Count down to World Architecture Festival 2019
media release 27.11.19

Count down to World Architecture Festival 2019

Let the games begin!

Just a few days to go until the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The largest global gathering of architects, planners and designers (the ‘built environment Olympics’!) kicks off on Wednesday 4 December. Thousands of architects, planners and designers are right now heading to the host city of Amsterdam, where they’ll compete for the highest honours of: World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.

For our CEO & Principal Design, Michael Heenan, 2019 is a very special WAF – his 10th year as an invited judge or jury chair. It’s also 10 years since he accepted AJ+C’s WAF award for Berry Recreation Hall, Berry Sports and Recreation Centre, as 2009 Sports Category winner. We followed this in 2017, winning World Future Project of the Year and Future Masterplan of the Year for Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme, which unlocks kilometres of harbour foreshore for the city.

“One of the great joys and benefits of judging at WAF is you’re exposed to the most innovative new architecture and planning ideas on the planet. The breadth and scale is staggering. This year some of my favourite projects are in Education. The rapid change of pedagogy world-wide, and its effect on future workplaces, makes this the most acutely observed category, in my view,” says Michael.

WAF presentations run to strict rules and timing. The competition taps into our collegiate spirit. Every year AJ+C helps Australian WAF contenders sharpen their pitch by hosting a practice night in our Sydney studio, inviting shortlisted local architects to present in front of eminent judges.

“They’re not judging the building, but presentation style and the ability to influence. It’s become a great annual event in our studio, not only for the talks, but the chance to engage the profession in discussions.”

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact:

Dimity Pinto 0412 164 333

Q+A with our new associate, Luis Ausin Gomez.
media release 26.11.19

Q+A with our new associate, Luis Ausin Gomez.

What are your qualifications.
I studied Master of Architecture and I am a registered Architect in Spain. I’ve also studied 8 years of Music and Piano in the Conservatory.

When did you realise you wanted to be an architect?
As a child, I used to pass entire days with friends discovering buildings and hidden treasures in the old quarter of my hometown. I grew up with a strong sense of discovery linked to places with so much history. Years later, I found the same sense of discovery and curiosity doing projects at the school of Architecture.

What attracted you to the profession?
The possibilities of architecture hinging on the duality of utopia and necessity. I believe that question does not get fully answered, which calls for constant innovation. It’s scary to feel sometimes a certain degree of complacency in our profession.

What has been the most significant influence on your career to date?
Without a doubt it has been the people I’ve worked with and many of them have become good friends. Over the last 12 years, architecture has given me the opportunity to work in 4 continents with amazing people, which is what matters at the end of the day.

What attracted you to Australian architecture?
Its answer to nature with minimum use of materials and lightness. It’s radical and meaningful.

What do you think are your best qualities? How do these qualities help you in your work?
I’m curious about things and I also need to know ‘why?’

What attracted you to working at AJ+C?
Its contextual approach to projects. It has a great range of projects across very interesting sectors that provides great opportunities for innovation.

What is it about AJ+C that makes you most proud of working here?
Being part of the sports sector team has been great.

What’s been your greatest accomplishment at AJ+C?
I’m grateful for the opportunity of having contributed to some of the projects developing in NSW regional areas. In particular, Police Community Youth Club (PCYC) Walgett. The location and conditions have driven the design to be cost effective, easy to build and maintain.

What do you enjoy most in your role?
Setting up and developing strong architectural strategies that are capable of growing through the hardships of a project process and becoming meaningful to all the agents involved in it. Beginning to end.

Which project in your career have been the most significant to you? What was it about that project that was important for you?
All of them for different reasons. I would mention the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao. We were a young team of architects out of the school, working collaboratively, over 4 years: discussing, researching, experimenting, making decisions… We didn’t give up any of the main design principles we thought were critical. It taught me that nothing is irrelevant in a project.

Social Media

news 12.09.19
Michael Heenan Judges at @worldarchfest 2019

Our CEO, @mheenan20 deliberates with his fellow judges, Tim Kwan from @office.aio and Paloma Hernaiz from @ohlab_architecture, on the winner of completed Buildings – Display Category . Congratulations to the winner – The Vessel by @officialheatherwickstudio . #architectsajc #WAF19

New Director of Urban Design at AJ+C

We are proud to announce that Duncan Corrigall has been promoted to the role of Director – Urban Design.

Duncan is both an Urban Designer and a registered Architect with international experience, giving him an understanding of both the macro and micro scale. With experience working across Australia and internationally, Duncan’s promotion strengthens AJ+C’s multi-sector expertise and reinforces our reputation for sensitive contextual designs that achieve great real-world outcomes.

Duncan is working with public and private sector clients to shape successful places across Sydney. In addition to several significant Commercial in Confidence assignments currently underway, some of Duncan’s key projects include;

Western Sydney Parklands Trust (WSPT) Community Hubs
Lindfield Village Hub
Metro West

Watch Growing Sydney

news 23.07.19
2019 Promotions

AJ+C are pleased to announce the following promotions;

Nadia Zhao – Associate
Xion Lin – Associate
Brendan Whelan – Senior Consultant
Giselle Moore – Senior Consultant
Indi Beard – Senior Consultant
Sarah Slattery – Senior Consultant

These promotions recognise their dedication to achieving design that is creative, sustainable and innovative in artistic, conceptual, technical and economic terms. Please join us in congratulating them.

The burcham view from street
news 7.07.19
The Burcham wins AIA Awards – Commendation in Heritage Architecture

The Burcham has been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects Awards – receiving a Commendation in Heritage Architecture.

The adaptive re-use of the Wrigley’s Chewing Gum Factory into residential warehouse apartments, creatively integrated with two new 4 and 5-storey apartment buildings, creates a sense of authentic character and place that can otherwise be difficult to achieve successfully in new development.

We would like to recognise the hard work, passion and dedication of everyone who contributed to this landmark building, setting new standards for sustainable urban infill.

The Burcham

The Burcham Interiors