Manuel Pineda (left) and Eduardo Velasquez (right).

1 May 2013 — Melbourne-based architectural firm METIER3 has hired three new staff members, with plans to further expand over the next year.

First up is Eduardo Velasquez and Manuel Pineda, part of the team that last year won the People’s Choice Award for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition.

“We are excited to have Eduardo and Manuel join our team with their fresh ideas, energy and enthusiasm for delivering sustainable and commercially compelling design solutions,” said METIER3 chief executive Andrew Norbury.

Mr Velasquez has worked on multi-residential, industrial and urban design projects in Colombia and Australia, and is passionate about sustainable architecture and designing infrastructure, public buildings and public spaces.

Mr Pineda also has experience in multi-residential and commercial developments and is passionate about liveable and sustainable architecture, particularly in designing buildings and public spaces that can catalyse a positive change in an urban environment.

The final appointment is Glenn Cornelia, who has joined as hospitality design leader, Australasia, in order to drive the expansion of its hospitality design portfolio.

Mr Cornelia has over 30 years experience leading interdisciplinary design projects across international hotel brands, luxury boutique hotels and resort developments throughout Asia.

“Glenn’s detailed understanding of hotel operations and functional planning and design experience within the hospitality sector is exceptional and will be a great asset to delivering high-quality design solutions for our clients,” Mr Norbury said.

Mr Norbury told The Fifth Estate METIER3 had experienced growth in the past six months, and was now looking to grow further in the hospitality, education, apartment and technology sectors.

He said the company currently had around 40 staff, and was likely to grow by up to 25 per cent in the next year.

METIER3 had a strong history of engaging in sustainable design, Mr Norbury said, working with clients to incorporate sustainable design solutions where possible.

Its hallmark sustainability project is the Economics and Commerce building at the University of Melbourne, which achieved a 5 star Green Star rating, the first of its kind for an educational building of its scale.