Australian PlantBank

7 July 2014 — Seven of the 16 appointment BVN Donovan Hill made last week were women, which the company says is a first.

“This is a reflection of the changing gender balance in architecture as more and more women graduates rise through the profession,” BVN Donovan Hill national director James Grose said.

In Sydney women dominated the list of new appointments with Sarah Embling becoming a senior associate; Kim Small, associate; Catherine Skinner, associate; Elena Bonanni, associate; Katherine Wiedershen, associate; Rose Emerton, associate; and one man, Kevin McLennan, associate.

The three national appointments were all men, however, with Kevin Murphy promoted to senior practice director, operations; Chris Tate, practice director information and design technology; and Mitchell Medway, design technology leader.

The Brisbane Studio appointments were led by Hayley Sainsbury, senior associate, and three associates, Glenn Bliesner, Nick Flutter and Paolo Frigenti.

Asher Galvin became associate Asia, the first appointment to the Asia region.

Success in World Architecture Festival

BVN Donovan Hill also announced this week that three projects had been included on the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Singapore on 1-3 October.

Two New Zealand projects – ASB North Wharf, Auckland and the Regional Terminal, Christchurch Airport – join Australian PlantBank at Mt Annan Botanic Gardens in Sydney’s south west, a global centre for plant research and learning and also home to the largest seed bank in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Grose said there had been a large number of Australian architects recognised at the esteemed awards, many for multiple projects.

“Having multiple Australian projects being shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival awards is a tremendous confidence booster for Australian architects,” he said.

Other firms represented include Allen Jack+Cottier, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects, Lyons, Woods Bagot, MPH Architects, Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau, Cox Rayner Architects, Twofold Studio, Andrew Burges Architects, Charles Wright Architects, bureau^proberts, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects, Cox Architects, Troppo Architects with Taylor Cullity Lethlean, CHROFI, Ian Moore Architects, Fox Johnston-NettletonTribe, GroupGSA and Gray Puksand.