Unison’s Marjorie Oke Apartments recieves Planning Institute Award for Great Place

Designed by FMSA Architecture, Unison’s community housing development in Fairfield, Marjorie Oke Apartments, was recognised winning the 2021 PIA VIC Award for Planning Excellence for Great Place. The annual Planning Institute of Australia Awards demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning and the planning profession.

The Marjorie Oke Apartments is a community housing project that combines the adaptive reuse of a heritage building and construction of a new four-storey building to provide self-contained apartments for vulnerable women in Melbourne’s north.

Receiving the Award for Great Place is an acknowledgement of the work Unison has done to retain the cultural and historical interest of the property, while building a place that residents are proud to call home, which sparks an individual sense of pride and contributes to the overall community wellbeing.

Congratulations to Unison on the recognition of their commitment to sustainable communities. FMSA is proud to have been part of this great project alongside Reshape Development and Manresa Constructions.

PIA Citation

The Marjorie Oke Apartments is a social housing project that combines the adaptive reuse of a heritage building and construction of a new four storey building to provide self-contained apartments, overlaid with facilities for direct enterprise support, tenant engagement and community interaction for vulnerable women. The project positively responds to Unison’s desire to strike a pragmatic balance between heritage outcomes and broader urban renewal and social objectives. It builds on a long- established social asset, providing housing for vulnerable women since the 1920s in an inner suburban setting close to a wide range of services and facilities. It demonstrates successful place making and renewal, responding to the changing needs of social housing to create a safe, attractive, and supportive environment for its residents to call home.


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.


COVID Lockdown response May 2021

Good design is adaptable, as are our business practices. In these unprecedented times, FMSA Architecture want to assure our clients, suppliers and consultants that we are doing our part to protect our communities and maintain 100% continuity of service.

FMSA Architecture is actively monitoring and 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 and respond to official recommendations from the Australian Government, the Victorian Government, and the World Health Organisation to ensure we are making the best decisions for our team, and the wider community.

In line with the Victorian Government restrictions announced on 27th May 2021, our office will be closed for the duration of the Circuit Breaker Lockdown period.

Our continuity plan is available to view here.


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.

Project Completion: Carpet Call Seven Hills

Following the successful delivery of the Carpet Call Victoria headquarters and timber and carpet warehouses, FMSA was engaged by Carpet Call to deliver a new interstate headquarters and operational warehouse in New South Wales western suburb Seven Hills.

Recently completed, Carpet Call NSW Warehouse and Headquarters is the companies largest facility to date at over 6,000 sqm warehouse floor space. Features a included a dedicated trade showroom, office space, warehousing and basement carpark to maximise the developable area of the site.

Delivered via design and construct contract FMSA as Architect and Superintendent worked collaboratively with the client and builder Vaughan Constructions to deliver a quality solution that is consistent with the Carpet Call brand and service philosophy.


PICAC Narre Warren to be Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy education and research facility

FMSA is proud to be involved in the design of our third training facility with PICAC.  Set to be Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy education and research facility, the new Narre Warren facility is a world class training facility, and showcases innovative ESD and construction technologies.

Most notably, the facility is the first in Australia to utilize building foundation screw piling to source geothermal energy for the buildings heating and cooling requirements. 192 x 13 metre deep energy piles and 28 geothermal bores were drilled to a depth of 100 metres using a new specialized Commachio drill from Italy. Together the 220 wells are used for the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system to heat and cool the building. The GSHP system integrates thermal heat loops within the structural screw piles for geothermal heat exchange.

Learn more via the fantastic showcase video:


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.


PICAC Narre Warren is under construction

Construction begins on new $30m PICAC Narre Warren training centre

We are pleased to announce that construction has commenced on the new $30m PICAC Narre Warren training centre.

Following the success of the PICAC Brunswick and Geelong campuses, FMSA Architecture has again collaborated with PICAC to design an innovative comprehensive training and research facility dedicated to the continual improvement of the plumbing industry.

We will share more about the project as construction progresses.


headspace Adelaide highlighted as best practice in designing spaces for young people

The headspace youth centre that FMSA designed for headspace Adelaide was recognised as a case study for best practice in designing spaces for young people in a new book titled ‘Child & Adolescent Wellbeing & Violence Prevention in Schools’ published by Routledge. 

The chapter and research titled ‘Enhancing the wellbeing of young people: The co-creation of a youth mental health space’ (K Koehne, A Hutton, S Hough and C Slee) was undertaken in partnership with Flinders University, SWAPv Conference, headspace Onkaparinga.

Congratulations to the research team and headspace on their important work supporting youth around Australia – learn more about the book at https://www.routledge.com/9781138104785


FMSA supports Redfire Engineers charity trivia event

Last Friday night a keen group of FMSA staff headed to the annual Big Ask Trivia Night organised by RED Fire Engineers to raise money for  ChildFund Australia.

FMSA teams ‘Double Up’ and ‘Finland Mamamia Secret Animals’ competed against a room of keen trivia teams in categories such as Europe, 1980’s Movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe and Famous People. While we may not have know all of the answers (it was super hard guys!) we did manage to walk away in 3rd and 4th!

A big thank you to RED Fire Engineers for organising such a fun night, and congratulations on raising $3341.85 for ChildFund Australia.