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.


Sonya Iskandar joins FMSA associate team

Senior Interior Designer Sonya Iskandar promoted to Associate

We are proud to announce the promotion of Senior Interior Designer Sonya Iskandar to Associate.

Since joining FMSA in 2010 Sonya has played a pivotal role in the design of projects across the practice including Siles Health Clinic, Eastern Hub, FMSA Office and Wodonga TAFE Logic Campus.

Her commitment to aesthetically and functionally purposeful interior solutions, combined with her leadership at a project and practice level are a strength to the FMSA team and practice.

We are excited to have Sonya apply her passion for great design to shape and grow the presence of our Interior Design services.


DELWP Corryong Airbase completed

Completed: new DELWP Corryong Airbase

We are excited to share our latest completed project for the Department of Environment, Water, Land & Planning (DELWP) – the DELWP Corryong Airbase.

FMSA Architecture was engaged by DELWP as Principal Consultants to design facilities to support the establishment of a permanent fire bombing & support facility at Corryong Airport on land owned by Towong Shire Council.

The new $1.5m DELWP Corryong Airbase facilities include a multipurpose building comprising communications/operations room, staff kitchen, amenities, & briefing area. Support infrastructure includes a new retardant mixing shed, concrete hardstands for filling and refueling, taxiway expansion & site security improvements.

“FMSA provided a high level of service throughout the duration of the project and ensured that the facility was accurately documented on time and built within budget expectations. Although based in Melbourne FMSA demonstrated an understanding of local conditions and were prepared to attend site when required. I would not hesitate to recommend FMSA for similar projects.”

DELWP Project Manager

Congratulations to Project Architect Josh Valentine on the successful project. Learn more about FMSA’s long term collaboration with DELWP in the project section of our website.


Farewell 2017 + Happy Holidays

2017 has been an busy year in the FMSA studio which saw us push the limits with new technology creating the Kooky Cubby, welcome several new faces to the team and design several exciting new projects. With many exciting projects under construction we are looking forward to sharing more work with you in 2018.

From the everyone at FMSA Architecture, we wish our clients, consultants and collaborators a happy and safe festive season. 

Our office will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 15th January 2018.


In the Studio | On campus student housing refurbishments

Our interior designers are currently designing a contemporary solution for the refurbishment of on-campus student housing. The client engaged FMSA to design an the refurbishment of the on campus boarding house including the administration areas, common rooms and student bedrooms.

Led by our interior designers, we have developed concepts that compliments the traditional architecture of the historic building while delivering contemporary spaces that reflect modern aesthetics for home and living, creating a warm and supportive environment for the boarders and staff.

Currently under development, the concept combines a modern scandi style colour palette including pink, forest green and sky blue with textural elements such as plywood and carpet.


In the studio | Wills St, Bright

Another project that the team has been working on is Wills St Bright. The subject land is located on the eastern fringe of the Central Business District (CBD) and is ideally placed for urban renewal. Our designers worked with the client to create a solution that is modern and enliven the surrounding area.

An application for a planning permit was made to the Alpine Shire Council for the construction of four dwellings and commercial building, to be used as shops, and subdivision at 20 Wills Street, Bright.

The project recently received a planning permit and we are excited to see this project progress.

More updates from the studio soon.


1 minute with | Interior Designer Kim Dumayne

Next up in our staff profile series 1 minute with, meet Interior Designer Kim Dumayne. In addition to being a great interior designer, Kim is an amazing photographer. Get to know more :

Why did you do interiors?

Interior design is inherently about people – how we occupy and interact with space and with each other. Pursuing interiors was my way of attempting to enhance people’s daily lives.

What is it that you like about being an interior designer?

Having the chance to explore and practice creative ideas with people.

What is it about design that you love?

Design is all around us. The ability to have an impact on, or at least inform, how we interact with the world around us – whether it is for work, rest or play.

This weekend you’ll find me…. Taking photos – here, there and everywhere.

My hidden talent is… the ability to fit everything in the car boot.

Favourite time of day and why? Blue hour – favourite light for photography

Your personal colour palette is: black and white

Spirit animal: Totoro


In the studio | Glenrowan House

In the studio we are working on some really unique and interesting projects that are at different stages of development. In the coming weeks we are going to share a few with you, starting with the Glenrowan House.

The Glenrowan House is a new house set in the middle of a former cherry farm in the historic town of Glenrowan in Victoria’s high country. Currently at planning stage, the Glenrowan House is a true entertainers house with living spaces opening to the outdoor living area to take in the spectacular views across the property towards the mountains in the distance.  Private spaces such as bedrooms stem off the open living space to give a sense of retreat to the occupants. A modern material palette including rich timbers, rammed earth and stone will ground the home within the rich landscape.

We look forward to sharing more about this project as it continues to develop.


Sketch to Reality: Portsea Residence

Each space and building we design in the FMSA studio starts from the idea often expressed as a quick sketch. The act of sketching allows our designers to explore their ideas and in doing so they set the aesthetic form and architectural expression of the end product. The journey from sketch to building is unique as each project.

Today we share a sketch and photographs of the Portsea House to show how the feeling evoked by the lines on a page are evident in the final form.

Located in the seaside town of Portsea, the Portsea House is a modern luxury beach house.  Designed to optimise the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, the home is grounded on the site by the simple palette of natural textural materials used creating an open and light spatial quality.

In the sketch by the project architect FMSA Principal Peter Sandow we see the early exploration of siting and the journey  from the street to the home on the challenging sloping site. In the final resolution we see the journey is celebrated in the form of the sandstone staircase leading to the home nestled on top of the site.

Photographer: Rhiannon Slatter Photography


In the studio | celebrating with cake

We have spoken several times on the blog about our love of cake in the FMSA studio. The team doesn’t need to have their arms twisted to get together to celebrate birthdays, especially as we always have a cake on each team members birthday.

And today we were lucky enough to have not one but two birthday cakes. Happy hump day indeed! And happy birthday to Associate Director Hao Lee of course.