architecture

“Should I become a registered architect?”

In each state and territory of Australia, it is a legal requirement that any person using the title ‘architect’ or offering services to the public as an architect, must be registered with the Architects’ Board in that jurisdiction
— Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Pictured: Kiril Petrov (left) and Patrick Smardon (right)

Pictured: Kiril Petrov (left) and Patrick Smardon (right)

While there are many benefits and career opportunities when progressing from a graduate of architecture to a registered architect, frequent tales of a frightful process that is both long and tedious can be enough to make any graduate think twice.

So to find out what it is really like, we sat down with two of our newest registered architects, Patrick Smardon and Kiril Petrov to find out about their experiences through the process.

Q: What motivated you to take become a registered architect?

Patrick: “It was about finishing what I started when I began architecture at university. Becoming a graduate of architecture did not feel like I had fully achieved what I began, but now becoming registered does have that feeling of completion.”

Kiril: “The biggest motivator was the support Guymer Bailey Architects provided and the Practicing Architecture (PARC) course I attended. This really helped me get through.”

Q: Is the exam process as intensive as they make out?

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Patrick: The exam is serious, but those of us from the office that undertook it participated in a night course to prepare for it. Having done the preparation, the exam is not as bad as it is made out to be.

Kiril: “There is a lot to read and absorb in a relatively short time. I think this can be very difficult if you have not experienced things first hand. I have been putting the registration off for a while until I felt I have the right kind of experience.”

Q: What do you think are the greatest benefits of being a registered architect?

Patrick: “The pay rise...no…well yes that’s great, but being registered was that next step in my growth for the past two years. Now that I have reached that target I can pick a new target so that I can continue to grow and develop.”

Kiril: “It’s the natural progression and final step to be able to use the title Architect and not have ‘graduate’ next your name anymore.”

Q: What was the most challenging part of the registration process?

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Patrick: “Many people say the interview, but well, mine was mostly talking about myself, and I have no issue talking about myself! I think the most difficult part was waiting for the results. They really know how to make you wait.”

Kiril: ”This will likely differ from person to person. Some find the actual paper quite difficult, while others find the interview very daunting. The written exam was particularly difficult this year. For me, the interview went pretty well.”

Q: What advice would you give those who are contemplating whether or not they want to become a registered architect?

Patrick: “First, do it; and second, undertake a preparation course. I undertook the Practicing Architecture (PARC) course. They do a fantastic job not only preparing you for the exam but preparing you to become a confident architect in day-to-day work life.”

Kiril: “It is vital to be exposed to a variety of projects, contract types and have the opportunity to be involved with a project from conception right to completion of defects. Only then you appreciate the theory and things start to click in terms of real practice.”

STUDENT WORK | Rachel Hur

Part Two of our student work showcase is the work of recent graduate Rachel Hur. Rachel has just completed her Masters of Architecture at Melbourne University. 

'The Wall'

This semester was 4 months of research and design to come up with a final design proposal for my independent thesis project. The project was for a transitional facility in Ararat. The brief was for 20 residential living units, with a few programs spaces (library, recreational space and communal kitchen) and staff areas (interview rooms, pharmacy and office areas).

3D render: Rachel Hur

No facility within Australia exists for those transitioning from prison to society. This thesis demonstrates that a design with the form and function of walls can allow for this transition. The design utilizes a singular, curved wall that creates spatial moments which in its concave and convex forms articulate different levels of transition. The design overlays a gradient over the selected site as an abstraction of the journey of transition. The element of the wall plays on the perimeter wall, a typical boundary of a prison. In everyday residencies, there are many forms of permeable and solid property boundaries, thus the wall is present in both instances of penitentiary and residential typologies.

Plan: Rachel Hur

This design proposes a gradient within the program as well, allowing residents of the facility different degrees of control and choice through the varying spaces. This project unites both elements of wall and gradient to explore the spatial journey from imprisonment to freedom.

3D render: Rachel Hur

The form and function of singular, curved wall creates a transitional journey from incarceration to freedom.
— Rachel Hur

3D render: Rachel Hur

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Discovery Centre Officially Opens

After more than 3 years of collaboration, consultation, design, documentation and construction, the new Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Discovery Centre has officially opened! Guymer Bailey Architects and Guymer Bailey Landscape worked in collaboration with local Maleny designer Norman Richards; interpretative consultant, Focus Productions & Hutchinson Builders to create this wonderful tourism attraction and educational resource for Maleny and the Sunshine Coast.