Big Anxiety Festival wins best event in Australia

PTW Architects congratulates the inaugural Big Anxiety Festival on recently winning the best event in Australia. Led by UNSW and the Black Dog Institute this innovative festival was founded on research and celebrated the interplay between arts and science to promote our understanding of mental health and well- being. We commend Professor Jill Bennett (UNSW Arts & Design) on her artistic and executive leadership. Professor Fang Xu, Adjunct Professor & PTW Executive Director Diane Jones and PTW’s team guided the students design of the creative ‘pods’ for the schools. The pods were created to raise awareness for mental health and create a meditative space for children. PTW acknowledges the probono contribution of Growthbuilt, D’Ambrosio Consulting and the support of the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing in developing the prototypes for location in Penrith Public School and Ingleburn High School. For further information:

PTW Architects hosts a Sydney Revit User Group Forum

Convened by Senior Associate Brandon Heng, PTW Architects hosted a well attended Sydney Revit User Group Forum (RUGS). Guest speakers included RUGS Chairman Max Labecki from Ausgrid, who presented an overview of how Revit is being used to design and model electrical substations and guide their digital transformation strategy. Phil Corbett from A2K Technologies shared insights in workflow modelling from point clouds in Revit using Autodesk AEC collections such as ReCAP and Revit and reviewed the benefits of using digital data over 2D CAD drawings. This was the last closing RUGS event for 2018. The RUGS forum is a Bi-monthly event and we look forward to continual support in 2019. Thanks to the sponsors A2K Technologies for providing the beer and pizza for the evening!

PTW Architects congratulates 2018 postgraduate and undergraduate students of Architecture

The firm is a proud sponsor of graduate exhibitions and encourages colleagues and friends to view the student's final year projects. To advance their professional careers and subsequent registration as Architects, PTW Architects is an employer of committed graduates. The firm currently employs over 22 graduates who are working as team members on a range of projects putting their university learning into practice.

City of Sydney Heritage Recommendation

PTW Architects commends City of Sydney’s recommendation of nine Modern Movement projects for local heritage listing under the City of Sydney LEP. Of these culturally significant projects is the listing of Sydney Masonic Centre, including Civic Tower. The completion of this iconic and rare brutalist period landmark occurred over 30 years. Joseland Gilling and Associates were the architects for the design concept of the building, with the dramatic first stage podium completed in 1974. This podium continues to accommodate the headquarters of NSW & ACT Freemasons. The second stage tower remained incomplete until 2004 when developer Grocon bought the airspace over the podium and committed to the construction of the Joseland Gilling concept for the 24-storey Civic Tower. Peddle Thorp and Walker were commissioned to develop and document the tower to complete the original concept. Working collaboratively with Grocon and Connell Mott MacDonald an ingenious, complex transfer structure and construction method was designed to realise the tower, built in 5 months. The Sydney Masonic Centre, conceived as a distinct monumental city building of landmark quality to a concept by Joseland and Gilling, was completed sensitively by PTW Architects. 

PTW Architects is a proud sponsor of the UNSW Computational Design Program

PTW Architects is a proud sponsor of the 2018 UNSW Computational Design Degree Research Conference. A partnership model guides students’ connection to industry interests, concerns and challenges, framed as research questions. Investigating Mixed Reality is a key area of interest to PTW and with pleasure we hosted CoDe students Aron Sheldon and Daniel Camacho in our office throughout 2018. Guided by PTW Computational Design Lead,Tiara Dobbs (CoDe (Honours) 2017) Aron and Daniel's research was focused on exploring: the use of voice recognition to control elements in an augmented environment; characteristics of haptic technology in virtual technology and using force feedback to imitate real world objects. The research project aims to enhance the usability and experience for architects especially during the design review process and client interface/communication of design intent. The team is currently undertaking further testing and development, with implementation to PTW (and beyond) expected early 2019.

Sydney Open 2018

PTW Architects welcomed over 600 visitors to our level 11 Aurora Place office for Sydney Open 2018. Throughout Sunday 5 November, a steady stream of visitors, inclusive of families, tourists, students, clients, professional colleagues and Sydneysiders explored our workplace setting. Models and drawings were of interest, both contemporary and historical projects, as well as conversations and questions related to design, architecture and constructing buildings, public places and cities.

Congratulations Fenglin Wang and George Tamer

PTW congratulates Fenglin Wang and George Tamer on their successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) which entitles them to enrol as an Architect with the NSW Architects Registration Board. PTW Architects supports and encourages Graduate of Architecture and Project Professional employees to become registered Architects. Fenglin and George join 24 NSW registered Architect colleagues as well as staff with international accreditation as Architects. Reflecting on Dr Gill Matthewson’s recent summary of the Parlour Census report, PTW notes that 42% of NSW registered architects in our practice are women.  

Sydney Open 2018

PTW Architects welcomes Sydney Open 2018 visitors to four iconic Sydney projects which demonstrate the firm’s depth of contribution to the making of city buildings. These include: The King Street Courts Complex, 30 The Bond and the Masonic Building. In particular, we welcome you to our PTW-designed office at Aurora Place to experience it’s contemporary workplace design, the realisation of a collaborative process which reflects our practice’s culture. PTW Architects joins colleague firms ARUP, BVN, Candalepas Associates, Grimshaw Architects and Harry Seidler & Associates in showcasing Sydney projects. For more information visit:

2018 Sydney Open 'Newest Office' Feature

Thank you to contributing writer, Jenny Brown and for including the PTW Studio in your 2018 Sydney Open 'newest office' feature. For more info:
Photo Credit: Murray Fredericks

Building our Global City - UDIA Conference

The UDIA NSW State Conference was held on Thursday 18 October with conference sessions providing insights on 'Building our Global City'. PTW Executive Director, Diane Jones brought to life this theme by discussing liveable density and its pathway to the 21st century living. This was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by the AFR's Su-Lin Tan with Diane, Tim Spencer from Mulpha Australia Ltd and Anthony Boyd from Frasers Property Australia.
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