New thinking for aged care design.
media release 24.06.21

New thinking for aged care design.

A person-centred care model for new and existing buildings – by Daniela Kaiser

In response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care in Australia, Daniela Kaiser (Project lead, Interiors) looks at new directions for aged care design, including smaller facilities for a more Person-C entered approach and greater retention of care. The ideas are discussed in a recent article, published the March-April 2021 issue of Australian Ageing Agenda.

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

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:

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news 28.06.21
Broken Hill Line of Lode

For Broken Hill in far west NSW, traditional Country of the Wilyakali people, the Line of Lode project will be both transformational and transitional as Australia’s oldest mining city prepares for life after mining.

This Crown Lands project is the exciting first stage in an overall strategic vision for the Line of Lode precinct, conceived by AJ+C in 2015 for the NSW government. Its key objectives are to expand the much loved, pre-existing Broken Earth Cafe building for recreation, education and tourism.

AJ+C’s redesign of the cafe adds a full commercial kitchen, increased dining areas, shop and storage areas with a complete interior reconfiguration. Critically, the current lack of an arrival experience will be addressed with a new landscaped forecourt entry. Completed in 2001 by final-year architecture students from the University of SA, the existing cafe is locally iconic in both its location and expression, so any additional building mass will be respectful to that. The Line of Lode itself is a deposit of waste material some 7.5km long and 1.6km deep from mining activities dating back to 1886.

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news 28.05.21
Site Experience Program

It is great to have our growing architects back on site again as part of our Site Experience Program (SEP).

Our Senior Project Lead and Aged Care Specialist, Paul Huxtable, led the group through our Gordon Quarter project which is steaming ahead with wide range of construction activity.

Gordon Quarter is located in Lower North Shore. When finished, it will provide 107 beds and 40 Independent Living Units.

We look forward to its completion next year.

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news 21.05.21
An evening with Glenn Murcutt and Keith Cottier

Michael Heenan and AJ+C welcomed two luminaries of the profession: one of our co-founders, Keith Cottier AM, and Australia’s only Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Glenn Murcutt AO. Glenn and Keith have been friends for decades, since their university days and both have long ties to our practice. Keith became a co-founder of AJ+C in 1965, joining John Allen and Russell Jack, while Glenn worked at AJ+C as a graduate from 1959. It was great to welcome them back to share their stories, insights and camaraderie with us. . As part of our investment in upskilling and inspiring our teams, we regularly run a design studio, inviting other practitioners in to give a talk and Q&A session. . Photo: @hero_shot_photography Styling: @cultdesignau . . . @mheenan20 #architectsajc #glennmurcutt #pritzkerprize

news 5.05.21
The Menangle Park Town Centre

Continuing our work in shaping Western Sydney, AJ+C is designing the Menangle Park Town Centre for Dahua Australia. This greenfield town centre development will include a two-stage sub-regional retail centre alongside public parklands, a regional playground, child care centres, food and beverage precinct, medium-density townhouse living and mid-rise residential apartment buildings as well as shop-top housing. . The Menangle Park Town Centre will service around 4,000 new homes being delivered by Dahua Australia in a contemporary parkland town setting, as well as numerous other residential communities emerging around Campbelltown. . Image: @virtualideas . @menanglepark @trafficaustralia . . . . @mheenan20 @johlcw . .

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