Michael Heenan is the CEO and Principal, Design, of leading Australian design firm, AJ+C. He employs over 80 staff, and has designed projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region – as far north as Inner Mongolia and as far south as Antarctica.
Michael is an award winning architect with an impressive portfolio that spans sectors and ranges in size from luxury private residences to the masterplanning of new cities and Olympic venues.
Michael’s designs for the Sydney Fish Market Reference Project and Berry Sports and Recreation Hall were named the Future Project of the Year and the Best Sports Building at the World Architecture Festival. He has been an international judge and juror at the World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam from 2010 to 2019, as well as an AIA International, and NSW Chapter Juror in 2016 and 2017.
The Judith Poole Sports Hall at Abbotsleigh, the most recent in a series of international-award-winning sports halls designed by AJ+C was named the 2016 AIA NSW’s best Educational building and received the State’s top award for Educational Architecture, the William E Kemp Award as well as a commendation for sustainability. The hall was described by judges as “exhibiting excellence on many registers”.
The honour is the latest in a run of awards over the past decade for AJ+C’s sports facilities, including the Milson Island Indoor Sports Hall, Berry Sports and Recreation Centre, and the Lake Ainsworth Sports Hall.
Michael’s multi-award winning Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium was awarded a Silver Medal by the International Olympic Committee in 2013 and the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) National Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture in the 2012 AIA awards in addition to six further design awards.
All of Michael’s projects fully integrate ecologically sustainable design (ESD) principles. His ESD work has been recognised by peer awards including Excellence in the Sustainable and Public Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Awards.
Michael has recently given talks on his work at universities in Australia and in New York, Madrid, Singapore, Gothenburg, Valet-ta, Cologne, Porto and London.