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Green Magazine's Issue 57 profiles Shacky


Our glam gettaway, Shacky, has been featured in the latest “small” issue of Green Magazine.

Inside their September Green Magazine singles out Shacky as a prototypical design containing everything a person could need in a configuration far removed from the traditional quarter-acre block.

The author, Jenny Lyon, talks about the off-grid weekender and the story of its inception, the challenges of including solar panels, a composting toilet, a shower, a bedroom, a kitchen, storage and a pot-belly stove within a 15m2 footprint and pre-building and transportation process.

For more information about the issue visit the Green Magazine website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

Image courtesy: Green Magazine

'Outside the Square'


Exciting plans are install for the future of St. Arnaud's town precinct.

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The community meeting held in St. Arnaud last week, provided a wealth of discussion over the Town's new precinct redevelopment. Town planer Mitra Anderson-Oliver, Curator Maudie Palmer along with Jan van Schaik have spent a considerable amount of time assessing the community's needs and facilities in order to establish thoughts on the most suitable future uses and developments, making appropriate use of the town precinct's abundant potential.


“Grand designs: Towards a new SAM” - Art Monthly Australasia March 2017 issue


The five shortlisted architectural design proposals for the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) competition have featured in the pages of the March 2017 issue of Art Monthly Australasia.

The article by D.J. Huppatz, covers the five final concept designs, writing that the MvS Architects' proposal was the most colourful, both in its presentation panels and facade.

Read the full article on The Committee for Greater Shepparton website
Get more information about the March issue on the Art Monthly Australiasia website

Image Courtesy: Art Monthly Australasia.


Gastrology blog about their experience of Shacky


Australian food, travel and lifestyle blog Gastrology, whose writers travel around Australia and the world seeking out the greatest in food and wine have written a blog about Shacky and their own experience of staying there.

In the article they write about their unique experience at Shacky in which they interacted with nature in a comfortable setting. Describing our tiny house as “absolutely gorgeous, with large windows, a little deck and a shower with unobstructed views into the surrounding olive grove”.

Read the full article on the Gastrology website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

Photograph courtesy: Gastrology

Experience ASAC 2015 with Jan van Schaik


Jan van Schaik to run a workshop and MC the 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress

find out about the congress here

As part of this years Congress, “People”, Jan van Schaik will MC the Friday morning session, as well as leading an afternoon design workshop. The workshop will give student delegates from around the globe a chance to engage with Melbourne architects and their context.

This years Congress is focusing on how people shape architecture and how architecture can “investigate questions of spatial relations, architectural anthropology, humanitarian architecture, advocacy and intervention.” This year also marks the first year Melbourne has hosted the Congress since 1964.


Dr Jan van Schaik presents “Reflections on Current Projects” - AND Speaker Series 2017


As part of the 2017 AND Speaker Series, Dr Jan van Schaik will be discussing his current projects and design ethos both here and internationally.

The AND. Speaker Series is a program run at the University of Melbourne by students interested in Architecture and Design. They invite professionals to engage in weekly lectures. Each week they discuss a theme, followed by a Q&A session.

When: Monday, April 10 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Malaysia Theatre B117, Basement, MSD Building 133, Melbourne University, Parkville

Visit the Eventbrite site to book a place
For more details and events check out the AND. Speaker Series Facebook page

Image Credit: AND Speaker Series Poster.

Cultivator - Regional Creative Conference 2012
7th August 2012

Jan van Schaik will be a keynote speaker at “Cultivator” - Regional Creative Conference, October 2012.

Cultivator website

“Cultivator, presented by Sunraysia Institute in Mildura, is a design conference that brings together creatives, students, business and community leaders to inspire creative thinking to solve problems, grow potential, open minds and build regional capacity through creativity.”

Jan will be speaking about the creative motivations behind the the work of Minifie van Schaik Architects, especially that in Mildura.

Other speakers include: Graham Rendoth, Ros Moriarty, Russell Kerr and Frost Design.

This years theme is “Social Inclusion Through Creative Thinking” and will be conducted on Friday, October 12, 2012.

Council gives SAM the go ahead


Greater Shepparton City Council, State Government, Federal Government agree to contribute $10m each

read more about the decision here

The Council of the Greater City of Shepparton have decided to take on board the feasibility study completed by MvS Architects and associates regarding the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and have put forward $30 million with assistance from the state and federal governments.

The SAM Foundation will source the remaining $4.5 million required for project completion, as well as an extra $8 million for operational and maintenance costs.

76% of public respondents showed support for the business case for a new SAM, with 5% being indifferent and only 19% actively against it.

The new Art Museum is tipped to boost Shepparton's economy, increase tourism and publicity, and provide over 180 jobs in just the first 2 years.

Collaborating in curatorial Space


On March 12th Jan van Schaik will deliver a public lecture about We used to talk about love and the collaborative process of exhibition design.

read about the lecture on the UTS website
read about the project on our website

Co-presented by the Art Gallery of NSW and University of Technology Sydney, the lecture will form part of the Interior and Spatial Design public lecture serries held at UTS. Jan will discuss the We used to talk about love project as well as previous collaborations in contemporary art spaces, including the 2012 Adelaide Biennial.

Cafe Bourgeois
15th October 2010

Cafe Bourgeois now open for business.

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Construction of Minifie van Schaik's design for a cafe in new Docklands Myer building is now complete and Cafe Bourgeois is now open for business. Catch a Collins Street tram over the bridge and have a coffee.

Building Star Voyager
30th October 2011

read about the talk on AMCIs website
see the project on our website

The artist Peter Hennessey, ACMI exhibitions manager Chris Harris and Paul Minifie will discuss the curating desinging and construction of “Star Voyager - Exploring Space on Screen” as part of ACMIs public talks program.


Broadsheet Melbourne features an article on Shacky!


“Explore Regional Victoria in Tiny, Off-the-Grid Houses. Eat well, sleep well and switch off your phone. Shacky is a less-connected way to holiday” - Broadsheet Melbourne

We're excited that the tiny houses designed by MvS Architects have been featured on Broadsheet Melbourne's website. The online article in the travel section gives good insight into the aims, aspirations and experience of staying in one of our architecturally designed shacks.

Read the full article on the Broadsheet website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

Photograph by: PurpleMonkey

A large number of small drawings
7th April 2010

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“Constellations: A Large number of Small drawings” - a major component of the RMIT University and University of Arts London Drawing Out conference opens at the Storey Hall gallery this week including our Streaming drawings, part of a series that we've been developing over a number of years. These drawings posit a new type of space developed by adding a series of sequential images together in a three dimensional array of pixels.

10,000 room Eco Hotel
8th August 2011

Minifie van Schaik is designing a 10,000 room eco hotel for the Dehan Group in Xiayin town, Ji County, one hours drive east of Beijing airport. The hotel is taking the form of a seven hundred metre diameter circle nestled into a scenic valley. Within are enclosed winter gardens, rivers and a public transport network. An eccentric futuristic lookout tower provide a view of the complex, and the great wall beyond.


The grey fortress has been breached!


Ray Edgar reviews New Academic Street

The article published on July 21 2017, reviews the final chapter in the long history of the built infrastructure of RMIT University's city campus.

Likening the old buildings to a citadel, which has now been stormed, with holes punched through its fortress walls, opening the building to the street, and making the campus more transparent. Edgar describes the architectural collaboration as a landmark exercise in adaptive reuse, where the modernist grey ghosts have not only been preserved, but reincarnated for 21st-century university life.

Read the full article on the SMH website
Details of the project on our website

Photograph by Nik Pantazopoulos

The Future is Here


MvS Exhibits 'Penumbra - A Facade Concept Protoype'
In Collaboration with Richard Blythe and Nick Williams

read about the project on our website
read about the exhibition

As an extension of our entry for the 'House of Fairytales,' Penumbra explores the design and fabrication of an active building skin system.

The exhibition is free and open untill the 11.10.2014.

Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets

Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

The Diplomat, The Artist and The Suit


Jan van Schaik interviewed for ABC documentary on Denton Corker Marshall.

The hour long documentary showcases the architectural genius of internationally renowned design firm Denton Corker Marshall.

Jan's expert knowledge was sought in putting together the documentary which explores the individual characteristics and creative relationships of the firms founders Bill Corker, Barrie Marshall and John Denton; and how tripartite architectural skills and collaborative design approaches contribute to the design of iconic and industry leading buildings all over the world.

Click here for a preview of the documentary

Click here to watch the documentary in full

The Curator and MvS Architects


Jan van Schaik and Natasha Bullock discuss the architectural reconfiguration of the Franco and Amina Belgionro-Nettis and Family Contemporary Galleries for “We used to talk about love” at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

watch the video here
read about the exhibition on the AGNSW website

MvS Architects collaborated with Natasha Bullock to redesign the gallery spaces to take the viewer on an emotional journey of mystery, discovery, pressure and release. The journey is manifest in a series of interlinked rooms and corridors with new walls soaring high into the galleries coffered ceilings while compressed spaces are relieved by glimpses to the subsequent rooms. The collaboration has enabled the curatorial spread and the architecture to jointly provide a platform for seeing the artworks in a new way.

Curated by Bullock, the exhibition includes photography, photomedia, video, collage, sculpture and installation with works by Polly Borland (USA/Aus), Eliza Hutchison (Vic), Paul Knight (UK/Aus), Angelica Mesiti (France/Aus), David Noonan (UK/Aus), David Rosetzky (Vic), Darren Sylvester (Vic), Tim Silver (NSW), Glenn Sloggett (Vic), Grant Stevens (QLD) and Justene Williams (NSW).

The exhibition is open until the 21st of April 2013

Free admission

The Curated Space - Presentation at Heide, Museum of Modern Art


Jan van Schaik Presenting at Heide

On Saturday the 31th of October at 2pm, Jan van Schaik will be exploring the ideas and relationships that link human beings and the space which they inhabit with an engaging and insightful presentation at the Heide. Specifically he will share his understanding and interest in the relationship between the ideas of 'home' or 'city' and the curated space of a gallery, with examples of how this has influenced recent works of MvS Architects.

Entry to the presentation is FREE with admission to Heide.

For Further Information on both the upcoming presentations and Heide please click this link

Image credited to Heide Museum of Modern Art

theconservation.jpg MvS featured on “The Conversation”


“The Conversation” writes up Augmented Australia headlining our redesign of the Sydney Opera house - our little dragon is getting quite a bit of traction…

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MvS Augments Australia


'The Augmented Australia App Launched'

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“The Australian Institute of Architects this week unveiled the new Augmented Australia app, the engine of the Australian exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.” As a pilot for the Venice Biennale, users will be able to experience 2 of the 22 projects available, including our own take on Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, 'Caught unawares.'

Download Augmented Australia for free from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android)
Further instructions on how to use the app can be found here

The Age reviews The Premier's Design Award
21st September 2012

read about the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre on our website
read about the Australian Wildlife Health Centre on our website

Ray Edgar reviews the Melbourne Design Awards and the Premier's Design Award which was awarded the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Centre which we designed for Melbourne Water.

“The difference with the Premier's Design Awards is that they are outside the the profession from the “highest office in the state”…..from 13 disparate finalists Minifie van Schaik took home the Premiers Design Award for the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre. Its the second time the 10-year-old architectural practice has won the coveted prize. In 2008 it received a Premiere's Design Award for “cultural architecture” for its Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healeseville Sanctuary”

The Age Good Food Guide Awards
5th August 2008

Jan van Schaik to chair two juries at 2008 Age Good Food Guide Awards

The Age Newspaper

John Lethlean has again invited Jan van Schaik to chair a jury comprising of Peter Stratton of the Lyceum Club and Crispin Blackall, Head of Telstra New Technologies to judge The Best New Restaurant Website as part of the Age Good Food Guide Awards.

But wait, there's more! This year a new award has been added to acknowledge the role of design in the culinary experience. Jan will chair a a jury comprising of Cameron Bruhn, editor Artichoke magazine and Frank van Haandel to judge an award for The Best New Restaurant Interior.

The awards will be announced at the launch of The 2008 Age Good Food Guide on August 25th 2008 at the Malthouse Theatre.

Super Yacht City underway
2nd Februray 2011

Minifie van Schaik has begun work on the masterplan for a residential and marina development at the mouth of the Tanghe river in Qinhuangdao. Located within the Qinhuangdao Economic & Technology Development Zone, the project will include two million square metres of residential property, a cultura centre, a luxury cruise terminal, fifty thousand square metres of retail, a winter garden mall and a one thousand berth marina. The masterplan works are being undertaken in conjunction with Terroir and RMIT University.

Alice Smith Before & After


Top: Digital Representation, Bottom: Photograph

read about the project on our website

Two years since it's conception, the Alice Smith JB primary school cafeteria and parents facility is on the brink of completion and is set to open in the first semester 2015.

Sugar Station Southern Cross re-opens
3rd December 2010

see the sugar station stores on our website
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This store is the original of the Sugar Station confectionary chain - and its engine. Originally fitted out by others it slowly deteriorated through high use while the other stores benefitted from the Minifie van Schaik bespoke design suite. Its new lease of life brings it in line with the rest of the chain. A second store in the same station is planned for the upper concourse level - opening soon.

Sugar Station Highpoint
29th July 2011

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A new kiosk is High Point Shopping Centre is the latest in an array of tenancies that Minifie van Schaik have designed for this ever expanding confectionary kiosk. Our design foregrounds and lights the vast array of colourful confectionary on a collection of white joinery units with luscious curved Corian edges, glazed shelves, LED lights and lolly-shaped super graphics.

Sugar Station Elizabeth Street
30th August 2010

see the sugar station stores on our website
visit the Sugar Station website

The Elizabeth Street store for Sugar Station has now openend for trading. This is the chain's largest store and is located directly in the path of morning and evening commuter foot-traffic. We have designed the store's front window as a cabinet-of-curiosities of confectionary beneath the store's glowing coloured acrylic letters backlit from within.

Star Voyager named a finalist in the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards

MvS Architects design for “Star Voyager - Exploring Space on Screen” has been named one of the 5 finalists for the Melbourne Design Awards in the category “Installation Design - Exhibit”.

Public voting is now open on the Melbourne Design Awards website and will close on 11th of September.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 September 2012 in conjunction with the announcement of the Premiers Design Awards.

“Star Voyager - Exploring Space on Screen” opens at ACMI
22nd September 2011

read about the exhibition on the ACMI website
See the project on our website

“Star Voyager” explores the relationshop between space exploration and its representation on screen. Our design of the display of this large collection of objects and footage draws explicitly from the motifs of space: a project room is clad in Lunar Landing Module gold foil, a series of smaller objects are displayed in an 'asteroid belt', a series of films and objects are arranged in a false perspective space corridor and a collection of space suits is choreographed to mimic a famous scene from film on the space race. The exhibition was launched at ACMI last night to a full house by astronaut Rex Walheim and remains open until the 29th January 2012. Photo by Mark Gambino

St Arnaud Street Museum wins Award


We are proud to announce that the St Arnaud Street Museum wins a government Award!

The St Arnaud Street Museum has been award a highly commended in ‘Arts Animates – excellence in community engagement and participation’ in the National Awards for Local Government

For further information please see the Northern Grampians Shire Council website

st-arnaud-street-museum797-photo-by-jacqueline-mittelman-sm.jpg St Arnaud Street Museum launched!


The St Arnaud Street Museum is set to make waves this year with “Watertable” by James Geurts - the Street Museum is comprised of nine street-front exhibition spaces in to which this single work in nine parts has been curated.

The museum is the first of its kind in Victoria, and is a part of the St Arnaud Civic Precinct Plan commissioned by the Northern Grampians Shire and developed by MvS Architects with SGS Economics and Planning and Maudie Palmer AO.

“Watertable”, which will be on display in store windows across the town from January to March 2015, is the creation of James Geurts who resided in St. Arnaud from September to December 2014 as part of the St Arnaud Street Museum's Artist in Residence program.

Image by Jacqueline Mittelman


st_arnaud_street_museum.jpg St Arnaud in the lifestyle pages!


Read about the St Arnaud Street Museum and all the people involved in bringing it together.

read the article here on The Age website

read about James Guerts and Watertable here

St Arnaud has taken the first step in its revitalisation with the recently opened street museum bringing new life into the main street of the town. The town is focusing its energy on promoting local artists and talent, highlighting the importance of regional art in the area.

Under the joint guidance of Maudie Palmer AO, architect Jan van Schaik, and urban planner Mitra Anderson-Oliver, as well as local business owners and residents, the street museum has been a resounding success in drawing the public eye to St Arnaud and the work of resident artist James Geurts which is featured in shop fronts throughout the town.

The surge of activity in the area will continue with the renewal of a local hotel, a new restaurant, and an upgrade to the town hall which will include exhibition and studio space, alongside the artist-in-residence program.

Photo by Jan van Schaik

“SPECULATIONS: Betting on Architecture” - PROCESS speaker series


On Monday 2nd October, Jan, Leon, Anna and Mon delve in to robust discourse and fervent SPECULATIONS as they unpack the concept of 'betting on architecture'.

Speakers will rethink and retool normative understandings on the city, its economies, policies, procurement models and architectural outputs. Making proposals is certainly no ‘safe’ nor neutral practice, having seen the risks of projecting utopian ideals into reality. Yet today, provocation is both a business model and a format to explore unchartered territories. Where does that leave us? When design, money and time pressures run high, how does one decide between a ‘good bet’ and a ‘gamble’?

In an age of relentless entrepreneurship, risk-aversion, multinationals and mass-media advocacy, architects and designers navigate multifaceted parameters, looking for contingencies and overlooked moments that belie our architectural landscape. Speakers will explore the machine behind and between the ideas; the moment of calculation before rolling the dice; the speculative faculties behind the decision-making impulse, and what opportunity for innovation and reward lie on the horizon.

Jan van Schaik - MvS Architects, WRITING & CONCEPTS, RMIT University.
Leon van Schaik - RMIT University.
Anna Fairbank - Architect + Artist.
Monique Woodward - WOWOWA.

When: Monday, October 2 at 6:30pm

Where: Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne

For more details view the Process facebook event
For more information about the series and the speakers, head to the Process facebook page

Image credit: Process


Sites offering Aussie farms to camp out


Jonathan Pearlman reviews the latest disruption to the travel industry in Australia, where farmers rent out underutilised portions of their land to holidaymakers - such as MvS Architects' Shacky's.

Shacky, enables farmers to offer tiny houses on remote properties to holidaymakers. The houses, which offer a stylish and comfortable experience for two people, come with towels, linen and other creature comforts. To facilitate JOMO (the loy of missing out) they have no Wi-Fi and often no phone reception. For a contracted period, Shacky carefully sites and installs tiny houses on idyllic agrarian land, farmers manage the day to running of the holiday offer, and the profits are shared equally. For guests, Shacky offers relief from the stresses of every day life, and gives farmers the opportunity to activate the capital value tied up in their land. Shacky plans to have an array of these tiny houses up and running by the middle of next year.

Read the full article on the Straits Times website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

Photograph courtesy: Shacky

Alice Smith EP All Grown Up


The Alice Smith EP secondary school admin building begins to emerge from it's temporary scaffold skin as the project nears completion.


Shepparton Art Museum foundation announces a $1 Million donation to the new SAM project.


The feasibility study compiled in early 2015, by Simon McArthur Associates, MvS Architects and Maudie Palmer AO, shows that a new Shepparton Art Museum has the potential to reshape the economy of Shepparton and establish it as a regional hub for the arts, and in particular Indigenous art.

The new structure will aim to showcase much of the museums collection which has not been sown in public, giving the collection and permanent home on display.

The donation is very exciting and it will be used along side the $10 Million committed by both the Local council and State Government. A further $10 Million has been requested from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

For Further information see the SAM website

Shepparton Art Museum


Simon McArthur & Associates and MvS to undertake feasibility study of a new Sheparton Art Museum

read about the project here

We are proud to announce that MvS have been selected to undertake a feasibility study for a possible new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). MvS is working with Simon Mcarthur & associates to determine and assess the options for a new SAM.

“The business planning components of the overall study will provide advice about the substance, governance and form of a possible new SAM and its intended and potential impact in the region.”

The study will give insight to a new SAM's capacity, as a major cultural and educational tourist attraction, to drive forward an arts led economic and social growth for the region, greatly improving perceptions of Greater Shepparton as a place to visit, live and invest.


Shacky bookings now open to the public!


This unique getaway, designed by MvS Architects and nestled within a beautiful olive grove in north-eastern Victoria, is now open for bookings from the public.

Combining the natural beauty of Australian landscapes with unparalleled comfort, Shacky breathes fresh air into how you experience nature for a true getaway.

For more details and how to book visit the Shacky website

Image Courtesy: Shacky

24th July 2012

Jan van Schaik in conversation with Jill Garner

Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture is a new book, edited by Dr Naomi Stead, about the role of words and images in architecture.

Incorporating contributions from some of Australia’s most highly regarded academics, architects, critics, writers, artists and photographers, Semi-detached reconsiders how architecture has been traditionally represented and critiqued, and the means by which those conventions might be productively challenged.
Scandinavian Freestyle


A stylish new entry lobby space has been designed for the Hero Apartments by MvS Architects and Fiona Abicare in association.

read more about the project on our website

Constructed in 1954, the former Russell Street Telephone Exchange & Post Office designed by the Commonwealth Department of Works is a unique multi-storey CBD building; the first to be completed after WW11 and the last to express the architectural traditions of solid masonry.

Influenced by European Modernism, in particular the Amsterdam School and Scandinavian Freestyle Classicism, the interlocking unadorned mass of cream-brick features in its 2001 re-development -Hero Apartments by Nonda Katsalidis Architects - via intersecting interior vertical planes, structural plates, and green columns.

'Scandinavian Freestyle' develops a language of materiality in relation to the formal qualities and associated styles present within the foyers’ interior. The project developed through a process of removing temporary structures, fixtures and adorning features. Through this process the foyer is activated by natural light and the spatial and material interconnectivities of its original forms. Objects were designed to enhance aesthetic experiences and for specific functions: seating and mail retrieval, while drapery, upholstery and artwork also present a functionality.

An emphasis on the ‘complete interior’ describes the process and project’s ambitions: to develop relations between art, décor, interior architecture and utility objects and present artistic material, configured in relationship to surrounding context and history.

Photograph by Peter Bennetts


Sacred Spaces - RMIT New Academic Street goes to air


In case you missed it, Channel 31's Sacred Spaces featured RMIT's New Academic Street.

Sacred Spaces examines architecture, urban design and planning by talking to the architects in the projects they've designed. In this episode watch Sacred Spaces explore the inner workings of this two year project and uncover the many place-makings it has to offer to heighten the student experience.

The New Academic Street (NAS) project transforms the heart of the RMIT University City campus providing students with a progressive, innovative and futuristic learning style and environment.

Interview panel:
Professor Peter Coloe – RMIT Pro Vice Chancellor of Science Engineering and Health
Jeremey Elia – RMIT Associate Director Reporting and Compliance Property Service
Carey Lyon – Director of Lyons Architecture
Ben Brown – Project Manager Lendlease
Marcus Bailey – Project Director DCWC

Incase you missed it on Channel 31, here is the link to view the Sacred Spaces episode featuring NAS
Details of the project on our website

Image courtesy of Sacred Spaces


Rural galleries seek 'the Bendigo effect' as architects tackle 'threshold fear'


An interesting perspective on regional galleries from Ray Edgar.

The article by Ray Edgar which was published in The Age newspaper on March 17 2017, talks about the challenge to make our regional galleries more welcoming. The article was in response to the concept designs for the new SAM design competition.

MvS Architects were involved in establishing the feasibility of a new SAM, and then shortlisted to develop a concept design along with four other firms.

Jan is quoted in the article, saying that “there is a tendency for regional galleries to be perceived as community centres for rich people,”. “But that's starting to change.” Regional galleries are now recognised as potential community hubs, while local councils harbour ambitions to emulate “The Bendigo Effect”.

Read the full article on The Age website

Image: MvS Architects' proposal for SAM.


RMIT New Academic Street shortlisted for the 2018 National Australian Architecture Awards


RMIT New Academic Street has been shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architecture 2018 National Australian Architecture Awards in four categories.

The project has been shortlisted in four categories including Educational Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Architecture.

The public will get the chance to vote for the People's Choice Award from this year's shortlist starting October 1, and the winners will be announced during the National Architecture Awards ceremony in Melbourne on November 1.

View the article and full list of awards on the Architecture AU website
Also read about the awards in The Urban Developer's article here
Read about the awards in Archinect's news here
Details of the project on our website

Image courtesy AIA

Premier's Design Award
18th July 2008

Minifie Nixon wins Premier's Design Award For Cultural Architecture.
See our project
State of Design Festival
The Australian Wildlife Centre website

Review: Architecture Australia

Minifie Nixon's Australian Wildlife Centre at Healesville Sanctuary was awarded the Premier's Design Award for Cultural Architecture at the opening of the State of Design Festival on Wednesday 16th July.

Judge’s Comment:
“This is an outstanding example of design innovation in the area of complex geometries/mathematics and architecture that has been effective in delivering excellent outcomes for the client.”

Paul Minifie to Chair Jury


Paul Minifie has been selected as Chair juror of the Residential Architecture Alterations and Additions category at this years Australian Institute of Architects awards

Saturday presentation timetable
Sunday presentation timetable

Paul will be joined by Simon Thorton (Simon and Feda Thornton Architects) and Sheree Proposch (Bates Smart) to review 26 projects in the Residential Alterations and Additions category.
The presentations are open to the public and will be held at Monash University Caulfield Campus on the 23rd and 24th of March.
In 2012 our project, Wattle Avenue House won the AIA Victorian award for Residential Architecture Alterations and Additions.

'Act None' show at ACCA
12th March 2011

Minifie van Schaik have collaborated with Fiona Abicare on “Act None” - an installation in ACCA's annual curated show, this year entitled “New11” The piece is a mobile screen and a table covered in bespoke acrylic tiles on which a series of custom made garments are artfully draped.

Paul Minifie presents at St Lucas Graduate Research Conference in Ghent
20th November 2011

read about Graduate Reasearch Conferences on the RMIT website

Paul Minifie will present excerpts from his PHD “Design Domains - Their relations and transformations as revealed through the practice of Paul Minifie” and will outline how the the reflective practice PHD is manifest in the work of the practice.

Paul Minifie presents at LSAA Conference
13th October 2011

read about the project on the LSAA website
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Paul Minifie will unpack the design process behind the tensile structure, based on a triply periodic minimal surface, at this years Lightweight Structures Association of Australia at Olympic Park, Sydney. Photo by Peter Bennets

Paul Minifie presents at 'Design IS Research'


Design is Research 2014 Lecture series, presented by the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University

Campus Map

Please join Paul Minifie Thursday, July 17 from 6:30pm at the 'Design IS Research 2014' lecture series.
The event is free, however, registration is preferred. To register please follow this link

Architecture School Forum, Building 3B
Bond University, University Drive, Robina QLD 4229

Paul Minifie awarded PHD
1st November 2010

Paul Minifie has been awarded a Dr of Philosophy from the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University for his work entitled “Design Domains - Their relations and transformations as revealed through the practice of Paul Minifie” The PHD includes a written dissertation, an exhibition and a verbal presentation. A durable visual record of the doctorate is available at the RMIT University library

Outside Interests


Wattle Avenue House featured in “Living by Design”

read the text from the article here
read about the Wattle Avenue House on our website

Zinta Heard discusses the qualities of Wattle Avenue House in the cover story of the most recent issue of The Age Newspaper's Living by Design magazine.

“The centre of the house has an exquisite, intimate courtyard…Wonderful colour, a fashionable pattern and the blue sky above; stunning in its simplicity”

photo by Kristian Haggblom

Out From Under
5th March 2007
Australian Architecture Now
San Francisco, AIA, March 8-April 27, 2007
Hong Kong, Feb 2008
Shanghai (details TBA)
Kuala Lumpur (details TBA)

Young Australian architects are establishing unique new trajectories in design that combine innovative material and spatial research with high quality building. At the core of this new generation of Australian designers is the emergence of an urban sensibility and an evolution beyond the rural mythology of past generations, while maintaining a strong relationship to the outdoors. OUT FROM UNDER: Australian Architecture Now highlights this vibrant design culture and showcases the responses young Australian practices are applying to a new and innovative range of materials and practices.

The exhibition includes work by the following practitices: Terroir/NSW and TAS, Tony Owen, Dale Jones Evans, McBride Charles Ryan (MCR), Neeson Murcutt Architects, Chenchow Little Architects, Sean Godsell, John Wardle Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Chris Bosse of PTW Architects, Gary Marinko, Staughton Architects, m3architecture, Offshorestudio, Andrew Burges Architects, and Minifie Nixon Architects.

Curator: Anthony Burke, Senior Lecturer and Director, Masters of Digital Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney
Our student's work on the front cover of Financial Review magazine
9th June 2011

read the Magazine online

A project for the urban expansion of Lianyungang designed to cope with future changes is sea level has beeb published on the front cover of the Financial Review magazine. The project is part of the World Architecture Workshop which we have been running since 2003 with RMIT University, ENSAM, the Miyagi University and Tohoku University. This year the workshop was held in Lianyungang wich is planing a population expansion of thirty million people over the next fifteen years


Open House Melbourne – see inside New Academic Street, RMIT University


As part of the 2017 Open House Melbourne Weekend, RMIT Universities New Academic Street will be open to the public. Join us on an architectural tour and learn about how the built environment and urban planning initiatives and issues influence our culture and shape our future.

The New Academic Street project has recently transformed the heart of the RMIT University city campus, creating new facilities to deliver better services for students. The project boasts the design prowess of five separate architecture firms, including, MvS Architects, Lyons, NMBW Architects, Harrison and White, and Maddison Architects.

Open: Sat 29 July, 10am - 4pm - Booking required for this building

What's Open: RMIT NAS Precinct which includes buildings 8,10,12, and 14 - Levels 2 through 7 (includes levels 2 through 13 for Building 10)

Tour Type: Self-guided and guided

To read more and book, visit the Open House Melbourne website
Details of the project on our website

Image courtesy: Open House


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