Ukraine: Architecture and Violence

It is hard to think clearly at these moments of extraordinary violence and destruction. Hard to pull away from the scenes of needless human suffering, to witness through virtual windows such disturbing events that we seem powerless to affect. Our daily tasks and concerns seem of little relative significance, what seemed urgent and important yesterday seems inconsequential even frivolous today.

As architects it may cause us to question the seemingly trivial nature of our work, relative to the desperate urgency of essential human shelter and protection for those trapped within the rubble of bombed cities, or for the homeless refugees feeling the violence.

Such desperate human need can return our attention and understanding of architecture to the most basic needs of protection, shelter and the survival of human community. Surely the true essential nature of architecture must be the construction of bulkheads against human suffering and oppression, this must come first among the duties of the architect. Shelters to keep the rain and the cold from those struggling in the ruined cities and towns, and walls to protect and defend against violence.

The essentiality of human protection and shelter as the primary mission of architecture might make us think of our own rarefied architectural concerns as profligate and of relative extravagance.

Perhaps we might even think that architecture, as we conceive it, far beyond essentials that we take for granted, is itself is an indulgence, reserved for those who have the fortune and luxury to live without such existential fear of violence and oppression.

The images from the Ukraine also confront us with the relative superiority and efficiency of the technology of destruction and violence compared with that of our own design and construction; the vast contrast in human effort, speed and commitment between the act of making and the act of destroying.

Most disturbing is the display of technological power and capability in the use of these instruments of destruction and the edge we seem to be approaching as the violence is ratcheted up from conventional weapons, rockets, missiles, cluster bombs, thermobarics, potentially biological, chemical and perhaps even the first use of tactical nuclear weapons. The appalling human and environmental destruction these weapons so easily reap, together with the potential conflagration beyond the Ukraine, poses the threat of a global catastrophe beyond our imagining. We are already seemingly overwhelmed by the scale of the environmental disaster confronting us as a result of global warming to be able to even comprehend the magnitude of the devastation to our world that this new environmental threat seems about to lay before us.

The asymmetry in our technological capabilities for the destruction of our world and the repair of our world has never been more stark.

At these moments, our profession and our architecture seems powerless and pitiful. It fails to protect, defend and struggles to provide the most basic needs of shelter. Architecture seems to so easily fall to ruin around those it was meant to protect.

As we watch the cities of the Ukraine begin to crumble under the technology of violence, we are not only confronted with the human tragedy of loss of life and the most basic needs of shelter, but also with something more. The city, as Lloyd Rees, the great Australian landscape artist explained ‘is the greatest work of art possible’. The city is the greatest collective representation of humanity, of culture, of values and of human continuity. Cities are alive, not just with the vitality of the numerous human lives that inhabit them, but in themselves. Cities are living and breathing. The city is constantly evolving and growing as it responds and adapts to change. But the city is also unchanging, it continues across time, across generations. The city brings to humanity the promise of certainty and the eternal. And the city is for all of us because it has been made by all of us, not just the rich, powerful and influential and their architects, but by all those who have lent against the walls, bent the form of a small part of the city in some small way, left imprints and ephemeral individual markings. The city is the work of the whole community and all its architects.

The destruction of a city is therefore among the greatest crimes conceivable. It is not only the destruction of the lives of the inhabitants, but it is an attempt to destroy life itself; our collective life and continuity into the future. In these circumstances the mission of the architect must surely be to resist this violence, to ensure the life of our cities continue under any eventuality, that our cities are restored, rebuilt and resurrected; ensure that life is eternal.

The grim and disturbing images of human suffering and the destruction of our cities reminds us of the two most critical dimensions of architecture; to protect and preserve life, through the basic and universal need for shelter, to make a safe place, a shield from the cold, a place to teach our children, to heal the sick and to care for the aged: and beyond these existential essentials to give extended and eternal collective life through the making of our cities. Cities that are not only imbued with life and culture, but are a life themselves.

Kyiv is a life eternal. It will never die. This great diverse city that has been evolving for more that fifteen centuries was laid to ruin after the second world war, then transformed to rise again as the great city it will always be. But life within Kyiv, and the life of Kyiv itself is today a global tragedy and the task ahead for the architects of Kyiv will be among the greatest any architect has faced.

Truth and Lies in Architecture

Written by Design Director of fjmtstudio Richard Francis-Jones, this is a collection of provocative essays that journey into the vexed circumstance of contemporary architectural practice. 

The nature of the great cultural, social, political, environmental, and consumerist challenges facing the contemporary architect are explored, interpreted, and questioned, while drawing connections from architecture theory, philosophy, science, literature, and film sources in an attempt to negotiate the territory between the truth and lies in architecture. 

‘These essays written by a leading Australian architect represent a level of comprehensive critical awareness rarely found within the architectural profession and one would be hard pressed to find another comparable figure in contemporary architectural practice. The entire argumentation is impressive, challenging, intellectually at the highest level and beautifully written.’
Kenneth Frampton

ISBN: 978-1-954081-65-9
Pages: Softbound
Publication Date: Spring 2022
Size: 8.66” x 5.9” Portrait

2021 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner

2021 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner

OPT Awards 2021

We recently won the New Buildings Category in the OPTAwards2021 for the Wolfson Building, John Radcliffe Hospital!

Congratulations to our UK Studio and everyone involved.

Bunjil Place wins the Interior Design Impact Award

“The success of Bunjil Place is due to a confluence of intelligent and ambitious undertakings by the designers and client that have resulted in a coherent, well-resolved and joyful design.”

RIBA South Award Winner — The Wolfson Building

2021 RIBA South Award Winner – The Wolfson Building, University of Oxford

UTS Central is a Jury Winner for Architizer A + Awards

UTS Central is a Jury Winner in the Higher Education & Research Facilities category for the @architizer A+Awards — Architecture for a Changing World — striving to create a more resilient built environment for the years to come.

Nunawading Community Hub – Commendation for Public Architecture

The winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2021 Victorian Architecture Awards have been announced.

Supreme Award and Civic Award – Te Ao Mārama

Interior Awards 2021: Auckland War Memorial Museum by Jasmax with FJMT and designTRIBE took home the highest honour of the night at the 2021 Interior Awards, the Supreme Award. It was also the winner of the Civic category.

UTS Library – ALIA Winners

UTS Library was announced as winner of the ‘Academic Libraries’ category for the 2021 Australian Library Design Awards. 

GBCA – Future Green leader of the Year Award Finalists

Congratulations to Sarah Lawlor for being a selected in Green Building Council of Australia’s – Future Green Leader of the Year Award finalists for 2021

Lost Exhibition at UTS Central

LOST is an exhibition (co-curated by Richard Francis-Jones and Brooke Jackson of UTS) that uncovers and explores a series of these concepts and propositions by a group of leading Sydney architectural studios (including fjmtstudio)

Inner Sydney High School

Video produced by Department Education on Inner Sydney High School – Students and staff enjoying the new building 

The Wolfson Building shortlisted at the SECBE Awards

The Wolfson Building has been shortlisted at the SECBE Awards in two categories.

UTS Central receives Silver at the IDA Awards

UTS Central has received “Silver” at the IDA International Design Awards in the “Architecture Categories/Institutional”. 

UTS Central achieves 5 Star sustainability rating

UTS Central has achieved a 5 Green Star Design & As Built v1.1 rating in recognition of its sustainability performance. Congratulations to all the project teams involved in this project!

Awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Green Star environmental ratings assess buildings across nine key criteria, from energy and emissions to water.

Read more about this achievement here. 

UTS Central, OVO and EY Centre shortlisted at the Property Council of Australia

Three projects have been shortlisted at the Property Council of Australia – Innovation and Excellence Awards:

EY Centre, 200 George Street: Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings 
OVO – Award for Best Residential Development 
UTS Central: Award for Development Innovation

UTS Central receives two “Awards for Excellence”

UTS Central has been recognised as an “Award of Excellence” winner in the categories of Best Tall Building (under 100m height) and Interior Space of the 2020 CTBUH Awards Program.

Port of Sale wins National Commendation

Port of Sale, a multi-use cultural and civic hub in Victoria, has received the National Commendation for Public Architecture at the National Architecture Awards on the 7th of November 2019. 

Jury Citation: “Port of Sale is an important project that supports both community life and tourism in the small Victorian regional city of Sale. The architecture breathes life and lightness into an existing brutalist building, combining regional art gallery, library, council chambers, community meeting spaces, information centre and cafe within a single facility.” 

Photographer: John Gollings
#nationalarchitectureawards, #architectureawards #australianarchitecture @architecture_vic #vicarchitecture #amazingarchitecture #architecturelovers #archdaily #architecturephotography #architecturephotos #publicarchitecture #AustralianInstituteofArchitects @melbcom @TTW @wellingtonshirevic #WanderingWellington @visitgippsland

UTS Central opens to the public

UTS Central opened to the public with a welcome ceremony at the Alumni Green. 

The new building represents a character that is uniquely UTS, and respects and responds to the urban context of the existing Campus infrastructure and the Broadway streetscape. 

We would like to congratulate all the teams involved in this project.

#UTSCentral #utsengage 

Photography by Brett Boardman 

EY Centre 200 George Street long-listed at the Dezeen Awards

Congratulations! The EY Centre, 200 George Street has been long-listed at the Dezeen Awards.

About Dezeen Awards:
Organised by Dezeen, the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design website, Dezeen Awards is the benchmark for international design excellence and the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere.

Take a look at the long-listed projects here

Regional Prize for Port of Sale

The winners of the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards have been announced and we are delighted to see Port of Sale receiving the Regional Prize.

Wellington Shire council engaged fjmt to revitalise the historic precinct known as the Port of Sale into a multi-use cultural and civic hub.

We would like to congratulate Wellington Shire council and the project team involved in this project!


Regional Prize – Jury Citation

“This transformation of a Brutalist building, a recognisable marker in Sale, contributes urban connections, while creating a reinvigorated regional hub. 

Within the constraints of restrained budget and robust fabric, limited architectural intervention create visual connections within and through the building to the local landscape and port. Penetrations and transformation of former disused courtyards and undercroft parking form galleries and gathering spaces, while maximising natural lights within the building. Minor alterations to the external fabric create a welcoming presence while fundamentally leaving the building intact. 

Four projects shortlisted at WAF 2019

The World Architecture Festival is an annual festival and awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious events dedicated to the architecture and development industry. The first four events were held in Barcelona, from 2008 to 2011, at which point the festival moved to Singapore for four years.

Since 2016, host cities have included Berlin and Amsterdam.  It is the only event where around 550 shortlisted architects present their projects live in crit rooms to a judging panel. One of these projects is awarded the World Building of the Year title.


We are pleased to see that four of our projects have been shortlisted this year:

Bunjil Place – Civic and Community Category

Frank Bartlett Library and Community Centre – Civic and Community Category
Shortlisted Projects in this category:

Grand Central Shopping Centre, Shopping Category (Buchan and fjmt)

Shortlisted projects in this category:

77 Market Street –

Cydelia House

Cydelia House has been completed in Melbourne. It comprises two adjacent terraces houses within the Victorian State heritage listed Drummond Terrace, designed by Walter Scott Law in 1890, and is one of the longest and grandest victorian terraces in Melbourne.

The refurbishment and extension of Cydelia House was undertaken to provide high quality, accessible and contemporary post-graduate student accommodation within the ‘University Precinct’ in Carlton, Melbourne.

We are very pleased to see Cydelia House shortlisted at the Dulux Colour Awards. We are now proceeding to Stage 2 and the Winners will be announced on the 8th of May 2019.

ABOUT the DULUX Colour Awards:

This Dulux Colour Awards celebrates colour application to built environment.

The awards program shows commitment to the design and architectural community by recognising and rewarding creative and innovative thinking in industry projects. In 2019, the work of influential architects and designers from Australasia will be judged by an esteemed panel of design professionals from Australia and New Zealand.

UTS Central’s Executive Gardens

An important milestone has been reached in February 2019: twelve olive trees have been lifted up to the 17th level of UTS’s new building to compose the Executive Gardens, that will welcome the Vice Chancellor and the University research Staff.

The selected trees, carefully transported from the nursery, have been lifted and installed without problems.

We are looking forward to seeing this project completed in July 2019. Stay tuned!

Bunjil Place wins Members’ Choice at ALIA 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association has revealed the winners of its Library Design Awards at the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane and Bunjil Place Library received the ALIA Members’ Choice Library Design Awards 2019.

The winners are as follows:

  • ALIA School Library Design Award 2019

Winner Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Centenary Library

  • ALIA Academic Library Design Award 2019

Winner Monash University, Caulfield Library

  • ALIA Public Library Design Award 2019

Winner Shellharbour City Libraries, City Library

  • ALIA Members’ Choice Library Design Award 2019

Winner Casey Cardinia Libraries, Bunjil Place Library

ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher said, ‘the 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards show, once again, that modern library buildings in Australia are world class. We are fortunate in this country to have forward-thinking library leaders,

EY Centre awarded “Gold” at the 12th International Design Awards

The winners of the 12th Annual IDA Awards have been announced and we are pleased to see two projects among the winners.

The “EY Centre, 200 George Street” has been awarded Gold in “Architecture Categories / New Commercial Building” while OVO received “Honourable Mention”.


The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design.

EY Centre awarded the CIBSE International Project of the Year

EY Centre has been awarded two prizes at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Performance Awards:
– Building Performance Champion
– Project of the Year – International

Building Performance Champion
Awarded to the team, project or product making the most outstanding contribution and commitment to achieving improved building performance.

Project of the Year – International
This Award recognises the international project (new or refurbished) that most effectively demonstrates achievement of high levels of user satisfaction and comfort and outstanding measured building performance, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

Read more on Architecture & Design

Bunjil Place shortlisted — ALIA Library Design Awards

Bunjil Place is among the four Public Libraries shortlisted at the 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards.

The shortlist for the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association Library Design Awards recognises some of the best new library design in Australia. The awards are divided into three categories, School Libraries, Public Libraries and Academic Libraries.

‘Libraries represented in the design awards epitomise the best of innovative library design throughout the world.

‘The judging panel has been impressed by the innovative and imaginative approaches adopted by libraries and their funding agencies in ensuring physical facilities.

‘Both newly built and renovated or refurbished, match the changing needs of library communities,’ Janine Schmidt, Chair, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Library Buildings and Equipment Standing Committee, said.

Academic Libraries

  • Caulfield Library Monash, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sir Louis Matheson Library, Melbourne,

2019 Innovation & Excellence Awards

The finalists of the 2019 Innovation & Excellence Awards – Property Council of Australia have been announced and we are pleased to see three projects shortlisted in different categories:

– The EY Centre is finalist in the Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings

– Sofitel Hotel is finalist in the Award for Best Tourism & Leisure Development

– Bunjil Place is finalist in the Award for Best Public Building

Read more here.


About the Property Council of Australia

The Property Council of Australia is the leading advocate for Australia’s biggest industry, which now generates more jobs than any other. The Property Council of Australia is passionate about promoting and celebrating leading practice by the property industry via the Innovation & Excellence Awards program.

Bunjil Place shortlisted at LGPro 2019

The finalists for the LG Pro 2019 (Local Government Professionals) – Awards for Excellence have been announced. We are pleased to see Bunjil Place and Casey City Council as finalists for the ‘Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative over $2m’. The LGPro Awards for Excellence promote and celebrate the outstanding work undertaken and delivered by individuals and teams working in Victorian Councils.

Winners will be announced at the 2019  Annual Conference Dinner on Thursday 21 February.

To learn more about the awards click here.

NEWS: Vote for Bunjil Place Library

Vote for Bunjil Place Library! Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Members are invited to vote for their favourite library in the 2019 Library Design Awards.

These awards celebrate 15 new and refurbished libraries across Australia. The winning library will be announced at the 2019 Library Design Awards Conference, as a part of the Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum.

Members can vote via survey and select their top 5, voting closes 31 January 2019.

See the gallery online here.


NEWS: Vote for Bunjil Place!

Bunjil Place has been shortlisted at the FRAME Awards – World’s Best Interiors. The People’s Choice award is now open!

We entered the “SOCIAL AWARD” category: Commending interiors and spatial projects with a positive political, social and cultural impact on a community.

Cast your vote using this link!
(*To vote, scroll down until you reach the Societal Awards – Social Award section and click on the orange button).

About the FRAME Awards:
The Frame Awards is the first and only global interior-design awards with a truly holistic approach. The Awards identify and honour the world’s best interior projects, but also the people behind them. The work is judged by all industry stakeholders: interior designers, architects, retail brands, hospitality providers, cultural institutions, and educators. In total 34 awards are divided under Spatial, Executional, and Societal Awards covering the entire spectrum of interiors,

NEWS: The International Highrise Award 2018

The EY Centre, the only Australian project nominated at the International Highrise Award 2018, is part of BEST HIGHRISES 2018/2019 exhibition in Frankfurt.

The International Highrise Award (IHA) has been handed out since 2004. The International Highrise Award was jointly initiated in 2003 by the City of Frankfurt, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale. Since then, it has been organized and financed in partnership and cooperation between Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank and will be awarded for the eighth time in 2018. 

If you visit the exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, please share your photos with us by tagging #fjmt on Instagram.

Exhibition details:

Dates: November 3, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Location: Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Website: click here





NEWS: Bunjil Place long-listed at the Frame Awards

The long-list for the Frame Awards – World’s Best Interiors has been announced, and Bunjil Place has been long-listed in the Societal Awards – Social Award category.

The Jury members will score each project within its category on its innovation, creativity and functionality to ultimately decide upon the final short-listed Nominees. The final Nominees – to be announced on 3 December – will undergo an online public vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winners will be announced in February 2019 in Amsterdam.

Take a look at the long-list here.

About the Frame Award:

The Frame Awards is the first and only global interior-design awards with a truly holistic approach. The Awards identify and honour the world’s best interior projects, but also the people behind them. The work is judged by all industry stakeholders: interior designers, architects, retail brands, hospitality providers, cultural institutions,


Congratulations to Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) and fjmt studio for their great effort in preparing the joint submission for the Australian Timber Design Awards 2018. 

Bunjil Place has been recognised for its excellence in timber design, winning the top prize at the 19th Australian Timber Design Awards, and first prize in two categories:

  • Excellence in Timber Design – Public or Commercial
  • Excellence in the Use of Timber Products – Timber Veneers

Congratulations to all the teams that made this possible!

To see the awards booklet, click here.

#ATDA18 #australiantimberdesignawards

NEWS: Elizabeth Carpenter nominated Fellow of the AIA

We would like to congratulate Elizabeth Carpenter, Managing Principal at fjmt, for her member elevation at the Australian Institute of Architects!
Congratulations for becoming a Fellow of the Institute!

NEWS: EY Centre awarded the International Architecture Awards IAA 2018

The Chicago Athenaeum – Museum of Architecture and Design has announced the winners of the International Architecture Awards IAA 2018.
We are pleased to share the news that the EY Centre, 200 George Street is the winner of Skyscrapers/High-rises category. The jury conveyed in Istanbul, Turkey to select the projects.

On Friday, September 28, 2018, The Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, will open a special exhibition and reception of all awarded buildings at our annual symposium, “The City and the World” at The Contemporary Space Athens. The winning projects will also be published in a special issue of Global Design + Urbanism XVIII.  “New International Architecture.”

About the EY Centre, 200 George Street:
The EY Centre appears in the city as a tower made of timber rising out from the greyness of its neighbours. 

NEWS: Bunjil Place and EY Centre awarded the RTF

We are pleased to announce that Bunjil Place and the EY Centre, 200 George Street received the Rethinking the Future (RTF) – 2018 Global Architecture & Design Awards.
This year, 748 projects were registered from more than 50 countries, spanning architecture, landscaping, urban design, product design and interior design categories.

Bunjil Place received ‘First Award’ in the category: Cultural (Built).
Click here to see the dedicated page.

EY Centre, 200 George Street received ‘Second Award’  in the category: Office Building (Built).
Click here to see the dedicated page.


NEWS: fjmt on DETAIL – Elegance Meets Efficiency: EY Centre

The EY Centre has been featured on DETAIL magazine online. Edina Obermoser’s article ‘Elegance Meets Efficiency: EY Centre by FJMT in Sydney‘ talks about the benefits of its innovative facade and the ‘sustainable yet high-quality design’.

‘The highlight of the EY Centre is its innovative, super-efficient façade. This attracts attention not only because of its orange hue amid the grey urban jungle, but also thanks to its innovative technology.’

‘The prefabricated modules arose from a two-year research phase, during which the hollow space between the layers of glass was optimized and tested, just as climatic and transport-related details were conceptualized. The result is Australia’s first wooden double façade, one that is completely convincing both in terms of its looks and its energy profile.’

To read more, click here.

NEWS: Two projects shortlisted at IDEA 2018

The shortlist for the Interior Design Excellence Awards – IDEA 2018 has been announced, and we are pleased to share that two projects have been shortlisted in the Public category:

Salamanca Building, Parliament Square in Hobart, Tasmania and Bunjil Place in Narre Warren, Victoria

These two projects represent the variety of scope and approach of our practice, and the successful collaboration between fjmt’s disciplines in Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Salamanca Building represents the first stage of the masterplanned redevelopment for the Tasmanian State Government. The project opens new committee rooms, atrium and public spaces and embodies collaborative design with local craftspeople and artisans representing Tasmania’s rich design traditions.

Bunjil Place exemplifies a new form of hybrid community building: a library, performance theatre, studio, exhibition space, gallery, café and workplace. Flexible and experimental, it is a community service centre and place of collaboration that overlaps and interconnects through fluid non-hierarchical forms that unify the complex.

NEWS: Richard Francis-Jones at The Architecture Symposium

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, will give a talk about Frank Bartlett Library and Community Centre at The Architecture Symposium on the 28th of September 2018.
The symposium will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Read more about the full list of speakers and download the program here.

Program information:
This critical day-long forum, which celebrates Australia’s world-class architects, is curated by Wendy Lewin and Angelo Candalepas and includes presentations by New York-based writer, critic and former Pritzker Prize juror Karen Stein. The event focuses on outstanding examples of contemporary Australian architecture, with a series of talks by leading practitioners from around the country exploring recently completed and upcoming projects.

Architecture AU: Australian all-stars come together for The Architecture Symposium, Sydney

NEWS: Richard Francis-Jones at FRONT

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director at fjmt, is going to be a speaker at FRONT, a two-day event focused on Design in Sydney.

Seminar: Strategising for Success
When: 10th of August 2018
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Carriageworks, Sydney
Street Address: 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (corner Codrington Street).

Session Overview

Incorporating the corporate strategy of clients into design is critical to ensuring success in workplace and other commercial environments. Against this backdrop, close collaboration between the client, designer, and other disciplines is crucial. How can designers manage – and maximise – this relationship and craft workspaces that truly meet the needs of their end users?

Ticket Price = $60

Visit the official website to register and see the two-day seminars’ schedule.

NEWS: We Are Hiring in Sydney

An opportunity for a Mid-Senior Interior Designer with 8-10 years experience has become available to join our multi-award winning multi-disciplinary design firm in the heart of the CBD within the Interiors team.

The Company

With over 20 years experience in Australia, and offices in Melbourne, Sydney and the UK, this multi-disciplinary design firm is a leader in design excellence winning World Building of the Year at WAF, the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture and numerous other national and international design accolades. Based in the heart of Sydney CBD, we pride ourselves on quality and precision. The company has an enjoyable work culture, with social engagements and industry events throughout the year. The Sydney Interiors team is expanding, and this a fantastic opportunity to join in on the action!

The Role
We are looking for a talented designer with excellent team management skills,

NEWS: EY Centre nominated at the International Highrise Awards

EY Centre is among the 36 projects long-listed at the International Highrise Awards, and is one of the three buildings nominated in Australia.
The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has judged projects according to the following criteria: future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. The Awards is aimed at architects and developers whose buildings are at least 100 meters high and have been completed in the past two years. 

In mid-August the five finalists will be shortlisted from these nominees. The prize-giving ceremony for the winner of the International Highrise Award will take place at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt/Main on November 1, 2018. 

From November 3, 2018 through March 3, 2019 the exhibition “Best Highrises 2018/19” with the winning project, the finalists and all nominated projects will be shown at the DAM.

For more information, visit DAM website and International Highrise Award.

NEWS: Vote for Salamanca Building in Hobart

Salamanca Building, Parliament Square in Hobart is running for People’s Choice Prize at the Tasmanian Architecture Awards. Take 30 seconds to vote here!
Voting in the People’s Choice Prize closes at 5 pm AEST Thursday 19 July 2018.
You have the chance to go into the draw to win a range of prizes (Conditions of Entry here).

About the project
‘The Salamanca building is the first stage of Hobart’s Parliament Square redevelopment for the Tasmanian Government. It provides a new workplace for government agencies, Department of Premier & Cabinet, public parliamentary committee rooms and a new connection to the historic Parliament House, respecting and reinforcing its importance.

The interiors concept explores the expression of a contemporary Tasmanian Government building and sets out to create an inclusive sense of identity for staff and visitors. The organic and welcoming design language incorporates references to the enduring beauty of the Tasmanian landscape.

NEWS: The Waterfront Pavilion on TV

The Waterfront Pavilion has been featured on Australia by Design. Take a look at Tim Horton’s interview to Richard Francis-Jones here.
Segment: 13:19 – 15:21

NEWS: Bunjil Place receives William Wardell Award for Public Architecture

The 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards, held Friday July 29 awarded Bunjil Place the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.

Bunjil Place is the largest project ever undertaken by a local government in Victoria, comprising Council offices, an 800 seat theatre, 200 seat black box studio, public library, art gallery and function centre, all centred around a new community plaza with integrated cafe, urban screen and war memorial, as well as a community amphitheatre.

The Jury noted that Bunjil Place was “a highly aspirational project” with a foyer roof in which timber has been used “in a monumental way”.

“The expressive roof form energetically soars over a myriad of programmatic requirements cleverly providing shelter, identity and unity with this one move,” they wrote.

Amy Muir, Victorian chapter president, said the winning projects of the night represented the diversity of work being completed across the state.

“Victorians understand the value of good design and the enormous benefits it brings to building engaged and resilient communities.

NEWS: Video of Bunjil Place Opening Festival

Take a video tour into this community and civic building.

Bunjil Place, an amazing performance space, a library, a gallery and a 300-seat theatre.

#bunjilplace #cityofcasey #communitybuilding #theatre #performing
#library #multiplex


NEWS: In conversation with Elizabeth Carpenter

‘We want to maintain and increase our diversity, and it’s really important to nurture new staff and make sure there’s a really strong career progression for them. We need to continue to embrace new technologies… every project we do, we always try and investigate how we can stretch a bit more.’
Madeleine Swain in conversation with Elizabeth Carpenter about business, design and diversity.

Read more on Australian Design Review

#diversityandinclusion #designleadership #managementstyle #architecturalreview #australian-design-review

NEWS: NSW Architecture Awards – PCYC Northern Beaches shortlisted

PCYC Northern Beaches has been shortlisted for the NSW Architecture Awards in Public Category.

11 projects are going to compete in the Public Category.

We are looking forward to the announcement of the winners!

For the full shortlist, click here.

NEWS: EY Centre wins CTBUH Awards

We would like to congratulate Mirvac Construction and all the consultants in achieving this great result.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards ‘recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level’.

EY Centre‘s facade system has been recognised as an outstanding evolution of closed cavity technology.

NEWS: Bunjil Place awarded Commendation at AIDA 2018

The Australian Interior Design Awards 2018 awarded ‘Commendation’ for Public Design to Bunjil Place.
Take a look at the Awards Gallery.


NEWS: Bunjil Place shortlisted for the AIA – Victorian Awards

We are pleased to share the news that Bunjil Place has been shortlisted for Public Category at the AIA – Victoria Chapter Awards!

‘From 268 entries, 14 juries have shortlisted 108 entries in 14 categories.’

Public Architecture
11 entries / 4 shortlisted projects
Atrium of Holy Angels Mausoleum | Harmer Architecture
Bendigo Hospital | Silver Thomas Hanley with Bates Smart
Bunjil Place | fjmt
North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub | GroupGSA 

Read the article on Architecture AU here.

Full shortlist here.

NEWS: Bunjil Place wins ‘Architecture of the Year’ at IDA

We are very proud to announce Bunjil Place has received the top prize, ‘Architecture of the Year’, for the International Design Awards 2017. 

Bunjil Place also received Gold prize for two Architecture Categories: ‘Institutional’ and ‘Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public’.

The largest local government investment of its kind, the success of the project is the result of an aspirational brief and long term collaboration with the client, consultants and integrated disciplines within fjmt.

We wish to thank and congratulate the client, City of Casey; contractor, Multiplex, and all of the consultants who contributed to the project. 

To read more about the project, click here

To view the other entrants and prize winners of IDA, click here.


NEWS: PCA Awards – EY Centre wins Best Office Development 2018

Property Council of Australia (PCA) has announced that the EY Centre has been awarded The Property Council of Australia – Innovation & Excellence Award – Award for Best Office Development 2018.
We are excited to share this with Mirvac and all the teams involved in this project!

Read more below:

Property Observer
Australian Property Journal
Architecture and Design


NEWS: Open House Melbourne Weekend at Bunjil Place – July 2018

In July you have the opportunity to visit Bunjil Place as never before. Bunjil Place, the City of Casey’s new $125 million cultural and entertainment precinct will be part of Open House Melbourne Weekend program. The building offers a gallery, an 800-seat theatre, a library, studio spaces, offices and a plaza. Over the Open House Melbourne weekend you can book VIP access to back-of-the-house guided tours of the precinct’s inner workings and attend film screenings, design talks and a children’s trail.

Read more here.
Open House Melbourne

Venue: Bunjil Place,  2 Patrick NE Dr, Narre Warren VIC 3085


NEWS: Six Awards at the IPA Awards

We are pleased to share the success of the EY Centre and Sofitel Hotel at the IPA Awards (International Property Awards) 2018-2019.
The International Property Awards celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour:
– Best Hotel Architecture Australia
– Best Hotel Interior Australia
– Best New Hotel Construction and Design Australia

EY Centre:
– Commercial High-rise Architecture Australia
– Commercial High-rise Development Australia
– Office Interior Australia


NEWS: EY Centre, 200 George Street continues to gain recognition

The EY Centre, 200 George Street has been awarded the International Property Awards 2018-2019 in three categories:

  • Commercial High-rise Development
  • Commercial High-rise Architecture
  • Office Interior

We are pleased to know that our design is appreciated and we congratulate Mirvac and all the consultants for this remarkable achievement.


NEWS: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour wins the IPA Asia Pacific

We are pleased to share that Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has been awarded the IPA – Asia Pacific Awards 2018-2019 – Hotel Architecture Australia.
The winners were announced on the 4th of May 2018 at the Gala Dinner  held at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park in Bangkok.
The project represents the first luxury hotel to be developed in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics. We share our congratulations with Lendlease and all the consultants involved in the project.
You can read more about the project here.

NEWS: Event: Skyscrapers Summit 2018

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, will present ‘The Human Element of Timber Tower Buildings’ at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018.
Date: 26th of June 2018
Time: 10:00-10-30am
Venue: Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf, Sydney NSW

Registration is open! For more information click here.


NEWS: Bunjil Place Finalist at Dulux Colour Awards 2018

Bunji Place has been shortlisted for the Dulux Colour Awards 2018 in the Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail.
The project has been selected among 305 entries across 9 categories.
The competition is now at Stage 2.
Winners will be announced on the 10th of May.

To see all the Finalists, click here.
Read the article on ARCHITECTUREAU here


NEWS: Bunjil Place Shortlisted for AIDA 2018

Bunji Place has been shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) 2018. The project is competing in the Public Category.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner event on Friday 25 May 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

To see the 22 shortlisted projects, click here.
Read the articles on ARCHITECTUREAU here and here.
Read the article on Urban Developer.

NEWS: EY Centre Shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize 2018

EY Centre is among the shortlisted projects for the RIBA International Prize 2018.
The jury visited the project last week. Winners will be announced in December 2018.

About the Award:
‘The 2018 RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact.’

You can see the full shortlist here

@riba #RIBAIntPrize 



NEWS: Harry Seidler Award and the Walter Burley Griffin Award for fjmt

On the 2nd of November, the Australian Institute of Architects announced the Winners of the National Architecture Awards 2017. Two projects from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp  have been awarded the AIA National Architecture Awards.


We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of our new website. We have sought to make an engaging site that overlaps and interlayers both the work and ideas of our multidisciplinary design studio. At the core of our work and intent behind this site, is the dual pursuit of design excellence and the enhancement of the public domain.

We would like to acknowledge the great work of our designers… and in particular a special thank you to our internal communications team at fjmt that have approached the making of this site with the care and dedication we would apply to our built projects.

Thank you, and welcome!

fjmtstudio acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work.
We recognise their continuing connection to Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We extend this acknowledgement to Indigenous People globally, recognising their human rights and freedoms as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.