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Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

  Sustainable House Day 2016 comes to Ballarat! (And it’s just a few weeks away!) This year it is on Sunday 11th September, with a large list of houses all over the country available for you to visit and be inspired. The full list of houses is still being updated, so keep an eye on…

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Inspiring Ballarat Women Leaders (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram. This series is all about Ballarat’s Inspiring young women leaders. Parlour is all about supporting women in architecture, but since there are only a small handful of female architects in Ballarat,  I wanted to introduce you to some of my…

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Ballarat Contemporary Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram. This series is all about Ballarat’s Contemporary Architecture. Our city is more well known for it’s heritage buildings, but there are some great examples of contemporary architecture too… and hopefully many more to come in the future! So I…

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Ballarat Heritage Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram. This series is all about Ballarat’s Heritage Buildings – as we have a wealth of historic architecture, dating back to the days of the gold rush when the city boomed in the late 1800s. Our city has many beautiful…

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Parlour Instagram Guest-Host: Ballarat Series

The Australian Archi Parlour is a fabulous website full of helpful research about women, equity and architecture. PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture. Last year I supported their crowdfunding campaign which raised funds for their ongoing research. As part of my ‘reward’ for…

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Ephemeral Art Competition – with Fifteen Trees

  For those who follow me on instagram (or facebook) you’ll know I’ve been enjoying creating some little nature art images in recent times… These are known as ephemeral art, as the intention is that they are temporary creations in the landscape using natural found objects – often leaves, rocks, twigs, flowers, bark, sand, etc. –…

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Ethical is the new black

  Is green the new black? Or perhaps ethical is more in fashion? I really think this is more than a passing ‘trend’, and is an ethos that is here to stay. Do you agree?

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Your Home Designed Globally, Created and Aligned Locally

I often get asked to explain what I do – even when I say I’m an architect, or that I run my own architectural practice, I still get blank looks, or people want me to explain more. I’ve met some very inspiring women entrepreneurs over the past few years, and many of them have great business advice –…

It’s all about comfort! (2016 South Pacific Passive House Conference Melbourne #SPPHC2016)

I recently wrote this review for the ArchiTeam newsletter ‘Datum’ – the original article appeared here and if you’re wondering ‘What is Passive House?’, you can read more about this in my previous post.   It’s all about comfort! (2016 South Pacific Passive House Conference Melbourne #SPPHC2016)     Comfort, you say? Not too hot, not…

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Three (very tempting!) reasons YOU should come to the Sustainable Living Festival in Ballarat!

Want to live a more a sustainable life? The Smart Living and Building Expo can help you!       Well it’s that time of year again! The nation wide Sustainable Living Festival is on once again – including our very own local Ballarat (Buninyong) version – The Smart Building and Living Expo!This is the third…

So what is ‘Passive House’?

If you are at all interested in sustainable building, it is highly likely you have heard of ‘Passive House’. Passive House (also known as Passivhaus where it originated in Germany) is an international method or technical standard of designing and construction a building to achieve a very high level of energy-efficiency, with little or no heating…

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Know the way, go the way, show the way

Hello there! How’s the new year treating you so far? Hope you’ve got off to a good start, and had a chance to have a break and some time for reflection about what your dreams are for 2016! I’m really excited about the year ahead, and this is for a number of reasons, and today I want…

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Japanese Architecture! What’s not to love?!

Did you know I have a love for all things Japanese-ey? What’s not to love?! The food! Kimonos! Cherry blossoms! Japanese flute! The temples! Tea ceremonies! The contrast between ancient culture and fast high-tech! But of course I especially love zen gardens and traditional Japanese architecture! I think my interest started as a child when…

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Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – Winners announced!

I was thrilled that the winners were announced last week for the Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – and local charity, Eureka Mums (with sister organisations St Kilda Mums and Geelong Mums) were awarded both the Community Award and the top gong with the Premier’s Recognition Award! The Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been run by Sustainability Victoria since 2007,  rewarding…

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Is your architect a nerd?

Is your architect a nerd? Um, yes I am. Are all architects nerds? Err, pretty much. You see, we need to be. Buildings are very complex things, and Architecture is more than just building… so we kind of have to be really, really, into what we do, as there’s a lot to learn! In no particular…

Folio: ‘Holiday’ at Work [Lifestyle Travel ]

How can you get that holiday-vibe at work? Here’s what we did at a new workplace for a Travel Agency. When Leonie Spencer of Lifestyle Travel approached me to help out with the design of their new workplace, I immediately wanted to be involved. Leonie already had a great team on board, including a local…

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Creative Cubby Project at Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2015

Here’s some images from our Creative Cubby Project event at the 2015 Ballarat Heritage Weekend. This year’s theme was “A Century of Service”, and we were commissioned by The City of Ballarat for the “In Their Boots” children’s’ activities. We designed and constructed an interactive maze-like installation that replicated World War 1 trenches for the”Kids Trail”, that was fun, educational…

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How much fun is a cardboard box?!

   Here’s a few pix from our Creative Cubby Project at the Ballarat Begonia Festival Weekend to show you just how much fun a cardboard box (or dozens of them!) can be!

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What does an architect DO?

So, what exactly does an architect do? Contrary to popular belief, architects do a lot more than just ‘draw plans’. We specialise in design and in getting to know you and listening to your requirements, so we can provide a high quality service to help you navigate the complex building process, and create a solution specifically…

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The Creative Cubby Project is back!

Our fabulous Creative Cubby Project which teaches kids more about sustainability and design while making eco-cubbies out of recycled materials, is back! We will be at the Ballarat Begonia Festival THIS Weekend (Sat 7th – Mon 9th March)! For those who don’t know, Ballarat Begonia Festival was the 2014 winner of “Australia’s favourite event”! It is FREE with loads to see and…