mills

With the coronavirus outbreak causing cancelled or postponed projects, it can be tempting for designers to go into overdrive seeking out new business, but Rob Mills says that’s not the best use of your time. “I’ve been through three recessions, now this is the fourth, and I’ve looked back over those times and I realised […]

“Maintain a mindset to continue the innovation of your team,” says Jeremy Bull

“Stay positive and protect your capital so that you can explode out of the gates when the market finds its new normal” is Alexander & CO. principal Jeremy Bull’s advice to practices dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. In the first of our Working from Home series, where we speak to Australian interior designers and architects […]

Robin Boyd-winning architect Gabriel Poole dies

Gabriel Poole, Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture winner and 1998 Royal Australian Institute of Architecture Gold Medalist, passed away yesterday of natural causes aged 85. The Poole House, designed in 1962, while still a student draftsman in Robin Gibson’s office, was his first home in Brisbane’s Sherwood. In the 1970s, Poole established Atelier-Two-Designs with […]

Introducing Tili Bensley-Nettheim, editor AR magazine and ADR Architectural

Tili Bensley-Nettheim joins Niche as the editor of AR magazine and ADR Architectural, teaming up with Elisa Scarton, editor of inside magazine and ADR Interiors. Tili will also be an integral part of the content team for Niche’s newest initiative, the Business of Architecture and Design conference, which had a very successful debut last November […]

“The greenest building is the one you don’t knock over,” says Tim Ross

Tim Ross explains why we’re often afraid to let our buildings age, preferring to knock them down and replace them with “crappy modern buildings that make no impact on the future”. Speaking to ADR in the lead up to the premiere of his new show Designing a Legacy in Melbourne, the comedian and TV presenter […]

Every project needs “moments of delight”, not Instagram moments – Kukame McPierzie

Creating moments of delight in design comes through “thoughtful, considered, original, creative” work and not from producing Instagram-perfect buildings, says Woods Bagot’s Perth studio chair Kukame McPierzie. “A simple example is you design a house for someone and you have a great view, so someone comes out of their bedroom in the morning and they […]