Allen Jack+Cottier appoints new Director
media release 20.11.20

Allen Jack+Cottier appoints new Director

“Environment makes a critical difference to how children learn at different stages. It takes a lot of consultation and listening to teachers, specialist support staff and students to get the atmosphere right.”

Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (AJ+C) welcomes Dua Green as a newly appointed Director in its Sydney studio. Since joining the practice in 2007, Dua has been involved in lighthouse projects across the hugely important education and student accommodation sectors. Dua was instrumental in the design and delivery of the multi-award-winning Judith Poole Multi-Sports Hall for Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga, Sydney. Its awards included The William Kemp Award for best education building in NSW (AIA, 2016) and a World Sport in Architecture Award (WAN, 2018).

She continues the Abbotsleigh relationship through AJ+C’s master planning of the junior and senior schools, which will see a campus-wide renewal and pivotal new learning spaces. She is also working on the overall master plan and a new boarding house for Loreto Normanhurst.

“The school sector caters to a diverse age range – responding to this and overlaying each school’s unique education model means every project is different. So there’s a lot of consultation with teachers, specialist support staff and students to get it right. I’m constantly learning and growing my knowledge as a result of that process. It’s really enriching.”

“The Abbotsleigh Junior School project is transformational, but it’s also special to me because I’m designing for children the same age as my own.”

“Loreto Boarding House is architecturally very interesting because we’re using the steep topography as a design driver, stepping the building with the landscape creating a strong connection between the two. The landscape terraces and level changes provide a natural delineation between public and private zones without the need for extensive barriers and fences.”

Before joining AJ+C Architects, Dua worked in the UK on projects in Britain, Europe and Buenos Aires. “What attracted me to AJ+C, as well as the variety of important projects, was the great people to work with and learn from, and a progressive attitude to work hours. As a mother of young children, that‘s very important to me.”

In announcing the appointment, CEO, Principal Design Michael Heenan praised Green’s design talent and her commitment to her projects.

“Dua’s promotion to Director recognises her outstanding contribution and leadership qualities. She is a highly skilled designer at a conceptual, technical and economic level – what I call ‘design in the round’. Her commitment to clients is peerless, and her deep understanding of the education portfolio is invaluable. Dua works flexible hours within the practice, which we see as a positive. When you’re as capable as Dua, there should be no barriers to opportunity when you’re managing your work/life balance.”

For interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager t: +61 415 548 532; e:

Build it and they will come
media release 11.10.20

Build it and they will come

Already well established internationally Build-to-Rent development is a paradigm shift in the multi-residential market that’s gathering momentum in Australia. As governments remove regulatory and tax road-blocks, and the finance industry gets creative with the funding, there are at least a dozen significant projects in the pipeline. Not only could they provide a post-Covid stimulus to the con-struction and housing industries, they might also deliver social and environmental benefits, as well as offer renters options like never before. Brian Mariotti (Principal, Allen Jack+Cottier) looks at the key drivers and design potential of this growth market.

For interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager t: +61 415 548 532; e:

Saying ‘thank you’ with a wellbeing day
media release 31.07.20

Saying ‘thank you’ with a wellbeing day

Architecture, Urban and Interior design practice Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has announced they are rewarding all their employees with a day of paid leave to thank them for their work during the COVID crisis.

The AJ+C Wellbeing day will take place on Friday 7th August which will see all 75 staff members take the day off.

“With COVID-19 reshaping the way we run our business and live our lives, it’s important that we acknowledge the people helping our client’s and our practice stay steady during turbulent times.” Said Michael Heenan, CEO, AJ+C “Rewarding everyone with a day’s leave is one way we can continue to thank our teams for the tremendous dedication and commitment under these trying circumstances.”

Considering the health and wellbeing of their staff has been an important focus for AJ+C, initiatives have included mental health, resilience and mindfulness webinars, online yoga classes, on top of programs that were already in place such as employee assistance program, regular staff pulse check surveys and increased communication throughout the business.

The company’s typical end of financial year celebration is not possible, and the Wellbeing Day is an alternative which rewards its employees whilst providing time away from work to reflect, relax and recharge.

“Competing home and work demands, new health risks and feelings of loss linked to COVID-19 have impacted everyone.” Said Jayde Hunt, People and Culture Manager, AJ+C “All the initiatives we have at AJ+C have been well received by our employees; however, we want to support our employees in being their best selves and know that a practice with employees that are rested is linked to better creativity and innovation.”

For interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager t: +61 415 548 532; e:

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Coogee Surf Life Saving Club Opening

On its 113th birthday on 13 December 2020, Coogee Surf Life Saving Club celebrated the official opening of its new clubhouse after undergoing the largest renovation in the club’s history. . The new Coogee Surf Life Saving Club was officially opened by Todd Mison, President of Coogee SLSC and Randwick Mayor, Councillor Danny Said – with an audience of Coogee Nippers and a team of young Coogee surf lifesavers. The redesign by Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (AJ+C), in collaboration with @randwickcouncil and @coogeeslsc , sees a dramatically reconfigured club house with expanded training and events facilities, a whole new connection to the beach, and for the first time, an elevator offering full accessibility through the building. . . . . . #CoogeeSurfLifeSavingClub #coogeeSLSC #Randwickcouncil #Community #Coogee #architectsajc @meinhardtplanning @xenia_construction

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news 20.11.20
Meet our newest Director, Dua Green

Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (AJ+C) welcomes @dua_green as a new Director in our Sydney studio. Since joining us in 2007 Dua has been involved in lighthouse projects across junior education and student accommodation. . She was instrumental in the design and delivery of the multi-award-winning Judith Poole Multi-Sports Hall for @abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga and continues the relationship through AJ+C’s master planning for its junior and senior schools. . Dua is also working on a new boarding house and masterplan for @loretonh .

news 17.11.20

WAFChina AWARDS This year Michael Heenan will be judging his 11th WAF Awards and the inaugural WAFChina Awards. . Michael will work remotely in pairs with Maria João Correia from Segmento Urbano Arquitectos and Ada Yvars Bravo from Mangera Yvars Architect to review seven or eight entries on 17, 19 November. They will be asked to pick the two best entries in terms of their all-round architectural, interior design or landscape architecture excellence. Each jury will see a variety of category entries; this is not category judging. . The entries have all been submitted to WAF/INSIDE in the normal way. However, any entries related to sites in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan are also eligible to win one of these new awards. The architects will present in English to the usual WAF format, 10 minutes of presentation followed by nine minutes of questions and comments, and one minute for changeover. The live award ceremony will take place on 1 December, in Chengdu. . Good luck to all the entrants. . @segmento_arquitectos @myaa_architects @worldarchfest . . . . #WAFchina #WAFvirtual #architectsajc #WAF2021 #WAFVirtual #architecture #design #awards #festival #newsletter

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Weehur Redfern Student Housing receives approval

After being fast tracted as part of NSW government’s accelerated projects, Weehur Redfern Student Housing, Gibbons St has now been approved!

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