Tim Griffith won a commendation in the European Prize of Architectural Photography • Architects Albert Mo and Andrew Maynard were among the seventeen Australian finalists to have work exhibited in the City of Milan Award for Young Foreign Designers • Glenn Murcutt spoke at the Università degli Studi Mediterranea in Reggio Calabria, as part of the Design for Housing conference • James Calder, managing director of DEGW Asia Pacific, is now a director of DEGW plc, DEGW’s International Group Board • Woodhead Wilson (Woodhead International, Singaporean Architects 61, and US-based Wilson & Associates) are architects for the $110M upgrade of Changi Airport Terminal 1 • Roland Snooks, co-founder of experimental architecture studio Kokkugia, has won a Fulbright Postgraduate Award to research at Columbia University, New York • Allen Jack + Cottier and landscape designer Vladimir Sitta of Terragram have designed a new city square for central Beijing, to be finished for the 2008 Olympics.
Carey Lyon is RAIA National President Elect • Venice Biennale Taskforce chair Davina Jackson tells us that the taskforce has met with Federal Arts Minister Robert Kemp and is moving ahead with a sustainable funding package for the Venice Architecture Biennale. The minister has asked the RAIA to outline the profession’s financial contribution, with a view to establishing a three-biennale commitment. The Taskforce is looking for $300,000 from the RAIA over the next three biennales. Davina Jackson has been working closely with her board, including Warren Kerr, Robert Nation and Carey Lyon, with a view to establishing an “architectural appreciation society” aimed at fostering the international appreciation of Australian architecture. The Taskforce has preliminary support from property industry sponsors and other stakeholders • Tone Wheeler is on the panel of ABC television programme The New Inventors • Woodhead International has appointed Helen Cargill as National Research Manager • The 2005 SONA president is Jen Van Den Bussche of Deakin University, with SONA executive Wendy Li from UMelb and Arlene Robb from UQ • SONA has launched terra#2, free to all members • Archicentre hosted a series of humanitarian aid training sessions for architects and planners in March for the RAIA and Architects Without Frontiers • Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief ran an “introduction to humanitarian practice” training weekend in March, sponsored by the RAIA and Archicentre, to prepare architects for work in tsunami-affected areas • APESMA’s three-month group mentoring project for professional women began at the Australia Professional Women’s Network national conference • PTW Architects has made the following appointments: Diane Jones and Stephen Stinton as principal directors; Terry Brabazon and Craig Hines as directors; Stephen Bai (China), Tim Brouw (Middle East), Andrew Robinson (Planning), Gary Sharp (Vietnam), Steven Smit (China), Marc Stringa (Planning) and Shen Yi (China) as practice directors; Peter Garaty, David Hirst, Simon Parsons and John Pauline as associate directors; and Justin Clark, Alan Crowe, Peter Keleman and Jason Marriott as associates • The Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW, has opened the Centre for Health Assets Australasia, a research centre for improving the way healthcare facilities are designed, built and operated. It is a joint initiative of the Health Capital Asset Managers’ Consortium, representing Australia and New Zealand, and UNSW.
Plus Architecture has appointed Ian Briggs as associate • The four finalists in the competition to design a new clubhouse for the Seaford Life Saving Club are: Jackson Clements Burrows, Robert Simeoni Architects, PMDL Archicentre + Design, and Architecture Matters • The Royal Melbourne Showgrounds will be redeveloped by consortium PPP Solutions, with Daryl Jackson Architects as the architects • Gregory Burgess has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture by the University of Melbourne • 9 New Architects will show at the Museum of Art, Monash University from 1 September to 5 October. Exhibitors are: Black Kosloff Knott Architects, Cassandra Complex, Elenberg Fraser Architecture, Harrison Crist Architects, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Jackson Clements Burrows, Minifie Nixon, Neil & Idle Architects, and Staughton Architects • Hayball Leonard Stent are designing a $40M apartment, retail and entertainment complex in Footscray, intended as a focal point for the surrounding Vietnamese community • Archicentre’s renovated terraces in Elgin Street, Carlton, are now complete • The City of Port Phillip is calling for expressions of interest to revamp the St Kilda foreshore “triangle site”, bounded by Luna Park, St Kilda Beach and the Esplanade • FMSA Architects has won a competition to design a Rural Learning Centre at Marlo, East Gippsland • DWI Architects, a project specific collaboration between DesignInc Melbourne and Woodhead International, will design the new Royal Women’s Hospital • Upcoming speakers in UMelb’s Dean’s Lecture Series include Paul Memmott, Rosemary Kirkby, Sue Holliday, Gordon Clark, Howard Raggatt, Jeffrey Turnbull, Lynne Armitage and Shelley Penn.
An international design competition will be held later this year to redevelop Hobart’s waterfront. It will be overseen by the recently created Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.
Its board members are Alan Brooks (chair), Prof Evan Walker, Mary Baker, Prof Marilyn Lake and Norm McIlfatrick.
The NT Government is extensively redeveloping public housing in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. This will give a new lease of life to much-needed public housing in these towns through the upgrading of services, the refurbishment of key buildings and the redevelopment of public spaces • The mixed-use office and residential tower on the site of the heritage-listed Admiralty House in Darwin’s CBD is nearing completion. This controversial project raises questions regarding the suitability of multi-storey development close to modest residential projects within the city. The site’s highly significant late-1930s house, the former residence of the District Naval Officer in Darwin, is being turned into a cafe for the growing inner-city population • The National Trust of Australia has commissioned The Architects Studio to prepare Conservation Management Plans for three key properties: the former Borroloola Police Station,1886; the Hartley Street School, the first formal school building in Alice Springs with significant extensions from 1940 and 1944 by NT Architect Beni Burnett; and a 1940s house in the highly significant Alice Springs Heritage Precinct.
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Three proposals have been made public for the redevelopment of Canberra City Central. Schemes by the National Capital Authority and ACT Planning and Land Authority are joined by a proposal commissioned by Terry Snow of the Capital Property Corporation from a team including Colin Stewart Architects, Capital Planners, Tony Powell, Colliers and Arup Sydney. The RAIA ACT Chapter held a forum at the end of April to discuss these • A 12-storey office development for City West, designed by Arup and Woods Bagot, has received a DA • The National Capital Authority, on behalf of the Australasian Police Ministers’ Council, is running a single-stage design competition for a National Police Memorial in Kings Park • The newly complete central office for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, by HBO+EMTB Architects, is expected to receive a five-star energy efficiency rating • GHD has appointed Peter Flanagan as a senior interior designer • Proposed reforms of the ACT planning and land administration system are due to be released for public comment in May • The ACT Government has appointed Tanner Architects, led by Jocelyn Jackson, to transform the Kingston Powerhouse into a Glass Art Centre • A war memorial honouring Canberra’s service men and women will be built in Veterans’ Park.
Aldinga Arts Eco-Village has received the Good Business Environment Award for Environmental Leadership in Infrastructure and Services • Hassell are working on the fourth stage of the Flinders Link Project, the new corporate headquarters for Santos • Brown Falconer Group are celebrating sixty years of practice • Place, published by Black Knight Media, replaces Architect SA as the journal of the RAIA SA Chapter • Hassell are designing stage two of the South East Asian Rainforest experience exhibit at Adelaide Zoo. Stage one is due for completion in November.
BN Group is designing a new resort in Broome • Tony McCormick is moving to Perth from Sydney to be managing principal of Hassell’s Perth office (formerly Spowers) • Woodhead International will design and project manage the Pinnacles Interpretive Centre in Nambung National Park. The project team includes interpretive designer Susan Freeman of Freeman Ryan Design, Sydney, and sculptor David Jones, Professor of Sculpture at UCurtin • James Edwards has been appointed associate of Hames Sharley Architects & Planners • Harry Seidler has designed a 1000-apartment twin tower for Perth’s old Emu Brewery site • The WA Government is proposing to consolidate the planning approvals process into one redevelopment authority.
Johnson Pilton Walker has won the national competition to design Laguna Village, part of the Laguna Whitsundays development • BDA is celebrating twenty years of working on the Gold Coast. The practice has appointed award-winning New Zealand architect Steve McCracken as director of design, and Chris Moynihan as director of urban design • Group GSA has established an office in Brisbane • Fairweather Proberts Architects has appointed Kelly Geldard, Jason Hedges and Terry McQuillan as associates • Shane Thompson’s exhibition, New Paintings, Drawings and Another Thing, showed at the Doggett Street Studio • Alliance Design Group’s Gold Coast Q1 building will be Australia’s tallest residential tower when its 97-metre-high spire has been constructed by A&K Engineering • Paul Ziukelis has started Paul Ziukelis Architects • Public consultation has rejected a Denton Corker Marshall scheme for a multi-storey boutique hotel on the South Bank restaurant boardwalk, the last trace of Expo 88. South Bank Corporation has released alternate redevelopment proposals and the National Party wants the area heritage-listed • Gold Coast-based practice DBI Design has opened an office in the Brisbane CBD • Dr Steve Szokolay, honorary associate professor, UQ, has released a compilation of over ten years of research and lectures, Introduction to Architectural Science: The Basis of Sustainable Design • Winners of the RAIA Sunshine Coast Regional Awards have been announced. The Sunshine Coast Region Building of the Year goes to Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE by Project Services (Qld Gov), and Bark Studio by Bark Design Architects. Commendations went to: House for GOA, by Bligh Voller Nield; 9 Spindrift, by Ken Down Architects; River Edge, by Middap & Ditchfield in association with Withers Miller Interior Architecture; Toogoom House, by Geoffrey Pie Architect; The Regatta Corporate, by Bligh Voller Nield; Lagoon View Villas, by Planit Architecture and Management; Caloundra Community Kindergarten Renovation, by Gomango Architects; and University of Sunshine Coast – Stage 5, by DesignInc Brisbane.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Tony Edye and Associates, with Clive Lucas Stapleton, are renovating Brett Whiteley’s Lavender Bay house for Wendy Whiteley • The Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW, and MORF Dynamics collaborated on the exhibition, Frantic – Digital Design and the Third Window • Peter Tonkin is a new Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust • Col James, Philip Thalis, James Weirick and Tone Wheeler spoke at the RAIA NSW Chapter’s Redfern/Waterloo Hot Spot debate in March • John de Manincor has left Hassell to start his own practice • Group GSA has won the City of Sydney Council Design Excellence Competition for a 27-storey, mixed-use residential tower • mcgregor + partners have designed a new public parkland at the former BP site on Waverton Peninsula • The State Library of NSW has launched atmitchell.com, a new free interactive website to access the library’s $1.5 billion “DNA of Australian culture” collection • Emili Fox and Conrad Johnston, formerly of FJMT, have formed Fox Johnston • Nick Woolfenden is the new director of GSA Sydney Interiors • Sinclair Knight Merz has appointed Peter Scott as non-executive director • Ross de la Motte is now managing principal of Hassell in Sydney • Landcom has listed 15 “recommended architects” for the 35 detached dwelling sites for the Prince Henry at Little Bay development: Architectus, Cocks Carmichael, Design King, Dawson Brown Architecture, Dale Jones-Evans, Eeles Trelease Architects, Jahn Associates Architects, Virginia Kerridge Architect, Lahz Nimmo Architects, Architect Marshall, Melocco and Moore Architects, Luigi Rosselli, Stanic Harding Architects, Alexander Tzannes Associates, and Utz Sanby Architects. Landcom also used Architectus, Integrated Design Group, LFA and PTW to prepare DAs for the detached houses • To mark Architecture Bulletin’s 60th anniversary, a panel including Graham Jahn, Bruce Eeles, James Weirick, and Jennifer Hill has nominated NSW “Buildings of the Decade”. These are: 1940s Rose Seidler House Group by Harry Seidler; 1950s Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon/ Ove Arup and Partners, and the Lucas House (the Glass House), Castlecrag, by Bill and Ruth Lucas; 1960s C. B. Alexander Presbyterian College, Tocal, by Ian McKay and Phillip Cox, and Australia Square Plaza and Tower, Sydney, by Harry Seidler and Associates; 1970s Kur-ring-gai College of Advanced Education, Lindfield, by David Turner, NSW Govt Architect and Bruce Mackenzie, and the Buhrich House II, Castlecrag, by Hugh Buhrich; 1980s Nicholas and Carruthers Houses, Mt Irvine, by Glenn Murcutt, and Wharf Theatre, Pier 4,Walsh Bay, by NSW Govt Architect in association with Vivian Fraser; 1990s Museum of Sydney and Governor Phillip Square by Denton Corker Marshall/Richard Johnson, and Terraced Apartments, Newington by HPA/Eeles Trelease/Vote Assoc/Hassell/ PTW; 2000s 30 The Bond, 30 Hickson Road, Millers Point by Lend Lease Design/Dominic Snellgrove/PTW/Tanner and Associates • Davenport Campbell has appointed Neill Johanson as co-principal • Nick Tobias and Telly Theodore of Tobias Theodore are developing individual businesses • Architect and urban planner George Clarke has died aged 73. Director of the 1971 City of Sydney Strategic Plan, which radically transformed Sydney’s urban environment, he received the Sidney Luker Memorial Medal, Australian planning’s highest accolade, in 1972.