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Koh I Noor Grand Opening

KPA Architects are proud to announce our project Koh I Noor Contemporary Aged Care had its grand opening on the 27th March 2018. Located in Wembley, the project features 80 aged and dementia care beds including courtyard spaces, activity, dining and lounge areas.

A successful project led to a successful opening night! A great team effort by all involved and we congratulate everyone on their efforts.

The project was featured in the West Australian on the 18th April 2018. Please click on the image below to read the article.

Koh I Noor Opening Article

Image credit: OP Properties


KPA’s Penni Sutton is Guest Speak at Designing for Dementia Talk

KPA Architects Senior Designer Penni Sutton was a guest speaker at the AIA WA Chapter Office for the Designing for Dementia talk on Monday, 12th March 2018. She presented alongside Jason Burton from Alzheimers WA.

Penni presented on dementia design, specifically looking at the key decisions which guide architecture.  She presented key design principles and approaches to design, colour and materials with an emphasis on the interior environment, using examples from our recently completed Bethanie Gwelup.


Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today our KPA ladies attended lunch at the Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter where Hon. Cheryl Edwards gave an inspiring talk. Today is a special day for women, men and everyone around the world who strive for equality in the workplace and in our everyday lives. Diversity and inclusion will only be a reality by getting everyone on board.

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