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The KPA Awards 2017

At the end of each year in the KPA Architects office, we host an awards ceremony where each staff member can vote for others for their excellence in areas such as leadership, teamwork, contribution and most importantly the Director’s award, chosen and awarded, by our Director Todd Paterson. This year we are very proud to announce our winners:

THE SHIELD AWARD (for teamwork)
Honourable mention: Penni Sutton
Winner: Rosslyn Masters

THE SWORD AWARD (for leadership)
Honourable mention: John Loreck
Winner: David Spreadbury

THE ST. KENNETH AWARD (for knowledge and development)
Honourable mention: Jessica Radny
Winner: Gawie Stickling

THE WYVERN’S AWARD FOR WORDSMITHERY (for the best one-liner)
Honourable mention: Rosslyn Masters
Winner: Sheridan New

THE SAINT’S STEED AWARD (for exceptional contribution)
Honourable mention: Craig Savoury
Winner: Sally Jones

THE KPA AWARD (for project of the year)
Winner: Italian Aged Care

THE DRAGON’S DOMAIN AWARD (for most awards nominations)
Winner: David Spreadbury

THE ST. GEORGE AWARD (the Director’s award)
Winner: David Spreadbury


Bethanie Gwelup Wins Property Council of Australia National Retirement Award for Innovation

KPA Architects are very proud to announce Bethanie Gwelup received the 2017 Property Council of Australia National Retirement Living Awards for Innovation (sponsored by CSR Hebel) at the National Retirement Living Summit on 27th of November 2017.

Bethanie Gwelup consists of 62 independent living apartments, 112 high care and dementia bedrooms and Lake Gwelup Christian Church. Bethanie Gwelup is the first ‘campus style’ model for Bethanie Group, allowing residents to access different levels of care while remaining on the same site.

The project was recognised for its use of technology and the Integrated Extra Low Voltage System (IELVS) to integrate the traditionally separate independent living and aged care buildings and operations as one smooth-running site.  Residents who reside in the independent living apartments can directly access support and care services when needed without having to leave their home. The IELVS monitors emergency and security controls and building equipment maintenance throughout to identify malfunctions and automatically distributes work orders.

This award is a tremendous recognition for everyone involved in the project including Bethanie Group Inc, KPA Architects, PACT Construction, the entire design team and we congratulate everyone involved. The project was up against other fantastic developments and we congratulate the runners up on their excellent projects.

For more information about the award, please watch the video below and visit

Image and video credit: Property Council of Australia



Open House Perth 2017

Open House was founded by a number of Architects in the UK in 1992 who were trying to promote the value of good design.  What started with a small architectural event is now a world-wide phenomenon that includes over 30 cities.

Open House Perth began in 2011 and is a great chance to show off some of Western Australia’s (WA) best buildings.  Whether it is a home, office, tower, church or religious space the Open House Volunteers have been there opening doors to some of the most exciting designs around; and some of WA’s best historical sites too. Open House Perth is purely supported by generous sponsors and local Architects and Designers, all who enable the organisers to open the doors to Perth’s best design spaces each year. Open House Perth has been privileged to welcome around 220,000 visitors to Open House destinations since the first event in 2012.

KPA’s own Daniela Sawade got involved this year and volunteered as a tour guide at The Goods Shed in Claremont.  Built in the mid-1880s, The Goods Shed is part of Claremont Station’s original infrastructure and was very respectfully renovated, only a few years ago by the cultural organisation FORM, to now represent a collective creative project space, coffee hang-out, and exhibition and learning facility. Respectfully and imaginatively restored with many original features intact, this old freight shed now functions as Perth’s newest cultural hub, and has also won the Heritage Award in the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards.

Artists on residency with FORM were also working in the space over the Open House weekend, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about FORM and its work across regional Western Australia.

For more information, visit the Open House website at

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Grand Opening of Coles Supermarket and Modified Mall at Kwinana Marketplace

KPA Architects are proud to announce the official opening of their Kwinana Marketplace Supermarket Extension project on the 25th October 2017.

The project involved the demolition of a portion of Kwinana Marketplace, construction of a new Coles Supermarket and tenancies, installation of shade sails and modification to an existing mall and car park.

The new Coles Supermarket is to the latest Coles standard and design briefs which includes polished concrete flooring and plywood feature ceilings. The brief of the modified mall from developer SCA was to create a space that is a statement and different to the rest of the shopping centre. By designing a new timber ceiling with LED light inlays and constructing a new roof with clerestory windows, we have created a seamless transition between the existing and new and have created a new environment of texture and natural light for patrons.

Special guests and speakers at the official opening included the Mayor of Kwinana Carol Adams, Deputy Premier Roger Cook and aboriginal elder Theresa Walley.

Another successful project and a big congratulations to everyone involved!


Insights from the Access Committee Event

The Access Committee’s (AIA) first ever event, Enabling Design: The Latter Years, with almost 60 industry attendees was hosted at the Bethanie Gwelup Lifestyle Village and Aged Care facility designed by KPA Architects, on the 12th October 2017. Among the three presenters Jessica Radny, Architect and Human-centred Designer here at KPA, gave a thought-provoking talk on Environments to enable; reframing our perspective in the design of aged care and disability projects.

3 key themes emerged across the presentations;

  • Projects driven by values create better social impact outcomes especially for staff and residents.
  • A good project brief is key for complex projects to meet design, operational and business requirements.
  • Giving people choice in their environments starts with deep understanding and empathy of the end-user.

These approaches in the development industry is uncommon. It is difficult to balance the social, economic and environmental requirements. The session generated some interesting questions for designers around “how can we achieve this?”

Ageing is a complex social issue. It needs collaboration from all sectors for innovation in sustainable solutions. There is opportunity to rethink the aged-care business model and for designer’s to take a lead role in facilitating the client briefing phase to push boundaries.

If you would like to follow-up on any of the topics or presenters contact details are:

Lynda Quigley, Occupational Therapist – Independent Living Centre
Jessica Radny, KPA Architects
Katherine Ashe, Vittino Ashe


Property Council Golf Day 2017

KPA’s Director Todd Paterson and Architect Sally Jones attended the Property Council Golf Day with Scott Paterson from QPM and Evan Briers from Venn Property Group on the 12th of September at Joondalup Resort. This is a yearly event held by the Property Council of Australia and this year was the biggest golf day they have had to date in WA. A fun day had by all!


Bethanie Gwelup Wins Award for Excellence at UDIA WA Awards

Bethanie Group received the ‘Award for Excellence’ in Senior Housing for the Bethanie Gwelup Aged Care and Assisted Living Campus at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Division Awards on September 9th 2017. This is a wonderful milestone and achievement for Bethanie Group, KPA Architects and all parties involved in the delivery of this unique world class facility. A big congratulations to all involved!

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Driving Growth in Disability Housing

KPA’s Director Todd Paterson recently attended the “Driving Growth in Disability Housing Conference” in Sydney. The conference discussed the role of Architects working with the community housing sector, disability housing and property developers in providing Specialist Disability Accommodation as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout. This is a very specialised area that KPA Architects have a deep interest in and the relevant expertise to provide advice.With some critical tweaks to standard apartment layouts and a thorough understanding of the relevant building codes, there is potential to provide highly equitable living opportunities to people with a range of disabilities within our community. This can also help with pre-sales in apartments.

To discuss how your property development can meet the enabling requirements of the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation, then please do not hesitate to contact Todd Paterson on (08) 9367 6866 or

Image credit: Pro Bono Australia

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All Aboard the KPA Bus Trip!

KPA staff recently enjoyed a bus excursion where we visited current and completed project sites over the past 12 months.

The trip started by traveling South to check out progress on the Kwinana Marketplace Supermarket Extension and the Singleton Village Shopping Centre.

The completed Bethanie Peel Stage 2 Retirement Village was our next stop where we were able to walk around and look at the fantastic facilities.

As we were getting a little hungry now, we headed off to Austin Lakes Shopping Centre for a look around and lunch at the ‘Stones Throw Café’.

Heading North now, our last two site visits were Wattle Grove Shopping Centre and Waterhall Shopping Centre in South Guildford.

Our excursion was finished off with a drink at the Guildford Hotel before the final leg back to the office. A most enjoyable day.

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KPA Architects Design Workshop

Using stories from May Gibb’s Gumnut Babies series, our Senior Designer Penni Sutton has been leading the KPA team members through a ‘new site focused’ design process.

Starting with excerpts from some of May Gibbs most popular stories, KPA team members have developed a response to site based on value, memory and experience.  When describing the panels team members have included the ideas of belonging, adventure, embracing nature and value over time as a response to the text prior to visiting sites such as Kings Park and Floreat Beach.

Team members responses to the text and subsequent site visits have led to numerous designs that will be presented to the Client for approval in the next few weeks.