Tender Time:
Darling Point Apartments
11.7.17

We are very excited to put our Darling Point Project out to tender today.

The contemporary transformation and upgrade of the streetscape, entry, foyer, public spaces and interiors off Hugo Stossel’s iconic 1951 Yarranabbe Gardens apartment building on Sydney harbour in Darling Point highlights our ADAD expertise in designing for complex sites, spectacular landscapes, and working sensitively in a thoroughly contemporary way to integrate and transform historic buildings respectfully.

Construction will begin soon, and we will add this project to the website in the interim – watch this space.

 

Vale Penny:
Celebrating Penny Finnigan
3.7.17

Today we remember the life of one of our dearest clients, Watt Space Gallery Director Penny Finnigan.

Penny was an ideal client, driven, perfectionist, and was as intent on supporting us as a young and upcoming architecture practice as she was with her student artist entrepreneurs that Watt Space Gallery exists solely to launch into the world of the professional artist.

It was very touching to hear friends and family quote that one of her proudest life achievements was that our Watt Space Gallery has been such a success, winning the Australian Institute of Architects Blacket Prize, Public Architecture Award and 2 Small Project Architecture Awards in 2016.

We will miss you Penny.

 

Zero Points:
RMIT Presentation
3.6.17

Andrew Donaldson was invite to present his creative practice PhD today at RMIT in Melbourne.

The RMIT Practice Research Symposium spans the cutting edge of Australian Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape, Spatial Information, Fashion and Textile thinkers and creative practitioners pushing boundaries in a public forum.

 

ADAD Team:
Brendan Double Win
30.5.17

ADAD superstar Brendan received both the University of Newcastle Graduate of the Year and was runner up for the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Design Medal for his exceptional Masters Project ReBirth at Catherine Hill Bay.

Congratulations Brendan!

 

ADAD TV:
Grand Designs Australia
17.5.17

Andrew Donaldson was interview today on the construction site of our North Curl Curl House for one of the final times as the episode that Grand Designs Australia has been filming since 2015 heads towards completion.

Our project looks incredible in these final stages and the episode is set to air in early 2018.

 

ADAD Presentation:
Australian Institute of Architects
18.3.17

Andrew Donaldson presented our Bondi House at the New South Wales Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter amidst some incredible competition today for the AIA Architecture Awards – Houses 2017.

Good luck to all the entrants and stay tuned for updates on the awards.

 

ADAD Publication:
Architecture Australia AA 106
15.3.17

ADAD is featured in the current issue of Architecture Australia (AA106) with a review of our ‘Research Through Design’ exhibition by Rachel Hurst.

The review features our Bondi House, North Curl Curl House and Watt Space Gallery, which Rachel quotes demonstrate a “remarkable degree of architectural sophistication and depth.”

 

Experimental Drawing:
Cross-Disciplinary Workshop
21.3.17

Andrew Donaldson ran his 2nd successful Experimental Drawing workshop with contemporary artist Brett McMahon in the bush outside Newcastle today.

Andrew is a product of Newcastle Universities historical close ties to drawing, phenomenology and landscape and is very excited to take the reigns for current architecture undergrads and expand this drawing base into new uncharted territory with Brett.

 

Keynote:
Orientation Day
23.2.17

Andrew Donaldson was invited to provide the keynote presentation to 500-orientation day 1st year student across architecture, design, engineering, construction, computer science and entrepreneurship today at the University of Newcastle.

The future of creativity looks bright!

 

Jury Duty:
AIA Newcastle Awards
11.2.17

Andrew Donaldson has spent the last 2 days visiting the finalists in the Australian Institute or Architects Newcastle Chapter Awards across all architectural categories.

Andrew was invited to this role off the back of ADAD’s run-away success a at the 2016 Architecture Awards with our Watt Space Gallery winning the Blacket Prize, Public Architecture Award and 2 Small Project Architecture Awards.

 

S96 Approval:
North Curl Curl House
23.1.17

We were very happy to learn that our North Curl Curl House project received S96 (Modification to a Development Application) Approval today.

This incredible house on its challenging and spectacular site is currently being filmed by Grand Designs Australia set to air on Australian TV early 2018 and this approval opens the gates for the final stages of construction.

 

Bondi Online:
Musca Residence Photography

Happy New Year!

We have kicked of 2017 with uploading Brett Boardman’s incredible photography of our recently completed Bondi House to our website.

Brett surprised us here with an amazing silver gelatine print starring our client that recreates Julius Shulman’s famous photograph of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs.

This homage features on our homepage.

 

DA Approval:
Darling Point Apartments
19.12.16

We were very happy to learn that our Darling Point project received Development Approval today.

This is a very exciting project for us as it is a scale between our single 1-off homes and smaller public gallery projects that includes both the design challenges of working with a complex existing mid-century building and a spectacular landscape on Sydney Harbour.

Watch this space – we will be adding this project to our website in the New Year.

 

ADAD Team:
Welcome Brendan
19.12.16

We welcome graduate architect Brendan as the latest member of the ADAD team today.

Brendan is obsessed with fractured landscapes, industrial artefacts, public space and the sublime, personified through his standout 2016 UoN Masters project: ReBirth at Catherine Hill Bay.

 

Bondi Modern:
Habitus Issue #34
15.12.16

Our Bondi House is featured in the latest issue of Habitus #34.

We are humbled to have our first completed ADAD house have such a prominent 13 page spread in this prestigious design magazine and thankful for Nicky Lobo for her story, Brett Boardman for the excellent photography and Vampt Vintage Design for the furniture and styling.

Most of all we are very thankful to our visionary clients, who are the stars of the story and the reason this project exists.

 

Ambitions:
Architecture Bulletin
15.12.16

Andrew Donaldson is featured in the current Spring / Summer issue of Architecture Bulletin.

This special edition titled ‘Architects of Ambition’ features an inspiring collection of diverse, emerging and ambitious Australian architecture practices working across a wide range of architectural scales and challenges.

 

Winner:
Regional Leadership Award
21.10.16

Andrew Donaldson won the Regional Leadership Award at the University of Newcastle Alumni Awards 2016 tonight!

The award recognises leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives significant within a regional context beyond Newcastle, with the jury citation focusing on the runaway success of our Watt Space Gallery and Andrews dedication to mentoring architecture students beyond University.

 

Guest Speaker:
The Architecture Foundation
20.10.16

Andrew Donaldson was invited as guest speaker for The Architecture Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in Newcastle tonight.

Andrew was the inaugural Eric Parker Travelling scholar in 2001 and was delighted to introduce the returning 2015 scholar (and latest ADAD team member), Emma.

The awards night was held in our multi-award winning ADAD designed Watt Space Gallery.

 

Antecedence:
Australian Institute of Architects
17.10.16

Andrew Donaldson was invite to speak at the Australian Institute of Architects on formal teacher / student lineage this evening.

It was a great pleasure to publicly evangelise the intellectual, creative and personal influence of the reclusive Professor Michael Chapman at the University of Newcastle and his pivotal role at many of life’s junctures for Andrew in front of a wider Sydney architectural audience.

 

ADAD Exhibition:
Research Through Design
9.10.16

Three ADAD projects are currently featured in the Research through Design Exhibition at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery which officially opened today.

The exhibition showcases architectural projects at the creative threshold between research and practice, including our Bondi House, North Curl Curl House and Watt Space Gallery.

The exhibition runs until November 6.

 

ADAD TV:
Grand Deigns Australia
6.10.16

Andrew Donaldson was interviewed today in the Studio as part of the filming of our North Curl Curl House for Grand Designs Australia.

Progress has been filmed by the crew over the last 7 months and will be airing in 2017.

 

ADAD Team:
Welcome Emma
12.9.16

We welcome student architect Emma as the latest member of the ADAD team today.

Emma is obsessed with drawing, travel and food, personified through her recent Parker Fellowship travelling scholarship research. She is the most recent 2015 recipient of this scholarship of which principal Andrew Donaldson was the first back in 2001.

 

Finalist:
Regional Leadership Award
5.9.16

Andrew Donaldson has been selected as 1 of 3 finalists for the Regional Leadership Award at the upcoming University of Newcastle Alumni Awards 2016.

The award recognises leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives significant within a regional context beyond Newcastle and will be announced at the Gala Dinner on the 21st October 2016.

 

ADAD Radio:
2SER Think Digital Futures Interview
28.8.16

2SER Radio Sydney interviewed Andrew Donaldson on how computers are changing architectural design last week.

Tune in to 107.3FM Sydney at 10:30am today to learn about our unique design process here at ADAD, or download the podast here.

 

ADAD Interview:
Habitus Magazine
28.7.16

Andrew Donaldson was interviewed alongside our happy clients by Habitus editor Nicky Lobo in our recently completed Bondi House today.

We are very happy to announce that the project will be featured in Habitus #34: January – March 2017!

 

ADAD Invitation:
Research through Design
8.7.16

Andrew Donaldson has been invited to exhibit the ADAD projects: Bondi House, North Curl Curl House and Watt Space Gallery for the upcoming Research through Design Exhibition at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

The exhibition showcases architectural projects at the creative threshold between research and practice, opening October 9th 2016.

 

AIA NSW Architecture Awards:
Watt Space Gallery Double Win
1.7.16

Our Watt Space Gallery won both the prestigious Blacket Prize and Small Project Architecture Award at the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Awards tonight!

The Blacket Prize is the premiere award for regional New South Wales recognising design excellence in a single project outside of Sydney. Previous winners include 2 of Andrew’s mentors, Peter Stutchbury and James Stockwell.

Watt Space Gallery now progresses to the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards in November – stay tuned!

Check out the project in more detail here: Watt Space Gallery

 

ADAD Presentation:
Architecture on Show
30.6.16

Andrew Donaldson presented our design process and the backstory behind our multiple award-winning Watt Space Gallery this evening.

The Australian Institute of Architects Architecture on Show evening showcased the finest regional NSW Architecture and we were very proud to have the event hosted within Watt Space Gallery itself.

An audience of skaters, footballers, artists, architects, academics and the general public made for a quintessentially Newcastle experience – we would not have it any other way!

Check out the project in more detail here: Watt Space Gallery

 

Academic Appointment:
University of Newcastle
29.6.16

Andrew Donaldson was fractionally appointed at the University of Newcastle today.

Andrew has tutored into the design studios at Newcastle every year since his own graduation in 2005, and to be among the fractional Professors Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury, Lindsay Clare, Kerry Clare and Lawrence Nield – all Andrews’s own mentors – is a great honour.

 

AIA Newcastle Awards:
Watt Space Gallery Double Win
17.3.16

Our Watt Space Gallery won both the prestigious Public Architecture Award and Small Project Architecture Award at the Australian Institute of Architects Newcastle Chapter Awards tonight!

This was a very special win for us.

Watt Space Gallery is our 1st completed ADAD project in the city where Andrew both studied architecture and has continued to teach into the Masters Studio ever since graduation.

Check out the project in more detail here: Watt Space Gallery

 

ADAD Feature:
Australian Design Review
2.3.16

ADAD was featured at Australian Design Review as an Emerging Architecture Practice to watch!

The article captures our personalities, back story, design ethos and architectural aspirations. It showcases our twin specialties – spectacular residential designs on challenging natural landscapes and contemporary gallery transformations.

Check out the full article here: ADAD Australian Design Review Feature

 

ADAD Online:
Website Goes Live
25.1.16

After 6 months of work our ADAD website is now live!

As a cross-desciplinary architectural practice, we have loved every moment of collaboration with our super talented extended Darlinghurst team: Graphic Designer Jamie Mitchell / M35 and Web Designer Sonke Roth / Liquid Protocol.

We will be fleshing out the Design Process content for each project over time and look forward to adding our very latest projects.

Get in touch with any feedback of any kind, it is a work in progress and ultimately for you – collaborators, clients, students and community.

 

Grand Opening:
Northumberland House
9.12.15

Heritage listed Northumberland House officially reopens this evening.

Our Watt Space Gallery transformation of the ground floor is the centrepiece of this adaptive reuse project, complimenting the NeW Space Business and Law School by Lyons under construction within the broader major Newcastle CBD redevelopment undertaken by the University of Newcastle.

 

Moving In:
Bondi House Completion
1.12.15

After 9 exciting months, our client family moved back in to their transformed home today.

This project is very special to us here at ADAD. The Bondi House is our 1st completed major house project, and seeing the smiling faces of elated clients, proud contractor and excellent architectural execution makes for happy architects.

 

ADA Awards Night:
Awarded 1st Place
17.11.15

Andrew Donaldson received 1st prize on behalf of ADAD at the ADA 2015 awards dinner in Melbourne.

We were awarded National 1st Place in the Realflame Architectural Design Awards for the fireplace design at our Bondi House.

We would like to thank the judging panel and Realflame for showing such incredible support to our emerging practice through this prize and congratulate the strong shortlist of fellow established and emerging architects and interior designers.

 

Gallery Opening:
Watt Space Gallery
5.11.15

Our latest Contemporary Art Gallery transformation, Watt Space Gallery Newcastle officially opens tonight.

This project is very special to us as our 1st public ADAD building and Andrew’s 1st post-MCA Australia art gallery.

We uncover lost structure, forgotten courtyards and hidden lane ways to amplify the site reaction potentials and imaginations go the emerging artists Watt Space serves.

 

National 1st Place:
Architectural Design Awards
10.9.15

ADAD have been awarded National 1st Place in the National Realflame Architectural Design Awards 2015 for the fireplace design at our Bondi House.

The 3-way cantilevered fireplace is the functional and metaphorical heart of the project, innovative for its customisation and our close collaborative design process between client, architect, contractor and manufacturer.

 

ADAD Feature:
Architectural Review AR141
19.8.15

ADAD is featured in the current Architectural Review Asia Pacific (AR141) as an Emerging Practice to watch.

The article captures our personalities, design ethos and architectural aspirations. To be featured with one of our architectural idols, Sean Godsell is a bonus.

The article features our twin specialties – spectacular residential designs on challenging natural landscapes and contemporary gallery transformations within heritage buildings.

 

ADAD TV:
Grand Designs Australia
20.7.15

Andrew Donaldson was interviewed today on the construction site of our North Curl Curl House about his design process and rationale for the project.

Grand Designs Australia had approached us here at ADAD with the offer to film the current construction of the project as a television episode set to air 2017.