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PMDL’s leading women share their personal views on leadership and their values in support of International Women’s Day.
Over the last 20 years we have witnessed great progress in workplace equality. However, a gender gap is still seen across many work sectors, including architecture and interior design. Based on a 2017 report published on archdaily.com, a 2015 gender survey revealed that women in Australia and the United States only account for 30% of practicing registered architects.
Recent reports show that this gap is closing with the McKinsey report ‘Women in the Workplace 2018’ stating, "For more than 30 years, they’ve been earning more bachelor’s degrees than men. They’re asking for promotions and negotiating salaries at the same rates as men. And contrary to conventional wisdom, they are staying in the workforce at the same rate as men.”
In support of International Women’s Day and equality in the work place, PMDL took the opportunity to interview our Principals and Studio Leaders in our studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. We asked who they look up to and what drives their passion and motivation. We also asked what advice they might have for other aspiring leaders in the workplace. We interviewed Vicki van Dijk, Practice Director, and Principal of Sydney Studio, Donna Payne, Practice Director, and Principal of Melbourne Studio and Aino Kavantera, Senior Associate and Studio Leader for the Hong Kong Studio.
The Directors of PMDL Architecture + Design, Andrew Pender, David Morris, Vicki Van Dijk, Donna Payne and Simon Fallon are proud to announce two key promotions within our Hong Kong studio.
We know you will join us in congratulating Aino Kavantera and Kim Chan, and wishing them well in their new roles.
Pymble Ladies’ College Principal, Mrs Vicki Waters said the partnership with NSWIS supported the strategic aim of the College to forge partnerships with external experts that can extend student learning and growth, as well as staff professional development.
The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) has announced plans for a new high-performance hub in the Northern Metro area of Sydney and PMDL's Braith Williams Aquatic Centre for Pymble Ladies' College has been chosen to be the home to the high-performance hub.
In a partnership between the Institute, Swimming NSW, Swimming Australia, Pymble Ladies’ College and Knox Grammar School, the hub will also become the new home of two of the country’s most successful swimmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell.
It will be led by one of Australia’s most highly respected swimming coaches, Simon Cusack. As part of the Institute’s broader strategy to develop pathways and increase the number of elite swimmers across the state, Cusack will help develop the new hub in Sydney’s north.
To see the full article go to: https://www.nswis.com.au/nswis-news/simon-cusack-to-head-new-nsw-high-performance-swimming-hub/
The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) has announced plans for a new high-performance hub in the Northern Metro area of Sydney which will be led by one of Australia’s most highly respected swimming coaches, Simon Cusack.
A partnership between the Institute, Swimming NSW, Swimming Australia, Pymble Ladies’ College and Knox Grammar School, the hub will also become the new home of two of the country’s most successful swimmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell.
The Directors of PMDL Architecture + Design, Andrew Pender, David Morris, Vicki Van Dijk, Donna Payne and Simon Fallon are proud to announce the appointment of additional Associates to the Hong Kong and Sydney studios.
We know that you will join us in congratulating Robert Johnson, in Hong Kong, and Craig Kerslake, in Sydney, and wishing them well in their new roles.
After over 20 years based in Crows Nest, PMDL Sydney has now moved into our new studio in North Sydney.
We are extremely excited of what the new space has to offer and look forward to your visit.
As one of the founding directors of PMDL it has been my privilege, over the past twenty four years, to work with a group of fantastic fellow directors, team members, consultants and most especially clients. It has been an exciting, challenging and comprehensively rewarding journey.
It is now time for me to change my focus and retire from PMDL, effective the end of March 2018.
I look forward to the continuing evolution and success of PMDL.
Thank you all and hopefully we will all stay in touch.
Barker College in Hornsby is one of Sydney’s oldest schools and has been going through some great transfortions .
The college is building a new prep school within its existing campus on the Pacific Highway, featuring new classrooms and maker spaces for students from pre-kindergarten to year 1.
This new building will add to Barker College’s existing junior school, and will see all junior students (from Pre-K to year 6) educated in the same campus. Barker’s Pre-K to year 2 students are currently learning in classrooms across the road.
It was about designing for young children and thinking about how they would use the space.
On 4th November, Paul McKay from our Hong Kong studio attended the WAD 2017 World Youth Designer Conference in Shenzhen. The event was intended as a forum for foreign designers working in the Chinese market to interact with developers, contractors, and government in order to further mutual understanding and respect.
Organised under the auspices of the Shenzhen city government, the one-day conference was attended by developers, government officials, and designers from more than 30 countries and territories.
Paul participated in a round table discussion chaired by Keat Ong, President of the Singapore Society of Interior Designers, on the subject of Interactions Between International Design and China’s Market, sharing his thoughts on models of co-operation between Chinese clients and overseas designers.
“The basis of every good relationship is communication. Communication is not just a matter of language, it’s a matter of establishing shared values and a common vision. This allows the client to be more open with the design team, and participate more fully in the briefing and design process. It also means that the design team can understand the logic behind the client’s decision making, which avoids the situation of ‘same bed, different dreams.”
The Directors of PMDL Architecture + Design, Andrew Pender, David Morris, Peter Doddrell, Vicki Van Dijk, Donna Payne and Simon Fallon are proud to announce the appointment of additional Associates to the Melbourne and Hong Kong studios.
We know that you will join us in congratulating Kylie Beard, in Melbourne, and Paul McKay, in Hong Kong, and wishing them well in their new roles.
The PMDL Melbourne studio has celebrated fifteen years since it's establishment.
Donna Payne, who has lead the studio since formation, said " I find it hard to believe that Melbourne studio has turned 15 even through I have lived every minute of it, all of its triumphs, changes and evolution. It has been an interesting and exciting journey."
The team has grown and developed specific skills and experetise across a range of projects and sectors and is currently delivering significant works for Hoyts, ICM, Future Fund, IMAX, DET and other key clients, and working collaboartively with the Sydney and Hong Kong studios.
We look forward to continued growth and more exciting projects.
It is with regret, we wish to advise that Warren will be taking a well earned retirement as of Friday 28 July 2017.
He has been an important part of the PMDL team since 1999, lending his expertise and experience to many projects and mentoring younger team members. He will remain keenly part of the design world and emotionally connected to long term clients.
We wish him all the best as he commences this next part of his journey and thank him for all his input, enthusiasm and commitment.
Junior School poised to add another wonderful chapter in the life of this corner of the School.
Barker college will commence its transition to a fully coeducational school by 2022 and the first milestone is to open a new co-ed Prep School in 2018.
We have been working closely with the College for the last year to make this vision a reality and in the recent Barker College’s quarterly newsletter Martin Lubrano, Head of Junior School explained in detail the School’s vision for the new Prep and Junior School. See full article in link below.
We are extremely excited and look forward to starting construction!
The new St Augustines’ College, Brookvale, Junior School and Science facilities add an agile teaching and learning centre to the existing campus as the result of an overall campus Masterplan.
St Augustine's College Brookvale new Primary and Science facilities have received a Commendation in the inaugural Learning Environments Australasia NSW Chapter Awards for 2016 in the New Facilities category. The judges comments include:
• Overall a well designed area catering for all different learning styles.
• Particularly impressed with the notion of clean and dirty spaces - recognising what learning is actually like.
• Liked the attention paid to professional learning spaces for staff.
Opportunities for collaboration and celebration are optimised with the strength of connections making this much more than just a collection of “classrooms” and corridors. The reinvention of existing buildings has created new and exciting spaces with the new civic heart centred on the food and retail offer. The organisation of building footprints are optimised for future reinvention and adaptation.