FMSA designed social housing for Unison Housing shortlisted for two UDIA Awards for Excellence

We’re excited to announce that our social and affordable housing development in Fairfield, Vic on Wurundjeri Country has been shortlisted as a finalist in the UDIA Victoria 2021 Awards for Excellence, within the Urban Renewal category and the Affordable Development categories. 

The Unison Housing Fairfield project saw a heritage 22-bedroom rooming house entirely revamped and a new apartment complex built on site to provide a total of 38 modern self-contained homes for women in need in Melbourne’s inner north. 

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Discussion | Architecture for alluring retirement villages

Retirees move into retirement villages seeking accommodation more suited to them than their current homes. Being their last property, there is little room for compromise. When essential features and amenities align with their affordability, the proposition becomes compelling and irresistible.

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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


Patrick Ong discusses Inertia in Aged Care Archetypes

Why are we still discussing improvements to aged care accommodation in Australia? After all, few were surprised by the recent Royal Commission’s report recommending smaller resident groupings.

The answer to the preceding question is likely, “institutional creep”, a tendency for operations to drift away from an unfamiliar ideal and back to established ways*.

“It’s always, always, always easier to do things the usual way …” Dr Bill Thomas.

Institutional creep can be addressed through establishing well-defined goals at the inception of a project followed by an uncompromising pursuit by the project team to maintain those goals. Minimizing institutional creep requires an experienced design team with a competent understanding of operations and practical solutions. A team skilled to manoeuvre cynicisms into constructive outcomes.

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AIA Sustainable Architecture Award commendation for PICAC Narre Warren

FMSA’s commitment to sustainability was reinforced with the recent recognition of the PICAC Narre Warren by the Victorian AIA Chapter Awards Jury. The project received a Commendation in the Victorian Chapter Sustainable Architecture Award announced in June 2021.

Jury Citation | Sustainable Architecture Award Commendation

Victoria’s first net zero energy education and research facility, PICAC Narre Warren is a climate action centre accommodating training for plumbers and research and certification of emerging plumbing technologies. The project served as a test bed for an innovative new hybrid screw pile/geothermal bore system reducing heating and cooling energy consumption. PICAC not only deploys sustainable building systems operationally but reveals them throughout the building, benefiting learners and showcasing them to industry, accelerating the adoption of these systems.

Jury
Dr Ben Milbourne | Jury Chair
Mark O’Dwyer | Juror
Elizabeth Campbell | Juror


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


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.


PICAC Narre Warren shortlisted for AIA Vic Chapter Awards

PICAC Narre Warren has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award at this years Victorian Chapter Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

Congratulations to the FMSA team led by Peter Sandow and James Kazalac on pushing the boundaries towards Net Zero Energy.

Designed for Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in collaboration with consultants NDY Group and builders Hutchinson Builders.

Winners will be announced 18 June. Congratulations to all of the practices shortlisted.

learn more about the project here, and watch our presentation to the jury 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.