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The workplace is constantly evolving, and we offer a strategic design service for the development of high quality interior environments across all sectors; commercial, retail, education, research, aged care, health, defence, recreation and hospitality. Our designers develop intelligent strategies and design solutions that embody corporate culture and support our clients in achieving their organisational objectives, aspirations and future needs.

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23 Sep 2019

The voice of experience

Hames Sharley was well represented at this year’s Good Design Week Symposium – we talk to Derek Hays and Brook McGowan about their roles as keynote speakers, and how participation in similar events can influence the next generation of architects.

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31 Mar 2019

Dare to stair…

Fad, folly or corporate weapon?

By Stephen Moorcroft, Workplace Portfolio Leader

It’s not often that a physical interior workplace design feature can so swiftly polarise opinion - but the tenant circulation stair is often a hot topic on any multi floor workplace fit out.

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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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27 Feb 2019

The fun is in the challenge

A sit down with Adelaide’s new Studio Leader, Leon Gouws

A sit down with Adelaide’s new Studio Leader, Leon Gouws

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18 Feb 2019

Why being a member of an industry body can help communities flourish

With Leon Gouws, Louisa Glennon and Mark Claydon

Industry bodies play a bigger part in our every day lives than many people realise. As well as unifying and supporting their members, industry bodies work hard to champion the rights of those not only within the industry, but also strive to make positive changes which benefit the wider community.

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29 Jan 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.

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22 Jan 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.

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09 Jan 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…

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20 Aug 2018

Reusing materials for LEED certification

Many building designers have started prioritising LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in their projects over the past decade, as the industry has caught up with the need for better long-term design solutions. As a result, the reuse of building materials has increased.

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17 Jul 2018

Urban innovations for closing the fiscal gap

Darren Bilsborough

Director of Hames Sharley, Darren Bilsborough explores biophilic urbanism as a way of increasing quality of life without increasing tax.

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25 Nov 2017

The evolution of activity-based workplaces

Ben Hurley

Activity-based working has revolutionised the open-plan office, but the pressure is on to keep up innovation and deliver on the promises of flexibility and freedom at work.

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29 May 2017

The Location Equation

Darren Bilborough

When selecting an office, after questioning the size and cost the next biggest issue often relates to concerns around commuting.

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24 May 2017

Maximising workforce engagement: the corporate conundrum

Michael Cooper

Countless surveys indicate that an engaged workforce is more productive and profitable. Yet maximising employee engagement has become one of the 21st century’s biggest corporate conundrums, with alarming statistics showing far more than 80 percent of staff lack workplace engagement.

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23 May 2017

Office buildings and the work spaces within…

Darren Bilsborough

People have been talking about the demise of the office for years now. Since telecommuting became an everyday phenomenon, opinion-makers have been queuing up to tell us how the traditional workplace is on the verge of extinction.

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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

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.