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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.

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
read about the project on our website

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

“An intimate experience”


We used to talk about love reviewed by the ABC

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In an article for ABC online Lawrence Champness reviewed We used to talk about love, an exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Champness highlighted the redesign of the gallery space which was “built for a more intimate experience and emotional journey with this exhibition in mind…The intimacy of the space is certainly well matched by the art.”

MvS Architects collaborated with curator Natasha Bullock to architecturally reconfigure the Franco and Amina Belgiorno-Nettis and Family Contemporary Galleries within the Art Gallery of New South Wales to take the viewer on an emotional journey of mystery, discovery, pressure and release. The exhibition is now closed.

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
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

Old Mildura Base Hospital
7th June 2010

read the story in the local newspaper

Our RMIT University masters of architecture students are hoping to find a design based solution to the problem of what to do with the Old Mildura Base Hospital, a significant Art Deco building in the Mildura CBD. The building is a significan cultural asset, with a heritage listing, but the absence of a cohesive and compelling idea about how to re-use it has meant that it has been abandoned for the past ten years.

Nite Art 2013


As part of Nite Art 2013, Jan van Schaik and artist Fiona Abicare will present our project Scandinavian Freestyle in a special public opening.

read more about the project on our website
visit the Nite Art website

Nite Art 2013 is a new art event and digital platform for Melbourne. For the first time on one night, Melburnians can experience simultaneous gallery openings and art walks across 21 well-known, cutting edge and experimental gallery and artist run spaces in the CBD and North Melbourne.

Scandinavian Freestyle was commissioned for the Hero Apartments in association with Fiona Abicare. Scandinavian Freestyle develops a language of materiality in response to the formal qualities and associated styles present within the foyer's interior. 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.

Nite art is running on Wednesday July 24th from 6pm.
Scandinavian Freestyle will be open to the public between 6-10 pm. 118 Russell St, Melbourne

Photograph by Peter Bennetts

Watch the construction of our design of the new RMIT Building 8 entrance!


Watch the time lapse of the entry steps under construction

watch the video here

Early works for RMIT's New Academic Street are already under way, with MvS Architects's new entry into building 8 which has reshaped how students access the building and opened up level 3 to the street scape. This is just the first step in a campus-wide revival of the existing buildings, with the goal to better integrate RMIT's Swanston Street buildings into a cohesive learning hub.

Video by Robert Morgans Designed in conjunction with Lyons, NMBW, HAW, and Peter Maddison

New Kiosk opens in Chadstone
23rd February 2009

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Our latest retail kiosk for the Sugar Station confectionary chain has just opened in Chadstone. This is a key store for the chain as we rolls out the carefully branded design language across Melbourne's major retail outlets. Others are in the pipeline not far behind.

RMIT's New Academic Street


“The New Academic Street project will reinvigorate and reinvent the heart of the RMIT City campus in Melbourne through a combination of renovation and new building work.”

watch the official introduction to the NAS
read more about the project on our website

New Academic Street (NAS) is an exciting combination of refurbishment and new-construction, that intends to enliven and reinvent the core of the RMIT City campus. The renovation will make permeable the existing buildings 8, 10, 12, 14 and 28 by creating public links between Swanston Street, Bowen Street and the recently completed Swanston academic Building (SAB) and Design Hub over multiple levels. The project includes improvements to the current Swanston library and upgrades to student services.

Designed in collaboration by Lyons, MvS, NMBW, HAW and Maddison Architects, the project is set to commence this year and will be completed in stages from 2015 to 2016.

Alice Smith School showcased in A&C Magazine, Korea


The October 'Facade' issue of Architecture & Culture Magazine Korea has published our design for the Alice Smith School JB - focussing on the detail and design of the building's façades in line with the them of the issue.

Our recent work in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia continues to find itself being highlighted within the global architecture community - and here documented in plan, elevation, 3D model and images for a Korean audience. The Project is featured across 12 beautifully detailed pages and appears along side work from Korea, Denmark, Sweden and Vietnam.

MvS to exhibit at the Venice Biennale 2014


MvS is very excited to once again be exhibiting at the Vennice Architecture Biennale, 'Fundamentals'.

read more about the Venice Biennale 2014 here

This year the curators of the Australian Pavilion have fashioned the theme 'Absorbing Modernity; 1914 - 2012' which is centralized on the histories and fundamentals that are responsible for the evolution of national architectures over the past 100 years.

Our work, 'Caught Unawares,' which will be exhibited alongside the works of ten other Australian architects including, Ashton Raggat McDougall, LAVA, Lyons and others, entails a formal expression of a touristic journey through some well known members of the architectural cannon.

Image: “Caught Unawares”

MvS to exhibit in “Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope”


MvS had been invited to exhibit as part of “Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope” an upcoming exhibition at RMIT Gallery.

read more about the exhibition on the RMIT website

Using Mindcraft as a visualisation tool our project is interested in re-imagining Bruno Taut's Die Stadtkrone (The City Crown) and Corrigan's iconic Building 8 on Swanston St.

Curated by Vanessa Gerrans, the exhibition will trace the “creative focus of this remarkable Australian architect, bringing to life many of his designs over four decades including architectural models and drawings by Edmond and Corrigan; set and costume designs for theatre; artworks, records and notations from his personal collection and key works selected from public collections which have enriched his practice.”

The exhibition opens Friday 12th April and will run at the RMIT Gallery until the 8th of June

MvS to design home for Stefano de Pieri
8th May 2010

Stefano's Website

Minifie van Schaik have been engaged to design a new home for Stefano, Donata, Domenico, Claudia and Sergio. After years of living on the New South Wales banks of the Murray River in Gol Gol they are leaving the sweet song of summer's power boats for the CBD of Mildura where we will renovate a 1960's cream-bricked red-tiled house into their dream home. The new home will have a modest presence on the street but will contain four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two kitchens, three living areas and of course…..a kitchen! - all within walking distance of Stefano's cafe bakery, Stefano's restaurant and the Mildura Brewery.

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

see details of the centre on our website
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 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.

read the full article online

“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

read the article here

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

visit the Chirnside Park Website
visit the GPT website

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 featured on Designer Melbourne


see the blog post here
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!

Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre  Architects: Minifie
MvS featured on “Designer Melbourne”
25th July 2012

read more about the project on our website
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!

Alice Smith School published in Architecture Australia


The Alice Smith School by iPartnership.LCW + MvS Architects has been reviewed by Dr Victoria Ng from Taylors University the June 2015 issue of Architecture Australia.

Read about the Alice Smith School on our website

The Alice Smith School has again found itself in the limelight with renowned national magazine Architecture Australia publishing a 6-page spread. The review gives some background into the history of Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith herself, as well as the building's positive relation to its surrounds. In particular, the author of the article Dr Veronica Ng, discusses the architects interests in making use of Malaysia's current construction technologies in inventive ways.

Photo by H. Lin Ho

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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

Minifie Nixon > Minifie van Schaik
8th September 2010

see our identity on the the SouthSouthWest website

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.

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.

visit the Melbourne Now website

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

“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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read more about the project on our website

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).

read uncube magazine's blog post
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

read about the project on our website
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.

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 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

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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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…

Homo Faber, Museum of Victoria
4th September 2008

Minifie Nixon invited to exhibit models at Homo Faber exhibition, Museum of Victoria.
Homo Faber Website
Museum of Victoria

Mark Burry has invited Minifie Nixon to exhibit work as part of the Homo Faber exhibition at the Museum of Victoria.

The exhibition focusing on modeling, identity and the post-digital will study the link between physical and digital models in design.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 14th August and is open until 16th September 2008.

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.

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We've been slaving away on Hevea Tower, with iPartnership, and our efforts are really starting to pay off - she looks really good! The project is now live on our website, follow the link to see more.

read about the project on our website

The 17 storey tower complex, comprising of a day care nursery, police station, gym, cafeteria and office space, will serve as the Lembaga Getah Malaysia office headquarters. The building will perform as a one stop centre for the user, a multifunctional hub that will allow working parents to drop their kids at the nursery, pick up breakfast and head to the office – all within one route.

The building is due to commence construction in early 2015.

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Halls Gap procures a new grand scheme!

Read about the project on the shire website

We are very pleased to announce, that MvS Architects with SGS and Maudie Palmer AO has been selected by the Northern Grampians Shire to develop a Masterplan for Future Commercial Investment and Public Land Development in Halls Gap. The work will provide for integrated land use development solutions involving infrastructure improvements and investment opportunities within the designated precinct areas.

Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre  Architects: Minifie
ESWDC wins Premier's Design Award
20th September 2012

read about the project on our website
State Government press release

Last night the Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre as the winner of the prestigious Premier's Design Award.

A local, national and international jury of designers assessed entrants from all categories of design and ultimately rewarding our exemplary design and use of sustainable design principles.

“Commissioned by Melbourne Water and designed by Minifie van Schaik Architects, the Centre is one of the avenues through which Melbourne Water addresses its role and responsibility for the ecological management of Melbourne's waterways.

The interior contains an interpretive gallery that offers views of the wetlands through panoramic windows. The windows have been carefully designed to minimise vision into the building, and sloped to ensure that external reflections are always of the ground, never of the sky, to avoid confusing the birds and causing injury.

The Centre addresses sustainability through a range of different systems rendering it almost carbon neutral. Water harvested on site is used throughout making it independent of the sewerage system. Electricity is locally generated through solar panels and, using a highly insulated thermal mass, the Centre is passively heated and cooled.

The design and construction of the Centre were managed to ensure that the bird habitat and wetlands were protected. A key element of which involved doing the bulk of the construction during autumn and winter to avoid disturbing birds that migrate to the area during the warmer months.

The sustainable aspects of the Centre are both apparent and unified with the aesthetic intention of the building.”

- Jury citation.

ESWDC wins Master Builders Award
6th August 2012

Built win a Master Builders Association award for the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre .

read about the project on our website
Build Holdings Pty. Ltd

Built Holding picked up a Master Builders Association Award at Friday night's ceremony at the Crown Palladium Ballroom for the construction of the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre designed by MvS Architects. The projects features a raft of sustainable design features such as solar panels, composting toilets and double glazing.

One of the building's most striking features are the Glass Reinforced Concrete panels which were fabricated with using digital fabrication processes. The building is built in the flood plane of the wetlands which it overlooks which present significant construction challenges, not the least of which was the requirement to create minimal disturbance to the flora and fauna of the wetlands.

ESWDC now has a significant pair of awards: In July ESWDC was awarded an Australian Institue of Architects Award for new public buildings.

Dying in Spite of the Miraculous
8th October 2010

read the Gertrude Street press release

Working in collaboration with Emily Cormack, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Simon Maidement and Brett Sheehy we have transformed Gertrude Contemporary’s two gallery spaces into dematerialising labyrinths, mirroring the way the works blur the distinction between self and subject. Part of the Melbourne Festival and housed in Melbourne's iconic arts incubator the show features works by seven major international video artsits


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