The COVID-19 pandemic has meant big changes to the ways we interact with each other as a society. Now, with Australia slowly emerging from lockdowns and restrictions, we’re faced with the prospect of returning to normal again. But when it comes to architecture and urban design, what will normal mean? Can it really be business as usual?
To those outside of the industry, the idea of taking a virtual tour of a new building before it’s even been constructed, every detail brought to life by wearing VR goggles, might sound like science fiction. But for designers, these futuristic technologies are becoming par for the course, rapidly transforming architecture as we know it.
As the country ends lockdown and stores begin to re-open, how will retail reshape itself amidst the possibility of ongoing social distancing requirements? What impact will this have on landlords when it comes to planning and managing space? And how will new developments adjust their plans to suit?
It’s times like these we reset the clock. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to take stock; to determine what’s important and what’s disposable in our lives.
An academic and industry collaboration strategy offered by Curtin’s School of Design and the Built Environment (DBE) is committed to progressing students’ skills and knowledge in the field of architecture. The program, called NEXUS//1.5 delivers excellence in teaching scholarship and innovative research through impactful industry partnerships.
As architects, we’re constantly asked about how we will adapt. New technologies, new ways of thinking, new societal expectations – they all affect how we design. Architecture is dynamic in its nature, constantly adapting and changing with society.
Hames Sharley is excited to announce the promotion of several dedicated individuals across the practice’s six studios nationally.
Gary Mackintosh, Associate Director / Seniors Living Leader at Hames Sharley, looks at how the design of aged-care facilities must change in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to interior designer and Hames Sharley Principal Errol Chiplowitz, the popularity of integrated resorts worldwide (that combine accommodation, retail, gaming and entertainment) looks set to rise after the COVID-19 pandemic. Chiplowitz, who has 25 years’ international experience in the sector, says now is the time to prepare for an inevitable return of demand.
For years, we’ve been told to expect a transport revolution: get ready for the driverless car! And yes, there are little signs of it happening – from universities using automated vehicles to ferry guests around on open days to the deployment of driverless transport as a way of circumventing coronavirus restrictions. But aside from feeling twinges of jealousy when watching self-controlled limos speeding characters around on shows like Westworld, we’ve more or less let the whole idea slip from our consciousness.
Coming off the back of the successful multi-award-winning Australis project for Adventist Care, Hames Sharley is set to bring their expertise and skills in Seniors Living to another large-scale project, this time in Perth’s Western Suburbs.
In some exciting news for Hames Sharley architect Elise Miles Simonovski has been recently appointed as our new Studio Leader for Victoria.
The computer entirely transformed every aspect of how architects work, from their first impressions to creating complex construction documents. But however impressive technology can get, there’s a lot to be said for continuing to work on paper.
The design of a future kiosk for the Koolangka Koolangka Playground is with the Hames Sharley team this month. The City of Perth has commissioned a design competition to foster creativity and collaboration amongst our creative designers, with a design concept to strongly reference the overarching theme of the Australian Landscape and traditional landowners the Whadjuk people.
Hames Sharley has designed the Australian National Phenome Centre, located within the research and education precinct of Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH). Hames Sharley designed the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at FSH which was completed in 2013 and were invited to return to the building to reimagine an existing laboratory — to be operated by Murdoch University as home to the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC).
International Women’s Day is an opportunistic time for Grace to reflect on how growing a family and her career ambitions can coexist. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the expectant mother to be. Read how Grace is raising awareness, providing forward-thinking ideas and calling out the prejudice for women of childbearing ages in the workplace.
In some very exciting news, Hames Sharley has been recognised by UK-based Building Design magazine as one of the leading architectural practices in the world.
In the interests of holding ourselves accountable, we want to share the results from our inaugural Inclusion and Diversity survey. These results will help our internal Champions for Change group to form recommendations for how Hames Sharley can continue to evolve in the areas of Inclusion, Diversity and Creative Well-being. We are excited to continue to share the results of this fantastic initiative over time.
Almost a third of Australians perceived some form of age-related discrimination while employed or looking for work. Urban Designer, Master Planner and Graduate Landscape Architect, Hayley Edwards is raising awareness on age discrimination in the workplace. Check out Hayley’s article: Embracing Age Diversity in the Workplace and see how supporting policies will assist to create an equal and enabled world.
In the lead up to International Women’s Day on Sunday the 8th of March, we spoke with Liesel Perks from our Melbourne studio on forging a gender-equal world.
See how Liesel is challenging stereotypes, broadening perceptions and celebrating women’s achievements through her article.
How are you going to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8th? We spoke with Rebecca Spencer from the Perth studio on achieving #EachforEqual in the workplace. Hear her story, her thoughts and the actions she is taking to promote equality in the workplace.
Brisbane-based architect Ann-Maree Ruffles is Hames Sharley’s new Studio Leader in Queensland. With a plethora of design experience across residential, health and master planning projects, Ann-Maree brings more than 25 years’ experience to her new role.
Today we talk sport with Madeleine Steele from our Adelaide office. Madeleine believes that sport has been an invaluable part of her progression as a young professional and would love to see women given more opportunities to flourish in both fields. Read her story today and help forge a gender-equal world. Read her story today and help form a gender-equal society.
Dubai Design Week 2019, the Global Grad Show brought together the world’s top Graduates to showcase a diverse range of innovative design projects between 12-16th November. Hames Sharley’s WA Studio Project Assistant Georgina Spooner attended the event and presented her Honours thesis project in the ‘Planet’ category of the exhibition.
“Economic empowerment, in my opinion, is important to diversity because it enables the ability to act on a person’s authority, making financial decisions based on individual preferences.” Today we talk economic empowerment with Elise Miles Simonovski, a Principal at our Melbourne office. Elise believes women stand to benefit more from economic empowerment because they remain disproportionately restricted by discrimination and exploitation.
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is planning for the future use of its campuses in Greater Darwin. As part of an extensive master planning exercise, the university is exploring how their proposed and existing assets can best meet the education, training, research and community needs of the Northern Territory, now and into the future.
On Friday 20th September, Hames Sharley’s Western Australian Studio graciously hosted the student awards presentation for the Black Box Studio and Long Pilah International Design Competitions, in association with Curtin University.
A visual essay of Scarborough Beach Services & Surf Club in Western Australia.