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.

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.
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