Hames Sharley is committed to a future coloured with increasing cultural and social diversity as well as constant economic and environmental change.

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28 Jun 2019

Designing for Humanity

By Georgina Spooner

While conditions in refugee camps are often insufferable, is it time to start thinking outside these boxes? Hames Sharley Project Assistant and Member of the National Sustainability Forum (NSF) Georgina Spooner looks at how architects and designers can help the displaced to feel like they belong in our communities.

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23 Jun 2019

Celebrating NAIDOC Week through design

NAIDOC Week is a week for Australia to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, it runs from the 4th to the 17th of July and can be observed through a number of activities and events across the country.

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20 May 2019

United into the future

Cultural inclusivity is vital if the world is going to move towards a sustainable, cooperative future. In recognition of this, the United Nations has its own holiday: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

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17 May 2019

Universal truths

With May 21 marking the UN’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we look at the ways in which good design can be inclusive for everyone, regardless of their background and ability.

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20 Mar 2019

A design for inclusion

With this week marking the twentieth anniversary of Harmony Day in Australia, we turned our thoughts towards the part cultural diversity plays in the design industry: why inclusivity is not just desirable in the workplace but essential, bringing a whole host of advantages that are lost in a less multicultural environment.

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20 Mar 2019

All together now

Harmony Day is a celebration of cultural diversity, which sits at the heart of Australia’s national identity.

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06 Mar 2019

From the pioneers to the modern-day – some of architecture’s greatest females

A look back through the ages and find some of architecture’s most prominent females who helped pave the way for the women of today.

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06 Mar 2019

Marion Mahony Griffin - The heroine that shaped our capital

A spotlight on the ‘woman behind the man’

Many know Marion Mahony Griffin in relation to her work undertaken for Frank Lloyd Wright, and with her husband and business partner Walter Burley Griffin, but she was an incredible architect in her own right.

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05 Mar 2019

International Women’s Day

This week we celebrate International Women’s Day and it’s an opportunity for us all to reflect on our past and futures.

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18 Feb 2019

Cause an effect

By Rua Hashlamoun

We all know architecture and design means more than coming up with mould-breaking office spaces and eye-catching structures. But have you thought about how the skill set required for those occupations can have farther-reaching effects on the community, both local and global?

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13 Dec 2018

HS People 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.

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21 May 2018

Why cultural diversity is vital in design

Michael Cooper

Cultural diversity is a critical consideration in the design sector. As our industry looks inward in an attempt to close the diversity gap, we recognise a number of advantages that a more multicultural workforce provides in enabling communities to flourish.

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21 May 2018

International Cultural Diversity Day

Jacinta Houzer

Held annually on the 21st of May, the first International Cultural Diversity Day took place in 2003 as a result of the United Nations adopting the Universal Declaration for Cultural Diversity.

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09 Mar 2018

Buying Power

Jacinta Houzer

How department stores played a vital role in the empowerment of women.

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08 Mar 2018

Un-forgetting female architects

Jacinta Houzer

In the last decade, roughly 40 percent of all architecture graduates have been women – but when it comes to representation in the industry, there’s still a gender bias towards men.

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07 Mar 2018

12 Australian women in architecture you should know about

Jacinta Houzer

They’ve been influential in the history of Australian architecture but chances are you don’t know their names. We look at twelve women whose work has made a difference to the way our country was built.

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12 Sep 2017

Save my soul: refurbishing a heritage listed building

Vanessa McDaid with Melissa Hughes

Architectural character is created by the aesthetic components of the building, such as unity, composition, contract and scale. But what gives it soul? And how do buildings retain their soul throughout decades of use and multiple refurbishments?

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19 May 2017

The power of attraction

Darren Bilsborough

With certain employment areas suffering from a well-documented skills shortage, it’s more important than ever to attract and retain good staff. One of the key ways to do this – clearly – is to make your office as appealing a space as possible. But where do you start?

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19 Apr 2017

Yeah, nah – Aussie Slang at work

Vanessa McDaid

Australians are known all over the world for being straight shooters. Ask an Aussie their opinion and you normally get a straight answer, right? Not anymore.

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19 Apr 2017

Mental illnesses described through architecture

Michael Cooper

Mental disorders are something that will affect most of us at some point in our lives and Spanish-based, digital artist Federico Babina has created a new project which attempts to illustrate a number of conditions through architecture.

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19 Apr 2017

Building cultural diversity through the language we speak

Vanessa McDaid

It is proven that cultural diversity adds to the bottom line. The benefits of cultural diversity are many: improved decision-making, increased collaboration, better problem-solving, enhanced well-being and knowledge sharing, to name a few. But what does it look like in a real workplace?

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19 Apr 2017

You’ve got to laugh, right?

Pete Kempshall

While there’s no denying that having a conversation with someone who spouts jargon at you can be irritating and frustrating, you can still make the best of it if you don’t take it seriously…

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19 Apr 2017

The perils of periphrastic pontification

Pete Kempshall

Why do people resort to jargon as a means to look knowledgeable and authoritative when a simple answer would have done the job. These days, few people are fooled by five-dollar words when ten-cent ones will do, and jargon is all about big spending for slight return.

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13 Jan 2017

Divisive architecture is nothing new

Sally Raphael

The Trump wall triggered intense debate during the US presidential election race late last year, and while divisive architecture is nothing new, civil societies need spaces which allow people to come together rather than walls keeping them apart.

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13 Jan 2017

Begging for a better solution

Kate Fuller

The increase in homelessness has led to a rise in begging leaving cities asking the question, what is the best solution to street begging?