Two new Principals appointed in Sydney studio.
In an age of disposable consumerism, architecture has the potential to create equilibrium and be the ‘constant’, but in order to do this we must design environments that have purpose, and that last.” Nicholas Bandounas
We are delighted to welcome onboard Nicholas Bandounas and Vish Kunjur. They have more than 18 years’ experience working as architects in the private and government sectors, with a strong focus on design and strategic business development. The duo forged a strong relationship while working together as Practice Director and Strategic Business Manager at Crone Partners in Sydney.
Bandounas is an award winning architect who believes it is paramount to use innovation as a driving philosophy in all projects. He used this philosophy to good effect on projects in Sydney as diverse as 505 George Street in the Sydney CBD and Macquarie Bank Building on King Street Wharf.
505 George St challenged planning controls and successfully proposed a 260m super slim residential tower that nearly doubled the allowable height. The Macquarie Bank Building features a dramatic external diagrid structure and a large central atrium with interconnecting bridges and flexible workspaces.
With degrees in both architecture and engineering, Bandounas is in a unique position to understand the foundations of good building design.
“I believe in the old adage that architecture should have a profound effect on our lives. Architecture should not only shape our space physically and socially but also touch us personally. In an age of disposable consumerism, architecture has the potential to create equilibrium and be the ‘constant’, but in order to do this we must design environments that have purpose, and that last.”
Kunjur, with experience in all aspects of architecture and interior design, is significantly qualified to step into a role overseeing Strategy Business Development for Australia and International market sector. He believes that “creative collaboration” drives innovative outcomes on the projects he leads, which have included projects across Australia, Japan, Indonesia and China.
He has worked on landmark buildings, including the redevelopment of the residential apartments at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, and Prof. Marie Bashir Centre - Mental Health Hospital in Sydney. He was also seconded to Indonesia for the redevelopment of infrastructure of Banda Aceh following the Tsunami of 2004.
Peter Marshall, Managing Director at Warren and Mahoney said: “Nicholas and Vish both have outstanding leadership and business development skills, which are underpinned by strong design and technical expertise. We are delighted they have joined the Sydney studio and we believe they will be a significant asset to developing our business in both our Sydney and Melbourne Studios, and potentially into Asia.”