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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

Design Innovation Key to Seniors Housing Plan

The success of Western Australia’s new housing plan for seniors will depend on the housing system embracing innovation in the design and delivery of age-friendly communities, according to a leading designer of retirement villages and age-care facilities. “It’s great that smart design is central to Western Australia’s new five-year plan

Official Opening of Italian Aged Care

Our aged care project Italian Aged Care had its official opening on the weekend, comprising of a short mass and tour of the completed facility. Members of the community, staff and Board attended along with a few special guests, including the Abruzzese Emigrant Association of

Property Clues in WA Growth Report

The good news in a key population outlook for Western Australia, is that a return to higher long-term growth rates is expected soon.  However, WA is ageing faster than expected and the disability sector is looming large in both a social and business sense.                Structural change in population