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;


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.

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.