Steptember 2017

The WMK Melbourne Team is currently taking part in the annual month-long Steptember challenge.

After the success of last year’s challenge, we decided to again sign up for this great cause. With each dollar raised helps people with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and occurs when a part of the developing brain is damaged. It is not known how this is caused as it is not genetic nor a disease and there is no cure at this point in time.

For this challenge the office has split up into four teams. Each person has been given a pedometer and has set out to achieve 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight. You can move any way you like, whether it’d be dancing, surfing or swimming, as most physical activity can be recorded on the Steptember app.

Steptember has encouraged everyone in the office to take a break and step out of the office whilst promoting physical movement like taking the stairs instead of the lift or riding their bike to work instead of catching public transport. Not only has this been beneficial for health and wellbeing it has been positive for overall productivity in the office.


Posted by Sarah Mu


Bridge to Brisbane 2017

The WMK Brisbane team took part in the 2017 Bridge to Brisbane at 6am on a Sunday.

More than 30,000 participants took to Brisbane’s streets and bridges for the annual run! This year, the event raised more than $700,000 for charity.

The course starts by Roma Street Parklands and winds 10 kilometres down Milton, through QPAC, Brisbane City and Kangaroo Point before the race reaches its final destination – Southbank.

While the majority of the WMK team crossed the finish line in around 1 hour and 10mins, WMK’s star runner was Studio Coordinator Veronique Fecteau-Charette with a stellar time of 50:39.

As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.


Posted by Patrick Bateup


2017 City2Surf

The WMK Sydney team took part in the 2017 City2Surf on a glorious Autumn day.

More than 80,000 participants took to Sydney's streets for the annual City2Surf – the largest fun run in the world. This year, the event raised more than $4 million for charity.

The course starts by Sydney’s Hyde Park and winds 14 kilometres through Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Dover Heights before the race reaches its final destination – sparkling Bondi Beach.

While the majority of the WMK team crossed the finish line in around two hours, WMK’s star runner was Architectural Lead Todd Read with a stellar time of 1:12:19.

“It was the best way to enjoy a Sunday – a great community event,” said Interior Designer, Troy Andronicos.  

 As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


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.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK's Biggest Morning (Afternoon) Tea

On Friday 26 May, WMK hosted a ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ relatively late in the afternoon (3pm).

“The Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity to get together over a latte and enjoy some tasty treats while raising money to help the Cancer Council beat cancer,” said WMK charity group member, Loretta Nagy.

Crowd favourites included Trish’s homemade passionfruit tart, Mat’s bacon-sprinkled chocolate muffins, Kylie’s gluten-free polenta cake with rosemary infused lemon syrup and Team Charlotte, Kristelle and Alice with their classic Aussie-styled toasties.

WMK raised $300 on the day. The funds raised will help the Cancer Council continue its vital work in cancer research, prevention and support services. Cancer Council is the largest independent funder of cancer research in Australia.

We’d like to especially thank our WMK bakers and toasters for another incredible effort for charity fundraising (and weight gain).



Posted by Marianne Fessl


Million Paws Walk 2017

On Sunday 21 May, seven WMKers and their very excited pooches took part in the Million Paws Walk, an annual fundraising event for tens of thousands of people and their pups to walk together to fight animal cruelty.

The team trotted through 4km of scenic bush track at Sydney Olympic park on a perfectly crisp, blue-skied Autumn day.

Money raised at the annual walk helps care for more than 35,000 animals that enter RSPCA NSW’s shelters every year. The organisation receives less than 2 percent of funding from the government, relying almost entirely on the goodwill of the community. Proceeds from the walk assist the RSPCA to operate its shelters, support its inspectorate and provide education on animal welfare issues.

It was a great morning out, doing something fun, social and healthy while raising money for charity.

WMK raised $220 for the RSCPA with the charity team’s recent 'hot dogs for dogs' BBQ lunch.

(L-R) Layla and Kiff, Sisi and Millie, Brittany and Admo, Loretta and Laika, Kylie and Poppy, Marianne and Frank; Brittany and Admo

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Snag squad: raising funds for the RSPCA

During May, the WMK charity team held a BBQ to raise funds for the Million Paws Walk.

On Sunday 21 May, the team will take part in the Million Paws Walk – an event held by the RSPCA to raise funds and awareness to fight against animal cruelty. The WMK office enjoys many regular canine visitors; so we're big supporters of pooches in this workplace.

With Grant wielding a set of tongs, and Sisi, Layla and Loretta serving the hungry hordes, WMK staff were served up a range of beef or vegetarian snags courtesy of the very generous Stanley Street Butchery.

The Snag Squad managed to raise $220 including WMK’s contribution.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and good luck to our walkers on Sunday!

Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK Melbourne: health and wellbeing advocates

In a bid to escape the busyness of meetings and deadlines the team at WMK Melbourne has been stepping out of the office and taking part in F45 training sessions and once a week lunchtime yoga and meditation. The team members are advocates for improving and maintaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Conveniently located a couple of blocks away from the office we have taken advantage of the free lunchtime sessions held every Tuesdays for yoga and meditation at The Atrium in Federation Square.

Just like many others, a typical work day is spent on our computers and sitting at our desks. It has been extremely beneficial for all since taking part in the yoga sessions as it has helped us become more aware of thoughtful movements. Stretching and postures focus on controlled breathing have assisted to improve core strength and flexibility. The yoga sessions are guided by Derrick Leduc and Kaya Pilates Yoga Fitness. We have now incorporated daily stretching in the office!

We have also attended the meditation sessions before yoga which focuses on mindfulness held by Buddhist Monk Gen Dornying who is a resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne.

We are fortunate enough to have these sessions available for us until December and we aim to continuously attend throughout the rest of the year!



Posted by Sarah Mu


Five minutes with Julian Venning

Meet our Director Design & Delivery, Julian Venning, based in Sydney.

After a number of years working with the multi-award-winning Tzannes Associates, Julian worked his way up at Mirvac to become a Design Director in this highly regarded multidisciplinary company.

Since joining WMK in 2016 to lead our residential architecture team in Sydney, he led our entry for the City Of Sydney Ashmore residential design competition.

We decided to take five minutes to get to know him a little better, and to understand what makes him tick as an architect... 


What inspired you to become an architect?

Growing up in six countries and numerous homes meant exposure to a range of living environments and houses. I became interested in those lifestyle differences and the houses and gardens of different countries and climatic environments. 

How would you describe yourself as an architect?

Very connected to the environment and the context. I think nature has a significant role in our lives and therefore should have an equal role in our built environment.

If I wasn't an architect, I'd probably be a...

An author, although I believe it is more difficult than the other creative pursuits. Maybe the idea of being one’s own client is appealing.

Tell me about your biggest career highlight to date.

I have had a series of highlights. In many ways I think your latest project is always the biggest career highlight, which makes your work always interesting and I hope progressive.

What is your biggest design influence?

Many influences with nature and people being at the centre.

What is it about residential architecture that fascinates you?

How the home influences people’s lives and enjoyment and how we can always strive to make our built environment special.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Camping and being in remote places with my family such as the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Dance For Life — double win!

WMK has taken out the top spot at Dance For Life in more ways than one.

Thanks to our generous donors, WMK landed top of the leaderboard with an impressive $23,382 raised for ReachOut.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide.

WMK also took out the top spot for best dance as one of ten architecture and design firms that battled it out for the title on Friday night at Dance For Life. Our 10 WMK dancers, dressed in black and white as Sia, were announced the winning team in front of a very excited crowd.

“It was an incredibly fun night and a great team effort. It was wonderful to raise so much money to support a fantastic and deserving charity. Thank you so much to our friends, suppliers and clients who contributed so much,” said WMK organiser and dancer, Melanie Wright.  

Watch the video now >

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Designers play ping pong for a purpose

Sweat, competition, rivalry, triumph for some, embarrassment and tears for most — all in the name of sportsmanship and good deeds.

Thirty-two of WMK’s most valiant staff members went arm-to-arm in a confronting game of classic ping pong to raise funds for Reachout.com. It was an ultimate battle of the greats — many players breaking out of their professional cocoons and exposing the nature of a truly combative Olympian.

Day 1 had staff biting their lip in curiosity of what to expect — surely it would just be a standard game of ping pong — right? Wrong.

Each seven-minute match ignited a spark in each competitor that on-lookers would easily not forget. Even our generally conservative staff were surprising us with their most savage Venus Williams grunts.

Pre-matches bought us eight of our most competent contenders, Steve and Mark on 36 points, Belle and Connie on 25 points, Todd and Altaf on 34 points and Kristelle and Allison stealing wins from Troy and Christina on 26 points.

On the day of the grand finals, emotions were peaking in anticipation for who would be awarded the Ping Pong Champions of WMK. Whispers around the office circulating about whom would be returning home to their partner with a great achievement accomplished.

TopDog Todd and Agile Altaf exhibited robust techniques—serves being made with the sound of a cracking whip — they certainly were not making it easy for their opponents. This, however, was no match for the Macho Mark and Stealthy Steve who treated their bats as an extension of their arms —manoeuvring artful hits to victory.

With their sweatbands soaked in the sweet perspiration of winning, Macho Mark and Stealthy Steve were awarded with glorifying battle cries of their peers and of course an official certificate to honour such a masterly performance.

Posted by Christina Cooley


Tennis By The Bay

This February, WMK took part in ‘Tennis By The Bay’ hosted by Prototype Commercial Furniture.

The event was an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of round robin tennis, and meet fellow designers, architects and property professionals. In keeping with tennis tradition, the dress code was ‘all white’.

WMK took part in doubles tennis, with Interior Designer Troy Andronicos and Architect Steven Whisker forming one team going up against Architect Todd Read with Project Manager Adam Pinches from Horizon Habitats.

Troy and Steven were knocked out before the finals games, While Todd and Adam went on to the Grand final which they lost 9 -13 in an epic final.

Interior Designer Melanie Wright was the main spectator, helping to hydrate the two finalists. 

Posted by Todd Read


Mounties Charity Golf Day

This December, WMK took part in the Mounties Charity Golf Day.

The day, held annually at Liverpool Golf Club, raises funds for Liverpool Hospital. The event is an 18 hole four ball Ambrose competition followed by lunch.

This year, former Australian Open winner and dual Australian Masters Champion, Craig Parry, was the guest speaker.

Director Mark Pellen and team members Todd Read, Matthew Davies, Steven Wisker, and Andrew Eaddy all took part in the competition, while WMK sponsored a hole for the event.

“We looked good from the start, but after a few refreshments the birdies turned to bogeys and we finished off with the wooden spoon!” said Architectural Lead Todd Read.

WMK has completed a range of work for popular community club Mounties, including a new entrance, foyer and port cochere, as well as restaurants and bars currently under construction.

Posted by Todd Read


Dance For Life

WMK Sydney team members have banded together to support a fundraising initiative ‘Dance for Life’ for Reachout.com, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide. ReachOut was started in 1996 in direct response to Australia’s growing suicide rates. Out of the one in four young people who have a mental health disorder, only 30% are accessing help.

The flagship service Reachout.com increases young people’s knowledge of mental health and wellbeing, increases their help-seeking skills, and ensures they feel less alone in times of need. Money raised by WMK will go towards reaching these young people in need.

WMK is one of ten architecture and design firms that will perform a three minute dance in front of hundreds of people in a bid to raise awareness and funds for ReachOut. The WMK team is asking suppliers and clients to rally behind them to support this vital initiative - simply visit https://danceforlife.raisely.com/wmkarchitecture.

“We understand the importance of ReachOut and their efforts to create a network of encouraging people for those who may not have the support they need. We are excited to be a part of this great cause and to help others!” said Melanie Wright, WMK Interior Designer and Dance For Life organiser.

The event will be held on the 17 March at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.  

Dance For Life is organised by Business Interiors and Thinking Works and is kindly supported by KnowledgeCore. 

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Elizabeth Fahey


WMK Brisbane steps up

The WMK Brisbane team recently went head to head against national contractor SHAPE in a four week long Step Challenge. The team with the highest average steps would win bragging rights and be treated to drinks by the losing team.

The competition was kicked off with a meet and greet breakfast in WMK’s office and after a month of dedicated stepping to and from work, around the office, and through the city, WMK took home the prize of top steppers, averaging 13,375 steps per person per day. Go team!

WMK and Shape will do it all again next year only this time tie it into Steptember to add a great charity event to the bragging rights!

Posted by Rebekah Reid


2016 Basket Brigade

The WMK team is spreading some cheer by helping out families in need this Christmas.

The not-for-profit Magic Moments Foundation arranges annual Basket Brigades, delivering food, toys, and other necessary items to needy families. This year, Sydney Basket Brigade will deliver around 500 baskets throughout Sydney.

The WMK Sydney team decided to get on board with this fantastic cause, bringing in a mountain of goodies. We had three boxes of food and wrapped presents for women and children of all age groups.

WMK contributed a truck load of goodies and were picked up by the organisers of the basket brigade.

In early December, several WMK team members from the office helped to pack baskets and wrap presents and all baskets were sorted and distributed on 10 December.

The WMK Basket Brigade was arranged by interior design team member, Loretta Nagy.

“We are very thankful for the team’s kind contributions and generosity,” said Loretta.

Basket Brigades are happening all around Australia. Simply visit magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/ for more information.


Posted by Elizabeth Fahey



The WMK team in Melbourne has made the commitment to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The campaign, named ‘Steptember,’ encourages participants to make 10,000 steps daily – which can often prove to be a fair challenge for office workers!

WMK Melbourne has come together as a team, getting active by raising money and participating in daily activities to increase steps and awareness.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is raising money for children with the disability, with much needed funding going towards equipment and rehabilitation for development and wellbeing.

Well done to the team for participating in this worthy cause!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia


Blackmores Running Festival

On Sunday 18 September the WMK Sydney team took part in the Blackmores Running Festival.

The festival is run on one of the most spectacular courses in the world, taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks and providing all runners with a unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic-free.

The grey, drizzly weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the WMK team, with everyone powering on to cross the finish line.

We had a variety of walkers and runners completing several different courses – from the 4 kilometre family fun run through to the 21 kilometre half marathon.

Architectural Lead Todd Read was WMK’s star competitor, completing the 9 kilmetre bridge run in just 39 minutes.

The Blackmores Running Festival started in 2001 and now boasts more than 32,000 participants from over 66 countries each year.

As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.

“What a fabulous day we had,” said WMK's HR & Operations Manager, Jenny Haynes.

“Huge congratulations to Todd and his fantastic result, and to the various nine kilometre walkers, joggers and runners – and of course to the four kilometre family fun runners!” she added. 


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Five minutes with Ben Wilkie

Meet Ben, our Director – Projects based in Melbourne.  We asked Ben some quick questions to get to know him better, and to understand what makes him tick as a designer… 

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

I had always been interested in design from a young age but could never settle on one particular discipline.  Interior design stood out as it combines facets from all areas of design and allows for a lot of freedom and collaboration.

What aspect of design is most important to you?

I am constantly drawn to the narrative aspect of design and the opportunity it provides to engage in a dialogue between people and place. 

What is your biggest design influence?

Travel – both here and abroad. I’m constantly influenced by the places I’ve been and inspired by the objects and materiality I see along the way.

What are your three must-check-out places in Melbourne and why?

1. Heide Museum of Modern Art – I’m slightly biased as I got married there but it’s such a fantastic piece of Melbourne’s artistic heritage.

2. Higher Ground – easily the most impressive hospitality space in Melbourne right now and a true Cathedral to good design.

3. The Townmouse – one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne and a great example of good, honest, NZ hospitality

What has been your favourite project with WMK and why?

Working with one of our major banking clients has been a true collaboration between all parties and we’re constantly pushing each other to find better outcomes together.  As a result of this collaboration, we’re challenging not only how people move within a workplace but also how that space can move and change with them. It’s incredibly exciting.

What is your favourite city in the world and why?

Kyoto. I have a love for Japan in general, but Kyoto is a city I will always return to. It balances the past and present alongside the slow and the fast perfectly and I always feel at ease when I visit. You get a real sense that there are two worlds existing in parallel with each other when you are there.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


New headquarters for Youth Projects

The Melbourne team has eagerly awaited the outcome of the newly renovated headquarters for Youth Projects here in Hosier Lane!

WMK showed its support to the neighbouring charity group by attending the official ribbon cutting and presentation for this space.

Youth Projects focuses on helping disadvantaged young people where they can receive the tools, confidence, support and skills to create a more sustainable life for themselves. The ‘hub’ provides various spaces and amenities for the development of their skills and wellbeing. 

The WMK team has a great relationship with the charity, from buying their morning coffees at their café and also having donated furniture and supplies to their space. Congratulations to all involved!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia


Biggest Morning Tea

During June, the WMK team hosted a Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea.

The morning featured a raffle, a delicious morning tea, and gold coin donations, which were matched dollar-for-dollar by WMK, raising a total of $452 for the Cancer Council.

The whole office participated – not just in eating, but also donating and contributing food.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, and help those affected by cancer. The funds raised from the event help Cancer Council save lives through the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

Find out more about Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Who is WMK's best baker?

To raise money in support of Legacy, WMK held an ANZAC Day bake-off on Tuesday 26 April.

Encouraging a bit of friendly office competition, the Sydney office was split into teams and asked to create one Australian or New Zealander dish – think lamingtons, Pavlovas, or even the humble ANZAC biscuit.

The team was treated to delicious chocolate raspberry Pavlovas, Tim Tam cakes, lemon macadamia cakes, chocolate crackles, and sausage rolls (that disappeared far too quickly!)

All the treats were available for gold coin donation, with all money raised going to Legacy – an organisation that cares for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's service assists over 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and dependants with a disability.

“We had a great morning – looks like we have some amazing bakers in our midst!” said organiser and interior designer, Loretta Nagy.

“Thanks to everyone who got involved, and thanks to WMK for matching our employee contribution dollar-for-dollar – Legacy is a very worthwhile cause.” 

Posted by Loretta Nagy


Barefoot bowls

The WMK Sydney team recently took advantage of the last of the lovely warm sunny weather before winter hits, spending a social afternoon at Clovelly Lawn Bowls Club with its spectacular ocean views.

The afternoon of barefoot bowls, full of plenty of laughs and friendly competition, was organised to raise funds for the Red Cross Brussels bombing relief.

There was a great atmosphere – teams got into the spirit of the day, with some even dressing in themed outfits for the event.

The day also featured lots of cuddles. To the delight of the Sydney team, Senior Interior Designer, Kylie Heslop, brought her puppy Poppy along to the club.

WMK regularly organises team events for both social causes and to give back to the community.

The day was organised by Administration & Business Development Assistant, Rachelle Guillamun.

“It was great weather to be outdoors, with an amazing cliff-side view,” said Rachelle. “It was nice to see everyone in such high spirits as they kicked back and relaxed.”






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John Andreas to present at Green Cities

WMK Architecture Director John Andreas will speak at the Green Cities Conference in March.

Co-hosted annually by the Green Building Council and the Property Council, Green Cities is a celebration of disruptive ideas and is Australia’s leading sustainability conference for the built environment.

John will speak on day two at ‘design disturbance’ – a dynamic panel session which will showcase seven disruptive ideas with regard to sustainable design and truly great buildings.

As the design architect on the ground-breaking and innovative Northern Beaches Christian School project, John will speak about ‘the architecture of spaces: meeting the vision for a new learning model’.

The project delivered a unique, interactive indoor-outdoor learning environment designed for multiple learning modes and non-hierarchical interaction – all beneath a spectacular canopy that generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below.

Green Cities will be held in Sydney 22-24 March.

To find out more visit the Green Cities website >



Posted by Marianne Fessl


The Ephemeral City

French artist Olivier Grossetete has been in Sydney overseeing workshops and the creation of a mini-city known as The Ephemeral City within ‘The Cutaway’ at Barangaroo Reserve as part of the Sydney Festival.

It’s a community participation event. The collection of towers and turrets, all made from cardboard and sticky tape, are built by the people of Sydney. A flying fox runs through the space, allowing the public to view the cardboard city from above.

Several members of the WMK team visited The Ephemeral City to experience it first-hand.

“It’s fantastic to see a project we delivered being used and embraced like this by fellow Sydney-siders,” said WMK Interior Designer, Loretta Nagy.

The team at WMK was proud to work with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant for The Cutaway at Barangaroo.

The 19-metre high towers were demolished on site on Australia Day. 

Read more about the project >


Posted by Loretta Nagy



WMK Melbourne’s supreme architectural athletes are now four games in to the Bldg.Eng Archisoccer Cup and with one win and one draw under our belt so far, we are pumped up and enthusiastic about the rest of the season to come! 

Archisoccer is a 6-a-side mixed soccer competition between 40 of Melbourne’s leading architecture practices, including WMK for the first time this year in standout bright green uniforms!

The games are played on Tuesday evenings in Royal Park over the summer months, and with the whole WMK Melbourne family gathering on the pitch every week (including our adorable green mascots, Finn and Lucia!), the games have already become a mid-week, computers-off ritual.

Drawn in by the excitement of the FIFA World Cup earlier this year, the Melbourne studio’s designers (some who are experienced players, and others who had never kicked a ball before) have taken to the field with passion and fearless attitudes. With only a few broken ribs so far, the team are yet to play a game we don’t enjoy immensely, and getting to bump heads with our rivals on and off the field is always great fun (all with good humour and friendly sportsmanship, of course!) 

Posted by Pip Barby


WMK Joined the Melbourne Cup Festivities

It’s the race that stops the nation, and WMK joined in for the festivities for the Melbourne Cup.

Fascinators and hats, where bigger is better, were one of the major highlights of the day while champagne was passed around while we eagerly waited to see who was this year’s winning horse.

This year, WMK hosted a 1920s Melbourne Cup celebration, where everyone was dressed to impress around the office.

Caroline Pearce-Borg and David Macready were crowned our best dressed of the day where they took away a token prize for their iconic fashion statements. 

Celebrations continued at Vicolo Café where canapés flowed while we waited for the big race. Karina Simpson and Peter Napier picked the winning horse, Protectionist, at our workplace sweeps, each taking home the grand prize.

Marking the best WMK Melbourne Cup celebration to date, we are definitely looking forward for the next ones to come.

Posted by Rachelle Guillamun


Five Minutes With WMK's Lauren Oneile

Lauren Oneiele recently joined WMK as Senior Interior Designer so we asked her some quick questions to get to know her better...


One aspect of design most important to you?

Having a strong concept is really important, which then leads on to having a strong, clear design

Which design magazine do you read on a daily/weekly basis and why?

Wallpaper for images, Domus for cool ideas, Indesign for the articles. Also there are some great blogs that I’m addicted to – Design Milk, Domus Web, Design Sponge

Most memorable moment in your career so far?

Every project has memorable moments, and it’s always inspirational and a proud moment to see any design built on site. One stand out for me was travelling to India to design hotels over there. A completely different client experience, and a completely different level of design and detail within the design from anything I had ever experienced.

Top three must-check-out places in Sydney?

All restaurants – Atavola, Bootleg, Spice Temple

Favourite city you’ve lived in so far? Why?

London – exciting, amazing, inspirational

Current must-have accessory?

Anya Hindmarch - anything

What are your passions outside Interior Design?

Good food, fine wine, shopping and spending time with my husband and our dog Poppy


Lauren has worked on projects from boutique residential developments to high end luxury hotels for a variety of global companies across Australia and Europe. She is currently working on CBRE Melbourne which is due to complete at the end of April.




Posted by Sarah Gill


JOHN ANDREAS at the Design Inn Hotel Design Symposium

John Andreas, Director at WMK was invited to speak as a panellist alongside Lyndsay Leeser, Director Development Pacific for Accor and other industry professionals, for 2013's much awaited Design Inn - Hotel Design Symposium.

Over 200 hotel owners, operators, designers and consultants attended the 2nd annual conference held on the 9th October at Doltone House. ISIS and HM Magazine were key sponsors.

Highlighting WMK's expertise in business and lifestyle design, John delivered a compelling presentation discussing the change in workplace environment and it's influence on today's hotel experience. Examples included some of WMK's current and recently completed projects spanning the education, workplace, commercial and hotel sectors.

If you would like to watch the presentation and discussion, click here.

Posted by Guy Blunden



From magnificent temples to beachside ‘coco-huts’, WMK’s Pip Barbary toured some of South India’s most beautiful and bustling destinations.

The small seaside town of Mamallapuram plays host to the amazing Shore Temple, a UNESCO heritage site which is believed to be one of India’s most ancient structures and the last remaining of a series of sister seaside temples that have been destroyed by nature.

Pondicherry’s French Quarter looks like a suburb plucked straight out of a European village, but thrown in with India’s typical car-honking, street-side-enterprising semi-chaos.

A speedy and seedy 5 hour train trip south brings us to Madurai, home to the vast and splendidly colourful Meenakshi Amman Temple and at two millennia old, is one of the most ancient cities in the world.

Across the mountains to South India’s west coast is the sea port city of Kochi, which was hosting India’s first Biennale, (the Kochi Muziris Biennale) showcasing local and international contemporary art around the city’s unused spaces and heritage buildings.

The last stop was Mumbai, and with a population almost that of the entirety of Australia, it’s no wonder that the city houses some of India’s finest architecture, particularly that of the Gothic and Indo-Saracenic Revival (British Indian) styles. The University of Mumbai, the Prince of Wales Museum, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Train Terminus, to mention a few.


Posted by Pip Barbary



For the past 4 years, WMK staff have been committed to sponsoring a boy called Diego Isaac Ugarte and his community in Chile. Late last year we heard good news from World Vision that the community Diego lives in had become self-sufficient – a great outcome for WMK and a testament to the hard work and education World Vision bring to many areas.

The staff of WMK have taken on the challenge of sponsoring another child in need from World Vision– Lazaro Augusto Bacacheza. Lazaro is 6 years old and is from the Marara Project Area Development Program in Mozambique. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world today, lacking a health care system or schools due to years of war and neglect. World Vision is supporting primary healthcare programs, providing agricultural and business training, improving access to clean water and sanitation and improving the quality of education for children.

We look forward to getting to know Lazaro and supporting him and his community as he grows up.

Posted by WMK Charity Group


Christchurch NZ, Container Mall

Following the devastating earthquake of 2011, Christchurch NZ has been slowly pulling itself out of the rubble to become a thriving city once more.

On a recent visit, Sarah Jelliffe explored the city centre. Despite large areas still waiting for demolition and many blocks sitting bare, there is a colourful glimmer of hope and positivity breaking through.

The temporary container mall sits at the heart of the Christchurch, a vibrant and edgy solution to draw life back into the city centre. Resembling a quirky art installation, multi-coloured shipping containers house stores where traditional shop fronts once stood.

On the other side of the city, a new container bar has arisen using materials and objects salvaged from the earthquake wreckage. Shopping trolleys and luggage trunks have been re-fashioned as seating, whilst an eclectic mix of recycled timbers clad the walls.

Although the initial feeling in the city is one of quiet and emptiness, don’t be fooled. Take the time to look around; the spirit and determination of the locals to bring their home back to life is truly inspiring.


Posted by Sarah Jelliffe



On the 26th of October WMK’s staff got together at their latest refurbishment project - 1 Market Street, Sydney, to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

Delicious food was served in a first rate venue, everyone had the chance to catch up over a coffee whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.

Also, did you know that ever since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer lost their battle but in less than 20 years, through research, this percentage has been halved?

A grand total of $430 was raised on the day, so a huge thanks to everyone who took part.

For any additional donations please click here

Posted by Emily Lea



WMK’s Jade Hudson was invited by Clint Zammit of Savills Project Management to join Savills for the 2012 Canberra Off Road Cycling (CORC) Scott 24hr Mountain Biking Championships at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra on 13 & 14 October.

The largest event of its kind in the World, the Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships where the "Fat Tyred Fools" ended up riding a gruelling 19 laps of the mountain course totalling 265km, with half of these laps being completed at night! Each rider completed around 65 kms.

Savills’ entered two teams – the “Fat Tyre Fools” and the “Flat Tyre Fools” – which both gave it a red hot go with "Fat Tyre Fools" posting an impressive 48th place out of 283.

Not to undermine the "Fat Tyre Fools" effort, "Flat Tyres" Shaun Diamond was injured while riding (and flying) and split his helmet in half (leaving a nasty cut above his right eye), impressing the organisers enough to give him a brand new helmet.

Experienced head chef, support crew member and Savill’s Senior Project Manager Mark Lederer was sadly unavailable due to work commitments but the team members enjoyed delicious BBQ chicken seasoned with LED lights by Leon Kenney. Thomas Woronowicz experienced “snow” on the mountain during his solo night ride and also rode the fastest recorded team day time lap.  David “Triple lap” Simpson performed faultlessly until “sleep deprivation” kicked in while driving back to Sydney.

Overall, the event was a huge success, with the remaining team members John Critchley, Damian Milani “surviving” with minimal injuries and the team completing the event in high spirits.

Jade has been invited to participate in the next bi-annual event as part of the Savills crew, and has already started training for the event!





Posted by Jade Hudson



WMK Architecture was selected as the Australian winner of the 2012 “Fly Forbo” competition for the YUM! project, for which the prize was a design-based 7 day tour for two to Europe, led by the Forbo team.

Petra Bonamy and Vicki Murphie jetted off in September to Amsterdam and London to soak up the sights. Highlights in Amsterdam were the visit to Forbo’s design studio in Krommenie to see first-hand how Forbo products are manufactured, the Van Gogh Museum, dinner at the gorgeous glasshouse Restaurant de Kas where organic regional produce delighted the tastebuds, and an architectural tour of Amsterdam’s newer architectural precincts. Of particular interest was the area known as the “Islands” of Java and Borneo which blends contemporary architecture with the traditional design of old Amsterdam.

The London tour included time at the V+A Museum viewing numerous art installations and a retrospective of Heatherwick Studio’s work, the 100% Design interior trade exposition, dinner at Asian fusion restaurant Hakkasan, and a walkthrough of Tent London which brought together over 200 international exhibitors of furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.

Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


Fly Forbo Awards 2012

As winners of the Fly Forbo Award 2012 for their project ‘Yum!’, WMK won two tickets to Amsterdam and London for a tour around the Forbo Design Studios in Amsterdam, and access to 100% Design in London.

Director - Projects Vicki Murphie and Senior Interior Designer Petra Bonamy are jetting off to Eurorpe today, watch this space for a full update on their return.

Click here for more information on Fly Forbo 

For more information about YUM! please see the below links

WMK's YUM! Australia Office Fitout


Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


18th Biennale of Sydney

On the fine Saturday morning of the 14th July, Sarah Jelliffe and May Fong journeyed across a sunny Sydney Harbour to Cockatoo Island for the 18th Biennale of Sydney.  As always, the island venue never ceases to amaze, with its dramatic location, industrial architecture and stunning views. 

During the Biennale, the place comes alive with Australia’s largest and most exciting international exhibition of contemporary art. Highlights included the interactive installations of Dune in the Dog-Leg tunnel and the cyborg-like mechanical creatures in the Hylozoic Series. Others worth seeing include Sand lace by Cal Lane and the strange but mesmerising paper cutting session by Sachiko Abe. Definitely worth a visit before it closes on 16 September.

Click here for more information on the event  

Posted by May Fong


Bondi Soft Sand Run

An early Sunday morning start and a brisk 10˚C coastal wind didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of WMK’s bare-footed, singlet-clad soft sand run team. 

Following the fun and excitement of the recent Andrew Boy Charlton biathlon, WMK’s team of Justin, Pip, Guy and Richard decided to start training (sporadically for some of us!) for the Bondi Barefoot 4km Soft Sand Run. 

Each year, the event attracts over 400 recreational runners of all ages, and involves four laps of Sydney’s infamous Bondi Beach. Funds raised go towards the new club house for the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club. Under the guidance of one of our more experienced soft sand team members, Justin, we grasped the technique, dug our toes in and finished with varying time results but all with bright spirits.

Thanks to our small but dedicated fan club for braving the early Sunday chill with us and making the day even more enjoyable!

Posted by Pip Barbary


Vivid Festival

Saturday evening saw Sarah Jelliffe, Interior Designer, venturing out to explore her second Vivid Sydney; A yearly creative treat that turns Circular Quay into a hub of bright lights and excitement.  Various light sculptures are dotted throughout the area, each surrounded by a curious babble of kids (young and old!).

The MCA, Opera House and Customs House are turned into enormous blank canvasses for the most amazing 3D moving projections. We won't try to explain them, you have to see to believe. The festival is on until the 11th June so check it out, it is well worth it.

For more information on the Vivid Festival -Vivid Sydney

Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


WMK in Milan for the Salone del Mobile 2012

Guy Blunden, Director-Projects, visited Milan in April to attend the Salone del Mobile 2012. As the largest and most prestigious trade fair for furniture in the World, the Salone is held at the spectacular 350,000sqm FieraMilano exhibition complex designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas and located on the outskirts of the city.

Each year, furniture designers and manufacturers from around the world present their latest and greatest new products and ideas. And this year was no exception with well-known manufacturers such as Vitra, Minotti, Arper & Magis all unveiling new products and collections.

As always, the most interesting work was the result of collaborations with leading Architects, Industrial Designers and Fashion Designers, with high-profile names such as Jean Nouvel, Issey Miyake, Konstantin Grcic and Antonio Citterio delivering innovative and commercially appealing furniture collections, individual pieces and accessories.

Noticeable trends across the Salone were an emphasis on the strategic expansion of existing product ranges, a focus on sophisticated detailing, quality construction…and comfort, in design, materials and colour palettes.

Overall, the mood was upbeat among exhibitors. While the global economic crisis remains top of mind, it was encouraging to see a growing confidence and renewed vigor across the Salone del Mobile and throughout the city during Milan Design Week.

Guy travelled to Europe as a guest of Artemide, the Italian lighting manufacturer famous for its design focus and broad range of architectural and decorative fittings.

While in Milan, Guy visited Artemide’s headquarters and also dropped into the Frankfurt Lighting Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Look out for blog posts on these visits soon! 

Posted by Guy Blunden


ABC Biathlon

For a bit of fun (and fitness) some of the WMK family participated in serval of the Andrew Boy Charlton Biathlon series races, this Biathlon consists of a 4km run followed by a 300m swim at the Domain Sydney.

For the weeks leading up to it the training begun (and so did the competitive streak) including special diets and the running to (and from) work, until eventually the day of the race came… along with the nerves, but all was good and the guys did amazing.

For more information on this Biathlon - http://www.andersonevents.com.au/CompetitionsEvents/Biathlons/tabid/841/Default.aspx


Posted by Guy Blunden