- Article by Charlotte Huston
Following a 25-year tenure with global architecture practice HDR, mixed-use and retail specialist Susanne Pini has joined Rothelowman.
Pini’s appointment coincides with Rothelowman entering its fourth decade. Her experience, strategy and leadership will help to continue the growth of the firm and the evolution of work on a national scale.
She will join the team of 12 national principals and lead the Sydney studio with fellow principal Ben Pomroy.
“Susanne is a true leader,” says Rothelowman managing principal Nigal Hobart. “She has an innate ability to solve complex problems for her clients, facilitate growth in her teams and, at the same time, is an exceptional, industry-leading principal and designer.
“Susanne’s passion for strategic design that influences city-shaping and elevates health, well-being and the creation of community, is what we felt aligned her perfectly with our culture and design approach.”
Pini adds that Rothelowman is based on “collective” rather than “individual” work.
“Daily, the firm’s thought leaders from across our studios come together to provide input and ideas for every problem we set out to solve. While the collaboration feels organic, it is also supported and formalised by established frameworks including the Rothelowman Manifesto.”
According to Rothelowman, this approach allows the practice to “be proactive in addressing and balancing the project agenda as the design develops – there are no bad ideas, just better decisions.”
Pini’s architecture, which includes publicly engaging pieces of community infrastructure and complex urban regeneration projects, has received many industry awards, both locally and globally.
Possessing a passion for creating healthy, sustainable communities, Pini hopes to reshape cities and town centres with mixed-use buildings that “enrich lives.”
Pomroy is also excited to be joined by Pini for the next chapter of Rothelowman’s journey in the New South Wales market.
“We have a unique skillset to create great mixed-use, retail and urban design at a large scale. Susanne’s leadership and passion for professional development for her teams will be instrumental as we continue to evolve the practice.”
Photograph supplied by Rothelowman.