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Speed Careering at Applecross Senior High School

Our recently promoted Associate Architects Sally Jones and Jessica Clarkson were invited to participate at the Year 9 Speed Careering day at Applecross Senior High School on Wednesday the 31st of October.

As many students have limited knowledge and breadth about career paths, the day presented an opportunity for Sally and Jessica to speak about what being an architect is, what it involves and why it’s the best career. Some interesting questions were raised and conversations had, as well as some impressed faces when they saw the types of projects KPA have completed.

Hoping to have inspired some young year 9 students, we wish them all the best in their career choices and their year 11 and 12 exams!

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Lino Iacomella Joins the KPA Architects Team

KPA Architects are pleased to announce Lino Iacomella has joined our team as a Senior Consultant with the key responsibility of business development. Lino is the former Executive Director of the Property Council of Western Australia with his career spanning at the Property Council for over 10 years. Lino is a corporate strategist and industry advocate who is highly respected in the West Australian property industry.

Lino’s experience, skills and knowledge is a valuable addition to our team and we look forward to working with him.

Welcome to the KPA Architects team Lino!

Staff Interview

Staff Interview – Peter Van Geloven

For the first of a series of 3-question interviews with KPA team members, to help you get to know us all a bit better, Libby Pracilio interviewed Peter Van Geloven.

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For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure, Peter is our incredibly knowledgeable and technically savvy Documentation Manager. Within his broader project leadership role, he makes sure we’re all on track in terms of documentation quality and is a master when it comes to building detailing.

LP: So Peter, your original qualification was in building design and drafting, but you have your Diploma in Building and Construction as well.  What inspired you to follow that path?

PVG:  I wanted to increase my knowledge and develop a better understanding of the processes involved on the building side of our industry.   This has allowed me to increase my versatility and capacity within the office and to be a part of the continuing evolution for our industry.  It is also a stepping stone to pursue my builder’s registration.

LP: As an architectural practice, we’re predominantly office-based rather than out on site.  How do you find your additional education informs you in your current role?

PVG:  It has allowed me to better understand activities on site and to improve systems in the office, so that the information we include in documentation is more relevant to each individual project.  This additional education has given me the ability to better coordinate services, trades and construction on site.

LP: Now, I know you’re not only passionate about great documentation, but you also commit a lot of your time outside of work to being a volunteer fire fighter and a surf life saver.  Can you tell us a bit about what motivated you to work with these particular organisations?

PVG:  I love to serve the community and receive great enjoyment out of helping others in their time of need, along with meeting different people from diverse backgrounds.  From a young age I embraced opportunities to learn new skills and to help others and these values have continued in my adult life.  Volunteering is a great way to increase knowledge and life skills as well as passing down critical knowledge and experiences to the younger generations through leadership and training programs.  This gives everyone life skills and a better understanding that, no matter what religion, race or cultural backgrounds you are from, you can still stand as one, together. Through Surf Life Saving my leadership skills and ability to strive for higher goals and overcome difficulties have been forged.  Volunteer Fire Rescue has given me the ability to identify risk and come up with the best possible solution in a timely manner.  In both organisations, I aim to provide the community with a safe environment so that the public can enjoy their surroundings.

LP: Thanks Peter.  On reflection, it’s really interesting to see the parallels forming between your roles professionally and in volunteering.  We look forward to seeing your progress over the coming months and years in the areas of documentation and construction.

At KPA Architects, we’re dedicated to creating environments that enhance people’s lives.


Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer

CONGRATULATIONS to all the team from Western Australian Leaders that entered and completed the Perth Ride for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. You were put through very trying conditions over the weekend due to the weather. A massive achievement to ride the 200km’s.
KPA Architects is very proud of our own Marc Spadaccini who had been training and fundraising for this worthy cause, that is very close to home.
Congratulations Marc and team!

Care Development Opportunity in Helena Valley

Are you looking for the perfect site for an aged care development?

KPA Architects were approached by Seniors Own Real Estate to prepare a concept plan for Proposed Lot 66 Part of Lot 2 – 2 Midland Road in Helena Valley. This site is up for sale and holds great opportunity for a potential 2 storey, 120 bed care development. As we are familiar with this site and have extensive experience in aged care and retirement living, we would be honoured to offer the successful purchaser our architectural services for a proposed development on this site. If you would like to talk about this great opportunity please do not hesitate to contact our Director Todd Paterson on (08) 9367 6866 or

Click below to read the Information Memorandum about this great site.

Information Memorandum Proposed Lot 66

Bethanie Gwelup Eldercare

KPA Win Finalist Award for Bethanie Gwelup at the 6th Eldercare Innovation Awards 2018

KPA Architects are proud to announce our project Bethanie Gwelup won Finalist Award for ‘Best Silver Architecture – In-Operations’ at the 6th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2018. The awards were held in Singapore on the 15th and 16th of May with entrants from around the world participating. A great achievement for the project and we congratulate The Bethanie Group, PACT Construction, the design consultant team and all parties involved for their hard work and efforts. We also congratulate all finalists and winners of each category.

Bethanie Gwelup is an innovative “campus style model” where residential aged care living is cohesively linked to the apartment living. The concept behind this model is to allow for a ‘Continuum of Care,’ something that Bethanie are committed to delivering to their residents. The development comprises of 112 high care and dementia bedrooms with ensuites, 68 assisted living (retirement) apartments, the Lake Gwelup Christian Church and community facilities.

You can read more about our Bethanie Gwelup and Lake Gwelup Christian Church projects by clicking here.
For the full list of winners at the 6th Eldercare Innovation Awards click here.


KPA Architects are now Affiliated with LASA

KPA Architects are proud to announce that we are now affiliated with LASA (Leading Age Services Australia Ltd) and are listed as a service provider. LASA is a purpose lead national body representing and supporting aged care providers and services across retirement living, residential and home care. LASA’s purpose is “to enable a high performing, respected and sustainable age services industry delivering affordable, accessible, quality care and services for older Australians” which aligns with our values. We look forward to being affiliated with this great service provider.

If you would like to see our listing as a service provider please click here.
If you would like to find out more about LASA please click here.

LASA NEXT GEN has been developed by young professionals in the aged care industry and a one day forum was held at the Perth Arena on Tuesday, 15th May. The forum was a place where young leaders held constructive conversations and shared ideas between different generations. Hon Ken Wyatt MP (Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health) started the day off with an inspiring speech and KPA’s Director Todd Paterson was the event’s master of ceremonies. A great event and we look forward to the next LASA NEXT GEN forum.




Italian Aged Care Commences on Site

KPA Architects are excited to announce our aged care project Italian Aged Care has commenced on site with the turning of the sod by Chris Roberts from Italian Aged Care. This project is due for completion in 2019 and will provide 80 new bedrooms and great amenity for residents, their families and staff. We look forward to working with Badge Constructions (WA) and our client Italian Aged Care over the coming year.

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Todd Paterson (KPA Architects), Angus Harriman (Badge Constructions WA), Mark Kamid (Badge Constructions WA), Marc Spadaccini (KPA Architects), Stephen Young (Badge Constructions WA), Chris Roberts (Italian Aged Care), Julian Timmis (Badge Constructions WA), Sheldon Turner (Total Project Management)



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.