The role of the architect is evolving, from one of the leader of a building construction process to another consultant among an array of specialists aiming to deliver complex built environment outcomes, according to Shane Murray, Monash University’s founding Professor of Architecture.

The remarks are made in the foreword of Exchange, a book to mark architecture, interior design and urban planning practice Hayball’s 30th anniversary. The book is a collaboration between Hayball’s leaders, clients, collaborators and end users of their buildings, celebrating the practice’s legacy and examining its future. It also provides an in-depth exploration of the practice’s key areas of expertise – residential, education and urban design.

Professor Murray believes architects are now being encouraged to direct their considerations beyond the design of the discreet object and will need to apply their skills to achieving comprehensive social and environmental sustainability.

“While many architects will continue to focus on shaping the physical material of these transformed cities, it is my hope that many others will be engaged in providing leadership in new and expanding roles for the contemporary architect. Increasingly this role will be as much about the software of our cities as the hardware,” Professor Murray writes.

Hayball Managing Director Tom Jordan says “we have seen the broad re-emergence in the recognition of the value of good design”. “While our profession still has some way to go in communicating this, and re-asserting our role in the industry, the message is clear: design has a real and measurable value and is vital to our collective futures.”

Hayball founder Len Hayball says architects must reclaim and maintain our influence and control over the design process”.
“There are only about 11,000 architects in Australia – we are a relatively small community in a very large and powerful industry,” Hayball says.

Jordan cites constant research, renewal, innovation and self critique as vital to Hayball’s future practice.
“Our recent establishment of offices in Sydney and Adelaide reflect an increasingly national focus. An expanded leadership team including our recent appointment of Ann Lau as a director, also provides us with strong project experience, language and cultural skills which are equipping us well to provide services to the Asian development clients both here and in South East Asia.”

Founded in Melbourne in 1983, Hayball now has around 100 staff working across three states with its head office on Sturt Street in Melbourne’s South Bank. In Exchange, the discussion is framed around a series of themes supported by case studies of projects which Hayball has collaborated on in its 30 year history.

The 136 page book is presented in a hardcover, with a 30 year special edition fold out poster cover design by Hofestede Design.

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