Knowledge

Plunder our brains and the brains of global experts in our Knowledge section. Find out the latest news, trends and ideas across every area of design thinking and practice including interiors, buildings, precincts and cities.


Thumbnail for the article 'The pen is mightier than the CAD…' by with Niall Browne
30 January 2019

The pen is mightier than the CAD…

with Niall Browne

Hames Sharley Associate, Niall Browne on why, despite all the impressive technological advances, the art of the hand drawn sketch remains a core part of our arsenal.

Thumbnail for the article 'Is it all over for open-plan?' by By the Workplace Portfolio with Stephen Moorcroft
29 January 2019

Is it all over for open-plan?

By the Workplace Portfolio with Stephen Moorcroft

Current research suggests that open-plan workplaces are failing in their understood aim to foster collaboration… but the fault doesn’t necessarily lie in the concept.

Thumbnail for the article 'Learning lessons to influence future output'
22 January 2019

Learning lessons to influence future output

How can we learn from our past actions to appropriately influence future methods of working? In this piece we investigate ways by which we could learn from our collective experiences to improve our day-to-day operations and in doing so we discovered that by reflecting on the right things any sector of business can learn from the past.

Thumbnail for the article 'Sufficient unto the data'
09 January 2019

Sufficient unto the data

A recent report from the BBC suggests that if at any point in the last week you’ve struggled to find a digital file on your phone or computer, you may well be guilty of digital hoarding…

Thumbnail for the article 'HSQ&A Series - Rachel Seal'
13 December 2018

HSQ&A Series - Rachel Seal

We sat down with Hames Sharley’s newest director, Rachel Seal to chat about her career so far and some of the people and projects that have inspired her along the way.

Thumbnail for the article 'The adjudicator rater'
07 December 2018

The adjudicator rater

What qualities do you need to become a respected judge of design awards? An eye for aesthetics is only the start…

Thumbnail for the article 'Spotlight on the future of urban hubs'
19 November 2018

Spotlight on the future of urban hubs

The future of urban hubs and transit oriented developments have been a hot topic in Queensland this month, with a number of panel events and media outlets reporting on the subject.

Thumbnail for the article 'Respecting your elders' by Gary Mackintosh
16 November 2018

Respecting your elders

Gary Mackintosh

Design for aged-care requires a very specific skill set. We take a look at the architectural, interior and urban design elements that need to be considered for a successful project.

Thumbnail for the article 'Hubs of activity, fonts of knowledge' by Bridie O'Toole
16 November 2018

Hubs of activity, fonts of knowledge

Bridie O'Toole

Brisbane Open House includes talks and seminars on all manner of architecture and design topics. As part of this year’s event Hames Sharley’s Queensland studio opened its doors to the public and hosted a panel event that covered the subject of urban hubs. We asked one of our recent Architectural Graduates to report on the proceedings, while broadening her own knowledge.

Thumbnail for the article 'The bee-all and end all'
15 November 2018

The bee-all and end all

Why architects and planners are designing bee friendly cities

It is estimated that around a third of the food we eat relies on bee pollination. In light of the sharp decline in bee populations, we sat down with Urban Designer and Biophilia Enthusiast, Hayley Edwards to discuss what can be done to reverse this alarming trend.

Thumbnail for the article 'Why architecture hasn’t changed in more than 2,000 years…' by The National Design Forum with Derek Hays
12 November 2018

Why architecture hasn’t changed in more than 2,000 years…

The National Design Forum with Derek Hays

Hames Sharley’s National Design Forum Leader, Derek Hays, considers why the three fundamentals of architecture have remained unchanged for 2,000 years.

Thumbnail for the article 'Why bigger BIM is not always better' by Cameron Mack
12 October 2018

Why bigger BIM is not always better

Cameron Mack

BIM – or Building Information Modelling – has been one of the most significant technological advances in our industry in the past twenty years. But how much BIM do projects actually need?