EmAGN WA News + Upcoming Events

March 2016

Vikal International Site Tour

15th March 2016

 

The third instalment of the Emerging Architects + Graduates Network (EmAGN) and Young Builders Alliance (YBA) site tour series led the group to Bibra Lake, and home to Vikal International. Those lucky enough to be in attendance toured the Vikal manufacturing warehouse, to gain an insight into a new venture along with their mainstay work. The new direction is the residential transportable modules project, led by Andrew Boyne. This was followed by an experience in the manufacturing process of producing tenders to super yachts, which Vikal International is now a world leader.

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Borne out of a desire for a rural retreat, Andrew and Vikal teamed up to deliver a residential project in Augusta in the state’s south west, the structure of which was to be achieved through high quality transportable modules.  From this, both parties have continued the relationship through additional modules to private clients. Attendees were able to walk-through two current modules (single project), consisting of a steel frame with insulated panel walls, numerous walls and windows, and a steel flooring system. An external deck was also incorporated in both modules. With Andrews’s architectural expertise and Vikal’s construction strengths, the two are looking to continue this venture well into the future.

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Stumbling upon the niche market as somewhat of a surprise, Vikal are now considered the world leaders in their field. Producing tenders for luxury yachts up to $1B in value is no mean feat, and we were lucky enough to experience firsthand what is involved from conception to delivery. The intricacy and expertise required to produce these boats was amazing. Walking through the workshop touring stages from the hull creation to fitout, accompanied by detailed insights into the processes, attendees came away with an insight rarely experienced.

Thanks must go to both Vikal International, in particular Lynden Vikingur, and to Andrew Boyne for their hospitality and informative site tour. Both EmAGN and the YBA look forward to staging the fourth tour of the series in the near future.

 

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December 2014 

All eyes on Perth! This year, the Institute’s Annual National Architecture Conference drew architects from across the country and across continents to our isolated little but feisty city. The theme for the conference was ‘Making’ – celebrating the role of the architect as the maker of environments and connections that extend the bounds of traditional practice – and boy, have we!

The 2014 MERGE committee is Elvin Chatergon (Chair), Yen Nee Goh (Treasurer), Mimi Cho (Communications), Andrew Boyne, Catherine Dupuy, Jenny Tseng, Hannah Gosling, Lucy Fuchsbichler, Kate Woodman, Jessica Chaplin-Mills (SONA Curtin) and Cale Black (SONA UWA). Together we have brought you the following events and initiatives:

 

1. EMERGING ARCHITECT PRIZE TALK by 2013 Western Australian Winner and Open House Perth Director Carly Barrett kicked off our first event of this year with an engaging presentation on design and communication. She tackled the agenda of “making design both meaningful and more desirable for the general public” / “how to communicate the value of what you do” which formed the catalyst of her Emerging Architect prize. Hosted in conjunction with the cool cats at Gresley Abas Architects. Photo credit: Mimi Cho.

2. SANDCASTLE COMPETITION returned for a second year at City Beach, one of Perth’s busiest summer spots. Run in partnership with Young Engineers Western Australia & Town of Cambridge, this year’s competition featured a Young Builder’s League and a Professional League. The brief was the same for both: to design a beach house for Sally the Seahorse, a friend of last year’s clients, Harold & Hermione the Cockroach. Photo credit: Hannah Gosling.

3. EMERGING ARCHITECT PRIZE BREAKFAST *an AIA National Architecture Conference fringe event* brought EAP winners from each corner of the country under one roof – Joost Bakkers’ Greenhouse on St George’s Terrace. A hop skip and a jump from the Conference, it was a feast for the belly and an excellent opportunity to meet conference delegates in a relaxed setting.

4. In recent years, small bars have grown to become one of the most dynamic effects of Perth night life. This year we had the privilege of hosting our SMALL BAR TOUR on the eve of National Architecture Conference. Andrew Low from Hassell opened the event at ‘Print Hall’; providing insight into the Brookfield Place Precinct which encompasses old and new offices, historical buildings, bars and restaurants. En route to small bar #2, we paused at the Horseshoe Bridge to look into the new Yagan Square. As presented by Jenny Tseng from JCY, this new square will be one of the five new Perth City Link connections that will connect the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in 100 years. Nested in an intimate and unassumingly busy Northbridge laneway was our second bar the Mechanics Institute, presented by Patrick Miller aka Finespun. Christina Cho from Cox Rayner Architects concluded the tour at the other end of the Perth City Link connection. The King Square and related office development sites will take Perth’s small bars to the next level. In a sense, the small bars are not the lonely players in the team any more. They are part of the Perth Bigger Picture and it is great to be living amongst the transformations to our city. Photo credit: Jenny Tseng.

5. REGI(FRUS)TRATION is our series of short evening sessions discussing a range of topics relating to the Architectural Practice Examinations. Experienced registered architects share study tips, dos and don’ts, preparation, useful resources, reading material and overcoming the dreaded interview examinations.

6. This year, we were able to bring you REVIT TUTORIALS – a six week introduction to the Autodesk software – in collaboration with SONA and Parametric. Held at the University of Western Australia’s Architecture Landscape and Visual Arts faculty, this education initiative aimed to provide students with extra-curricular Revit training designed to complement their architectural studies. Graphics credit: Cale Black.

7. This year’s GOLD MEDAL LUNCH, in conjunction with the Gold Medal Tour, featured Adrian Welke and Phil Harris of Troppo. This event was held at Venn Bar, which has since been rebranded as the Flour Factory.

8. 3 OVER 4 UNDER: ON IMPACT *a WA Architecture Week event* held at The Bakery explored projects shaping Perth on a multitude of scales. The dynamic collection of speakers included EIW Architects, JCY Architects & Urban Designers, Palassis Architects, Andrew T Boyne Architects, David Weir Architects, Philip Stejskal Architecture, and Place Laboratory. Photo credit: Hannah Gosling.

9. The inaugural MERGE/YBA SITE TOUR showcased the 33 storey Old Treasury Tower in Perth CBD. Many thanks to Mitchell Allen from Hassell, Sean McGivern from Kerry Hill and Michael Niedzwiecki from Mirvac for walking the eager group of 30 architects and builders through the site. Photo credit: Mimi Cho.

10. Our final event of 2014, FILM NIGHT, was an intimate affair that saw the Institute’s WA Chapter Office board room transformed into a cinema. The feature film was ‘Koolhaas Houselife’ and a special screening of the Dulux Study Tour Presentation was showcased. Photo credit: Jessica Chaplin-Mills.

And that’s a wrap. Here’s to another busy year ahead!

JOIN MERGE! Are you passionate about the local architectural scene? Are you able to attend monthly meetings? We need you! Apply here!

Email merge@architecture.com.au and follow us at www.facebook.com/MERGE.EmAGN

 

November 2014

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MERGE/YBA SITE TOUR #1: OLD TREASURY TOWER

November 6th 2014 – Merge and YBA (Young Builders Alliance) kicked off the first in our combined Site Tours series. The sold out group of 30 architects and builders were guided through the Old Treasury Tower site at Barrack Street by Mitchell Allen from Hassell, Sean McGivern from Kerry Hill and Michael Niedzwiecki from Mirvac.

The tour began with an overview of the Old Treasury Precinct before delving into the lower depths of the new tower to learn about the subsurface megastructures working hard to hold up 33 stories. The tour then shot straight up to Level 24 to enjoy the view and gain an appreciation of the speed of the build. Shooting back down to Level 2, we ogled at the monumental services and sleek curtain wall glazing adorning the building, before concluding at the ground floor’s jaw-dropping triple height space.

The Merge/YBA Site Tours series aims to bring together young architectural and construction professionals in a forum that provides exposure to current development projects and experienced peers. This provides an opportunity to engage with both the architect and builder and experience the role that each plays in the project, which may not normally be available to Merge/YBA members. The objective is to promote understanding and cooperation from early in the career path. Members of both organisations enjoyed the opportunity to connect with each other and the tour leaders throughout the site tour and into the evening at social drinks held at nearby Lalla Rookh.

Merge and YBA would like to extend a very big thank you to Mirvac, Hassell and Kerry Hill for their valuable support and efforts getting the initiative off the ground. Keep an eye out for the continuing of the series in 2015!

Elvin Chatergon (Merge Chair) & Matt Bowen (YBA Chair)

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October 2014

Urban Screening

 

 

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September 2014

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In conjunction with the 2014 Gold Medal Tour, MERGE is hosting a lunchtime event with Adrian Welke and Phil Harris of Troppo – this year’s Gold Medallist. Join us for lunch and interesting conversations at Venn Bar (laneway).

Seats are limited and RSVPs are essential! Email your name and contact details to merge@architecture.com.au

This is a FREE EVENT proudly sponsored by our Principal Corporate Partner Bluescope Steel.

More info on Troppo and the Gold Medal Tour at http://www.architecture.com.au/events/national/events#2014goldmedaltour

 

August 2014

We are excited to announce the return of REVIT TUTORIALS!
Sign up quick for a 6 Week Introduction to the Autodesk BIM Software starting Monday 18th August! More Details

 

WA Revit Tutorials Poster

WA Project Site Tours

 

July 2014

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March 2014

Congratulations to all finalists of the Landcorp Gen Y housing competition! You represent a fine future for architecture in WA. Here is yesterday morning’s ABC interview with winner David Barr.

 

Sandcastle Competition 2014

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The competition brief was to design a beach house for Sally the Seahorse.

The Young Builder’s League ran from 9 am – 11 am.
The Professional League ran from 9 am – 12 pm.

Held at City Beach, Western Australia on 22 March 2014.

Brought to you by MERGE Emerging Architects, Young Engineers Western Australia & Town of Cambridge.

Photos by Hannah Gosling and Mimi Cho.

Tag yourselves! And submit your own photos no later than 29 March to http://www.flickr.com/groups/sandcastlephotocomp2014/rules/

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Hello there!

We’re back and raring to go! With new committee members and an array of events lined up, 2014 is going to be a busy year!

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2013 WA EMERGING ARCHITECT PRIZE WINNER and Open House Perth Director Carly Barrett kicked off our first event of this year with an engaging talk on design and communication. She tackled the agenda of “making design both meaningful and more desirable for the general public” / “how to communicate the value of what you do”  which formed the catalyst of her Emerging Architect prize. Hosted in conjunction with the cool cats at Gresley Abas Architects.

So that’s what’s been. Now what’s to come…

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SANDCASTLE COMPETITION 

Where: City Beach, Perth

When: 22 March – Time TBA

Back due to popular demand, the second ever Sandcastle Competition between architects and engineers returns to City Beach this March!

This year there will be two categories:

1) Professionals – Australian Institute of Architects WA / MERGE / SONA + Young Engineers WA

2) Young Builder’s League (children aged 4-11 with one or two supervising adults)

Stay tuned for more details!

 

Brought to you by MERGE – Emerging Architects + Engineers Australia Young Engineers WA + Town of Cambridge.

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AIA NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE EMAGN FRINGE EVENTS

Where: Perth CBD and surrounds

When: 8-10 May

For this year’s National Architecture Conference, speakers from all over the world will travel to our isolated yet flourishing capital. From Thursday 8th May to Saturday 10th May fringe and social activities will take place in and around Perth CBD to compliment the main conference sessions that will be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. More details coming soon!

GET INVOLVED

If you’d like to get involved as a MERGE committee member or sponsor, email merge@architecture.com.au. We’re friendly 🙂

December 2013

MERGE 2013 Oh what a year it has been! With the appointment of a new Chair and the establishment of new professional affiliations that have led to new additions on our events calendar, 2013 has been a year of new ideas and partnerships for MERGE. Our committee has been dedicated to delivering yet another year of tangible initiatives that represent the interests of graduates and emerging architects in the state. The 2013 MERGE committee is Elvin Chatergon (Chair), Yen Nee Goh (Treasurer), Mimi Cho (Communications), Jenny Tseng, Loe van de Ven, Cecile Viollet, Hannah Gosling and Sohrab Anwari (SONA). Here are some highlights of the year…

1. Inaugural Sandcastle Competition in conjunction with Young Engineers Western Australia & SRK Consulting 16 March 2013 at City Beach Competition brief – to design a new house for clients Harold & Hermione Cockroach at City Beach, one of Perth’s busiest summer hotspots. Photo credit: Hannah Gosling

2. EmAGN Photo Competition Exhibition May 2013 at PICA Bar and Café In the lead up to design EX in the Melbourne, entries from the 2012 MERGE / EmAGN Photo Comp were exhibited at PICA Bar and Café at the Perth Cultural Centre for the entire month of May. Photo credit: Mimi Cho

3 & 4. Talk on a Practice Series June, September and December 2013 at CODA Studio, Site Architecture Studio and EIW Architects The importance of discourse within our professional community is vital to promoting innovation at the highest standard. This year we thank CODA Studio, Site Architecture Studio and EIW Architects for their insight into running a successful architectural practice. (Pictured: Kieran Wong & Emma Williamson, CODA Studio) Photo  credit: Hannah Gosling/Frazer Macfarlane

5. Regi(frus)tration March, May and October 2013 at The WA AIA Chapter Office A series of short evening sessions providing discussing a range of topics relating to the Architectural Practice Examinations including study tips, dos and don’ts, preparation, useful resources, reading material and overcoming the dreaded interview examinations.

6. Gold Medal Lunch with Peter Wilson 7 October 2013 at The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House – Brookfield Place Held in conjunction with the annual Gold Medal Tour, this intimate lunchtime event provided an opportunity to gain insight on some of Peter’s notable projects in Germany and Europe, as well as his personal observations on both the practice and ongoing education of architecture. Photo credit: Mimi Cho

7. 3 Over 4 Under: On Forgotten 24 October 2013 at The Bakery (In order of appearance) Cameron Chisholm Nicol Architects, Finespun, CoDesign Studio + UDLA (Urban Design Landscape Architecture), Donaldson + Warn Architects, Barbeque Studios, Spacemarket/Post Architecture and Sandover Pinder Architects discussed the transformation of mis/dis-used spaces into exciting design opportunities within Perth’s architectural fabric with special guest speaker  John Wardle and live music by Perth architects/musicians “MR”. Photo credit: Hannah Gosling

8. Small Bar Tour 6 November 2013 at Moana Chambers, Bar de Halcyon and The Laneway Lounge

Our annual Small Bar Tour returned to Perth CBD this year with three completely different venues on the itinerary; one reused, one remodelled and one newly built. Thanks to Jake Edwards (co-owner of Moana Coffee), Jono, Jeff and Kim (Baltinas Architecture) and Thiago Santos (The Laneway Lounge). Photo credit: Hannah Gosling

 

 

SALUTE TO EmAGN WA (MERGE) LONG-SERVING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

written by Yen Nee Goh (past Chair)

 

The events over the past year and the years before would not have been possible without the tireless support and efforts from our committee members. As past Chair of EmAGN WA (MERGE), I have the privilege to work alongside a group of enthusiastic and like-minded individuals who brought along with them the most diverse range organising skills and creativity to ensure the success of all our events. To Dani Martin, Janine Betz, Geoff Chinnery, Dean Adams and past SONA representatives Kathryn van Vught, Rebecca Lewis, Kylie Maxfield,  Blair Sandover and Ludovic Pilot, thank you for your patience, generosity and time.

To our current committee lead by Elvin Chatergon (current Chair), Mimi Cho, Hannah Gosling, Jenny Tseng, Loe van de Ven, Cecile Viollet and Sohrab Anwari (SONA), it has been a great year and we look forward to another successful year of events in 2014.

 

JOIN MERGE!

We are looking for enthusiastic graduates to join our committee in 2014. If you are passionate about the local architectural scene and are able to attend monthly committee meetings please email merge@architecture.com.au and like us at www.facebook.com/MERGE.EmAGN

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October 2013

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2013 Inaugural Paper castlesQV 1 Paperplane contest

 

Papercastle Competition

5 October 2013
QV1 Ground Floor Lobby, St Georges Terrace
Competition 10am – 1pm followed by a lunch, then off to a bar tbc

After the engineer’s crushing defeat at the hands of the architect’s at the Inaugural Architects versus Engineers Sandcastle Competition in March, once again is a chance to take the helm at our Inaugural Architects versus Engineers Papercastle Competition – this time your weapons will be recycled office paper!

Keep those pesky engineers at bay by registering a team of up to 5 (does not need to strictly consist of architects or engineers) for $25 per team. Click here to register. There will be prizes galore!

 

 

July 2013

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MERGE are excited to announce the follow up to the hugely popular 2013 Inaugural Sandcastle Competition WA.

This time the battlefield is the city and you will be armed with recycled waste paper from YOUR office!

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for details: http://www.facebook.com/MERGE.EmAGN

 

June 2013

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May 2013

Merge + The Young Quantity Surveyors groups collaborate to bring you:

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Pica Bar Photo Exhibit

All entries from the 2012 MERGE / EmAGN Photo Comp are being exhibited NOW @ Pica Bar. All photos are up for the whole month of May running up to the State Finalists exhibition @ design EX in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at the end of May.

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Form Perth

17 May 2013
Perth Town Hall

FormPerth, the design & development exhibition being held at Perth Town Hall on May 17, are excited to announce three major sponsors have come on board- Woodhead and Mondoluce Lighting as well as Austral Brick, who will be custom making the Austral Bricks Burlesque Bar where our attendees will be free to network the night away.

With only two weeks until the event, we have an exciting line-up of guest speakers, informative workshops and an array of suppliers ready to showcase their wares.

Entry is free to Merge members- for more information head to www.formperth.com.au or email info@formperth.com.au to secure your registration.

 

March 2013

Sandcastle Competition

16 March 2013
City Beach
Competition 10am – 1pm followed by a BBQ lunch and networking at Clancy’s Fishbar

Register your team here for the first engineers and architects sandcastle competition. Get your buckets and spades down to City Beach and take down your opponents with the greatest sandcastle of them all.

Teams are to be a maximum of 5 people and registration is $20 per team. Brief to be released on the day.

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November 2012

Perth Photo Narrative | EmAGN PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Congratulations to Michael Rogers, Hannah Gosling and WanChee Koh, prize winners of our inaugural photographic competition held on the 3rd and 4th November. Participants are encouraged to showcase Perth through their eyes and to shoot their own narrative of Open House Perth. Look out for their winning entries displayed on the large screen in the Cultural Centre and exhibition in the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) during Architecture Month.
November 2012

Perth Photo Narrative | EmAGN PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Congratulations to Michael Rogers, Hannah Gosling and WanChee Koh, prize winners of our inaugural photographic competition held on the 3rd and 4th November. Participants are encouraged to showcase Perth through their eyes and to shoot their own narrative of Open House Perth. Look out for their winning entries displayed on the large screen in the Cultural Centre and exhibition in the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) during Architecture Month.

3 OVER 4 UNDER

In the 8th of our themed series, 7 presenters reflect on this year’s topic, ‘On Rejuvenation’ and the different projects that are currently changing the face of Perth and around Western Australia. An interesting line up of speakers, including the newly established Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, an industry body and architects from local practices presented their take on infrastructure projects, public buildings and city squares, rejuvenation of a school campus and the community.  Proudly sponsored by The Laminex Group, the event was another success with well over 140 attendees.