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The final shakes and shuffles of 2021 across the architecture and design industry

As the year wraps up, we announce some of the final moves, shakes and shuffles across the industry.

The final shakes and shuffles of 2021 across the architecture and design industry

This year has been a strange one, and while it has certainly thrown up its fair share of challenges for the architecture and design community, it definitely hasn’t stopped a range of incredible projects and achievements taking place.

As the year wraps up, we announce some of the final moves, shakes and shuffles across the industry.

Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

The DIA has announced a new board of directors, national advisory councillors, state council chairs and fellows for 2021-2022.

Left to right: 1st row Ryan Russell, Sarah-Jane Pyke, Dr Nathan James Crane, Tom Skeehan, 2nd row Eloise Clearly, Sarah Gillespie, Dr Lynne Churchill, Steve Woodland, 3rd row Peter Coombs, Brian Parkes, Dr Rafael Gomez, Dr Beck Davis.

DIA national president Gavin Campbell FDIA also announced the new role of continuing custodians advisor would be taken up by multi-disciplinary artist Nicole Monks.

Left to right: 1st row Conrad Johnsson, Scott Bampton, Adele Winteridge Mardi Doherty, Andrew Francis, 2nd row Vicki Murphie, James Treble, Nicole Monks, Naomi Milgrom, Luca Abate.

“We are investing in the Design Institute of Australia through our commitment to our designers and people that will add value, support and meaning for our members,” says Campbell. “It is with much pleasure to welcome these outstanding designers and design advocates.”


Gray Puksand

Looking towards 2022 and beyond, Gray Puksand has promoted a significant nine of its members to associate and senior-associate groups.

Joining the firm’s senior associates – and bringing a wealth of experience across their fields – are design architect Hayley Jaffer, education expert Nick Shearman, commercial architect Pragya Gupta, and health and science specialist Quentin Seik.

Joining the associates are Monica Dang, Matthew Heung, Holly Maynard, Francesca Moccia, and Glenn Versteegen.

“We are focused on the development and growth of our team members, with leaders that inspire and develop those coming through our company at all levels. We focus on a culture of setting people up for success and these announcements are continuous success stories,” says Gray Puksand people and culture manager Seton Walsh-Rose.

Gray Puksand

Group GSA

Group GSA is heralding the new year with four additions to its leadership team – Andrew Glover, Emma McGifford, Nathan Mundy and Holly Riddington – recognising “design excellence, continued innovation and leadership”.

Andrew Glover is an interior designer who has worked in England and Australia across a variety of residential and commercial projects. Interior designer Emma McGifford, brings her strategic and practical approach with a focus on collaboration and communication to her role. Nathan Mundy is an experienced landscape architect with a depth of experience across medium density, greenfield developments and road and rail. Last, but certainly not least, Holly Riddington is an urban designer with a variety of urban renewal, education, residential and research based projects under her belt.


Georgina Wilson Associates

Two major promotions and a rebrand has put Double Bay Studio Georgina Wilson Associates (née Georgina Wilson Architects) in the limelight.

Georgina Wilson.

Wilson recently promoted Peter Smith and Jade Young to positions of associate, recognising the duo’s work with her studio for 11 and 9 years, respectively.

Smith, who is Wilson’s brother, hones his passion for technology to bring design representations to life in 3D. The studio’s focus on technology has driven a lot of its success through the pandemic, says Wilson.

Peter Smith, photography by Noel Mclaughlin.

As an accomplished senior architect with an exemplary 20 years in the industry under her belt, Young contributes a significant depth of experience to the practice.

Jade Young, photography by Noel Mclaughlin.

Read more.

Georgina Wilson Associates

Hames Sharley

Hames Sharley is looking towards the future with gender-equality in mind. In a recent announcement, the firm stated targets of 40 per cent female directors, 40 per cent female representation on all bids, submissions, thought leadership groups and committees.

The firm has announced four new directors, including Dustin Brade, Shannon O’Shea, Andrew Mailler, and Dean Symington, and one new associate director, Dorota Chmielewska.

Hames Sharley has also announced two new senior architects, with Christian Gerdes joining the Melbourne studio and Toby Hitzman the Perth Studio.

Christian Gerdes.
Toby Hitzman.

Finally, Hames Sharley Perth has also appointed Andrew Tang-Smith, a designer with more than a decade of international experience, as the studio’s principal of design and collaboration.

Andrew Tang-Smith.

Hames Sharley

i2C Architecture

i2C Architecture has seen a recent addition to its ownership team. The firm’s senior associate and general manager Scott Palmer – who has been with the company since 2013 – has been announced as an equity partner.

Scott Palmer and Anthony Merlin.

“Scott’s passion and enthusiasm for business and his dedication to culture is what makes this partnership so appealing. From the time Brian and I started the business, and later with Rod joining, we have always been interested in developing talent ‘in house’ and exploring the idea of team members becoming equity partners, so this is the first step of an exciting new chapter in our business,” says co-founder Anthony Merlin.

i2C Architecture

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