Getting closer at work

Office workers are getting closer, but density isn't a dirty word.

WMK's workplace strategist, Donna Wheatley, examines density and why we're getting closer at work. 

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WMK Directors to speak at HotelsWorld 2017

Held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth over three days in July, more than 500 CEOs and key decision makers are expected to attend HotelsWorld 2017 and be addressed by global, regional and local leaders and industry experts.

Two WMK Directors will be speakers at the leading industry event.

John Andreas, Director WMK Architecture will speak as part of a panel on Tuesday 25 July about creative room design. Once upon a time a room was just a room and designing it was formulaic. Not anymore – John will present innovative approaches to hotel room design.

On Wednesday, Mat Dalby, Director – Hotels and Lifestyle, will speak with the James Wyndham, GM of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, and Victor Osumi from Prince Hotels about how luxury consumer brands are a natural fit for hotels. The question is: what makes a perfect marriage, how much value do they add, and how do design and brand standard needs converge?

HotelsWorld kicks off on Tuesday 25 July. For more information visit

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Dr Donna Wheatley, leading workplace and education strategist, joins WMK

Dr Donna Wheatley, award–winning international workplace and education strategist, has joined WMK.

Donna believes that workplace design should motivate individuals and promote their aspirations to ensure the success of the organisation, and that education environments should inspire life-long learning.

Living and studying in Australia, Finland and Germany, and with a PhD from the University of Sydney, Donna has worked with architectural firms BVN and Warren & Mahoney as well as lecturing at top-tier universities. She has led the design of leading-edge, large-scale commercial, workplace, education and master planning projects for clients such as PwC, Air New Zealand, Medibank, Minter Ellison, and University of NSW.

With her vast experience and in her role as Head of Workplace & Education Strategy, Donna will lead and expand WMK’s strategy capabilities in these sectors.

“A big point of difference for WMK has always been our strategic thinking. Donna’s immense experience and capabilities will add even further value to our clients and their strategic needs,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

WMK has delivered leading-edge workplace and education projects for clients such as CBRE, ANZ, HCF, ASICS, Panasonic, Sydney University, UTS, and the multi-award-winning and highly innovative Northern Beaches Christian School. Donna will lead the strategy for workplace and education projects for WMK’s current and future clients.


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WMK wins AIA William E. Kemp Award for educational architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects announced the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards at Luna Park on 1 July. WMK took out the top gong for educational architecture, the William E. Kemp Award, for the innovative Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project.

NBCS is unique – students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular living canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and uses misting technology to cool the spaces below. In addition, the facility's windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“NBCS is a world-class, leading facility,” said WMK Director and Architect, John Andreas. “Working with such an expansive client looking to push the boundaries of learning environments is rare and exciting.”

The multi-award winning project won the Milo Dunphy Award for sustainability in the 2016 AIA Awards and a Good Design Award.

Find out more about NBCS.

The AIA Awards are considered to be the most prestigious architecture awards in the country.

The project is now in the running for the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.

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