Farewell 2016, Hello 2017

2016 has been a fast paced year for FMSA Architecture. In fact we can’t quite believe it is almost over. 2016 saw the studio embrace new opportunities, celebrate the completion of several milestone projects, and foster collaborations which will continue into 2017.

While it’s hard to play favourites, here are a few highlights that made 2016 one for the record books for FMSA Architecture.

Completed projects

From a hotel with a difference to a contemporary correctional campus, 2016 saw the completion of some of our most interesting and varied projects to date:

Karreenga  – a $100 million 300 bed correctional campus, is an exemplar in contemporary correctional design.

PICAC Geelong campus   – Our second training campus with PICAC, the new Geelong campus is a state of the art training facility focused on practical learning.

Eastern Hub  – Inclusive in design and culture, the Eastern Hub is an integrated centre operated by not for profit organisation Karingal supporting their programs, and the wider community.

Notel   – Not a hotel, Notel is a unique concept and event space located on the rooftop in the heart of the CBD.

Fairhaven Residence  – Contemporary coastal luxury in a challenging environment.

Gardenvale Apartments – A contemporary mixed use development


MBAV award wins for Fairhaven Residence and DELWP Gellibrand Office and Depot.

A coastal residence and an office and depot  –  the Fairhaven Residence and DELWP Gellibrand Office and Depot couldn’t be more different, yet they have one thing in common. Both projects were recognised at the Master Builders Association Victorian awards for their excellence in the residential and commercial categories.

The DELWP Gellibrand Office and Depot won the Commercial Buildings $3-6 million category, recognising the excellent contribution to the success of the project by builders Rendine Constructions.

The Fairhaven Residence won awards in 2 categories – Best Sustainable Home, and Best Custom Home $800,000 – $1 million honouring the great work by builders Larkin and Drought Builders.

The Fairhaven Residence went on to win the Best Project Home $500,000-$1 million category at the National Awards in November.

It is a great result for both the design team to see their work delivered to a high standard.

Staff engaging with the community

The team took on exciting opportunities to engage with the community in 2016. At a local level the boys did their best for Movember, while graduate Kirstin headed to South Africa for the 2016 Community Plumbing Challenge as the design leader for the Australian contingent.

New Staff

With such a busy year we have welcomed a few new faces, (and a few old ones) to the team. Architect Dana Bonacci, and graduates Stephen Annett and David Slade joined the team working on projects including the Melbourne Assessment Prison prisoner reception, Glenallen School and DPFC Mental Health Precinct.

Past staff James Kazalac, and Karen Tan returned to FMSA – James leading projects including the new PICAC campus in Naree Warren; and Karen in the new role of Business Development.

Kids Under Cover 2017 Cubby House Challenge

We were very excited to be selected to participate in the 2017 Cubby House Challenge.  Working in collaboration with Upstream StudioAurecon, RMIT d_Lab and Bowens; our team has been busy working on our design for Australia’s Best Cubby over the last few months. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to support Kids Under Cover and their projects with the community, and showcase our innovative design approach on a fun and rewarding project.

We are continuing to work on our design so be sure to follow our social media channels to see the latest updates in 2017 in the lead up to the big event at the Melbourne international Flower and Garden Show in March.

Congratulations to the FMSA team – our staff are our best asset and they have gone from strength to strength in 2017. So, farewell 2016 – we can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017.