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smith+tracey welcome Craig Kerslake

smith+tracey welcome Craig Kerslake

09 March 2017

Craig Kerslake is a registered architect who has a broad range of experience in the commercial, education, health, and residential sectors. He is a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri Nation.

Craig Kerslake has a particular interest in architecture for First Australians; he is well versed in working with Indigenous peoples and engaging in community consultation. His passions include environmentally sustainable architecture and affordable housing.

He lectured at the University of NSW in The Faculty of the Built Environment for five years where often achieved the vote of ‘best lecturer’.

Through his professional career, Craig Kerslake has been exposed to a range of environments (including running his own practice). This journey has served him well and has given him understanding and empathy for those on every side of architectural dynamic.

Smith+Tracey Architects feature in Domain

Smith+Tracey Architects feature in Domain

Brick is back on centre stage and it is much more contemporary

27 July 2016

Think Brick Australia CEO Elizabeth McIntyre knows the local and international industry well and she believes Australian architects are using brick in especially innovative ways. “What we’re doing here is so exciting and sophisticated that you wonder where it is leading to?”

Smith+Tracey Architects entered The Thomas Carr College Chapel project into the brick awards 2015. The brickwork design draws inspiration from renaissance cathedrals such as the Sienna Cathedral with it’s stripped patterning. In this case the stripes are diagonally arranged to highlight the curved walls and geometry. The Bowral Blue brick, was used with the darker colour configuration on the outside which was reversed to the lighter Charlois Cream on the inside with the stripe being the alternative colour in each case.

Smith+Tracey are proud of the outcome and the college continues to work with Smith+Tracey in realising its development master plan with several projects now under construction.

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East Timor Hearts Fund Charity Event

East Timor Hearts Fund Charity Event

Run Melbourne this Sunday 24th July

Smith + Tracey architects are the main sponsors of the East Timor Hearts Fund this Sunday at Run Melbourne 2016. We willl be out in force on the day, walking and running to support our New Heart for Paulo appeal.

smith+tracey Architects feature in The Salvation Army War Cry Magazine

smith+tracey Architects feature in The Salvation Army War Cry Magazine

5 Minutes with Mark Grigsby

26 April 2016

Wimmera Uniting Care's Sensory Gallery in Horsham (VIC) is a sanctuary for those searching for healing is no accident, says smith+tracey's Mark Grigsby, the architect behind the gallery's recent renovation.

Tell me about the mission behind smith+tracey. Why are you passionate about benefiting the community through your architecture? Our mission is to capture the full potential of each project for the benefit of our clients and, through the built form, leave a lasting legacy to the communities we serve.

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Smith + Tracey Architects feature in The Sydney Morning Herald

Smith + Tracey Architects feature in The Sydney Morning Herald

Special article for smith+tracey Sensory Gallery Horsham

16 February 2016

Designs to soothe the senses amid community trauma

Architects are often occupied with designing swish hotels or bespoke homes.

However, some architects and designers focus on the less fortunate in our communities.

The "sensory gallery", which is part of the amenities provided by Wimmera Uniting Care in Horsham, is one such project.

Designed by Smith + Tracey Architects the facility covers those in need; whether it's finding accommodation for the homeless, assisting those seeking work, or providing assistance for the disabled.

Click here to read full article - The Sydney Morning Herald.

ABC TV special report "Strong Hearts"

ABC  TV special report

ABC TV special report “Strong Hearts”, featuring patients Jeca and Ana.

13 January 2016

Jeca Pereira, 11, is the youngest patient assisted by East Timor Hearts Fund. The grade four student who travelled to Australia with his mum Marquita, had a technically complex mitral balloon procedure at Monash Heart in Melbourne in September 2014.  Jeca’s stunning recovery after life-saving surgery in Melbourne is a fantastic success story.

“We are all thrilled that we’ve been able to help Jeca. The team and I will get a lot of satisfaction from knowing he can return to East Timor healthy, and we are all very touched that Jeca says he wants to be a doctor. We consider that a lovely tribute,” Professor Harper said.

Ana was also welcome to Melbourne to have her life saving surgery to help her live a normal life.

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Timber Awards 2015 Finalist

Timber Awards 2015 Finalist

smith+tracey are excited to announce that Horsham Sensory Gallery has been named a finalist in the Sustainability category at the Timber Awards 2015.

28 July 2015

Wimmera Uniting Care operates a community outreach centre, servicing the local farming community across the Wimmera region of central Victoria. The ‘Sensory Gallery’ is one component within a greater Community Hub development. The gallery aims distract, diffuse and comfort through sensory stimulation, providing a sanctuary for people in emotional turmoil. 

Well Done to everyone involved in the project.

Peoples Choice Voting is now open for Australian Timber Design Awards 2015. 

Click on link below and select your favourite project under 
2015 People’s Choice Award Gallery

smith+tracey are under Sensory Gallery Horsham.
Thanks for voting.

East Timor Hearts Melbourne Run

East Timor Hearts Melbourne Run

Smith+tracey proudly sponsors and supports East Timor Hearts Fund Run Melbourne.

26 July 2015

 

On Sunday 26 July East Timor Hearts completed the Melbourne Fun Run. East Timor Hearts aim to raise $20,000 to give a patient life-saving heart surgery.

Click below for more info or to make a donation to the

East Timor Hearts

Moving Sydney Office

Moving Sydney Office

Welcome to our new Sydney Office

June 2015

smith+tracey are moving to a new office in Sydney, from the 1st July Denise Matovic, Mark Grigsby and the new members of our team will open the doors to Studio 111 in 50 Holt Street Surry Hills.

The new office space provides an enhanced working environment which will allow greater team collaboration with clients and industry specialists.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

Australian Interior Design Awards 2015

Australian Interior Design Awards 2015

smith+tracey are excited to announce that Horsham Sensory Gallery has been short listed at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2015

April 2015

Wimmera Uniting Care operates a community outreach centre, servicing the local farming community across the Wimmera region of central Victoria. The ‘Sensory Gallery’ is one component within a greater Community Hub development. The gallery aims distract, diffuse and comfort through sensory stimulation, providing a sanctuary for people in emotional turmoil. 

Well Done to everyone involved in the project.

Australian Interior Design Awards 

smith+tracey featured in REPORT 16 Magazine

smith+tracey featured in REPORT 16 Magazine

REPORT issue 16, Architectural Magazine by Reynaers Aluminium

April 2015

The Year 7 and 8 center is the first of a number of projects being completed by Smith & Tracey Architects for Thomas Carr College, a Roman Catholic co-educational secondary school, as the Melbourne suburb of Tarneit expands rapidly in response to population growth and development. The dynamic architecture - moving walls between classrooms, connections to the outside - depict a non-traditional way of learning.

 

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smith+tracey featured in KAIROS Catholic Journey

smith+tracey featured in KAIROS Catholic Journey

KAIROS Catholic Journal - Issue 3

March 2014

St Francis Xavier’s Prahran, is a church that deserved a future to match its architectural quality. It is one of the most original and
aesthetically satisfying postwar churches in the Archdiocese.

An article on great architecture from smith+tracey.

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smith+tracey featured in Aged Care Insite

smith+tracey featured in Aged Care Insite

Aged Care Insite - Issue 81

March 2014

A rush to accommodate.
Residents in aged care are demanding more for their money; here’s how providers and builders are working to change with the times and capitalise.

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SSC (Vic) 10th Annual Charity Golf Day

SSC (Vic) 10th Annual Charity Golf Day

Southern Cross Care (Vic) / Aitken Partners Annual Corporate Charity Golf Day

March 2014

smith+tracey took part sponsoring Southern Cross Care (Vic) on its10th Annual SCC (Vic)/Aitken Partners Corporate Charity Golf Day recently at the magnificent Yarra Yarra Golf Club and once again delivered outstanding results.

With record corporate sponsorship and participation, the event raised money for the Imagine Fund which provides residents and clients with support to “live well” regardless of financial or social circumstances, and the Active Ageing Project which encourages opportunities for residents and clients to retain mobility and therefore a higher level of independence.

A Blessing for Mercy Health Bethlehem Final Development

A Blessing for Mercy Health Bethlehem Final Development

Mercy Health Bethlehem Final Development Stage 2

December 2013

A recently completed smith+tracey project; Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged in Bendigo was blessed by Most Reverend Les Tomlinson DD Bishop of Sandhurst. Design Director Dave Roberts and Project Architect Imacus Ling of smith+tracey attended this special event to celebrate the final stage 2 development at Bethlehem.

Stage 2 included the fit-out of an additional 60 bedrooms and associated living and utility areas at ground floor level of the new wing. Also included was the construction of a new single level administration and community hub providing entry, reception, office, café, hairdressing and chapel facilities.

smith+tracey welcome back Adrian Curtis

smith+tracey welcome back Adrian Curtis

December 2013

Adrian Curtis has been appointed Education Director at smith+tracey. Adrian will lead a research and development team looking at progressive ideas in education.

“The appointment allows smith+tracey to refresh and expand our educational planning expertise and educational design philosophies in this rapidly changing learning environment,” Director Mark Grigsby said.

“Adrian’s appointment allows for the transition of client relationships from our two senior partners to ensure continuity of relationships with smith+tracey and enables them to take on more of an advisory and ambassadorial role within our business; allowing us to look forward to our next 65 years,” said Mark.

Adrian was previously an Associate at Grimshaw Architects where he worked on a variety of innovative design based projects.  He has more than 20 years of international experience, working across all educational levels and community sectors.

His more recent projects include contributions to the New York University 2031 Masterplan, delivery of the Doherty Institute for the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health, and the early phase of the Australian Institute of Nanoscience for the University of Sydney.


Catholic Homes Annual Golf Day

Catholic Homes Annual Golf Day

Catholic Homes Annual golf day at Riversdale Golf Course

December 2013

Smith + tracey took part assisting sponsoring Catholic Homes to help raise funds to will improve the quality of life of the over 580 residents in Catholic Homes many aged care residences.

Catholic Homes is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing accommodation, residential care, community care and retirement living choices for seniors and Smith + Tracey are proud to have assisted in the day.

 

 

smith+tracey featured in Aged Care INsite

smith+tracey featured in Aged Care INsite

November 2013

The studio’s market-leading retirement and aged care expertise are on show in the October-November edition of Insite magazine, which spoke to smith+tracey director Mark Grigsby on the importance of developing facilities which allow retirees choices for accommodation and lifestyle needs.

The ageing population is opting for properties with a better range of living and care opportunities located in or near their own neighbourhood.”

The article highlights smith+tracey’s work at BaptCare's Strathalan site and Mercy Place Parkville, looking at how effective design can help residents move from assisted living retirement to aged care in the same facility.  Email smith+tracey to get a copy.

St Bernard's College Celebrated 50 Years

St Bernard's College Celebrated 50 Years

September 2013

On 23 August, St Bernard’s College celebrated 50 years of providing Catholic education to young men at their existing College Campus in Essendon.

Des Smith, founding partner of smith+tracey, developed the initial Master Plan for the College and designed the first building completed in 1963.

smith+tracey proudly celebrate 50 years of their collaborative professional association with the College with the official opening of the new Visual Arts + Technology Centre at the Anniversary Celebrations.

 

smith+tracey featured in Aged Care INsite

smith+tracey featured in Aged Care INsite

30 August 2013

Australiaís ageing population is driving a need for significant investment in aged care, and especially in accommodation for residents with highly specific living arrangements, such as those living with dementia. Aged Care INsite recently featured how smith+tracey are exploring ways in which design can help to improve quality of life and care for dementia residents.

 

smith+tracey have developed ten design concepts that place the residents and their needs at the centre of the design process. Email smith+tracey to get a copy.

 

 

smith+tracey get featured in Education Review Magazine

smith+tracey get featured in Education Review Magazine

smith+tracey creating workforce ready students

25 June 2013

Education Review recently spoke with smith+tracey architects about designing facilities to bridge the gap between secondary education and work readiness.

As the educational landscape continues to change, secondary colleges are moving away from the traditional methods of teaching; instead opting for facilities known as trade training centres, these facilities offer VCE students the opportunity to gain practical real-world skills before heading into the workforce.

smith+tracey has worked on three trade training centres offering hospitality, carpentry, bricklaying, joinery and equestrian training to students. 

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Disruption 2013 CEFPI Conference

Disruption 2013 CEFPI Conference

17 June 2013

Ted Adams & Mark Grigsby attended the recently convened CEFPI conference for educational research held in Auckland New Zealand.

The theme of the Auckland conference is 'Disruption', for New Zealand and its neighbours around the Pacific. Natural disasters have been common and collective experience in recent years. When facilities have to be refurbished or replaced it is a significant obligation to ensure that the new spaces are better and not a clone of the past.

Three very interesting keynote speakers, Christian Long, Mark Treadwell and Mike Anderson.

Christian Long is an educator, school planner, technology expert, passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, and educational futurist. Christian works for Cannon Designís global education group where he helps to lead The Third Teacher + studio. Additionally, he was the founder of Be Playful, a collaborative educational design agency and founder/co-developer of Prototype Design Camp, an innovative national design program for young creatives, collaborating on real problems in the real world in real time. Additionally, Christian speaks nationally and internationally on topics ranging from emerging trends in education, 21st Century technology and social media, and innovative school planning practices.

Mark Treadwell is an independent consultant who has addressed over 200 regional, national and international conferences/seminars over the last five years. He speaks on the transformation of education required in order to address the issues of the current paradigm shift in education and the changes in teaching and learning practices necessary for todayís learners. Mark has completed extensive research into the future of schooling, curriculum design, neuroscience, technology and the impact these have on teaching and learning practices. He has written two major literature reviews on the future of education and how the brain learns as well as developing a global conceptual curriculum and the KnowledgeNET online learning environment.

Mike Anderson is Principal at Waimairi Primary School and an avid promoter of the use of ICT in primary school teaching. Mikeís school of over 500 students was hit hard in the February earthquake and the story he told of how they functioned and worked through the disaster was enlightening. His work on keeping his community together and basing it on strong learning has been recognised throughout Christchurch.

smith+tracey get featured in Aged Care INsite Magazine

smith+tracey get featured in Aged Care INsite Magazine

27 May 2013

A recent Aged Care INsite article hightlights the major trends in Aged Care Design as Australia's post-war generation enters their senior years. 

smith+tracey Director, Mark Grigsby discussed the trends he is observing with Aged Care INsite, noting the need for designs to offer optimal high-care facilities that incorporate technology to enable ease of communication for residents and staff.

Read the article here.

 

New Office in Sydney + Re-located in Brisbane

New Office in Sydney +  Re-located in Brisbane

New Office in Sydney and a Re-located Office in Brisbane

March 2013

smith+tracey have opened new offices in Sydney and QLD.

We welcome back Denise Matovic who along with Mark Grigsby is getting us up and running in our new office in Sydney.

Our Queensland office has also relocated to Hendra. The new location allows us direct connectivity to the freeway system North-South and into Brisbane City.

 

Prime Minister Opens Manorvale Gymnasium

Prime Minister Opens Manorvale Gymnasium

Manorvale Primary School Gymnasium

March 2013

A recently completed smith+tracey project; Manorvale Primary School Gymnasium was officially opened by Labor MP and Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard under the Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution Fund. The $2 million basketball hall and multi-purpose facility was originally 2 weeks from completion when an arsonist burnt it to the ground. smith+tracey director Mark Grigsby and Dieter Ruff from Johns Lyng attended the opening ceremony (pictured).

 

A Trip to Alice Springs Town Centre

A Trip to Alice Springs Town Centre

New Opportunity for Alice Springs

March 2013

smith+tracey is assisting the Uniting Church of Australia + Alice Springs Town Council with a bid for federal funding to redevelop the Town Centre incorporating a new ‘meeting place’,
community Hall + mixed use development.

smith+tracey Wins Commission for Woombye Care QLD

smith+tracey Wins Commission for Woombye Care QLD

New Opportunity

March 2013

smith+tracey is happy to provide Architectural Services proposed for Woombye Care incorporated.

Woombye C.A.R.E, is a residential aged care facility located on the Sunshine Coast. Situated in a serene, rainforest setting minutes from the quaint township of Woombye and less than 80 minutes from Brisbane, Woombye C.A.R.E provides quality care for elderly and disabled people seeking accommodation in a caring, homelike atmosphere.

Southern Cross Care Golf Day

Southern Cross Care Golf Day

10th Annual SCC (Vic) / Aitken Partners Corporate Charity Golf Day 2013

March 2013

We are fortunate that all our fundraising events are generously supported by our corporate partners, staff members and the families of residents and clients.

As a not for profit organisation, SCC (Vic) does not receive specific capital funding from Government for large redevelopments of residential aged care homes or for the purchase of equipment. We, like other aged care providers, are required to fund capital purchases from our operational funds. Consequently we rely on the generosity of friends, partners (sponsors) and the community to assist us support clients and residents to lead fulfilling lives.

SCC (Vic) recognises smith+tracey architects as a 2013 Silver Partner for the second time.  smith+tracey architects are supporting our work with older Australians and have committed to SCC (Vic) for another year.  smith+tracey’s approach to residential aged care is to embrace the varying needs of elderly Australians in 2013.

Pasi Sahlberg, visited smith+tracey offices for an insight into education

Pasi Sahlberg, visited smith+tracey offices for an insight into education

Pasi Sahlberg
Director General of CIMO
(in the Ministry of Education) in Helsinki, Finland.

October 2012

Pasi Sahlberg visited the smith+tracey offices for a one to one discussion to give us an insight into education and Finland’s approach to education, success in their systems and how Architects are providing learning environments to encourage a new way of learning.

Pasi Sahlberg has experience in classroom teaching, training teachers and leaders, coaching schools to change and advising education policy-makers around the world. Dr. Sahlberg has lived and worked in the United States (World Bank in Washington DC) and Italy (European Commission). He is an international keynote speaker and has published over 100 articles, chapters and books, among them "The Fourth Way of Finland" (2011), "Rethinking accountability in a knowledge society" (2010), "Creativity and innovation through lifelong learning" (2009), and "Education Reform for Raising Economic Competitiveness" (2006). He earned PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1996. Dr. Sahlberg is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCD and Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu. His latest book is "Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?"

Visit www.pasisahlberg.com for more information

Meet smith+tracey's new Design Director

Meet smith+tracey's new Design Director

smith+tracey welcomes our new
Design Director David Roberts.

October 2012

David joined smith+tracey in 2007 and in July 2012 took on the challenging role as Director of the Design Unit.

He brings a rigorous commitment to design excellence and detail, and aims to further develop smith+tracey’s integrated design approach to all projects.

 

 

 

2012 Master Builders Queensland and State Awards

2012 Master Builders Queensland and State Awards

Regis Mountain View, Kuluin

04 October 2012

Congratulations to Integral Construction for winning the 2012 Master Builders Queensland Award, Sunshine Coast in the Lifestyle Housing for Seniors category.

The project won the 2012 MBA State Award.