The Developers – Lance Chu and Chenghan Tan – SC Land

In the series The Developers for I speak with Lance Chu and Chenghan Tan who together established SC Land in 2000. Their high-end developments are boutique and detailed with each project more successful than the last. They have a passion for design and great respect for architecture and it was a pleasure to talk with them to discover what it takes to be a successful developer.

Gijs Bakker

It was so good to talk with Gijs Bakker for when he visited Australia last year to talk at the National Gallery of Victoria. Gijs has always been a bit of a hero to me, a real maverick, and as co-founder of Droog Design (with Renny Ramakers), he revolutionised Dutch design in the late 1990s. His pragmatic view of life and design was evident as we talked and I wish the interview could have gone on for hours!

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The Developers – Dr Stanley Quek, Frasers Property Australia, Part One

In the second interview of the series The Developers for, I talk with Dr Stanley Quek from Frasers Property Australia. He speaks frankly about his vision for his developments in Sydney and in particular the mammoth undertaking that is Central Park in Chippendale. In the second part of this interview, to be posted soon, we discuss the many collaborations with architects and designers that are involved with the process. 

Parlour – a new initiative

Parlour is a website and think tank that discusses women, architecture and equity and has made quite an impact on the Australian architectural scene since inception three years ago. I spoke with Dr Karen Burns co-founder of the website about a new initiative to help fund Parlour and allow an expansion of ideas and plans to help the website continue to support women in architecture. 

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Manuelle Gautrand France

Earlier this year when I was in Paris I had the delightful opportunity to interview Woman Architect of the Year in France for 2014, Manuelle Gautrand for Not only is she a wonderful architect, intelligent and  beautiful but so very interesting. I hope you enjoy the video and as much as I enjoyed making it.

MPavilion – the first year

Located in the Queen Victoria Gardens opposite the NGV in St Kilda Road Melbourne MPavilion has recently finished its first year and I spoke with Naomi Milgrim, owner, chair and chief executive of the Susan Group and head of the Naomi Milgrim Foundation about this project that is close to her heart. I also had the opportunity to talk with Robert Buckingham, the creative director and there are contributions from Julia Peyton-Jones from the Serpentine Galleries and Sean Godsell, architect of the first iteration.

WAF 2014 – Neri&Hu

WAF 2014 in Singapore was an exciting time and with John Gollings as my colleague behind the camera we enjoyed the 3 day architecture and design extravaganza in fine form. One of the highlights of the trip was my interview with Rosanna Hu and Lyndon Neri who are Neri&Hu and I spoke to them for at the Majestic Hotel.  Rosanna and Lyndon are delightful people with one of the most exciting architectural practices in the world and it was interesting to chat about design in China and their own contribution.

Women in Architecture – Shelley Penn Part 2

My last interview for in the Women in Architecture series is with the inimitable Shelley Penn. Shelley is a powerhouse with interests in writing, educating, urbanism and in every way making a contribution to the architectural world. She was President of the AIA and has been involved with numerous committees. Always ready to make a contribution Shelley is an outstanding member of the architectural community and is a women has has made her mark in Australia.

Furnitex, VIVID and CIT

it was good to be involved with Furnitex in Melbourne this year as I was asked to help with the judging of the Vivid entries. The standard was incredibly high and after talking to the winners I realised that the passion and enthusiasm for product design is alive and well in the next generation of designers climbing the ladder. I also had the opportunity to catch up with Peter Kitely from CIT and chat to him about his students and their work