Goodbye 2021, and to North Melbourne

After 20 years, FMSA Architecture is saying goodbye to our office at 182 Capel Street in North Melbourne on the 31st December 2021.

While our new home in Carlton is under construction, our team will be working remotely. Employing the lessons and systems learned through lockdowns, our quality of service and collaborative mindset will continue during this time.

We look forward to sharing more in 2022, and welcoming you to our new space in the coming months.

New Company Mailing Address:

Mail Address: PO BOX 274, CARLTON SOUTH VIC 3053

All other contact details – emails, phone and mobile numbers – remain unchanged.


Careers | Interior Designer

FMSA Architecture has a new opportunity for dynamic Interior Designer to join our growing team. Learn more about the positions, and how to apply:

Interior Designer

FMSA Architecture is seeking a creative Interior Designer to join our growing team. Working with our team of architects and interior designers, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the interior design aspects of our projects through all stages of development with a focus on design, documentation, and project delivery. As Interior Designer, you will have the opportunity to work across a range of sectors including education, multi residential, and institutional projects.

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio, highlighting working drawings, in PDF format.

Learn more about the position criteria, and apply via Seek  https://www.seek.com.au/job/54957952


Careers | Architect, Senior Interior Designer+ Interior Designer

FMSA Architecture has a number of opportunities for dynamic designers to join our growing team. Learn more about the positions, and how to apply:

Architect 5+ years  

FMSA Architecture is seeking an innovative Registered Architect with a minimum of 5+ years post graduate experience to join our dynamic team. In this position you will have the opportunity to design, document and  coordinate projects from the conceptual design phase through completion of construction. In this role, the Project Architect assists with the management of a team of internal staff and external subconsultants to deliver the agreed project scope and outcomes.

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio, highlighting your design and working drawings, in PDF format.

Learn more about the position criteria, and apply via Seek https://www.seek.com.au/job/53542152

Senior Interior Designer

FMSA Architecture has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Interior Designer with 8+ years of experience. Working with our team of architects and interior designers, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the interior design aspects of our projects through all stages of development with a focus on creative problem solving, design, documentation, and project delivery.

As a Senior Interior Designer, you will have the opportunity to work across a range of sectors including education, multi residential, and institutional projects.

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio, highlighting working drawings, in PDF format.

Learn more about the position criteria, and apply via Seek https://www.seek.com.au/job/53540729

Interior Designer

FMSA Architecture is seeking a creative Interior Designer to join our growing team. Working with our team of architects and interior designers, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the interior design aspects of our projects through all stages of development with a focus on design, documentation, and project delivery. As Interior Designer, you will have the opportunity to work across a range of sectors including education, multi residential, and institutional projects.

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio, highlighting working drawings, in PDF format.

Learn more about the position criteria, and apply via Seek https://www.seek.com.au/job/53540503


Careers | BIM Manager

FMSA Architecture has an existing opportunity for an experienced Architect to join our team.

Learn more about how to apply:

About FMSA Architecture: 

FMSA Architecture shapes spaces for community that educate, inspire and offer hope.

Based in North Melbourne, Victoria on Wurundjeri Country, we collaborate with clients across Australia, with an emphasis on education, residential, civic, institutional and commercial sectors.

Approaching 50 years in practice, we understand architecture’s greatest strength is its capacity for humanity; elevating lived experience. By deeply considering the psychology behind each site, we design spaces that solve complex social and environmental problems, strengthen community bonds and encourage positive behaviours and thoughtful interactions.

We believe a building is never experienced in isolation. On arrival, visitors bring their own lived experience and any hopes and expectations for ease of use and belonging. Our designs first address the geographical, ecological and social influences of context.

To achieve superior outcomes for our clients, and to replicate and improve on these successes in future projects, we must maintain a commercially prudent approach.

We create architecture for people and place led by our values of Community, Creativity and Collaboration.

FMSA Architecture takes pride in fostering a culturally safe and diverse workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based on skills and experience. We encourage applications from persons of all gender identifies, racial and cultural backgrounds, ages, neurodiversity, disability, sexual orientation, religions and sexual orientations.

The role: 

FMSA Architecture is seeking an experienced BIM Manager to join our team. The BIM Manager is responsible for the development and ongoing implementation of the practice documentation and BIM standards. In this role, you are responsible for the development and management of the CAD template in ArchiCAD, and workflow procedures including providing support, assistance, support, training, mentoring and model reviews. This role is central to supporting the design team and contributes to the efficiency, consistency and quality of documentation produced by the practice team.

This is a full-time position based at our studio in North Melbourne. FMSA Architecture supports flexibility and will engage with the applicant to discuss flexible work opportunities.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the ongoing implementation of Practice BIM and CAD templates, workflow and standards.
  • Coordinate and manage ongoing development of common BIM platform environments for third party collaboration.
  • Create and maintain CAD template files in ArchiCAD.
  • Ensure consistency in project documentation.
  • Coordinate and deliver in house staff training in ArchiCAD and BIM software’s.
  • Share ArchiCAD tips and tricks with the studio, and take ownership for group learning and skill development.
  • Provide regular guidance to the documentation team related to CAD and BIM production and file management.
  • Perform audits of CAD and BIM project files for accuracy and coordination in line with QA protocols.
  • Research of latest developments in new CAD/BIM applications, and advise on integration.
  • Work across multiple projects at varying stages as required.
  • Be open to system reviews, and incorporate learnings into future system management.
  • Contribute to FMSA’s culture and organisational advancement of the practice.

Mandatory Requirements: 

  • Advanced ArchiCAD skills and knowledge.
  • 5 + years in architectural practices as a BIM Coordinator or Manager.
  • Experience in establishing digital workflow processes and procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detailed knowledge of design, construction detailing and presentation.

Desired Skills: 

  • Highly motivated team player with a collaborative attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to mentor and train others.
  • Experience in medium to large scale projects.
  • Understanding of current construction detailing, building performance and ESD standards.
  • Experience working within an ISO 9001:2015 quality-controlled environment is preferred.

Benefits:

  • Flexible working policy.
  • Modern office environment.
  • Professional development opportunities.

Application requirements. 

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio in PDF format.

Applications to be lodged via Seek position advertisement here: https://www.seek.com.au/job/52593568


Job posting

Join our team | Registered Architect minimum of 5+ years

FMSA Architecture currently has an exciting opportunity for a registered Project Architect with a minimum of 5 years experience to join our growing team.

Applications to be lodged via https://www.seek.com.au/job/51161665

The role:

FMSA Architecture is seeking an experienced Project Architect with a minimum of 5+ years post graduate experience to join our dynamic team of architects and interior designers.

In this position you will have the opportunity to work in a team environment to deliver a range of project from small to highly complex large-scale projects.

Operating from our office in North Melbourne, you will have the opportunity to deliver projects through all stages of development with a focus on design, documentation, and project delivery. This is a full-time position based at our studio in North Melbourne, close to public transport, the CBD and Queen Victoria Market precinct.

Position Requirements:

There will long term opportunities to work across a wide range of sectors and project scales. You will have the proven ability to:

  • Ongoing engagement with Client and contribution to the Project Plan and brief.
  • Assistance with the coordination of allocated project resources (internal and external).
  • Contribution to interim reporting and forecasting ( including financial, resourcing, program).
  • Assistance with the coordination and the development of deliverables across project stages in line with agreed program milestones.
  • Coordinate and document design reviews and obtain design approval from the Client at each stage.
  • Assistance with day to day management and coordination of allocated project staff.
  • Work across multiple projects at varying stages as required.
  • Assist with the management of design / documentation scope & program against agreed consultancy scope and fees
  • Obtain periodic client, stakeholder and consultant feedback on project and team performance.
  • Perform role in line with FMSA Quality Management System and responsibilities stated in The Architects Act 1991 and Architects Regulations 2015.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Current Registration with applicable Architectural Registration Board.
  • Architectural Degree recognised by the AACA. Eg. M. Arch, B. Arch.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ post graduate experience in a similar role.
  • Strong skills in documentation with BIM software.
  • Proven experience delivering accurate detailed documentation in a high-volume work environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Highly motivated team player with a collaborative attitude.
  • Strong understanding of Australian building standards.
  • Experience in medium to large scale projects; public and secure environment experience advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of current construction detailing, building performance and ESD standards.
  • Experience working within an ISO 9001:2015 quality controlled environment is preferred.

Good design is adaptive

Good design is adaptive. FMSA’s COVID 19 response

These are unprecedented times, but we want to assure our clients, suppliers and consultants that we are doing our part to protect our communities and the business we manage.

As we do with all of our projects, we are assessing risk during the Coronavirus pandemic and reviewing protocols daily. Planning for and adapting to change is best practice in architecture, and we will continue to monitor official government advice and assess and respond to our team’s unique needs to ensure our work can continue safely.

No industry is immune to the impacts of the Coronavirus, but our team is well prepared for the changes that will be required over the coming days and weeks. Currently our office remains open, but we have begun to implement a series of changes to how we work. 

 

LIMITS TO TRAVEL AND FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS

Where practicable, we will be limiting travel and will participate in all meetings virtually. This will mean fewer site visits and more virtual conferencing.

All visits to our offices and presentations from our supplier networks have been suspended to limit unnecessary exposure. In place of face-to-face meetings, we will maintain communications virtually via platforms including Join.Me, and the usual email and phone channels. We use all of these platforms daily in our practice, and they will continue to support us in our collaborations with consultants, clients and community throughout this period, whether from the office or at home.

 

REMOTE WORKING PROTOCOLS

We have implemented a remote working plan to support our staff to continue their work off-site as needed.

As at 18 March, almost one quarter of our team has commenced working remotely and we are testing new protocols that will help to coordinate efforts and ensure continuity of service delivery on our busy portfolio of projects.

 

HYGIENE AND DISTANCING MEASURES Those who show signs of being unwell will be asked to work from home or rest as required.Until health department directives change, we are taking no unnecessary risks and are practising social distancing as a precaution within our office. Our staff members are also practising vigilant hand hygiene and will self-isolate should they suspect they are unwell.

There is much we do not know about this pandemic, but what we do know is that this level of disruption will eventually end. Now, more than ever, we see thoughtful and adaptable design as crucial to the advancement of healthy and resilient communities. We continue to deliver our rigorous and reliable services with this long view in mind and will keep you informed about any major changes as the situation progresses.

Stay informed and stay well.

FMSA Architecture


Pink Ribbon Morning Tea

Supporting the Pink Ribbon Morning Tea

Recently the FMSA team hosted a morning tea to support the Cancer Council Victoria Pink Ribbon campaign. The Pink Ribbon campaign raises awareness about breast and gynaecological cancers, as well as much needed funds for prevention programs, support services and vital cancer research.

This year the team hit their kitchens to whip up a spread of delicious savoury and sweet treats. The whole team gathered to support the cause, and learn more about the campaign. Thanks to the generosity (and excellent baking skills) of the FMSA team for supporting the cause.


FMSA staff visit the Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence

FMSA staff toured the new Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence facility at the Victoria Police Glen Waverley campus. Delivered under a design and construct with Ireland Brown Constructions, the $11 million project has been constructed in 7 months. The new complex has been designed to facilitate the domestic violence training centre, complete with practical classrooms, syndicate rooms and office space for staff.

Led by Project Architect Hao Lee, staff spent a sunny Saturday morning touring the unique building. The team enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the cadet and staff spaces including practical scenario classrooms and auditorium. Several staff in attendance were involved in different stages of the project and were excited to see the design intent realised so well.

Thank you to Project Architect Hao Lee, and Ireland Brown Construction for facilitating the visit.

Photos: FMSA Architecture.


UIB Wellness Workshop – How is the built environment impacting your health?

“90% of our lives are spent indoors and it has a lasting impact on our health”.

Last Friday, Karen Tan from FMSA presented alongside Robert De Nardis from Ergologic and Lisa Middleton – Advanced Sports Dietitian at the United in Business workshop on “Wellness” to understand further how to make positive change in life & those around us.

Karen spoke about the built environment and how it affects our health in varying degrees. The role the built environment and our habits were explained and participants took away 3 top tips on how to reduce their built environments impact on them.

Want to learn more? Contact Karen at our office!