Hassell to close founding studio

Hassell, one of Australia’s largest and oldest architecture practices, has announced it will close its Adelaide studio. Hassell was established in Adelaide in 1938.

In a statement, Hassell said it will remain committed to completing its current Adelaide projects until at least the end of 2021.

“In making this announcement, the Board cited the calibre of projects and the contribution of work, capability, and talent emerging from the Adelaide studio over many years, acknowledging the studio’s role positioning the firm to grow nationally and internationally.”

Hassell was established in Adelaide by Colin Hassell, Philip Claridge and Jack McConnell. The practice now has studios across Australia, Asia, UK and USA.

Its current Adelaide projects include the redevelopment of the Festival Centre, which was originally designed by Hassell in 1973.

“Longer term, the firm will continue to maintain its interest in the Adelaide market and will pursue opportunities through a combination of partnerships with local firms and drawing on talent from the broader network of Hassell studios,” the practice said.

“This is an approach Hassell has taken in other markets internationally where a regional hub studio operates in multiple adjacent markets.”

The practice’s Adelaide-based principals Mariano DeDuonni, David Homburg and Chris Watkins will establish a new independent consultancy.

Hassell was ranked the largest architecture practice in Australia the BD World Architecture’s annual survey for three years running from 2010 to 2012.

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