Last week, Crone Architects and SJB Architects chaired a Champions of Change (CoC) morning tea at the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) in Tusculum.
The inaugral event will be a regular session whereby the CoC leaders, invite architects, partners and their children to a morning tea session to discuss Gender Equity in the Workplace. The CoC members gave an update on the Champions of Change program and discussed collectively the difficulties for parents re-entering the work place after extended leave. The sessions will be an open forum to discuss Gender Equity and the Agreed Actions proposed by the CoC group. These include the following key areas;
Modify Culture of being Always Available
Plan Careers Early
On Ramp, Off Ramp and everything else in between: Enabling successful career breaks and part-time work
Reflect on Personal Leadership Style using the Leadership Shadow model
Launch a Panel Pledge campaign within Architecture
We had a great turnout on Monday of approximately 25 mums and dads and prams. There were quiet a few vocal parents and young ones who contributed to the discussions which made the morning tea very productive.
Representing Crone architects was Erica Teicher, Eva Ponsati and Anna Van Hees. Anna provided great insight into her experiences having recently come back from a parental leave break.
Crone provided a briefing on the firms commitment to Diversity in the office and highlighted areas they would like to improve in the future.
You can find our presentation slides on the link below;
Below is a link to an article in the Business Inquirer on a project we are doing in the Philippines for HT Land (A joint venture between Hong Kong Land & Taft Property). The project is named Mandani Bay and located on a 20 hectare site on the banks of Mactan Channel in Mandaue.
Due for completion at the end of 2015, the Arya Residences public spaces are coming to life. The canopy was designed to be a protected space from the harsh environment of Manila, a place to gather, eat, cool down and enjoy a quiet respite from the bustleing city life of Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines.
True to the original design intent, award winning developer and Green advocate, the Arthaland Corporation have pushed the boundaries where other developers may not have had the courage. Our collaborative vision, complimented by a focus on sustainability, saw the project achieve a LEED Gold certification and selected as a BERDE pilot project through the Philippine Green Building Council. The first Green Certified Residential Condominium development in the Philippines.
Some shots taken today of the Garden Towers development located in Makati, Philippines. The twin towers have a little ways to go. They will be as tall as the towers you can see in the background photo when finished. Tower 1 is due for completion end of 2016, for AYALA Land Premier.
The Concept Design for the James Bond House was originally designed in Oct 2014. The brief was an architects dream come true. Unlimited budget, challenging sloping site in Cebu, young edgy and stylish clients with the desire to create a modern, minimalist box for their home. The resulting design is in stark contrast to the Spanish villa vernacular of the Cebu Hills area but sensitive to the topography of the land and the environment. From the projects onset, the clients were on-board with our vision, excited by the design and loved the architectural style that we were proposing. It made you feel pretty damn good about being an architect and thoroughly enjoying the collaborative Design Process. Typically, this kind of smooth design process, just doesn’t happen. But sometimes dreams don’t fully come true and need a little bit of Value Management. Not a bad thing in the scheme of things but essential to turning the vision into reality.
We were very happy to hear this week the project is forging ahead and following review of the local architects drawings pleased to see the Design Intent was respected in the modifications to the Schematic Design.