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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
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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.

'WRITING & CONCEPTS' in The Saturday Paper


We're tickled pink that Hannah Bertram's WRITING & CONCEPTS Lecture, produced by Jan van Schaik, has been picked up by the Saturdays Paper's 'Gadfly' column - thanks Richard Auckland!

This week we will be hearing from Robert Nelson, an Associate Director of Student Learning Experience at Monash University - a well published author in the field of art, architecture and education.

Lectures are held Thursdays at 5:00pm at the RMIT Design hub

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Win a Shacky!


Shacky is running a competition to win one of their portable dwellings, designed by MvS Architects.

The winning applicant will enter into a profit sharing arrangement with Shacky for revenue earned from letting it out.

Shackys provide an immersive and innovative residential experience, allowing people to holiday away from the distractions of the city and experience the relative privacy of the country.

Read about Shacky on our website
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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

Wetlands Discovery Centre opens
18th November 2011

see details of the centre on our website
read about the Centre on Melbourne Water's website

This week the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre was officially unveiled, giving key stakeholders their first opportunity to see inside the $4.9 million building. The education centre offers school and community groups a unique vantage point to study and appreciate the flora and fauna of the area, which each year is home to migrating birds from as far away as Siberia

Built atop urban wetlands in Melbourne's south east, Minifie van Schaik designed the building – owned and operated by Melbourne Water – to merge with the landscape, causing minimal impact on the ecology of the site and complying with the requirements of its RAMSAR listing. As MvS director Jan van Schaik said, the building is “designed to be another inhabitant of the wetlands.”

The Centre was officially opened by the Victorian Member for Carrum, Donna Bauer MP and Chris Chesterfield, Melbourne Water's General Manager for Waterways. The MvS team were in attendance, sporting orange nails to match the bright underside of the building.

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

View photographs from the opening

MvS' Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre goes to air


Join Jan van Schaik and Luke Middleton as they take you on a guided tour of the award winning Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre for Channel 31's 'Sacred Spaces.'

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The program will air Wednesday the 11th of December at 7pm on Channel 31 (Digital Channel 44)

Wattle Avenue House Spread in “Lunchbox Architect”


“Wattle Avenue House: A daggy cream brick house gets a modern makeover”

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The Wattle Avenue House, for Stefano de Pieri and Donata Carrazza was featured on the residential architecture blog “Lunchbox Architect,” check it out here

Wattle Avenue House Reviewed in Houses Magazine


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“A Menu! I don't want a menu: I want food” begins Robert Nelson – freelance art critic – in his review of the Wattle Avenue House in the latest Houses Magazine.

The anecdote of Luciano Pavarotti proclaiming his desire for the real deal rather than mundane ceremony is well suited to describing the de Pieri families request for a house rather than a status symbol.

Nelson comments on how the project fuses the “quintessentially suburban Australian” house with the “remarkable contemporary” addition and in doing so encapsulates the family's vibrancy and connection to Mildura.

Watch Jan present his PhD online.


Jan van Schaik's presentation of his PhD 'Bruegelage - Interrogations into nine concurrent creative practices' can now be viewed online.

His research 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.

To watch the presentation click the link

Victorian Architecture Awards 2012

7th August 2012

We have just been sent the photographs from the awards presentation dinner.

After being presented with their awards the recipients try to work out what to do with them!

“The Home Within”: Panel Discussion with Anaïs Lellouche, Larissa Hjorth and Jan van Schaik


As part of the upcoming Melbourne Festival and the MPavilion public programs, Jan van Schaik will be contributing to a panel discussing “The Home Within” by Chiharu Shiota.

The large scale installation will be traveling to different venues in the city, with the panel discussion focusing on further exploration of Chiharu's work, the notion of home, and the relationship between public and private space.

The talk will take place 6pm Thursday 13th October at the MPavilion, and will also feature Anaïs Lellouche and Larissa Hjorth. This discussion is part of the visual arts program at the Melbourne Festival and the public programs at MPavilion, organised by Anabelle Lacroix.

For more details see the the Melbourne Festival website

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 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 best public architecture in Victoria this year


Francesca Wallace's online article published on May 30 for Vogue showcases 'the best of the best' public architecture in Victoria this year.

Wallace has rounded up the best of two categories—public and small project architecture—for the grandest, most beautiful projects the state has seen in 2018.

New Academic Street, RMIT University by Lyons with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects which has been short-listed for the annual Victorian Architecture Awards features prominently in the article.

Read the full article on Vogue's website
Details of the project on our website

Photograph by Peter Bennetts

Breaking the mould


MvS collaboration with iPartnership reviewed in AIA International

read the AIA's article here

Working with iPartnership, a firm based in Kuala Lumpur, MvS Architects have been bringing life and flair to the built environment. This unique partnership is well into their 5th joint project, and have recently picked up an award at the PAM awards in KL.

The process involves an integrated style of practice with MvS directors heading to Malaysia regularly in order to provide experience and feedback to the local designers. Both firms benefit from the sharing of design ideologies and methods, giving rise to new design strategies which result in continued growth and evolution by both practices.

Photo by H. Lin Ho

Super Yacht City submitted for Stage Two planning approval
15th May 2011

See the project on our website

Minifie van Schaik has designed a Super Yacht City in Qinhuangdao which has now been submitted for Stage Two planning approval.

The project is a two million square metre luxury residential and marina development in China's ultimate summer holiday destination a mere forty minutes fast train ride due east of Beijing.

supertablenews.jpg Super Table


We've added a page on our website documenting Super Table in her beautiful new home:

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This luscious solid lumber ellipsoid timber table, held up by 5 decorative art deco-esque steel legs, is made from solid laminated European Pine and sealed with a satin finish. The super ellipse shape allows for six people to be generously seated without any one person separated from another by a corner.

Photo by Peter Bennetts

Sugar Station Southern Cross re-opens
3rd December 2010

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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.

“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

Shanghai Design Biennale
7th August 2008

Minifie Nixon invited to attend Shanghai Design Biennale.

The Shanghai Design Biennale 2008

The Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development has invited Minifie Nixon to join an Industry Capability Mission to the Shanghai Design Biennale in September 2008.

Shanghai Design Biennale is seen as an important lead-up to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, where Victoria plans to have its own exhibition space.

Participation at the Biennale will expand Minifie Nixon's masterplanning and design competition portfolio in region.

RMIT NAS featured in 'Occupied'


Occupied is a showcase of local and international practitioners which explores their ideas of housing more with less, retrofitting, adapting and repurposing existing structures and environments. The work ranges from the pragmatic to the utopian, the research-driven to the purely speculative, Occupied anticipates the critical design approaches, ideas and strategies of the imminent future.

Exhibitors include: 5th Studio, all(zone), Ash Keating, Atlanta Eke, Baracco + Wright Architects, Black Kosloff Knott Architects and Monash Arts Projects (MAP), Breathe Architecture, Callum Morton and Toby Reed, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism & MAIO, Flores & Prats Architects, Jack Self, Lacaton & Vassal and Frédéric Druot Architecture, Liam Young, Lyons Architecture, Harrison and White, Maddison Architects, MvS Architects, NMBW Architecture Studio, MAPA, Office for Political Innovation, Otherothers, Spacemarket, Stefano Boeri Studio with The Blink Fish, TOMA!, Vokes and Peters. Supershared is created by Jacqui Alexander and SIBLING.

Occupied is curated by Grace Mortlock, David Neustein, Fleur Watson.

Where: RMIT Design Hub, Building 100, Project Rooms 1, 2 & 3, Level 2 & 3, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton, 3053, Entry to Design Hub Project Rooms via forecourt and lifts

When: 29th of July - 24th of September, 2016

Open Times: Tuesdays – Fridays 11am – 6pm, Saturdays 12pm – 5pm

For more details see the the Design Hub Website Read about the RMIT NAS Project on our website

RMIT NAS celebrated at the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards


The Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards at its annual awards night on Friday 29th June and RMIT University's New Academic Street project was the most celebrated project of the night.

The project, designed by MvS Architects in collaboration with Lyons, NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White and Maddison Architects won the coveted Victorian Architecture Medal, as well as the top prizes in the Urban Design and Educational Architecture categories and awards for Interior Architecture, Sustainable Architecture and the Melbourne Prize.

Winners will progress to the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in November.

View the article and full list of awards on the Architecture AU website
Also read about the awards in Tim Dodd's article for The Australian here
Details of the project on our website

Image courtesy Peter Bennetts

QSYC display suite by MvS
1st October 2011

read about the Super Yacht City project on our website

Minifie van Schaik has been engaged by the Shengjing group and RMIT University to design a 5,000m2 display suite at Qinhangdao Super Yacht City. The display suite will be the mechanism through which the client sells apartments and yachts and will double as an information centre for the entire development. The display centre includes a dry dock, 50 berths, two display apartments, a theaterette, kitchens, sales offices, function rooms, a model display area and a yacht service centre
Public Presentation at AIA awards


On March 24th Jan van Schaik and Fiona Abicare will present Scandinavian Freestyle to the Juries of the Australian Institute of Architects awards.

read more about the project on our website
Saturday presentation timetable
Sunday presentation timetable

This year 240 entries will be presented across a two day program. Each presentation will run for 8 minutes with a 2 minute opportunity for Q + A. The event is open to the public and will be held at MADA, Monash Art Design and Architecture Building G at the Monash University Caulfield Campus.

Scandinavian Freestyle is entered into 2 categories - Interior architecture which is scheduled for 1:15pm in studio 6 and Small project architecture which will be presented in studio 3 at 1:30pm.

The event provides to the public a good opportunity to learn about new projects being completed by Victoria's top architects and also provides the public an insight into how architects present their work to their peers.

Photograph by Peter Bennetts

'PROCESS' explores the notion of collaboration


On Monday the 6th of June at Loop Projects Space and Bar, Process Loop investigated the notion of 'collaboration' and the three main types of working relationships that are the new normal and asked: how do collaborations happen? On what scale do they happen? And do too many cooks spoil the broth?

Adam Pustola x Nigel Bertram presented the RMIT New Academic Street Project project - a collaboration between Lyons, MvS Architects, MNBW, Harrison & White and Peter Maddison providing a new student experience over multiple buildings and functions in the university's city campus.

Read about the project on our website

Image credited to Process Loop

Bold, Creative, Bright!


Share your vision for a future SAM.

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The prospects for a new Shepparton Art Museum has been the 'talk of the town,' with Simon McArthur & Associates and MvS, encouraging the community to help shape a new art museum by describing what would encourage them to visit, whilst also voicing their opinion on the placement, contents and services to supplement the building. By engaging the people early on in the process, it's possible to establish a brief which is representative of the greater community, thus satisfying the needs of the community as a whole.

The feasibility project is due to be completed at the end of the year.
The Article 'Bold visions for future sought,' Bishop, J. Appeared in the Weekend News, 27/09/14

Practice Research Floor Talks by Jan van Schaik and Georgia McCorkill


This week features two PRS floor talks by PhD candidates Jan van Schaik (13/06/15 & 16/06/15) and Georgia McCorkill (17/06/15)

read more about the PRS here

Jan van Schaik will lead a floor talk examining an experimental design practice that incorporates nine sub-practices: 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’.

In this talk van Schaik will explain how a community of peers can have an influence over a creative practice without direct contact; how even the most random and unrelated events are an integral part of the creative process, and how to become aware of this phenomenon without dismantling it; and and the complexity of claim of ownership legitimacy.

Georgia McCorkill looks to discuss the creative practices behind the award winning special occasion dresses, and how the aspects of sustainability coincides with the context of 'one-off' design, while acknowledging the socially-grounded potential of these dresses. McCorkill will look at the relationship between the sustainability ideal and the poetic impulses of fashion design.

Jan van Schaik will present on Saturday the 13th and Tuesday the 16th of June at 12:30pm, and Georgia McCorkill will present on Wednesday the 17th of June at 2:00pm. Both Practice Research Floor Talks will be held in in Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2 of the Design Hub at RMIT University.

Photo by Ramesh Ayyar

Our student's work on the front cover of Financial Review magazine
9th June 2011

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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

New Academic Street in Architecture Australia


The New Academic Street has been featured in Architecture Australia as a case study for how city campuses are becoming a model for urban development which seeks to re-balance private and public use.

Andrew Nimmo writes that “The city campus can be an effective agent in the process of urban change and can add to the cultural landscape of the city. In many ways it is a model for ideal urban development in which greed and self-interest give way to the higher goal of mutual benefit and a different balance between private and public use.

The New Academic Street is a collaboration between MvS Architects, Lyons, NMBW, Harrison and White, and Maddison Architects.

Read the full article “The city campus and urban agency” in the July/August edition of Architecture australia

Read more about the NAS here

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New Academic Street early works commence.

read about the New Academic Street on our website

Demolition works at RMIT have begun with the cornerstone of the New Academic Street Project, a new entry stair, set for construction. As part of the early works package, the new staircase will provide pedestrian access from Swanston Street, up to Level 3 of B8, reducing pressure on the lifts and escalators and reinvigorating the once thriving facade of building 8.

Designed in conjunction with Lyons, NMBW, HAW and Peter Maddison, the new staircase is due to finish in early March 2015.

“Convergence-transforming our future”


MvS has been invited to exhibit as part of “Convergence: transforming out future” an upcoming exhibition curated by Fleur Watson at the RMIT Design Hub

read more about the exhibition on the RMIT Design Hub website

“Convergence is a celebratory exhibition showcasing five years of world–class excellence within the Design Research at RMIT. Encompassing three major ‘Flagship’ practice groups – Future Fabric of Cities, Nexus and Mediated Cities – the exhibition collects and reflects upon past, present and future projects that offer a cutting-edge leadership position on global design research.”

The exhibition activates 3 floors of the Design Hub. Our project 'Cloudnets' can be found on the second floor, outside the elevators.

Cloudnets is an examination of the fundamental forces that shape cities. The premise of cloudnets is that cities are driven by a desire for connectivity. The richness of urban life derives from exchanging with as many other people as possible.

The exhibition will open on Thursday the 2nd of May at 6:00 pm and will run until Friday the 24th of May.
Gallery opening times: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 4th May 10.00am – 6.00pm

Microsoft Word - 2012 Adelaide Biennial Annoucement MR FINAL
MvS to design Adelaide Art Biennale 2012
18th March 2011

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Minifie van Schaik Architects have been invited by curators Alexie Glass-Kantor and Natasha Bullock to design the exhibition of works by international recocgnised Australian artists Richard Bell, Stephen Bram, Pat Brassington, Philip Brophy, Robert Cooks vs Max Pam, Timothy Cook, Daniel Crooks, Nicholas Folland, Pat Foster & Jen Berean, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Susan Jacobs, Jonathan Jones, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Rosemary Laing, Rob McLeish, Tom Nicholson, Philip Samartzis, Tim Silver, Ricky Swallow and Michelle Ussher.

Through the re-orientation of the hanging and display spaces of the Art Gallery of South Australia Minifie van Schaik will explore same curatorial brief being explored by the artists adding an architectural dimensions to the show, the artworks and their “Parallel Collisions.

The show opens runs from Friday 2 March to Sunday 29 April 2012 and admission is FREE.

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

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 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 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.

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14th October 2010

Minifie van Schaik Architects exhibited in “Biodivercity - 47 important ideas and technologies for the urban environment ” at the Australian Embassy Gallery, Washington.

See our project

This exhibition brings together leading researchers and innovators including: architects, engineers, scientists, designers, artists and urbanists, to explore and challenge how our cities adapt and evolve into the future.

Highlighting a wide array of important and sometimes playful initiatives across a range of disciplines and practices, the exhibition seeks to examine 'diversity' in myriad forms - economic, social, cultural and environmental. Diversity is a defining feature of the most successful urban centers, and is the critical characteristic that makes these centers powerhouses.

BiodviersCity Website

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.

See our project

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.

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.

Masterplan Adopted!


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

Read more about the project

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.

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.

?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.

MvS redesigns Opera House


'Apps virtual reality puts grand designs on the spot'

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'Some of the best buildings never built will be on show at this years Venice Architecture Biennale, via a smartphone app.' As part of the Australian Pavillion at the 14th Venice Architecture Bienalle,the user of the Augmented Australia smartphone app will be able to experience several unrealised works, including the 1958 Nervi cathedral designed for perth, Harry Seidler's 1952 olympic stadium design for Melbourne as well as our contemporary retake on the Sydney Opera House.

The Article appeared in The Australian Financial review, April 3rd.

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.


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 shortlisted for Creative Director of Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 Australian Pavilion
superseed_submission2.jpg 12th July 2011

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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 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 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 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


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