2023 Dezeen Longlist

The longlist for the 2023 Dezeen Awards has been announced and the Melbourne Holocaust Museum is amongst one of the selected projects in the cultural category.
There were 4800 entries from across the globe, 235 made the longlist, with 16 projects selected in the cultural category.
Shortlists will be announced in October and winners in November.
Link to longlist

Tapestry Design Prize Winners

Solstice by Beth George and Emerald Wise, was announced winner of the 2023 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects.
“The winning entry, Solstice, is deep, dark and moody. George and Wise designed the tapestry to reflect the need for interconnectedness and ecology, particularly emphasised in the wake of the pandemic. A bright gold thread illuminates the edge of a circular landform and resembles a lunar eclipse, while an azure thread charts a river, pool, bath and bay, each linked together by a metallic thread.”

“The competition, presented by Australian Tapestry Workshop, invited architects from around the globe to design a tapestry for a hypothetical site. This year’s site was the Bundanon Art Museum by Kerstin Thompson Architects.”

The jury panel included Jefa Greenaway (jury chair), Kerstin Thompson, Justin Hill , Christina Na-Heon Cho, Adrian Iredale, Camila Block, and José da Silva.

Samples of the finalist’s designs are currently exhibited at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, in Melbourne until September 28th.
Link to ArchitectureAU article

Open Letter from 36 Design Practices

Today, members of the Architecture + Design Reconciliation Industry Network Group affirm our support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution. We represent a broad group of architecture and design practices, each with endorsed Reconciliation Action Plans that formalise our commitment to advancing reconciliation in Australia.

We believe the Voice is a simple, sensible, and positive step in the process of righting the wrongs of the past and building a more equitable Australia.

We shape spaces and places on Country across Australia. As a design community, we have begun a process of better connecting with Country – through close engagement and participatory processes led by First Nations communities. We have witnessed the positive impacts of engaging directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose wisdom, generosity, and world-view enrich our work and the built environment.

We respect the principle of self-determination. We’re committed to working towards greater equity and prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We call on other industries, businesses and organisations to join us – to stand up, speak up, and support an incredibly important moment in Australia’s history.

We urge all Australians to learn more about the Uluru Statement and make an informed decision in the Referendum.
Find out more by visiting ulurustatement.org and yes23.com.au

Signatories: AJC Architects, Bates Smart, BKK Architects, BRAND Architects, Breathe, Carter Williamson Architects, ck architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, Clarke Hopkins Clarke, COX, Denton Corker Marshall, DesignInc, Edition Office, Fender Katsalidis, Fitzpatrick + Partners, Gresley Abas, Jackson Clements Burrows, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Kosloff Architecture, Lovell Chen, March Studio, McBride Charles Ryan, Meld Studios, MGS Architects, Nguluway DesignInc, NH Architecture, Oculus, Peddle Thorp, Philips/Pilkington Architects, Sam Crawford Architects, Schored Projects, Six Degrees Architects, Tract, TRCB, Walter & Walter, Warren and Mahoney.

Lothian Street Studio Awards

We are so pleased to see our studio being shortlisted in the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Awards and the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2023. We designed a space reflecting our commitment to responsible design and our core principles – a supportive, positive work environment, fostering creativity, collaboration, and well-being. Aligned with our sustainable approach; furniture was reused, joinery and lighting repurposed, and existing features were celebrated.

Edward Linacre Studio was engaged by us to rework, recycle and revamp luminaries; from existing industrial fixtures onsite, their creative solutions are also shortlisted.

_ Place category
Edward Linacre Studio_ Object

_ Workplace under 1000sqm
_ Sustainability
Edward Linacre Studio_ Object Professional
Edward Linacre Studio_ Sustainability

Leadership Promotion

KTA is delighted to announce the promotion of Lloyd McCathie to the role of Associate Principal. In Lloyd’s 7 plus years with KTA his project leadership and attention to detail have been integral in the success of two multiple award winning cultural projects, Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge and Broadmeadows Town Hall. For the past two years, Lloyd has led our Education + Health projects including Stage 2 of Northcote High School, a new wing at Preston South Primary School designed to Passive Haus standards and the recently completed Statewide Child and Family Centre for the Department of Health and Human Services.

With excellence demonstrated across a broad range of projects in civic, education, adaptive reuse, health and multi-res, Lloyd’s capacity to lead with empathy and consistently deliver great projects with our clients is well established. We are looking forward to adding Lloyd’s acumen and experience to our Senior Leadership team as KTA consolidates a productive period of growth.

Uluru Statement + Yes Campaign

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and ongoing commitment, KTA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Voice to Parliament.
“The Statement calls for three actions of Voice, Treaty and Truth addressed as follows in the Statement:
- Voice: We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.
- Treaty and Truth: We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreements between governments and First Nations, and truth telling about our history.”

The vote for yes campaign aligns with our advocacy in reconciliation and inclusive approach to processes that impact First Nations people.

Link to read more about the Uluru Statement

2023 World Architecture Festival Awards

Melbourne Holocaust Museum (MHM) has been shortlisted in the 2023 World Architect Festival Awards, Completed Buildings Culture category.

Australia had more than 30 projects shortlisted and is among the top 10 countries with the most projects nominated, we are excited MHM has been selected.

“We are delighted with both the quantity and quality of this year’s entries,” said WAF program director Paul Finch. “They are a reminder in a world experiencing numerous crises that architects continue to address both everyday and unusual challenges with skill and imagination.”

Winners will be announced at the festival held in Singapore 29 November – 1 December

Modern Melbourne 2023

Modern Melbourne 2023 features interview with Kerstin and Fleur Watson.

“Modern Melbourne is a series that documents the extraordinary practice of our most important architects and designers and looks at their lasting impact on Melbourne.”

“In this episode, Kerstin – explores how architecture can respond with great care to local conditions and expands on what she describes as her deep commitment to an architecture that contributes to our ‘living heritage’.”

Presented by Heritage Council Victoria in partnership with Open House Melbourne.

Link to interview

Open House Melbourne: Collective City

We are so pleased the Melbourne Holocaust Museum is included in this years program for Open House Melbourne (OHM) Collective City.
“As Melbourne expands to reach a projected population of 8 million by 2050, this year’s theme Collective City encourages a citywide discussion and asks the question, How will we reinvent, re-purpose and adapt our city to live better together?
The 2023 OHM Weekend program explores perspectives and projects that speak to the power of collective, adaptive and responsive design approaches focused on creating a more equitable, accessible and inclusive city.”

Tours, seminars and events are on Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Tickets for the MHM tour on July 30
Link to Open House Melbourne program

Architects, not Architecture

Architects, not Architecture (AnA) is an event series where we’re given an opportunity to learn about the person before the project.

As an official side-event at the UIA Conference in Copenhagen, Fermin Tribaldos hosted a conversation between Kerstin, Jan Gehl, Professor and Architect, Copenhagen and Anna Heringer, Studio Anna Heringer, Germany.

The event was completely sold out, organisers said, “the atmosphere was the kind of atmosphere we hope for at every AnA event: inspiring, entertaining, warm and intimate. We loved it! What an honor to have had these speakers along with such a list of interesting and diverse colleagues in the auditorium.”

Image by: Tim Dornaus

Link to more

Queen Victoria Market Southern Development

We’re excited to announce that we are working with Lendlease, the City of Melbourne’s preferred development partner, to design the proposed development scheme for the Queen Victoria Market Southern Development site.

We’re collaborating with lead architects NH Architecture and design partners Searle x Waldron Architecture, Openwork, McGregor Coxall, Lovell Chen and Urbis.

AIA VIC Chapter Award Wins

We are honored to have received the Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing at the 2023 Victorian Architecture Awards for Kerr Street Residences.

In addition to this recognition, we are equally delighted to have received a Public Architecture award for Melbourne Holocaust Museum. This acknowledgment highlights our dedication to creating meaningful and impactful spaces for the community.

We extend our congratulations to our valued clients and the extended project team who have been instrumental in bringing these projects to life.

Thank you to the jurors for their insight.
- Karen Alcock FRAIA, Jury Chair
- James Loder RAIA, Juror
- Kate Fitzpatrick RAIA, Juror
- Thomas Essex-Plath RAIA Grad, Graduate Juror
- Veryan Curnow RAIA, Jury Chair
- Scott Balmforth RAIA, Juror
- Jeremy McLeod FRAIA, Juror
- Monica Percudani RAIA Grad, Graduate Juror

Link to AIA Awards – Kerr Street Residences and Melbourne Holocaust Museum

Salone Verde, Venice

Last week Kerstin attended the launch of the book ‘Imagining the Future Museum, 21 Dialogues with Architects’.

It was held at Salone Verde in Venice and alongside UMBAU Nonstop Transformation // Exhibition as part of the #architetturabiennale2023

Presenters included:
András Szántó, Editor and Author; Stephan Schütz, Executive Partner at GMP and Curator Lena Kiessler, Publisher Hatje Cantz Verlag along with other contributors to the book which comprises 21 case studies including Bundanon. Link to book in bio.

‘UMBAU (conversion) means the continuous transformation of existing structures. Considering today’s climate goals, UMBAU must move from being the exception to becoming the rule. The exhibition by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) presents recent case studies of conversion practices from the 21st century dealing with the architectural heritage of the Moderne movement.’

Architectural Review_ Melbourne Holocaust Museum

We are so pleased to see the Melbourne Holocaust Museum in the May issue of Architectural Review. Written by Rory Hyde the article features conversations with Jayne Josem CEO of Melbourne Holocaust Museum and Kerstin Thompson.

“The building is large, stepping and shifting to press at the edges of the buildable envelope – not a millimetre is spared. And yet it feels generous, with wide hallways and outdoor terraces on multiple levels. As I am visiting, two school buses of students are emptied into the building. I’m bracing for havoc, but serenity prevails.”

Link to article

Architecture Australia May/June 2023

May/June issue of Architecture Australia magazine is now available. Reflecting on key themes and approach to practice, the Gold Medal article includes essays from peers, conversations with collaborators and anecdotes from longstanding supporters.

Extract from Katelin Butler, Editorial Director, Architecture Australia
“Kerstin’s architectural work demonstrates a depth of thought that is not only visible in the drawings and built outcomes, but also astutely articulated in words by Kerstin herself – not always such a natural skill for an architect. Her ability to communicate her approach, ideas and considerations makes her an incredibly valuable mentor, teacher and advocate for architecture. The many anecdotes collected here consistently refer to her generous and collaborative approach, and Justine Clark’s opening essay (page 78) reflects on Kerstin’s engagement beyond the office, noting that “this is also imbricated with the world of the practice … These activities help make space for the development of ideas that then reverberate between these various worlds.”
Link to purchase magazine

Kerstin Thompson 2023 AIA Gold Medal Recipient

The Gold Medal is the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour. It is with great joy that we can announce this year’s recipient is Kerstin Thompson.

The Gold Medal recognises distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, producing work of great distinction that has advanced architecture or endowed the profession in a distinguished manner. The list of past recipients is a sterling selection of peers to now sit alongside.

In her own words, Kerstin reflects;
I think of this milestone as an acknowledgment of past achievements but also a future challenge – to continue the purpose of the practice I founded – Kerstin Thompson Architects – with the design of buildings that meaningfully connect people with place and the fostering of a stimulating and supportive workplace culture. And parallel to KTA, to continue with the reward and responsibility of education through studios and talks, and beyond the academy, advocating for architecture whether through design panels, public engagement or in the research around and doing of exemplars.

The bestowing of the Gold Medal, so far overwhelmingly on individuals, gives pause to contemplate one’s role relative to that of others within a 30 year practice. As founder I have provided the thread of thought continuity along which many have gathered and have inflected.

To all who have contributed in various ways to KTA, thank you

Link to AIA website

AIA VIC Chapter Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2023 Victorian Architecture Awards has been announced and we are thrilled to have 3 projects shortlisted across 5 categories:

Melbourne Holocaust Museum – Public Architecture
Melbourne Holocaust Museum – Heritage Architecture
Melbourne Holocaust Museum – Melbourne Prize
Kerr Street Residences – Residential Multiple Housing
VSBA New Schools 2022 Bundle B in association with McBride Charles Ryan – Educational Architecture

Winners will be announced Friday 16 June 2023
Congratulations to all shortlisted projects and teams
Link to all shortlisted projects

2023 National Biophilic Design Awards

Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge was awarded winner at the inaugural National Biophilic Design Awards, in the Community and Urban Scale category. “The awards recognise achievements in Australian buildings, interiors, and communities, that demonstrate the principles and benefits of biophilic design. National winners will automatically be entered into the International Living Future Institute’s Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award in 2023.”

“The Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award is administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). It acknowledges Kellert’s legacy as a pioneer in articulating and applying biophilic design principles to the built environment. His advocacy has encouraged the widespread adoption of the practice of design for human-nature connection.”

Congratulations to all the finalists

KTA + MPavilion

We are curating a panel discussion at the MPavilion, titled Propelling or Pathological? Heritage in Urban Design. Aldo Rossi, in The Architecture of the City, describes the urban artefact as a permanence, “a past we are still experiencing.” Rossi proposes permanence’s present two aspects: “they can be considered as propelling elements or as pathological ones: artefacts that enable us to understand our city in its totality, or artefacts that appear as a series of isolated elements that we can link only tenuously to an urban system.”

Join us for a discussion that focuses on our built heritage and how it can be interlinked with urban design imperatives and opportunities. Our panelists include Christine Phillips, Dan Hill & Felicity Watson — in conversation with compere extraordinaire Stuart Harrison.

6 April 5.30pm—6.30pm (free event)
Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
Link to event

Melbourne Now Exhibition_ Broadmeadows Town Hall

We are delighted to be a part of Melbourne Now, an exhibition on Civic Architecture that will feature Broadmeadows Town Hall. The exhibition “is a survey of five award-winning civic projects by Melbourne architects and landscape artists that have been catalysts for transformation in different neighbourhoods… The places, buildings and objects displayed in Civic Architecture are a record of our times: they reflect the cultural identities of their locations and the types of services required to support the people residing there.”

24 March – 20 August,10am–5pm daily (free entry)
Level 3, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square
Link to event

Detail Magazine

March 2023 Issue of Detail magazine features article on Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge.

The issue responds to the question “Where’s the Journey Headed?”
“Many of the concepts that hotels, hostels, and guesthouses are using to steer into the future have been on the horizon for some time: more individualization, more experiential, more storytelling, and more Instagramable settings. Next-generation hotels are increasingly highlighting their location and its history, immersing guests in other worlds, sending them on a journey through space and time.”
Seven projects were selected and we are so delighted Bundanon was chosen for the cover.

Link to purchase issue

Imagining the Future Museum: 21 Dialogues with Architects

On Wednesday 15th February, the Brooklyn Museum is holding a roundtable discussion to celebrate the release of András Szántó’s book ‘Imagining the Future Museum: 21 Dialogues with Architects’.

The discussion titled ‘Architects on the Future of the Museum’ will include András Szántó with contributors; Elizabeth Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, United States), Paula Zasnicoff Cardoso (Arquitetos Associados, Brazil) and Kerstin Thompson (KTA, Australia).

KTA is one of the 21 architects included in Szántó’s new book published by Hatje Cantz. It is a companion to his previous book, ‘The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues’ (2020).

Link to event

Photo: courtesy of the author

Vogue Living

January/February Issue of Australian Vogue Living features article on Erskine River House.
The house is designed as a series of curved niches – for sleeping, bathing, lounging, dining – they have ‘got your back’.
The article includes a series of images taken by Sharyn Cairns and an interview with Kerstin, except below,
“We have done a house for a photographer that eludes the photo, but I keep telling her to stop trying to photograph it and just be in it,” which is tantamount to telling Picasso to down his paintbrushes on holiday. Beauty bids the constant witness.’

Frame Magazine

Frame Magazine, issue 149 includes an article on Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge, key project features were explored along with commentary on the need for buildings to respond to climate disaster.
Excerpt from article, Frame’s Take
“Buildings that can absorb the shock of earthquakes and homes built on stilts to prevent flood damage are just some of the ways architects have had to consider environmental characteristics when designing spaces. However, the climate crisis has forced design and architecture to proactively reckon with the ever-increasing occurrences of disasters like massive wildfires, extreme storms, winds and flooding.”
Link to magazine

Victorian Premier's Design Awards

Thanks to the jury of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards for selecting Queen & Collins as a finalist in the architectural design category.

‘The Awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in creating functional, safe and efficient, products, services and spaces.’
‘Bound by three principles, the Awards seek to:
_ Elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers.
_ Celebrate Victorian-led design.
_ Position Victoria as a design capital.’

We look forward to the announcement of category winners in March 2023.
Link to category finalists

Team Elevations

We are looking forward to 2023 with the elevations of Tobias Pond to Principal and Claire Humphreys, Lynn Chew, and Michael Blancato to Associate Principals, their knowledge and leadership skills will guide KTA through the next phase. The team promotions are the culmination of their multilayered experiences, commitment and ongoing contributions to the advancement of KTA.

_ Tobias’ steadfast and ambitious approach to management of the studio and projects has led to the growth and expansion of KTA over the last four years. He has been integral to KTA’s work in the Social and Multiple housing sectors, including our Richmond Social Housing project for Homes Victoria and significant projects for private sector clients to be announced in 2023.

_ Claire is indispensable, as a design leader she thoughtfully oversees the design development and direction of our projects. She has played a key role on many projects including Queen & Collins, Queenscliff Hub, Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre and most recently the Eva and Marc Besen Centre at Tarrawarra Museum of Art.

_ Lynn has been with KTA for 24 years, her considerate and detailed sensibility steers KTAs residential projects and clients, with some relationships lasting over 20 years. Successful collaborations include Albury House, Erskine River House and the George Street conversion.

_ Michael’s enthusiasm, care, and skill in working through scale and complexity is engrained in his approach. This has been evident through his successful management of the completion of Queen & Collins during Covid lockdowns, and more recently, by steering a large project team in our work for the University of Melbourne’s Fisherman’s Bend campus.

World Architecture Festival Awards

Day one winners have been announced at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards, and we are so excited to share the news that Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge was highly commended in the Completed Buildings: Culture category.

The category received 26 entries from around the world, in which 17 projects were shortlisted, we are so proud Bundanon was recognised in this category. The ‘projects entered in the WAF awards include some of the most innovative and ground-breaking designs in the world’.

Link to awards

Interior Design Excellence Awards

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) event held this month awarded Queen & Collins winner of Workplace Over 1000sqm category. The category considers ‘how a commercial fitout has been designed to enhance the efficiency of the workplace, not just from the perspective of user productivity, but also with regards to comfort and happiness’.

The jury cited ‘designed to be a city within the city, possessing a vision for the future workplace, and with well-being and social connection at its heart. The semi-open laneways, open-air courtyards and campiellos integrate the remarkable Heritage-listed buildings and reimagine the commercial workplace experience.’

Link to award details

2022 Melbourne Awards

Queen & Collins was awarded winner in the Urban Design category at the 2022 Melbourne Awards, at an event held at the Melbourne Town Hall.
“The Melbourne Awards are the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy to making this city a world leader. Eight key areas were identified to reflect the way in which programs and organisations contribute to Melbourne as a thriving, forward-thinking capital city: Community; Sustainability; Aboriginal Melbourne – ganbu guljin*; Arts and Events; Hospitality; Knowledge and Innovation; Urban Design; LGBTIQ+.”
The Jury cited; A new workplace has been cleverly woven into the fabric of Melbourne.

Link to award details

Michael Blancato, Claire Humphreys and Grant Dixon from KTA team with Nicholas Reece, Deputy Lord Mayor and Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Congratulations team!

Learning Environments Australasia Award

Last week Clyde Creek Primary School received a Learning Environments Australasia award (VIC Chapter).

Winner in Category 2: New Educational Campus, the jury cited;
‘Clyde Creek Primary School stood out from other submissions, particularly those within a similar context and siting, due to its refined and rigorous design approach within a large greenfield site. The careful placement of buildings creates a sense of community around a ‘civic heart’, whilst playful pop-up roofs highlight key learning areas within. The design outcome is both rigorous in its offering to be flexible to multiple learning methods and changing pedagogy, as well as its sensible use of materials and construction methodology.’

Thanks to LEA and jury for recognising CCPS, and our collaborators on the project McBride Charles Ryan.

Kelley Mackay Departure

After 18 years, Kelley Mackay, Director of Projects, will be stepping away from KTA. This is sad news for KTA and all who have had the privilege of working with her. Kelley has been a leader and a guiding force at KTA for almost two decades. Evidence of just some of Kelley’s success in recent awarded projects is seen in Broadmeadows Town Hall, Balfe Park Lane and Clyde Creek Primary School.

Kerstin has noted that; “Kelley’s thumbprints are all over the place, embedded in KTA’s culture and our buildings. To say Kelley will be greatly missed is an understatement.” Tenacity and sheer determination have been her trademark, not accepting that near enough is good enough.

Kelley will be taking a long summer break and is looking forward to exploring new ways to continue her contribution to the design and construction industry.

We miss her already.

The Architecture Symposium: A Broader Landscape

Curated by Kerstin Thompson and Phillip Arnold, The Architecture Symposium: A Broader Landscape will interrogate how architects practising in Australia use (or mis-use) the term ‘landscape’ to many different ends.

Held over two days, the symposium includes 19 speakers, 4 provocateurs and moderator. It will seek to expand and adapt our understandings to account for the specific histories and practices that have enabled occupations of this land for millennia. And it will explore the ways we can amplify diverse ideas about landscape to inform our architectural practice.

When: Friday 18 November – Saturday 19 November 2022
Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales + Bundanon

Link to symposium details

AIA National Award Wins

The AIA National Awards announced the 2022 winners at a recent event and we are elated to have received 3 awards.

Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge was awarded The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture and an award in Sustainable Architecture, and Queen & Collins received an award in Commercial Architecture.

‘The 2022 jury commented that this year’s entries “truly captured the spirit of Australian architecture,” with notable projects including those which are built on seminal landmarks of Australian identity, and visually and viscerally connected to place.’

‘Bundanon, by Kerstin Thompson Architects, is steadily becoming a “reference for the holy grail of Australian architecture”, the jury said. “Bundanon is a layered work that has been sensitively handled and respects the original vision for the estate.” For its sensitive addition to the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd estate, this project was awarded both the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture and a National Award for Sustainable Architecture.’

Congratulations to all, especially our clients, collaborators and extended team for this gratifying and significant outcome!

Link to awards details

Architect Victoria_ Balfe Park Lane

Edition 3 / 2022 of Architect Victoria, Design for all Life / Architecture and Planning features an 8 page article on Balfe Park Lane. An interview with Kelley Mackay addresses KTA’s approach to the design and construction, planning considerations and strategies, public realm and resident amenities. A key aspect of the project was the dwelling designs achieving high level compliance in the Liveable Housing Australia’s, Liveable Design Standards.

Follow link to read full article

Queensland Regional Symposium

Kerstin Thompson was delighted by the opportunity to present the Keynote talk at the 2022 Queensland Regional Symposium, ‘Regional Futures: A Collaborative Perspective’.

Presenting a perspective on three selected projects completed in regional Victoria and NSW, Kerstin offered insights into the characters, collaborations, contexts and considerations behind the design processes and built outcomes.

The Symposium ran from the 27th to 29th October on Darumbal Country, in the coastal town of Yeppoon.

Link to more details

2022 Victorian School Design Awards

Clyde Creek Primary School won Best Primary School Project in the 2022 Victorian School Design Awards.

Completed as part of Bundle B 2022 for the Victorian School Building Authority and in collaboration with McBride Charles Ryan, the campus designed around a central heart provides the community with a civic hub. The masterplan and concept designs for the Bundle were developed collaboratively. KTA completed the detailed design and documentation for Clyde Creek Primary School.

“The awards recognise how architects are making Victoria a world leader in school design. The finalists were selected for the innovation, creativity and practicality their designs bring to the Victorian public schools and kindergartens we build and modernise.”

Link to all VSDA winners

2022 National Architecture Awards Shortlist

It’s gratifying to see all of the hard work pay off at KTA when we find ourselves shortlisted in 5 categories for the 2022 National Architecture Awards.

Our shortlisted projects and categories are:
Balfe Park Lane | Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Bundanon | Public Architecture (Image)
• Bundanon | Sustainable Architecture
Queen & Collins | Commercial Architecture
• Queen & Collins | Interior Architecture
• Queen & Collins | Urban Design

Winners will be announced on Thursday 3 November within the surrounds of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo!

Link to shortlisted projects

Open House Melbourne_ Built / Unbuilt

The theme for this year’s Open House Melbourne (OHM) is Built/Unbuilt and is the largest to date featuring many tours and talks around Melbourne. We are so delighted to have three of our projects included in program; Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Queen & Collins and Broadmeadows Town Hall. Commencing 30-31 July, tours will be hosted by members of our team. Kerstin is also participating in the OHM opening event held on the 29 July at The Capital. The speakers will reflect on ‘projects that amplify and register cultural memories, pre-histories and knowledges of place that are deeply present in the buildings, spaces and landscapes of our city.’

Link to program

AIA NSW Chapter Award wins

Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge has won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture and also received an award in the Sustainable Architecture category in the 2022 New South Wales Architecture Awards

Thanks to the juries for this significant recognition.

Public Architecture Citation
“Bundanon creates a new appreciation of the Boyd Estate, it’s history & setting by purposefully inhabiting this landscape of cultural & physical significance.
​Centered in the historic core of the estate, the two principal components of the project, ‘the bridge’ & the buried museum respond artfully to the primary necessities of the brief & their varied environmental & landscape demands. Boyd’s studio forms a fulcrum between these two components & the original Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre by Murcutt, Lewin & Lark. It is through this careful siting & screening that each is allowed room to breathe, sitting naturally alongside each other, each enjoying their distinctive settings in the landscape…
​Transformational of this place & our experience of it, Bundanon provides an engaging, considered, & joyful experience of landscape.”

Thanks also to: a visionary client Bundanon, acknowledged with a ‘second Sulman’ noting Boyd Education Centre by Murcutt, Lewin & Lark was the recipient of this same award in 1999; Adco Constructions for their building excellence & commitment.
Many wonderful consultants: special call out to core for concept – Wraight Associates for landscape, Atelier Ten for ESD & Phil Gardiner, Brett Wall now of WSP Australia for structures.
Link to awards page

AIA VIC Chapter Award wins

We are so elated with our recent award wins at the 2022 Victorian Architecture Awards.
The award recognition is the result of a collaborative alliance between our project team, partners, consultant team and our clients.
With gratitude to the jury for their selections and AIA VIC Chapter for their support.

- Melbourne Prize – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- The Best Overend Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing (named award) – Balfe Park Lane
- Award for Urban Design – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- Award for Interior Architecture – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- Award for Commercial Architecture – Queen & Collins (KTA + BVN)
- Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) – Erskine River House

Excerpt below from Latest News AIA Victorian Chapter

“This year’s most recognised project was Queen & Collins, taking home four awards: the prestigious Melbourne Prize and as well as Architecture Awards in the Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Urban Design categories.

KTA and BVN’s commercial adaptive reuse project breathed life into a cluster of gothic revival icons, unlocking a series of interconnected urban spaces to invite a sense of discovery within a busy CBD precinct.
The Jury praised the project for its masterfully orchestrated use of light, space, colours and texture to create a surprising new urban space for Melbourne.”

“Kerstin Thompson Architects’ Balfe Park Lane received the top award in the muti-residential category, setting a gold standard for designing healthy communities and embedding genuine liveability among a list of winners that highlighted the importance of housing as an essential social infrastructure.”

Link to AIA awards page

Kerstin recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Congratulations Kerstin Thompson, Phyllis Murphy, Joseph Lewit, Garry and Susan Rothwell, Soo-Tee Cheong, Peter Lee and Donald Mason; eight architects recognised for “meritorious, distinguished and conspicuous services” on Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List.

Kerstin was appointed a Member of the Order (AM)
For significant service to architecture, and to tertiary education. Thompson has been a principal at her practice since 1994 and was made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017. Most recently, in 2021 she received the Victorian Premiers Design Award for her renovation of the Broadmeadows Town Hall, and the Victorian Architecture Medal for the same project in 2020. She is adjunct professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Monash University, and has been a professor of design at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Link to AIA Victorian Chapter article
Link to ArchitectureAU article

ArchitectureAU Article on Bundanon

May/June edition of Architecture Australia features article ‘A curated piece of utopia: Bundanon Art Museum and Bridge’ written by Andrew Nimmo.

“On a site gifted to the public for artistic enjoyment, a design team led by Kerstin Thompson Architects has integrated landscape and architecture to transform the location while preserving its natural ecosystems and cultural context.
Near Nowra in the Shoalhaven River valley of southern New South Wales, two properties – Riversdale and the adjoining Bundanon – were the home of artists Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. In 1993, the Boyds donated both sites, including their substantial art collection, to the Australian government and the Bundanon Trust was established. The Boyd Education Centre (BEC) – the winner of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings in 1999, designed by Murcutt, Lewin and Lark – is on the Riversdale site and was constructed to facilitate artist-in-residence programs.”

Link to read full article

2022 VIC Architecture Awards

The shortlisted projects for the 2022 AIA Victorian Chapter Awards were recently revealed and KTA are nominated in eight.

Our shortlisted projects and categories:
Heritage Architecture – Queen & Collins
Commercial Architecture – Queen & Collins
Melbourne Prize – Queen & Collins
Urban Design – Queen & Collins
Interior Architecture – Queen & Collins
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing – Balfe Park Lane
Residential Architecture – Houses (New) – Erskine River House
Interior Architecture – Erskine River House

Congratulations to all!
Winners will be announced at Awards online event Friday 17th June

Link to all shortlisted projects


2022 NSW Architecture Awards

We are so excited, Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge has been shortlisted in four categories in the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards; Public Architecture, Heritage Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainability.

We are also very appreciative of the efforts of entire project team and consistent support from our client Bundanon Trust.

Winners will be announced 1st July.
Link to shortlisted entries

Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

We are so proud Broadmeadows Town Hall received Best in Category for Architectural Design in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards 2021.

‘The awards showcase the depth of design talent in Victoria and the capability and capacity of the Victorian design industry.
Bound by three principles, the Awards seek to:
- Elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers.
- Celebrate Victorian-led design.
- Position Victoria as a design capital.’

Thanks to all involved, especially the collaborative project team and Hume City Council.

Link to award win
Link to Australian Design Review article

Statewide Child and Family Centre

Recent article in ArchitectureAU features interview with Anthony Clarke (Bloxas) and Kerstin Thompson on the design developed for the model of care for the Statewide Child and Family Centre. This is Victoria’s-first Statewide Child and Family Centre, to be delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with Austin Health. The new purpose-built 12-bed centre will provide children and families onsite stay and support.

Construction is expected to begin early 2022.
Link to article

Opening of Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge

We are elated Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge has reached completion, this achievement is a testament to the dedication of all associated with the project.

“The design is driven by Bundanon’s main imperative, as established by the Boyd family, to foster an appreciation for and understanding of landscape and art.”

Opening scheduled for 29 January 2022 and official ceremony to follow 5 March 2022

Related articles
Link to ArchitectureAU
Link to Architecture & Design
Link to Design Boom

The esteemed 10 | Australian Design Visionaries for 2022

We are so delighted Kerstin Thompson was announced as one of the esteemed 10 | Australian Design Visionaries for 2022

“The esteemed 10 recognises a cross-section of visionary architects and designers in 2022. Spanning perspective, aesthetic and intent, the esteemed 10 comprises influential voices in the Australian and international design community selected by the est living editorial team. Criterion is based on approach, current achievements, completed and anticipated projects, insights and analytics.”

Kerstin responds to eight questions, including anticipating key influences and sustainable design in 2022.

Link to article on visionaries

The Design Files: Readings

The brief for Readings was to house almost 500 linear metres of books, and to encourage browsing and reading with seating options interspersed.
Located in Emporium the retail store is filled with natural light from the large art-deco windows.

Relevant article
Link to The Design Files article

Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

We are so excited that Broadmeadows Town Hall has been announced a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

“The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards have celebrated Victorian designers and businesses since 1996 – promoting the role design has in making products, spaces and experiences more functional, safe, efficient and sustainable.” The awards recognise design innovation in eight categories: architectural, product, service, fashion, digital, communication, strategy, and students.

This year the awards celebrate their 25th anniversary, 112 finalists were selected from across Victoria, winners will be announced at a ceremony held during Melbourne Design Week in March 2022.

Link to awards details and finalists

Design Speaks

Design Speaks is holding a series of seminars as part of The Architecture Symposium: Beyond the Building. The program includes four sessions based around key themes. Each session comprises of presentations from ‘architects whose public projects have an impact that is beyond the built form itself’ and an hour-long live panel discussion.

Session 2 titled – Emotional Connection explores ‘projects that have evoked emotive or spiritual responses and left a lasting impression’, Kerstin Thompson will be presenting Riversdale at Bundanon. Angelo Candalepas from Candalepas Associates and Camilla Block from Durbach Block Jaggers, will also be presenting projects, with Abbie Galvin and William Smart moderating the discussion.

Tickets for the session on Thursday 18 November, 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm (AEDT)

Link to program details and tickets

Good Weekend Magazine

Recently published Good Weekend magazine features Bundanon and interview with long-standing CEO, Deborah Ely AM. This week we farewell Deborah as CEO, she has expanded Bundanon’s multi-disciplinary program, transforming the organisation, and gaining national and international recognition along the way.
What a privilege and joy to work with Deb on this latest chapter of beloved Bundanon, her insight and vision is embedded in every part, for the enjoyment and wonder of generations to come.
Link to article

Good Weekend Talks podcast with Katrina Strickland and Amanda Hooton in conversation with Deborah, tells the story of Bundanon, our obligations to care for this “unspoilt jewel”, and what future experiences look like for audiences connecting to this unique place.
Link to podcast

Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle

Kerstin Thompson will be presenting at CPD webinar on adaptive reuse in buildings, alongside panel experts; Brenda Kingston, Director, Sustainability, WSP; Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Founding Director, UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT Centre); Nick Travers, Director, Techne Architects and Anton James, Director, JMD Design Architects.

Titled Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle the panel will discuss adapting existing structures, circular economy principles, transition to decarbonized energy sources and project case studies.

Date: Wednesday 1st September, 5.00pm-7.30pm

Link to read more about the event and purchase tickets

Open House Melbourne

Broadmeadows Town Hall is included in this years Open House Melbourne program. The theme for the program is ‘Reconnect’ and ‘asks us to reconsider the way we will occupy our city and to envisage new ways of designing and adapting our buildings and infrastructure as we emerge from the impact of COVID-19’.

Guided tours on Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 July
10am, 12pm and 1.45pm

Link to guided tours and LIVEability POP-UP workshop with Mary Featherston AM and Dr Suzie Attiwill

AIA Victorian Chapter Award win

Last week Church on Napier received an AIA VIC Chapter award for Heritage Architecture, we are so excited to share the win with James Stockwell Architects. The joint project saw the adaptive reuse of the 1920’s church hall and 150 year old listed church, along with a new build into a series of dwellings.
Congratulations to our creative client and collaborative project team.

Link to full list of AIA VIC Chapter winners.

New into Old, ArchitectureAU

Published in ArchitectureAU and written by Stuart Harrison, the article Elective Heritage: Broadmeadows Town Hall deliberates the ‘gamut of conservation strategies’ for the project and the importance of public buildings.

Link to article

Materiality 2021

Recently published, Materiality 2021 is the latest volume by Brickworks, the book reviews a collection of projects where the core material explored is either brick or concrete block. With over 60 projects selected from across Australia and the USA, we are pleased Apartment House is one of the featured projects.

Kerstin shares the use of masonry as both building material and finish for KTA’s Apartment House, link to interview

2021 VIC Architecture Awards Shortlist

We are delighted to have Church on Napier shortlisted in two categories in the 2021 AIA Victorian Chapter Awards, heritage architecture and residential architecture – multiple housing.

Winners will be announced June 18 via live online event.
Follow link to read more about shortlisted projects

Melbourne Design Week: KTA Book Launch

Book launch and panel discussion for ‘Kerstin Thompson Architects: Encompassing People & Place’

Moderated by Virginia Trioli, this event includes a presentation by Kerstin on her public and community focused projects exploring the theme of ‘cultural memory’ and including the award winning Broadmeadows Town Hall, and the upcoming Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Link to register for a ticket

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

The Design Files: KTA Monograph

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, The Design Files published an article on Kerstin Thompson and her 11 career lessons.

Excerpt from article:
Since the mid 1990s, women have comprised over 40 per cent of all Australian architectural graduates, and the overall proportion of women working in the industry has been steadily rising (now 31 per cent of the total architecture population of Australia, up from 20 per cent in 2001).
Despite these advancements, a 2018 report by Gill Matthewson titled Parlour Census Report 2001–2016: Women in Architecture in Australia indicates there is still gender discrimination in the architecture industry. Most notably, younger women are continuing to leave the profession at higher rates than their male counterparts, and the gender pay gap persists.

Link to read article

Kerstin’s lessons also feature in the recently published book Kerstin Thompson Architects: Encompassing people & place.

ArchitectureAU Discussion

In article published on 8 March 2020, ‘Leverage: Positioning practice and challenging expectations’ in ArchitectureAU, Maryam Gusheh interviews Kerstin Thompson and Jude Barber from Collective Architecture, discussing their formative influences, pathways, strategies, advocacy and leverage: influence and potential.

Link to read article

Image: Hallam Bypass Sound Walls (2003)

KTA Monograph

It’s finally out.

Kerstin Thompson Architects:
Encompassing people & place, with essay by Leon van Schaik, interweaves our projects & writings, sketches & buildings. A rethink of the architectural monograph, it offers insights into the process & built delights of architecture, for people at home, at play, at work.

Great initiative of RMIT University with Thames & Hudson.

Launch & public lecture planned for Melbourne Design Week.

Big thank you to Fleur Watson, Paulina Levaux, Stuart Geddes Design, Leon van Schaik & Martyn Hook

Link to Thames & Hudson

Houses Magazine

December issue of Houses magazine features an article on East Street residence, written by Phillip Nielsen.
Phillip was able to visit the residence and talk with the owners, he shares insights into how the owners experience the spaces and adapt the flexible spaces to suit their needs.
Link to magazine

COVID-19 Work Practices

KTA is committed to following government advice on social distancing and COVID safe work practices.

KTA ask that all staff and visitors to our office to adhere to the following six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces (link to Victorian Government site) and:
• Ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
• Wear a face mask (both while travelling to the office and within the office)
• Practise good hygiene
• Record your details at reception via QR Code and inform KTA immediately if you become unwell

We diverted direct lines to individual mobile phones, and our Studio Manager will be forwarding all messages, mail, and project materials. During this period please address general studio enquires to +61 3 8662 8800, and specific project enquiries to staff mobile phones.

We hope you remain safe and connected, thank you for your understanding.

2020 National Architecture Awards

We couldn’t be more pleased that East Street House is joint recipient of The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) at the 2020 AIA National Architecture Awards.

Located in Albury NSW, its compact and modest, could work for many kinds of households, extremes of climate and urban, suburban or rural sites alike. A no frills approach to sustainable design.
And it’s built to last a very long time, as our buildings should.
Thank you to the jury for recognising these particular merits which we hope are relevant to homemakers throughout Australia.

To read complete jury citation click on link

2020 AIA National Awards Shortlist

We have two projects shortlisted in the AIA National Awards;
- Broadmeadows Town Hall in Heritage Architecture category, and
- East Street in Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category.

The jury have shortlisted 76 projects in 14 categories from across Australia, and we are elated to have two projects nominated.

Jury Chair, Professor Lochhead “said that the jury was, ‘privileged to see the legacies of many exceptional, motivated clients across Australia – from those painstakingly restoring precious and modest heritage, to those, both private and public clients, commissioning enduring and uplifting settings for now and the future’.”

Thanks again to all our collaborators.

This year the awards ceremony will be held via live broadcast on 5th November, we look forward to streaming the event.

Link to complete shortlist list

Architect Victoria Awards Issue

Latest issue of Architect Victoria magazine is available now.
Magazine features the 2020 AIA Chapter Awards, inclusive of all category entries, award winners and jury citations.
Issue includes article on the Victorian Architecture Medal, and sheds light on the jury’s decision for selecting Broadmeadows Town Hall as recipient of the state’s most significant AIA award.

Link to digital magazine.

The ‘Small’ Issue, Architecture Australia

July/August issue of Architecture Australia magazine includes feature on Jock Comini Amenities Reserve and discussion by Kerstin Thompson – ‘Relativities’ on smaller public projects by KTA.
The special issue questions ‘what is the role of small projects, practices and budgets in shaping our cities?’
Link to read more

AIA Victorian Chapter Award wins

The Pink Elephant* breathes again.

Thank you to the AIA for awarding the Broadmeadows Town Hall with the Victorian Architecture Medal, the George Knight Award for Heritage and a Commendation for Public Architecture.

We are encouraged that in bestowing the Victorian Architecture Medal on the town hall the jury has recognised something of a welcome shift we see in what and how we value in architecture; that the judicious re-use of existing buildings can have significant impact on the public realm and enrichment for community incommensurate with the scale of the resources used.

These times call for precise and strategic thinking; a resourceful architecture that deploys an economy of means yet is transformative; that finds an ease of fit between old forms and new uses; that prioritises strategy over material change; that combines and confounds opposites – strength with gentleness; subtley with drama; creation with repair; the edit with addition.

An architecture that is humane.

Right now as we isolate in our individual homes the importance of shared spaces in which we can collectively gather and exchange is so evident. Yet unambiguously ‘public’ space is under threat and we as architects must advocate for and defend it. We are its guardians and protectors.

The crucial role of an enlightened and committed client, in this case Hume City Council, cannot be underestimated. On this project Hume has lead the way with its people – councillors, executives, project managers, citizens. We hope that the promise implied by this AIA recognition is delivered to the community, that the Town Hall serves its longstanding purpose to enrich the daily lives of its many different people and is reinforced as a place for new attachments, for new generations.

*Upon its completion in 1964 it was nicknamed the Pink Elephant by neighbouring municipalities appalled at the largesse and ambition of the newly built pink brick monolith by Forster and Walsh.

Better than a white one…

Thanks to all of our collaborators.

Architect Victoria 2020

Autumn issue of Architect Victoria featuring article by Kerstin Thompson ‘Feeling Climate’. Giving prominence to the Riversdale Masterplan for Bundaon Trust, the article deliberates on designing for tourism.

Link to latest issue and article

2020 VIC Architecture Awards Shortlist

The AIA Victorian Chapter Awards have announced the 2020 shortlisted projects and all three KTA entries are nominated.

Broadmeadows Town Hall: Heritage Architecture
Broadmeadows Town Hall: Public Architecture
George Street: Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

We are delighted to be shortlisted and would like to acknowledge the efforts of our collaborative team, consultants and clients.
Image of Broadmeadows Town Hall by John Gollings

Link to read more

2020 NSW Architecture Awards Shortlist

The AIA recently announced the 2020 NSW Architecture Awards shortlisted projects and East Street was selected in the category Residential Architecture – Houses (New). With seventeen other shortlisted projects in the category we are delighted to be amongst some really strong contenders. Thanks to our project team and Scott James Builder.

Link to ArchitectureAU article with complete nomination list

Image by Dan Preston

COVID-19 Communications

COVID-19 is posing society-wide challenges that we must meet together, and KTA is determined to play our part in reducing opportunities for community transmission.

For KTA this means we will be shifting to virtual collaboration tools for all external meetings and workshops for the foreseeable future. For many years KTA has embraced flexible work practices, and this has allowed us to migrate smoothly to working remotely when necessary. We will be contacting clients and consultants directly over the coming days to confirm specific arrangements for all of our live projects. Feel free to contact us directly if you have queries on how we will be working with you in the coming weeks.

Our thoughts are with our extended community of clients and peers as we all find a way to stay connected in the face of a virus for which the best defence, social distancing, is anathema to the way we work, live and conceptualise our practice’s spatial thinking.

Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale Project Milestone

Significant milestone reached at Riversdale, located in The Shoalhaven. A ‘revitalising smoking ceremony’ preceded the turning of the first sod for the Art Gallery. Finally something to celebrate after weeks of devastating fires along and inland from the NSW coast.
Link to ArchitectureAU article

Queenscliffe Community Hub

We are very pleased to be appointed Principal Consultant for the Queenscliffe Community Hub project. The project will involve the refurbishment of the existing heritage library building, and new facilities for the historical museum and visitor information centre. We look forward to working with the Borough of Queenscliffe Council and the local community on creating a new space which honours the many significant historical buildings of the Borough and fosters the spirit of the community.
Construction is expected to commence in October 2020.

2019 Victorian School Design Awards

The 2019 Victorian School Design Awards selected Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre as the winner of Best School Project – under $5 million. The state government school projects awarded, “recognise architects and designers who have provided innovative, creative and practical schools for Victorian students”.
We are proud of our education team – the award acknowledges the collective efforts required to achieve a successful design outcome.
Thanks to all involved.

Link to read more about the awards

2019 National Architecture Award Wins

Last night the Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of the 2019 National Architecture Awards, and we are elated to have received recognition for three of our projects;
Commercial Architecture – National Award: Private Women’s Club (pictured),
Heritage – National Commendation: Sacred Heart Building Abbotsford Convent Foundation, and
Small Project Architecture – The Nicholas Murcutt Award: Jock Comini Reserve Amenities.
The award wins substantiate our integrated approach to projects and practice focus on architecture as a civic endeavour.
Congratulations to the collaborative project team, clients, consultants and contractors.
Link to read more about the awards and jury citations

Design Speaks: Old School / New School

Next week Kerstin will be presenting Northcote High School Performing Arts Centre as part of Design Speaks forum: Old School / New School. Kerstin will share some of Northcote High Schools’ key features and insights including; innovations, functional organisation, campus program and community significance.
The day forum in Sydney addresses the future of education design, with speakers discussing cultural trends, politics in education design, virtual learning spaces and campus planning.
Tickets available via link

Image by Peter Bennetts

Broadmeadows Town Hall Officially Opens

On Friday 4th October, Broadmeadows Town Hall was officially opened by Cr Carly Moore (Mayor of Hume City Council), Domenic Isola (CEO of Hume City Council), and Frank McGuire (MP for Broadmeadows). Construction of the civic redevelopment began late 2017. From the outset, our approach to the 1960s building was about retaining the local cultural history and honouring the original architectural features, while adapting the spaces to be more efficient, functional, flexible and modern. We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone with the Hume City Councillors and look forward to sharing images of the completed project in the coming months.
‘Crossing the Floor’ art installation by Robbie Rowlands

2019 National Architecture Awards

We are very excited the Australian Institute of Architects has shortlisted 3 of our projects from the 78 entries in the 2019 National Architecture Awards. Our projects include; Private Melbourne Women’s Club in Commercial Architecture category, Jock Comini Reserve Amenities (pictured) in Small Project Architecture category and Sacred Heart Building Abbotsford Convent Foundation in the Heritage category. The national jury noted significant themes emerging across all project categories that ‘demonstrated the value of architecture through public benefit’ and a ‘clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability’. Winners will be announced in Brisbane on 7 November.

Link to AIA shortlisted projects

2019 Heritage Address Presentation

Last month, Kerstin Thompson was honoured to deliver the 2019 Heritage Address as part of the Open House Melbourne program. Her talk was a thought-provoking look at the role heritage plays in our cities and lives. The annual program engages the public with the built environment, through a series of tours, talks, and seminars. The Heritage Address is supported by the Heritage Council of Victoria and The University of Melbourne.

Link to complete video presentation

Victorian School Building Authority announce eight new schools

The Victorian Government is committed to opening 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, KTA in partnership with McBride Charles Ryan have been appointed to design three new schools: Clyde North Primary School, Clyde North Secondary College (including a supported inclusion hub, assisting education for students with disabilities) and Greenvale Secondary College. The schools are expected to be completed by 2022, as part of the Government’s pledge to making Victoria the ‘Education State’, we are excited to be collaborating on these education projects.

Link to ArchitecureAU article

Photo by Peter Bennetts

In Conversation: Kerstin Thompson and Caroline Baum

Kerstin Thompson and author/ broadcaster Caroline Baum will be in conversation at “Riversdale (NSW)“https://bundanon.com.au/ on Saturday 17 August.

KTA won the national design competition for Bundanon’s new $30.6M gallery and creative learning centre.

Hear first-hand about the design process and the concepts behind this radical architectural proposal for the site, formerly the home of the late artist Arthur Boyd. Kerstin will walk the property with participants and outline how her architectural approach responds to its landscape, climatic conditions and complex heritage and cultural significance.

More information and tickets are available here.

Architects Declare

KTA is proud to be a founding signatory on a declaration acknowledging “a climate and biodiversity emergency”.

Architects Declare was launched in the UK in May 2019 and has quickly gathered momentum on a global scale.The declaration states that building and construction accounts for nearly 40 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. All signatories seek to raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and the need for urgent action among clients and supply chains.

You can sign the declaration here

2019 Open House Melbourne program: 'Designing Cultural Spaces & Precincts' panel discussion with Kerstin Thompson

Kerstin Thompson joins Meghan Dwyer (John Wardle Architects) and Ian McDougall (ARM Architecture) to talk about the art of designing cultural spaces and the evolution of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.

KTA, JWA & ARM are all leading architecture practices that have contributed significant cultural projects around Australia and within the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

The conversation will be led by journalist Ray Edgar. The event is presented and hosted by Melbourne Theatre Company & Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, The University of Melbourne as part of 2019 Open House Melbourne program.

More info & ticket booking here.

Kerstin Thompson presents 2019 Heritage Address

Kerstin Thompson was selected as year’s Heritage Address speaker, presented by The Heritage Council of Victoria and Open House Melbourne.

Kerstin presented a selection of KTA’s completed and in progress works with Australia’s built heritage, to show our various approaches for relating past and future architectures.

A video recording of the address will be available via Open House Melbourne soon.

Image: Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent Foundation winner of the 2019 AIA Victorian Chapter Heritage Architecture Named Award The John George Knight Award.

Photo by Derek Swalwell.

The Stables, VCA featured in Architecture AU Mar/ Apr 2019 issue 'Civic Composition'

Featured in Architecture AU Mar/ April 2019 issue ‘Civic Composition’ – KTA’s adaptation of the former Victorian Mounted Police Stables for VCA’s Faculty of Fine Arts & Music. Nice write-up by Conrad Hamann. Read online here

Photo by Trevor Mein.

2019 WAF Awards shortlist – Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre

Recently completed Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre has been shortlisted in the 2019 WAF Awards. We look forward to presenting the project at the World Architecture Festival in later this year in Amsterdam (4-6 December).

Builder: FourSQ
Landscape architecture: Openwork

Image by Kerstin Thompson.

KTA wins 2019 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards

KTA is thrilled with a number of our recent projects awarded in the 2019 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards.

Among these include two named awards as category winners – The Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture (Private Melbourne Women’s Club) & The John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture (Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent).

Jock Comini Reserve Amenities also won an architecture award in the Small Projects category. Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre was shortlisted for Educational Architecture and Sunda Dining was shortlisted for Small Projects.

Thank you to our clients and collaborators for their much-valued contributions towards the delivery of each rewarding and successful project.

We look forward to the AIA National Architecture Awards later this year.

Image: Private Melbourne Women’s Club
Photography: Derek Swalwell

2019 AIA National Architecture Conference: Collective Agency

Kerstin Thompson will be participating as a ‘captain’ in this year’s AIA national conference, themed ‘Collective Agency’.

Collective Agency, curated by Monique Woodward and Stephen Choi, will encourage reflection on today’s challenges, the articulation of more meaningful protocols, and most importantly, the willingness to act.

The conference calls for “everyday advocacy and activism” as a way to instigate change. In the context of architecture, everyday advocacy means acting for the good of a single project but also for the broader public good. Kerstin suggests, “There can be a positive double agenda.”

View the full program of events here.

Image: The 2019 National Architecture Conference captains’ lunch, via ArchitectureAU.

BKK + KTA appointed for Whitehorse Centre

BKK Architects & KTA are delighted to have been appointed as architects for the redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre. Our competition entry was a truly collaborative process, and we are excited at the prospect of working with the City of Whitehorse Council to create a civic asset that will serve as a cultural focal point for the Whitehorse community for decades to come. A public design competition process was led by CityLab and Whitehorse City Council to select a design team for the Whitehorse Centre and the Civic Precinct. This open EOI lead to a shortlisting of 5 architect-lead teams with BKK and KTA announced as competition winners.

Read the ArchitectureAU article here.

Federal funding of $22M announced for Arthur Boyd's Riversdale site

Federal funding of $22M has been announced towards the expansion of Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale site in Shoalhaven NSW. Following state funding, this forms the final contribution to realise the $30.6M design to be delivered by KTA.

The project will include a new contemporary gallery space submerged into the landscape, a learning centre, visitor hub, cafe and an accommodation facility.

The Arthur Boyd Gallery will be subterranean, where visitors can enjoy and compare Boyd’s imaginary landscape with the actual one around them. The thermal stability and fire protection of being underground will protect Boyd’s $43M art collection in the gallery and associated storage.

Read more.

Peter’s Fish and Crucifixion (1993)
Oil on Canvas – Arthur Boyd 

Northcote High School construction update

Performing Arts & VCE Centre for Northcote High School is almost there… handover expected just in time for the new school year. Great work from the teams at Four Square & Open Work.

Balfe Park Lane multi-residential housing in Brunswick East

“The design of Balfe Park Lane as an ensemble of buildings of varying shape and orientation rather than a large, single building means that there is a stronger sense of neighbourhood and an individual address within a broader social context.” — Kerstin Thompson comments on KTA’s Balfe Park Lane multi-residential housing project in Brunswick East.

Read more on Urban.com and ArchitectureAU.

New space for private club in Melbourne

Atop its modernist base, this new garden room for a private club in Melbourne borrows the established landscape across the lane.

Spotted gum glue-lam beams extend the interior outside and add a further tectonic layer to the original building by Ellison Harvie.

Photo by Derek Swalwell.


Wed 10 Oct 6.15pm—Principal Kerstin Thompson talks to MPavilion 2018 architect Carme Pinós of Barcelona’s Estudio Carme Pinós. The conversation will traverse modes and models of practice, connections between practice and the academy, and the impacts of architecture and urban design on equity in the public realm. The talk is hosted by Parlour at MPavilion.

More details via MPavilion.

Image credit: MPavilion.

Think Brick Horbury Hunt Residential Award for Apartment House

Apartment House recently received the 2018 Think Brick Horbury Hunt Residential Award.

Glass inserts within the front facade filter the western sun yielding a dazzling, aqueous play of light which enlivens the firmness of the rectilinear geometry found in the plan and section.

Thank you Think Brick Australia, ATMA Builders & Trevor Mein Photography.

Government funding for KTA’s gallery expansion to Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale property

We’re pleased to announce the first stage of KTA’s Masterplan for the expansion of Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale site has received $8.592M in funding from the NSW state government towards the Arthur Boyd Gallery & Collection Store.

This subterranean space for the gallery & store will be the first of a two-part design, the other being a 140-metre-long bridge-like structure to house a creative learning centre, visitor hub & 32-room accommodation facility.

Read more about the project at Architecture AU , ABC & Sydney Morning Herald.

SCCI Architecture Festival

The Sherman Centre for Contemporary Ideas (SCCI) in Sydney has announced the line-up of architects, artists and thinkers that will present at its inaugural, 10-day festival of architecture-related workshops, talks and film screenings in October.

KTA Principal Kerstin Thompson is speaking as part of the festival lecture series, Words that made me: Architects on reading.

Kerstin, alongside other leading architects, Peter Tonkin (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer) & Peter Lonergan (Cracknell & Lonergan Architects) will discuss the books and writings that have formed them as people, and shaped their sensibility as thinkers and practitioners of design, from textbooks to literature and digital sources. Their conversation will form self-portraits in words and a reading guide for the audience.

The festival runs 12-21 October 2018. Bookings are available here.

Visit MUMA at 2018 Open House Melbourne

MUMA is open for 2018 Open House Melbourne Sat 28 July 10am-4pm! Principal, Kerstin Thompson and Landscape Architect Simon Ellis will lead tours of the Museum and adjoining Ian Potter Sculpture Court, in collaboration with Monash University Museum of Art. Photography by Trevor Mein.