We cover the latest moves, promotions and celebrations across the architecture and design industry, including Buchan, Gray Puksand, Fender Katsalidis and more.
February 4th, 2020
Buchan was pleased to announce Will Lakin’s appointment as Principal in Buchan’s Perth studio.
“Will is a valuable addition to Buchan, bringing with him longstanding experience in architecture and master planning, alongside notable business and entrepreneurial skills. We look forward to the continued success of our Perth studio supported by Will’s appointment,” says Lou Cotter, Buchan Perth Managing Principal.
Will brings experience in the aged-care, childcare, student accommodation, hotel, hospitality and commercial sectors. He has lectured at numerous universities and institutions in Perth and around the world and has acted in an advisory capacity to government bodies. This includes the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage State Design Review Panel, providing advice on the design quality of major development proposals.
“Buchan has an excellent design culture centred on people, relationships and communities. I look forward to continuing my exploration into what makes for successful built environments, bringing this knowledge to our clients’ projects and ultimately to the people and communities of Western Australia,” Will says.
Gray Puksand’s Brisbane office has added Sean Gill to their architecture practice as an Associtate. Sean brings over 10 years’ experience and will focus on leading project teams on current work as well as building new relationships.
“Gray Puksand is a practice that offers me the potential to grow professionally and contribute to the development of the practice.” Sean said. “I look forward to the opportunity to influence and lead projects, building on my previous experience.”
Frost*collective have announced appointing Carlo Giannasca as their Managing Director.
Carlo has with the company from its beginnings in 2005 and led and grew the Urbanite team within the Collective into a recognised environmental design businesses, working on significant projects such as Barangaroo and Melbourne Quarter with Lendlease, Quay Quarter with AMP Capital, South Eveleigh with Mirvac, the Northern Beaches Hospital for CPB Contractors and the Sequis Tower in Jakarta.
Carlo will gradually transition across this year into his new role with Adam Longo becoming Head of Urbanite by July 1st, 2020.
Says Carlo, “I am excited to have this opportunity to manage Frost*collective and I’m looking forward to working more broadly across the entire business to ensure we achieve our goals and deliver on our objectives.”
Fender Katsalidis has introduced a new parental leave policy that treats men and women equally in a move for better gender equality. Eight weeks of full wage paid parental leave given to both men and women, without distinguishing between primary and secondary caregivers. All team members, including those working part-time and on a casual basis, will be eligible in addition to any government entitlements.
“We are proud to make this announcement and show our genuine commitment to giving equal opportunities to both men and women,” says Fender Katsalidis director Nicky Drobis.
“It is rare to find a parental leave policy where men and women are treated the same, as there are often clear distinctions made.
“Through our new policy, we are addressing the gender imbalance as well as the gender pay gap in terms of both regular salary and superannuation,” she says.
With over 38 per cent of the practice’s staff being parents, the policy forms part of a bigger plan for Fender Katsalidis.
“We look forward to seeing our staff and their partners reap the personal, professional and financial benefits of our new policy”
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