Meet emerging practice studioplusthree

With a common interest in culture, craft and making, the three founders of swiftly rising practice studioplusthree are drawing on their individual perspectives to design unique projects. AR talks to one third of studioplusthree, Simon Rochowski, about running a successful emerging practice. There’s a distinct international flavour about studioplusthree. With experience in London, Hong Kong, […]

Size isn’t everything: House A by Whispering Smith

Kate fitzgerald, director of whispering smith, discusses House A, a home she built for herself and her partner that has an unusual size and appearance. Whispering Smith’s House A is a challenge to the status quo of housing in Perth. The sustainable apartment-house hybrid is designed for small lots and uses commercial materials in an […]

How technology is driving architectural experimentation

Architecture is an industry at a crossroads with rapid technological advancements. Consumers now expect buildings to do more than ever including providing climate control, and increased access to natural light and ventilation. The heightened expectations and advancements in technology have pushed us into the realm of increased architectural experimentation. This experimentation is resulting in integrating […]

In conversation: Hamilton Conte’s Ross Hamilton

Talking with Ross Hamilton from Hamilton Conte is a lively undertaking. He is passionate and articulate about Hamilton Conte, the company he and associate Fabian Conte created. Now, with the opening of its latest Parisian showroom, Hamilton Conte’s offering is complete, providing a home away from home for designers and their clients in a perfect […]

Why design thinking is integral to your business not just your projects

Design isn’t just about the plans you draw up for the buildings you create. Design thinking should be an integral part of your business model too. Design thinking is the antithesis of resting on your laurels, of reusing past methods and approaches or rehashing ideas. It is about finding the client’s specific problems and then […]

In profile: Iain Halliday

With more than 30 years in the interior design industry, Iain Halliday has not only shaped the aesthetic of Australian interior design, but has continually challenged fashion and taste. His is 
an aesthetic to die for – layered, rich, opulent and stunningly clear of clutter, despite the great plethora of objects and art his projects […]

When is it appropriate to reject heritage council recommendations?

Does Australia need a more trusted Heritage process? Shaun Carter, principal architect, Carter Williamson Architects, investigates.  Let’s put this into context: at state level, Heritage classification is a high threshold. Heritage can’t, and shouldn’t ever be a flippant exercise that registers buildings without deep thought and consideration. Cities will need to grow and change over time. […]