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Star Voyager Shortlisted in the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards

MvS Architect's design for “Star Voyager - Exploring Space on Screen” an exhibition held at ACMI has been shortlisted for The 2012 Melbourne Design Awards.

The Melbourne Design Awards represent the diversity and culture of the Melbourne design industry.

Melbourne as a recognised global design city, features both local and international design activity, and the shortlisted entries in the Melbourne Design Awards represent an annual snapshot of the sophisticated design culture in the Melbourne marketplace.

Voting is now open to the general public and closes on 11 September

ESWDC Shortlisted for the 2012 Premier's Design Awards

Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre has been shortlisted for the 2012 Premier's Design Awards.

The Premier’s Design Awards have a unique and prestigious position in Victoria. They illustrate the latest in design thinking both from Victorian designers and Victorian businesses that use design, demonstrating excellence and innovation.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 September 2012 in conjunction with the announcement of the Melbourne Design Awards.


MvS on cover of Architecture Australia
22nd March 2012

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read about the Centre on Melbourne Water's website

The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre features as the cover story of Architecture Australia volume 101 March/April 2012.

The Centre will begin operation in April 2012, hosting programs for school and community groups.

View photographs from the opening

MvS featured on Archello


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Architectural business networking site “Archello” have listed us including the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, VCA Centre for Ideas, Healesville Sanctuary Entrance Pavilion, Wattle Avenue House, Cafe Bourgeois and Star Voyager

MvS involved in promising development of St Arnaud


In an Article for the Age, by Sonia Harford, couple Samantha Pritchad and Peter Bloomfield's plans for a “major revamp” of the small heritage town, St Arnaud, into a “regional arts destination” are revealed.

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“To date, St Arnaud has been best known for it's heritage and agriculture,” says Harford. “The mayor is behind it [the development] and the local paper reckons tourism will get a boost”

The couple intends to renovate the hotel and to build a contemporary art space behind it called the Museum of Sporting Art (MOSA). Bloomfield is an entrepreneur and artist who favours work of a sporting theme.

“The art gallery we're building will be designed by the architect Jan van Schaik,” Ms Pritchard says. “Gerald will do the food in the hotel, all local produce. He'll reopen the ballroom, and the upstairs rooms will be accommodation suites.”

A bit like the Dunkeld treatment then, but “more on the arts focus”, she says. “It's all about giving the town a bit of stickiness so people stop. Many people drive straight through St Arnaud because it's a thoroughfare to Mildura”

Photograph by Ken Irwin

And Again!!!


The Age, 20/06/14 Dan Rule, 'Visions of Venice' pp.20

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The plethora of publications of our scheme for Venice continues, with 'The Age' the most recent to indulge.

MvS in limited design competition for Chirnside Park
10th June 2011

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General Proprty Trust (GPT) has invited Minifie van Schaik Architects to compete in a limited paid design competition for the redevelopment the Chirnside Park shopping centre.

GPT is aiming to re-invent the existing shopping centre, with an estimated construction value of $150 million, new models of retail design to cope with an increasingly unpredictable retail sector.

MvS in iron designer fracas
23rd July 2010

Our team competes in Iron Designer

The State of Design Festival and Studio Binocular (pictured) have conspired to have a collection of Melbourne studios humiliate themselves on stage in front of a live audience in the name of promoting design to a mass audience in an iron chef styled design competition. Tin&Ed took away the prize, but it was clear that money exchanging hands in brown paper bags and other forms of communication were taking place between contestants and judges. Needless to say we lost. Note for future live design competitions: if you're going to bribe a judge make sure your bag has the MOST money in it…
MvS featured on Designer Melbourne


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read more about the project on our website

Design blog, “Designer Melbourne” has just posted their second feature on MvS with our project for Stefano de Pieri and his family, Wattle Avenue House.

“We especially love the strong geographic exterior with its hexagon patterns and the shared courtyard comprising of a beautiful glazed brick wall.”

Founded by Brent Nolan Designer exhibits content ranging across a large spectrum of design with a focus on local content. Our award winning project, the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre has been previously featured on the blog - thanks again Designer Melbourne!

MvS featured on “Designer Melbourne”
25th July 2012

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See the blog post here

Design blog, “Designer Melbourne” has just posted a feature, Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre. We're proud to have our work displayed in such fine company - have a look at the 'Klag' chair by Dale Hariman while you're there - thanks Designer Melbourne!

Abundant Highlights Exhibition
17th December 2008

Minifie van Schaik has been invited to exhibit our model from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, Abundant Australia Exhibition at the 'Abundant Highlights Exhibition'
Object Gallery Sydney
Abundant Australia

This exhibition, in Object Gallery Sydney, is the “Abundant Australia” exhibition in the Australian Pavilion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale manifest as a traveling exhibition - a legacy of which we are proud to be a part. The exhibition will take place 31st January 2009 - 5th April 2009 and will subsequently travel to the BMW Edge Gallery in Melbourne's Federation Square.

Object Gallery, Sydney
St Margerets, 417 Bourke Street
Surrey Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 9361 4511
Tuesday - Sunday
11am to 6pm

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MvS' redesign of the Sydney Opera House aired on

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Our redesign of the Sydney Opera House featured in InDesignLive for 'Augmented Australia 1914-2014.'
To watch the animation of our project and the projects others involved in Augmented Australia please follow this link

MvS chosen to design Wildlife Art Museum of Australia


Join MvS at the WAMA community day in Halls Gap later this month

read more about WAMA here

The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (WAMA) is a visionary project to create an art museum within an Australia botanical landscape, approximately 6 kilometers from Halls Gap.

WAMA is currently in the early stages of design and concepts of the initial proposal will be on display at the Halls Gap cricket pavilion from 1pm-5pm on Sunday May 24th. All members of the Halls Gap and surrounding community are invited to participate in this event, and view and provide feedback on the WAMA proposals.

In conjunction with the WAMA Foundation, TRACT Consultants, WT Partnership, Northern Grampians Shire and Regional Development Victoria.


MvS Architects short-listed to design New Shepparton Art Museum!


MvS Architects have been short-listed for the second stage of the competition to design the New Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

Having helped establish the feasibility of a new SAM, we are very excited to be involved in this next stage of SAM's development.

The short-list: Denton Corker Marshall, John Wardle Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Lyons, MvS Architects.

Read about the competition here

Read about the project here

Moving Galleries
17th June 2009

OverLogo to be exhibited as part of Moving Galleries “Transformation” exhibition 2009.

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Moving Galleries

Moving Galleries is a travelling exhibition of art and poetry which enables artists and poets to showcase their talent, enhances the travel experience for Melbourne’s train commuters, and builds on Melbourne’s reputation as a cultural and creative capital.

Look out for our project on your way to work.

Mornington Peninsula Gallery Redevelopment


We're excited to announce that we have been awarded the commission, through a competitive process, to prepare a concept design and business case for the redevelopment of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

Established in 1971, MPRG is one of Australia's leading regional galleries. The team, consisting of MvS Architects, Oculus Landscape Architects, Simon McArthur Associates and WT Partnership, will prepare an integrated concept design and business case with a view to doubling the size of the facility and positioning the gallery as a distinctive part of the Mornington Peninsula's community and visitor experience.

Minifie Nixon > Minifie van Schaik
8th September 2010

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We have changed our name to Minifie van Schaik Architects, reflecting changes made to our directorship in 2007. To coincide with this we have engaged SouthSouthWest Studio to refresh our graphic identity - updating everything from website to with-comp slips. Drop us a line if you'd like one of our new business cards.

World Architects Website
17th September 2009


Minifie Nixon listed on the World Architects Website.

Minifie Nixon Profile

Minifie Nixon has been invited to be listed on World Architects and has embraced the opportunity to be alongside our peers.

Mildura Base Hospital given a new lease on life!


We're very proud to have been part of this successful campaign, including work by our students from RMIT University Architecture Program, which has helped breathe new life into the Mildura Base Hospital. The heritage listed building is unique in type and size in Mildura and also an excellent example of works of its kind. The building came very close to demolition three years ago. Works are currently underway to restore and rejuvenate the 1930s building.

The hospital is slowly being returned to its original 1930s state with the help of a local developers, and will eventually become a 63-apartment complex. It has taken until recently to complete the clean up and preparation of the building which had remained derelict since 2000, which a great focus being on the restoration of heritage elements of the building.

Read more about the Mildura Base Hospital here

Melbourne Now!


We're very excited to have been invited to take part in Melbourne Now.

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Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice of Melbourne. The exhibition will reflect the complex cultural landscape that is creative Melbourne, and show how creative practitioners have contributed to the city's unique and dynamic identity.

In this exhibition which reaches across NGV Australia and NGV International, Melbourne will be represented as a dynamic centre for the production of, debate about, and participation in contemporary art, architecture, design and performance. MvS will join an ambitious program with over 120 other artists, architects, and projects.

Melbourne Now will run from 22nd November 2013 until 23rd March 2014 at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Photograph property of National Gallery of Victoria


Masterplan Adopted!


The LGM Masterplan,designed in collaboration with iPartnership, is located a midst the rubber plantations near Kuala Lumpur.

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The Lembaga Getah Malaysia (LGM, Malaysian Rubber Board,) has approved the proposed development that covers a landmass comparable to that of the Melbourne CBD. Spanning 2330 acres, the development includes a Research Centre, The Selangor Rubber College, The Hevea Tower Complex, Discovery Centre, Convention Centre and Boutique Hotel.

“About Face” Innovation in Brick
15th August 2008

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In multitude the ordinary becomes sublime. Through new opportunities provided by CNC brick laying technology, we imagined a façade where each brick had a unique relationship to its neighbour. Warped surfaces, gradated textures and porosities are thus created whilst retaining an assemblative logic common to centuries of unit masonry construction.

The project comprises 25 affordable residential units, a small showroom with office space, a half basement of car spaces and ample bicycle parking. One third of the site is given over to public space. The building's height is defined by what can be comfortably accessed by stair. The internal breeze-wall space allows for natural ventilation of all apartments and bricks are used as thermal mass to stabilise internal temperatures.

Mallee Family Care Offices
11th April 2010

Mallee Family Care website

Minifie van Schaik have been engaged to upgrade Mallee Family Care's main offices in the Lodon Mallee region. Located near the corner of 9th Street and Madden Avenue this building is the public face of the social services this organisation provides to the region.

“Lost Gems to Haunt Venice”


“Melbourne-based architects Minifie van Schaik's speculative contribution will probably make Jorn Utzon turn in his grave.”

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In his article for the Age, Ray Edgar discusses next year's Venice architecture biennale as an opportunity, for selected Australian architects, to “reanimate the past, exploring what was and what could have been.- Australian architects are creating a series of ghostly delights for the 2014 Venice biennale. The projects will 'float' in St Mark's square at next years biennale.”

The article appeared in the Arts & Entertainment section of The Age on November 1st 2013.

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MvS' Wattle Avenue House featured on Uncube Magazine's blog (Berlin).

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read about the Wattle Avenue House on our website

Andrew Mackenzie revels in the antipodean architecture of Melbourne and beyond, naming Wattle Avenue house a 'Local Hero' among some of Victoria's most notable buildings.

Uncube Magazine,'Local Heroes,' written by Andrew Mackenzie.
Lobby given streamlined facelift


Scandinavian Freestyle profiled in The Age newspaper

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In his article for The Age, Stephen Crafti discusses Scandinavian Freestyle, a new entry lobby space designed for the Hero Apartments by MvS Architects in association with Fiona Abicare.

“Apartment lobbies are like a front door. But instead of being used by a few, the space is experienced by many, sometimes hundreds of people daily”

The article appeared in the property section of BusinessDay for The Age on April 3rd 2013.

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Leaning to past designs
21st August 2012

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read the story online at The Age

Jan van Schaik shares some design tips and discusses the design process of Wattle Avenue House with Ann Pilmer in her article 'Leaning to past designs'. The article appeared in the Domain lift-out of the Sunday Age.

Wattle Avenue House was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Residential Alterations and Extensions in June 2012.

?300&nolink Jan van Schaik Invited to Speak at DATUM: KL 2015


Datum is the largest architectural forum in south east asia - this years discourse will focus on “Placeness”

find out more about the conference here

We are pleased to announce that Jan van Schaik has been invited to speak on the concept of “Placeness” at DATUM: KL 2015. The discourse will be focused on the contradictions of place, and the paradox that conflicting identities can create in a place.

The conference will being running as part of Archidex 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and will run from 12th-15th August 2015.



Jan van Schaik to speak as part of the Practice Matters 2016 Lecture Series


The 2016 School of Architecture & Built Environment Lecture Series will showcase a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Construction Management professions.

Held within Newcastle City Centre the fortnightly lecture series will provide valuable exposure and insight to the professions as well as networking opportunities for students, industry and the local community.

The lectures will be held fortnightly at 5:30pm, beginning on the 20th of March, at the Lovett Gallery for an exciting and memorable guest presentation followed by a social get together with nibbles and drinks.

Jan's lecture will be held Wednesday the 5th of October

Cost: Free

Location: 2nd floor of the Newcastle Region Library, 15 Laman Street, Newcastle

Click here to find out more

Jan van Schaik to present paper at Adelaide Speaker's Series
16th March 2011

Jan van Schaik has been invited to give a paper at the University Of Adelaide's School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design 2011 Speaker Series, curated by Ian McDougall and Tanya Court. The paper will cover give a synopsis of the history of the practice, unpack its approach to architecture and show how this is manifest in the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre, the de Pieri House in Mildura and the Qinhuangdao Super Yacht City.

“Jan van Schaik to present at NEXUS 2013”


Jan van Schaik has been invited to speak a the 2013 Nexus, the Australia and New Zealand student Architecture Conference

read more about NEXUS on the conference website
download the NEXUS program here

Nexus is the largest student gathering in the architecture calandar and will present an opportunity to reflect on the past, experiment with the urban condition and imagine viable alternatives for what the city may come to mean.

'Speakers from Australia, New Zealand,the USA, Canada, France and the Netherlands will come together in Newcastle to present their experiences and thoughts on city and place making, associate experimental architecture, interdisciplinary practice and grass roots urban renewal'

On Thursday the 4th July, Jan will join Stuart Harrison (HAW, The Architects RRR), Ingrid Richard(Richards & Spence) and Adrian Spencce (Richards & Spence) in conversation at City Hall in Newcastle.

Nexus will be held in Newcastle between the 3rd - 6th of July.

Jan van Schaik to give La Trobe University Graduating Address
19th August 2011

Jan van Schaik has been invited to the give the LaTrobe University Graduating address at their Mildura Campus

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The address is a call to the graduating class to stay in Mildura and make it the world they want it to be.


A rich melange of some of Melbourne's great architectural practices, past and present


Stephan Crafti's online article published on January 25 analyzes the past and present architects of RMIT's New Academic Street.

When writing about MvS Architect's contribution, Craft highlights that MvS took inspiration from some of the features included by the late architect Peter Corrigan of Edmond & Corrigan.

Collabration, with the late Corrigan, extensive knowledge and understanding of the past and present street scrape of the surrounding area and the needs of the university were used to formulate our interpretation.

A unique connection with Bowen Street which can be clearly read in their presentation of a series of mirrored concertina-like balustrades to Swanston Street, capturing the spirit of Edmond & Corrigan’s playful exterior from the early 1980s.

Read the full article on The Age website
Details of the project on our website

Photograph by Peter Bennetts


Jan van Schaik to Co- Chair working group at ADC Future Summit on China


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On Monday the 22nd and Tuesday the 23rd of April Jan van Schaik will participate in the 9th annual ADC Future Summit at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. This years Future Summit will focus on the critical issue of Australia's relationship with an evolving China. The theme of the summit, “China - where to from here? ” provides a timely opportunity for the exchange of ideas and insights on China's next phase in economic and political development.

Jan will co-Chair the Professional Services working group with Doug Ferguson, Partner in Charge China practice at CPMG.

Jan van Schaik at Cultivator - Regional Creative Conference 2012


On October the 12th 2012 Jan van Schaik presented the key note speech at “Cultivator”- Regional Creative conference.

Cultivator website
watch Jan's speech here

“Cultivator brings together creatives, students, business and community leaders to inspire creative thinking to solve problems, grow potential, open minds and build regional capasity”

In his address Jan spoke about the creative motivations behind the work of Minifie van Schaik Architects, especially that in Mildura.

Other speakers at Cultivator included Graham Rendoth, Ros Moriarty, Russell Kerr and Frost Design.

Jan van Schaik shortlisted for Creative Director of Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 Australian Pavilion
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Jan van Schaik, Cameron Bruhn and Andy Sargent have been shortlisted to be the creative directors of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 Australian Pavilion. Their proposal, entitled “SuperSeed” proposes and internal productive garden the produce of which will be fed to visitors of the exhibition



Jan van Schaik reflects on the Acland Street upgrade.


Jan wrote a letter to St Kilda News about the proposed design for the Acland Street upgrade.

In the letter, he outlines his support of the collaborative approach to the upgraded planning and the opportunities for activated public space and improvements to tram route 96.

For the full artcile please see the St Kilda News website

Jan van Schaik presents MvS in Tallinn
1st December 2011

MARZ projektiruum

Invited by Veronika Valk, Jan van Schaik presented “Images in the architecture of Minifie van Schaik Architects” as the closing lecture of the MARZ Projectruum in Tallinn, Estonia.

MARZ is an project space for the creative industries in the old part of Tallinn. Urban renewal, brought on by initiatives such as MARZ, has increased commercial demand in the old town and MARZ is to be replaced by a fashion store.

The talk introduces a series of image based motifs present in a number of proejcts to illuminate the design approach of the practice. In question time, and audience member asked “What are you doing in Estonia?” This is a good questions, and we are giving it some thought…..

Jan van Schaik presents his Reflective Practice PhD


Jan van Schaik presents Bruegelage: Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices

On Thursday the 4th of June Jan van Schaik completed the final examination for his Reflective Practice PhD with the RMIT School of Architecture & Design. A large crowd gathered in the main exhibition space of Level 2 of the RMIT Design Hub to view the two hour presentation chaired by Vivian Mitsogianni and examined by Peter Adsett and Peter McNeil.

Jan's research examines an experimental architectural practices and uncovers nine sub-practices within: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it'.

The knowledge uncovered takes the form of: the idea that a selected community of peers can have influence over a creative practice by virtue of the knowledge of the existence of the peers; finding that the complexity of the intertwined nature of motivations, contexts, communities, collaborators, clients and random sources is an integral part of creative practice; the method of being able to become aware of this complexity without dismantling it; and the observation that any legitimate claim to authorship is placed amidst a conglomeration of legitimate claims by others.

The exhibition opens to the public at 5:00pm on the evening of Friday 5th June and remains open until June 17th during the normal RMIT Design Hub opening hours: Tue to Fri: 11am – 6pm | Sat: 12pm – 5pm

Jan discusses AFMACH


Please join Jan van Schaik and Paul Carter in an open discussion following Paul's presentation about the proposed Australian Felix Museum of Arts Culture & History (AFMACH) in Hamilton.

Paul Carter is Professor of Design at RMIT University, School of Architecture & Design. He is also an author of a wide range of publications and innovative projects. AFMACH aspires to be the catalyst for great things to happen in Hamilton and its region, and this open conversation is a way for the local community, and those beyond, to be involved in the process of the re-emergence of the region.

Hamilton Art Gallery | Thursday 29th August, 7:30pm

Jan van Schaik key speaker at 23rd agIdeas Design Week


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Jan van Schaik has been invited by the Design Foundation to be a key presenter at the 2013 agIdeas International Design Week. agIdeas is one of the most well respected and world renowned design events. Taking place over 5 days agIdeas presents a variety of activities that celebrate, inspire and motivate new ideas, creativity and excellence in design.

The event will take place in Melbourne from April 29th to May 3rd 2013

Jan van Schaik in 'To Note: Notation Across Disciplines'


As part of independant curator Hannah Mathews 'To Note: Notation Across Disciplines', Jan van Schaik has been participating in a weeklong series of workshops aimed at engaging with notation across various disciplines and practices, hosted by the RMIT Design Hub.

The lunchtime lecture series, included Dr. Michael Trugeon, Erkki Veltheim, Dr. Sally Gardner, and Dr. Alex Selenitsch, discussing notation in terms of architecture, design, dance, sound and the visual arts.

The participants, drawn from a range of different practices and backgrounds, include Daryl, Buckley, Deanne Butterworth, Lane Cormick, Richie Cyngler, Matthew Day, Eliza Dyball, Benjamin Forster, Nat Grant, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Aurelia Guo, Melanie Irwin, Rebecca Jensen, Shelley Lasica, Michelle Mantsio, Geoff Robinson, Jan van Schaik, Brooke Stamp, Lilian Steiner, Studio Apparatus, Studio Osk, Pheobe Whitman, and Ben Woods.

Read more about the workshop here

Jan van Schaik elected chair of Creative Spaces
31st January 2011

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Jan van Schaik has been elected chair of the Melbourn City Council's Creative Spaces working group which collates, curates, manages and develops affordable space for the creative industries across Melbourne and Victoria.

'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.

Jan van Schaik awarded Philosophy PhD


We are delighted to announce that Jan van Schaik is now a Doctor of Philosophy

Jan van Schaik has been awarded a Dr of Philosophy from the school of Architecture & Design at RMIT University. His practice based research project titled “Bruegelage - Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices”, uncovers nine sub-practices across the breadth of his creative practice: design through explicit re-working of the propositions of other architects; design through less explicit re-working; design through implicit reference to everyday objects; design through intuition and explicit strategy; design through chunking and interrupting chunking; design through a deliberate pursuit of discomfort; design through abrogation of the author; advocacy as a design process; and a practice titled ‘fake-it until you make-it', examined through a dissertation, exhibition and oral presentation.

A link to Jan's PhD document and presentation will soon be available at the RMIT University library.

Photo by Cheryl Conway

Jan van Schaik an 'important historical figure'…


Denis Peters, reporting in the Hamilton Spectator on Tuesday December 8th 2015, writes of the Hamilton Gallery's new director's passion for developing and upgrading the Hamilton Gallery.

The previous Wednesday night, the gallery director, Sarah Schmidt, gave a talk to members of the Hamilton public outlining her ambitions for the development of the gallery and its collection - during which she thanked the Felix Community Group, Maudie Palmer and Jan van Schaik for their support to date and speculated on Jan van Schaik as an 'historical figure in the development of regional galleries'.

Read the full article here'

Read about the Hamilton Gallery here

Jan, Stefano and Donata in conversation
25th September 2012

Date: Thursday 25 October 2012
Time: 6.00–7.30pm

Venue: Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Place, East Melbourne - see map
Limited number of tickets available. Secure yours now.

To mark the release of Houses Magazine Issue 88 you are invited to join Jan van Schaik, of Minifie van Schaik Architects, and our clients renowned chef Stefano de Pieri and his partner in work and life, Donata Carrazza, as they discuss the making of their home in regional Victoria.

Known as the Wattle Avenue House, this project won an Australian Institute of Architects state award for Residential Architecture: Alterations and Additions in June 2012.

Jan & Mildura


“Urban Scenarios,” architect VICTORIA

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Jan ties up this year's summer edition of architect VICTORIA 'Urban Scenarios', with his article titled 'Mildura.' While recounting his own experiences within the city, Jan reflects on the ambitious relationships between architecture, urban shifts and the existing communities within Mildura.

Jan at REKA Conference 2013


Jan will be delivering the key-note address on Design Diversity at the 2013 inaugural international MIID conference in KL.

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The Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) inaugural International Interior Design Conference, heralds the inception of the premier interior design conference of the region. Talented and award winning international designers from France, the United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia will present their work, share ideas and explore the opportunities of pluralism and diversity in design.

Saturday 26 October 2013, 10.00am – 6.00pm Plenary Theatre | Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Descend into 'The Australian Ugliness' with Jan van Schaik


Jan van Schaik takes part in mass reading of Robin Boyd's 'The Australian Ugliness' at MPavilion

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Join Jan van Schaik at the newly established M pavillion next week, on Thursday 23rd of October at 12:00pm as he takes part in the readings and debate of Robyn Boyd's masterpiece 'The Australian Ugliness.' His reading will be part of Chapter 1, ’The Descent into Chaos. Please follow this link for details on the program and other readers….

Jan at Melbourne Now Speaker Series


ARM Architecture presents “Urban Renewal,” as part of the Blue Epoch Studio, RMIT. Saturday, February 1.

Ian Potter Centre: NGV-Federation Square (map)
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Join Jan van Schaik Saturday February 1 from 3pm as we hear from him along with Dimity Reed, Gretchen Wilkins, Emma Appleton & Marcus Westbury in ARM Architecture's blue foam alcove inside the Ian Potter Centre. Presented by ARM architecture as part of the Blue Epoch Studio, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT. This week the Melbourne Now Speaker Series looks at renewing the urban, as the studio alters its focus to the recently closed ford factory in Geelong.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV-Federation Square is located at the cnr Flinders & Russel streets Melbourne.

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18/06/2014 feature 'Caught Unawares'

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International magazine, INTERIOR DESIGN, makes good use of our scheme for Augmented Australia on the cover of their sneak preview of the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture…

Inspired by the Hides of Marsh
13th April 2012

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read the story in The Age

Joe Rollo has reviewed the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Centre for The Age newspaper, highlighting our design's transformative qualities and its substantial and innovative sustainable design features.

Located in an urban wetlands, we designed the project to articulate the rich and complex relationship between human beings and the environment they inhabit.

“A new interpretive centre has now been completed right on the edge of the swamp that will no doubt transform the remnant wetland into a successful attraction for school and community groups, for whom it has been primarily built. Its designers, architects Minifie van Schaik, have produced a little building that dips its feet into the mud at the edge of the swamp, set on elegant conical piers raised above a 100-year flood level.”

“The strangely trapezoidal plan of the building allows for the creation of playful glazed corners and nooks, even a round spy-hole in the floor - kinds of bird hides - at which to stand and watch the birdlife unobserved.”

“Needless to say, the building is packed with sustainable features, including hydronic heating, a composting toilet system, stacked water tanks for thermal mass, vertical cross-ventilation between vents in the floor and ceiling, double glazing, self-shading windows and photovoltaic cells.”

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Inspired by region: House wins Award
15th August 2012

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read the story in Sunraysia Daily

Allyson Fonseca discusses Wattle Avenue House with Jan van Schaik in an article for Sunraysia Daily Newspaper.

“There's no place like home, especially when it’s designed by an award-winning architect”

Wattle Avenue House was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Residential Alterations and Extensions in June 2012.

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.


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