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.


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


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