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july 2016 newsletter

This year is proving to be another year of growth for Webber Architects.  Our Sydney office is now firmly established and fully operational with two full time staff members.  Our first commercial office fit out in Sydney, with an area of over 800 square metres, was completed earlier in the year.  It has been interesting to note the trends in the Sydney market which may impact Newcastle in the future.

We are proud to have been given the opportunity to work on various medium density housing projects as well as a range of commercial and institutional projects in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.  We have seen three of our single housing projects completed in the last month which will appear on our website and social media in coming months.

Webber Architects is also pleased to announce some significant senior staff appointments.   Two new Directors to work alongside Director, Jon Webber; two new Associate Directors; and a new Associate have been appointed.  These appointments, the first made since 2014, are newly created positions recognising the contributions made by senior staff members and the critical role this depth of leadership and experience plays in the ongoing success of the firm, and providing a stronger platform of reliability for our clients.

new appointments

Sandra Hinchey has been newly appointed as a Director of Webber Architects.  Sandra is a Registered Architect with over 15 years’ experience working in the construction industry and expertise in interior design, master planning, and detailed design and documentation for residential, multi-residential and commercial projects.  Sandra has specific skills in designing and managing large-scale education, sport and health projects.  For the past 4 years, Sandra has been overseeing a project team at Webber Architects.  Sandra has a special interest in the social responsibility of architects both within and beyond practice and an understanding of the ability of architecture to create better places and improve quality of life.  She is a welcome addition to the senior management team.

KB 2016Keiran Brooks has also been newly appointed as a Director of Webber Architects.  Keiran has been working at Webber Architects overseeing a project team for 5 years and currently leads our Sydney-based team.  Keiran has over 7 years’ experience in commercial and residential architecture, interior design and master planning for small and large scale projects.  Keiran has consolidated experience in dense, multi-unit development as well as office, hospitality and retail fit out.  Keiran is instrumental in ongoing improvement of our CAD systems and development of our drawing technologies.  Webber Architects welcomes Keiran as a Director and senior management team member.

Webber Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Registered Architect, Andrew Barnard to Associate Director of Webber Architects.  Andrew has expertise in architecture, landscape design, interior design, cost planning, and master planning for commercial and residential projects, developed over 12 years’ experience working in the industry, 10 years of which has been leading a project team at Webber Architects.  Andrew has a passion for and comprehensive understanding of environmental design and is instrumental in the implementation of new technology within the office.  He will continue to oversee our quality assurance system and is a well-regarded member of our senior management team.

Registered Architect, Tim Hayes is a newly appointed Associate Director of Webber Architects.  Tim has over 10 years’ experience working in the industry and expertise in project managing small and large scale residential projects, master planning, heritage, and commercial projects in the  education, health, aged care, childcare, and industrial sectors.  Tim has been leading a project team within Webber Architects and is a valued member of our senior management team.

Luke Keating has been promoted to Associate at Webber Architects. Luke has played an integral role in project teams for over 6 years at Webber Architects.  He is responsible for documentation, drafting, model-making and presentation material for projects across both residential and commercial architecture.  Luke maintains a current knowledge base by actively participating in a continual professional development program.  Luke is a valued senior member of our team.

our dedication to giving back

IMG_7190 editThis year so far, Webber Architects has been able to support a variety of national and local charities and local community groups.

We recently hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event and, with contributions from our clients, colleagues and friends, were able to make a donation to Cancer Council Australia. Webber Architects is sponsoring the South Newcastle Rugby League Club this season once again, and has supported St Vincent de Paul Society through sponsoring a client in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club through sponsoring and participating in its annual golf day. Webber Architects has supported Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service by attending and donating at its High Tea By The Sea event and Girl Friday by attending and donating at its Luncheon event. We have also supported a private client in raising funds to assist re-build in Fiji post Cyclone Winston.

It gives us pleasure to give something back to our community and support those in need.
Written by Jon Webber, Director, Webber Architects

 

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