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.

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.