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)

Kristy McMillan

Hodgkison welcomes the appointment of Kristy McMillan as Practice Manager of the Adelaide office

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our Practice Manager, Kristy McMillan. This new role recognises her outstanding achievement as Principal Architect and her steadfast commitment to the business.

Dario Salvatore, Kristy McMillan, Peter Goern

Dario Salvatore, Kristy McMillan, Peter Goern

As a member of the Hodgkison team for over 11 years, Kristy has been a Principal Architect for the last 6 years and has delivered many exciting and challenging projects.

Kristy has an outstanding reputation for reliability, commitment and passion towards her projects and an ability to design and deliver diverse and complex projects to the Commercial, Retail, Educational and Aged Care Sectors.

Kristy will continue to deliver design and project management services to our Clients with the exceptional service ethos for which she has become known. Her new role will be integral in the ongoing growth and success of Hodgkison.

Winner UniSA Hodgkison Architecture Prize

Announcing the winner of the UniSA Hodgkison Prize in Architecture

The 2015 UniSA Hodgkison Prize was presented to Emerson Walker at the University of South Australia.

His exceptional design includes a new manufacturing hub for the prototyping and fabrication of yacht hulls as well as a public resource centre located within the fast growing Port of Rotterdam.

This intriguing design uses architecture both creatively and sensitively as a means to address the relationship between the industrial history of the site and the mix of civic and residential areas surrounding it.

We congratulate Emerson on an outstanding project and wish him and the 2015 graduates all the best for the future.

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Dementia training

Designing For People With Dementia

One of the key elements of dementia is a reduced ability to filter information, leading to confusion, perceived forgetfulness and frustration. A great example of this can be seen in the following youtube video:

Experience 12 Minutes in Alzheimer’s Dementia

In our commitment to continuous learning, a team from Hodgkison recently attended the Designing For People With Dementia workshop run by the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre. This complex subject was presented in a clear, interactive way by Professor Richard Fleming and Tara Graham Cochrane. Interesting workshop style activities were facilitated, allowing delegates to critically analyse some existing facilities and envision the perfect day for a person with dementia in their care.

Topics covered include:
What is dementia, How can dementia best be managed in our care models, Looking internationally, The future of Australia’s aged population and residential care facilities, Elements of design that have tangible improvements on residents well being, The importance of outdoor spaces, Assessment tools, Recognising areas that can be improved in current facilities and The perfect day – individual choice, dignity, diversity and flexibility.

The course offered a respectful and practical analysis of what to consider when designing for people living with dementia. One of the most powerful design tools discussed in this workshop was the use of helpful stimulation and visual cues. As seen on the video, visual, audio and textural clutter can often cause confusion for people living with dementia. The use of colour, contrast and clear delineation of space can greatly assist a person’s ability to perform basic functions, leading to increased dignity and sense of worth. For example, simple gestures such as having a clear line of sight to the toilet and contrasting toilet seat against floor and surrounding walls, have been found to markedly reduce incontinence issues for many residential care facilities.

This reinforces our expertise in the aged care sector and that key design principles continue to be implemented in all of our projects. As with all forms of design, the workshop highlights that as architects we are constantly testing and challenging the way we can provide optimal solutions to a diverse range of needs and we take pride in being able to contribute to an improved quality of life for the generations before us.