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Retail Centres After COVID – Designing for Local Convenience

More frequent and shorter visits to local retail centres is the new ‘shopping’ normal.  That is the thinking we are applying to new design work after reviewing industry feedback.  What is most apparent from visiting centres is the even spread of shopper numbers over the course of a

Treeby Parklands Officially Opens

Treeby Parklands Care Community, part of the Opal family, celebrated the opening of their new home on Thursday 10 September 2020. We are proud to be involved in the architectural and interior design of this new care home and see it come together with the

Peter Van Geloven Awarded National Medal

KPA Architects are honoured to announce our Documentation Manager, Peter Van Geloven, received The National Medal for Service through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, after 19 years of voluntary Fire and Rescue services. ‘The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary

Retail centres after COVID – designing for confidence

As we emerge from COVID restrictions the bricks and mortar end of the retail sector has two challenges: winning back the loyalty of customers that switched to online shopping at the height of the pandemic; and finding new streams of foot-traffic to make up for lost business.  In

The importance of including disability housing in COVID-19 stimulus

There is a strong case for governments to prioritise housing for people with disabilities in new infrastructure programs in response to COVID-19.  The Aged Care Royal Commission’s interim report in 2019 called for immediate action to move young people out of aged care.  The urgency around this has only

We’re all in this together – Part 2

Research shows that the quality of an environment can have a positive impact on people’s lives by increasing occupant wellness, both mentally and physically.  Improved general health also improves health and mortality outcomes in the event of a viral or bacterial outbreak.  High quality architectural

We’re all in this together – Part 1

In the midst of the current alarm and whirlwind of information on health, statistics, social precautions, the economy, panic buying and even false news in our lives at present, it seems entirely plausible that our attention is drawn away from the most important thing at

What will shape Perth in the 2020’s?

New decades herald new fashions, technologies and generational change.  At KPA Architects we think there will be big changes for Perth property in the 2020’s. Key elements shaping the city in the next decade include a new generation of seniors that want more from their housing; major infrastructure investments

Staff Interview – Lino Iacomella

For the sixth of a series of 3-question interviews with KPA team members, to help you get to know us all a bit better, John Loreck (JL) interviewed Lino Iacomella (LI) Lino is an experienced property economist, policy analyst and business connector. He has successfully managed

Spotlight on Special Disability Accommodation

The spotlight is on Special Disability Accommodation (SDA) after the release of the interim report in the Aged Care Royal Commission, which called for immediate action to move young people out of aged care. There are 6000 younger people with disability in aged care across Australia, and many more