CDU Acike Ceremonial Area 2018 AIA Award winner

2018 NT Architecture Awards

The Northern Territory Architecture Awards were recently held in Darwin, and Hodgkison are proud to have been awarded the Yali-McNamara Award for the Charles Darwin University – ACIKE Ceremonial Space.

“While this augmentation of an existing space is both minimal and low cost, the effect is excellence of skillful originality” – The Jury.

This inspiring project involved the design of a series of modifications to the existing Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge & Education (ACIKE) ceremony area on the Charles Darwin University Darwin campus.

The project consists of a new ceremonial space, seating and woven shading structures which dramatically improve the usability and experience of this important cultural meeting place. Individual elements take inspiration from the surrounding cultural, natural and built environments. The careful use of colour, material and built form was significant to create harmony with and enhance the comfort of the ceremony space, providing a culturally relevant and vibrant space for the community.

Congratulations to CDU ACIKE, the Hodgkison team and to our project delivery partners Asbuild NT, WGA Engineers, RLB and Tecon.

Our project will now proceed to the National Architecture Awards, which will be announced on Thursday 1 November in Melbourne.



Tina Murray

Hodgkison Welcomes Tina Murray, Senior Interior Designer

On behalf of the Hodgkison team we welcome Tina Murray as our new Senior Interior Designer.
Tina brings 18 years’ experience in commercial, retail, educational and aged care design. She understands people’s interaction with spaces and enjoys providing dynamic workable solutions based on the current needs and future aspirations of her clients.
Tina joins us from Melbourne, having recently returned to her hometown of Adelaide.
It is our pleasure to welcome her to the team.

Shanil Hameed

Hodgkison Promotes Shanil Hameed To Regional Manager NT

Hodgkison is proud to announce the promotion of Shanil Hameed to Regional Manager – Northern Territory. This promotion recognises his exceptional contribution to the Practice and the Northern Territory over the past 8 years and strengthens our growing NT team.

Shanil has delivered numerous large scale and complex projects across the Territory, including the current $30M Alice Springs Hospital Redevelopment. Shanil brings unique experience to this role and will continue to deliver his signature service with the support of our growing Territory team.

Congratulations Shanil.

Kristy McMillan Director Hodgkison

Hodgkison announces the appointment of new Director, Kristy McMillan

Peter Goern and Dario Salvatore congratulate Kristy McMillan on her new position.

Kristy’s long term success and commitment to Hodgkison has been recognised with this appointment. Kristy has been leading the way for many years and will help take our practice into the future as she continues to nurture a culture of design and technical excellence and Client focus in our growing business.

Kristy will continue to extend the strong working relationships we have with our valued Clients and Colleagues and deliver outcomes that exceed expectations.

‘Hodgkison has been a successful Architectural Practice for 28 years, and I am proud to be part of the firm’s exciting future.” – Kristy McMillan

Jonathan Mau

A New Principal Architect for Hodgkison

Hodgkison is proud to announce the appointment of Jonathan Mau to the position of Principal Architect, based in our Adelaide office.

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in commercial, education and health care design, most recently having taken a lead role for Hodgkison in the $30m redevelopment of Alice Springs Hospital, where he is coordinating the delivery of design services in a dynamic procurement environment.

Managing the delivery of complex projects at a high technical standard, Jonathan utilises cutting edge technology together with considered planning to consistently deliver quality results.  Jonathan works extensively with information technology and Building Information Modelling (BIM), bringing new technologies to complex projects with constructive benefits for project design and delivery.

Meagan Scott Final Render External

Congratulations Maegan Scott – Winner of the 2016 UniSA Hodgkison Prize in Architecture

The 2016 UniSA Hodgkison Prize was awarded to Maegan Scott at the University of South Australia Student Prize Ceremony held in December.

Maegan’s project Take the Plunge, is a design for an Aqueduct Hydrotherapy Bath House to cleanse water, body and mind.

Inspired by the current Australian exhibition at the Venice Biennale and the history of water-based activity along the Torrens, Take the Plunge seeks to regain the lost water culture of the river and reinvigorate its potential.

On an urban scale, by introducing nodes of water-based program, Linear Park becomes a curated journey, serving leisure and lifestyle needs. A series of wetlands between architectural interventions to progressively, over time, catalyse environmental, ecological and social change, providing new platforms for inter-generational and multi-cultural interaction.

The Aqueduct Hydrotherapy Bath House caters for mental and physical well being and recovery. Controlled perspective and circulation catalyse a series of relationships between mass, human and water. The design takes a phenomenological approach to water acoustics, light and darkness, temperature and reflection. Both the active user and passive occupier experience the sensory and spatial narrative with the meandering and discovery becoming a part of the ritual of bathing.

Importantly, the Aqueduct Hydrotherapy Bath House is surrounded by retirement villages, sporting facilities, directly interacting with the River Torrens and connecting to the green corridor and proposed tram line. The mass becomes the system of water filtration, utilising a natural wetland along a linear slope, where the filtered water is used for the pools.

We congratulate Maegan on an exceptional design scheme.

New Dementia Care Model

Barunga Village to implement groundbreaking Butterfly Household Model of Care

Hodgkison is proud to be involved in the design of a dedicated dementia facility that will reflect a groundbreaking new approach to the way Dementia Care is provided within residential aged care facilities.

Barunga Village in Port Broughton, north of Adelaide, is one of three aged care homes in Australia implementing this new model of care to engage and improve the quality of life for their residents with dementia. The model is based on the work of Dr David Sheard from Dementia Care Matters in the UK, who gave an inspiring presentation to the local community of Port Broughton, service providers and design team at Barunga Village at the recent launch. The audience was captivated by David’s emotionally charged speech that truly explored what is at the heart of this exceptional model of care.

Care workers in ‘Butterfly Homes’ ensure that residents enjoy a nurturing and stimulating environment which results in increased life expectancy, improved well-being and happiness. Sheard says that the butterfly is a metaphor for transformation. Traditional care homes that have adopted the approach have reported a substantial reduction in anxiety, stress, falls and in the use of various medications. Staff focus on levels of care that go beyond standard requirements giving residents choice in a wide range of meaningful tasks and activities.

We congratulate the Barunga Village team in particular Maureen Coffey, Merrilyn Hewitt and Louise Dewolf as they embark on this inspiring journey. We are excited to be part of the team who will help to deliver this revolutionary progression in dementia care.


Find out more about the Butterfly Household Model of Care at Dementia Care Matters.

The OAK Restaurant Darwin Design by Hodgkison Architects

Darwin Foodies Magazine reviews Hodgkison designed The O.A.K restaurant

Welcome The O.A.K – an amazing new restaurant designed by our talented Darwin team. The restaurant was designed around the idea of the ‘Original Australian Kitchen’ to provide a relaxed, friendly, colourful eating experience for local diners.

“The decor sings simplicity, but with class and a touch of the quirky. The orange and oak veneer has really injected some new life and works with the existing red. I got a real feeling of the whole farm-to-table concept. Definitely welcoming and comfortable.” Darwin Foodies.

Hodgkison continues to deliver a full spectrum of retail design services and solutions, developing interesting and innovative spaces to assist retailers and restaurateurs in building brand awareness and maximising ROI.

To view the Darwin Foodies article please click here

exchange conference 2016

Education Design – Highlights from EXCHANGE 2016

Senior staff at Hodgkison recently had the opportunity to attend the Association for Learning Environments’ 16th National Conference in Melbourne.

The theme of the conference was “EXCHANGE’’ and provided a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and an insight into future practices in planning, designing and building learning environments.

“Today, education design and pedagogy are inextricably inter-twined in an exciting dynamic of possibilities, innovation and collaboration” says Richard Leonard, Chair of Learning Environments Australasia.

Peter Goern and Caroline Adams had the opportunity to participate in that innovation and were inspired by exceptional local and international speakers. The presentations focused on challenging the way we think about Education and looking at different ways to equip students with the soft skills they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing employment market. Together with teaching the core curriculum, there were examples shared of school environments engaging children to develop the ability to learn how to learn, problem solve and think critically as well as building confidence, presentation, collaboration and team skills.

They visited some innovative education settings including:

  • The University of Melbourne’s Studio Five, which was designed with the intention of facilitating improved pedagogic practices in a tertiary arts precinct.
  • Froebel Early Learning Centre, where smart insertions into the building, logical and functional external space allocation and sensitive landscape detail allow for meeting and interaction at varying levels.
  • Caulfield Grammar School, showcasing classrooms and collaborative areas that will support the future evolution of learning.
  • Officer Education Hub, a good example of how community and school connecting beyond the school gates.

At Hodgkison, we look forward to using this knowledge to provide you with the very latest in contemporary education design and assisting you in the planning and building of better learning environments.


The Philip Nayda Prize in Architecture – Supporting Student Excellence

In memory of Mr Philip Nayda, Director of Hodgkison and to encourage the study of architecture, Hodgkison provides two annual prizes to the School of Architecture and Built Environment at The University of Adelaide.

On the 3rd of May 2016, Mr Peter Goern, Director was proud to present the 2015 prizes to the following outstanding students:

The Philip Nayda Architecture Prize (UG) was awarded to Louisa Rebellato, the full time Bachelor of Architectural Design student who achieved the highest quality design and exhibited the best constructability principles in the course DESST 3513 ‘Design Studio 5.

The Philip Nayda Architecture Prize (PG) was awarded to Xiaochu Chen, the full time Master of Architecture student who achieved the highest quality design and exhibited the best constructability principles in the course ARCH 7043 Final Architecture Project (M).

We congratulate these deserving students and wish them all the best for the future.

2015 Architecture Prize Winner

2015 UG Prize Winner Louisa Rebellato. Presented by Peter Goern (Director)

2015 Prize Winner Xiaochu Chen. Presented by Peter Goern (Director)

2015 PG Prize Winner Xiaochu Chen. Presented by Peter Goern (Director)