One Central Park, Sydney awarded the best Urban Habitat Award

One Central Park, Sydney has been awarded the best Urban Habitat Award at the annual CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference in Shenzhen, China. We congratulate Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia together with the project team, Foster + Partners as Lead Consultant in conjunction with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW), Tzannes, Tonkin Zuhlaika Greer, JAAAnderson, Turf Design Studio and PTW. Image Credit: Simon Wood, courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia.

‘Borealis’ laser light show at The Calyx

The ‘Borealis’ laser light show was staged by immersive artist Dan Acher at The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on Friday 12 April 2019. Featuring a series of lasers to replicate the effects of the Northern Hemisphere’s Southern Lights, “time slows down as eyes look up”, says the artist. Dan brought his incredible show to Sydney courtesy of City of Sydney and Huawei. Further information from the night can be found here: Image Credit: Michael Yip

Thanks to the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Lendlease for the invitation to present HOK and PTW’s Design Excellence competition entry for the Circular Quay Tower. PTW Practice Leader Simon Parsons presented to over 200 guests at the first Sydney CTBUH event for 2019, hosted by Lendlease at International Towers Barangaroo on March 26. It was great to hear from all seven entrants who shared their visions on how one of the largest CBD projects plays a vital part of Circular Quay's transformation.

Kerry Fyfe joins PTW

We are delighted to welcome Kerry Fyfe to the leadership team at PTW Architects. With over 20 years’ experience in leading architectural +interiors practices and 8 years as a sole practitioner, Kerry is a highly experienced and accomplished professional with expertise in design, construction and management of projects. Her portfolio of work includes numerous awards across a broad range of projects from single residential to hospitality and large-scale public, commercial and institutional buildings. "With the growth of our dynamic interiors practice by Sector Lead Hospitality/Director; Catherine Love and team, Kerry's appointment is a major step forward for the practice and brings a depth of experience and strong client engagement that will further drive innovation and growth." say PTW Architects Practice Leader Simon Parsons

The Facing Equality portrait project

Inequality, Living with 21st Century Technology and Rapid Urbanisation are current topics of the UNSW Grand Challenges Program. The Facing Equality portrait project is designed to challenge our notions of equality by combining photographic portraits with personal reflections from alumni and members of the UNSW community. PTW Architects is delighted that Executive Director and Adjunct Professor Diane Jones is recognised for her contributions and success as one of the eight Faculty of Built Environment portraits. Diane joins Annie Tennant, Belqis Youssofzay, Jo Lees, Min Kong, Dr Natalie Galea, Jade Nottage and Cushla McFadden, Sonal Larsen and Jessica Lock in providing her reflections on equality for The Facing Equality portrait project launched on International Women’s Day, 2019. Image: Belqis Youssofzay, Annie Tennant, Diane Jones, Natalie Galea. Photo Courtesy of: Maja Baska

Level Eleven talk

Visiting Sydney from Japan, Kazuyoshi Kimura President of Shelter, the renowned structural timber joinery company shared his insights on the firm’s business commitment to ‘Creation, Innovation and Challenge’ guided by the principle “Always seek the right answer”. This approach is exemplified in their creative CoolWood and KES Systems of structural and construction joint techniques for timber buildings and detailed construction of projects designed by Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Klein Dytham, Sanaa, Kengo Kuma and Tadao Ando. Bringing a context to local timber technology projects was the presentation of Andrew Smith of DesignMake, the pre-fabrication business of Lendlease which focuses on manufacturing pre-fabricated engineered timber buildings that are site assembled. Chaired by Jeff Oatman of the Green Building Council of Australia this Level Eleven talk, in its international and local overview, alerts us to increasing acceptance of structural timber technology, its inherent beauty and environmental consideration. Progressive and efficient manufacturing approaches demonstrate the opportunity for imaginative possibilities. Project: Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre Shizuoka JapanArchitect Shigeru Ban Image credit: Shigeru Ban,

Forum Talks at PTW Architects

UNSW Associate Professor Matthias (Hank) Haeusler shared his reflection on upcoming issues and challenges of artificial intelligence and machine learning in architecture and urban design in his recent Forum presentation, A+U = AI. He discussed the potential of ‘Centaur Pod’ the world’s largest soft robotics kinetic structure and ‘Giraffe’ a two-sided network platform for the AEC industry that gives non-computational designers access to computational tools. As Director of the Faculty of Built Environment Computational Design Degree Program Hank advances an engaged approach to teaching, research and software development that connects graduates to issues of interest to the profession; develops new knowledge on living with 21st century technologies for the AEC industry; and program platforms that change the way architecture and urban design is produced and documented. Tiara Dobbs, PTW Computational Design Lead hosted a lively informal question and answer session following the presentation.

2019 International Women’s Day breakfast

balanceforbetter was the topic of conversation for our celebratory International Women’s Day morning tea at PTW Architects. These conversations will form the foundation for the firms ongoing project team workshops in response to the theme: Modify Culture of Always Available This topic is one of the actions that the Architects Champions of Change seek to address in 2019. Led by our Champions Implementation Leader Karen Le Provost, Luise Palmer, Rod Brown; Katie Liao, George Chen and Tiara Dobbs these workshops will discuss topics such as: Why does this culture in architectural practice exist and What ideas and solutions can we implement in our work to change this culture.

Using Contemporary Design to redefine High Rise Living

Simon Parsons, PTW Architects Sydney Practice Leader and Executive Director is a guest speaker at the 8th Annual Vertical Cities Conference in Singapore (March 06-08, 2019). Simon’s presentation - Using Contemporary Design to redefine High Rise Living – draws upon recent projects to reflect on a vision for Sydney as a global vertical city of vitality, intensity and interaction between people, place, technology and living infrastructure. At the conference Simon joins colleagues from differing industry sectors to discuss how to meet the challenges of designing vertical buildings of urban and social intensity and density.

40:40:20 Campaign

As a foundational Architects Male Champions of Change practice, PTW Architects actively advances gender equity in our practice and its advocacy in our profession. Guided by the Australian Institute of Architects Gender Equity Taskforce a goal of the ten Champion of Change practices is to meet the expectation of the 40:40:20 Campaign. PTW is proud to confirm that the practice’s Sydney executive group of Directors, Associate Directors and Associates already meets the 40:40:20 target and we strive to achieve this across our broader staff community.
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