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5 Mins With… Fulton Trotter Architects

Architects help drive workplace culture, but Queensland practice Fulton Trotter show how best practice begins at home.

BY Paul McGillick

May 19th, 2017

Do architects practise what they preach, especially when it comes to workplace design? If we’re honest, the answer is often ‘no’, because there is little correspondence between the workplaces they design for others and the ones they work in themselves. But at the end of the day, it is workplace culture that counts – all those cute hubs and fancy breakouts are simply facilitators. They don’t make a culture. Brisbane-based architecture practice, Fulton Trotter Architects (they also have a Sydney office), have an enviable reputation for their fit-for-purpose, context-responsive projects, particularly in the health, education and aged care sectors – which just happen to be the new frontier in workplace well-being and functionality. A family practice, they have been around for 70 years, constantly innovative and never repeating themselves. Director, Mark Trotter, is adamant that “at the design level we actively discourage the idea there’s a Fulton Trotter way”. And their ability to foster healthy workplace cultures for their clients is surely a result of their own internal culture. Find out what makes this practice special and why one member of staff is still there after 60 years. Discover why ethics matter in architecture.


Read the full story in the latest edition of Indesign Magazine, #69 – the ‘Think Big’ issue.

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