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Peter Doddrell Retirement

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. 

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Barker boon: One of Sydney’s oldest schools prepares for a modern facelift

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.

Paul McKay presents at the WAD 2017 World Youth Designer Conference in Shenzhen

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.”

New Associate Appointments

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.

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Melbourne Studio celebrates 15 years

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.

Warren Marsh retirement

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 On the Move - A New Prep School at Barker College Hornsby

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!

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Award for St Augustine's College, Brookvale new Primary and Science facilities

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. 

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