Insight is where the POWE team share our thoughts with you on issues affecting our industry from design to procurement, planning changes to market trends.

March 28, 2018

Pondering Prefab - Cogitation from CSA - In Part 1 of this two-part insight article, Christian Skou, Director of CSArchitects, looks back at the origins of Prefabricated Construction and traces its development through Europe the US & Canada.

March 27, 2018

In following our clients, we have found that both our existing and new clients have a real enthusiasm for development at both ends of the age spectrum.

March 27, 2018

From tired Time Warp to New Finishes, our Associate Director reflects on Stage 1 of renovating his own fixer-upper in Kenmore.

March 21, 2018

Reflecting on a case-study based workshop offering insight into the complex field of property development law covering buying, selling, funding & building.

August 31, 2017

Designing our own home has always been a dream for my wife and I. Having studied Architecture for 5 years, I thought designing my own home would be a breeze. Oh how I was wrong. I had to learn to manage things such as budget, builder and a wonderful client… my wife, Katelyn. We spent many early mornings and late evenings redesigning rooms and bathrooms in our plans, until we finally finished the design of our home. I’ve also had...

May 31, 2017

Recently I was fortunate enough to take a quick getaway to Bali with my wife. Upon our return, I was struggling with how to respond to the question: “How was your holiday?” While the week off allowed me to do nothing but sit on a beach and relax, I saw copious amounts of rubbish everywhere which tarnished the experience. For those who are unaware, tap water in Indonesia isn’t safe for human consumption. Even the ice in your cocktail could...

August 30, 2016

In this modern age, classifications are so far distorted by academic writings and their interpretations that it is hard to distinguish where things belong categorically. Architectural historians have assisted in this prevailing confusing by wrongly labelling styles, movements or types, or by simply remaining them. However, there has been rough attempt to fix this confusion as explained in Reyner Banham essay ‘The New Brutalism’1. Here Banham1 provides clarification on the architectural language associated with the ideas of Modernity, particularly related...

June 30, 2016

Recently at RTC / ArchiCON Australia I had an opportunity to discuss research and development we have been doing on authoring Building Information Models (BIM) for quantity take-off. While the project had started as step-by-step guide in getting data from our BIM platform, ARCHICAD, into Exactal’s take-off platform CostX, the discussion expanded into how to plan your modelling requirements. RTC/ArchiCON Australia offered a unique opportunity to discuss modelling requirements with attendees from the major BIM platforms and from disciplines spread...

June 30, 2016

Josh White explores the architectural challenges of designing for children with autism. Through analysing case studies of children and schools, Josh looks to inform the reader through his research about those people who are living in a world not designed for them and to step through the process of creating environments which they can understand.

May 9, 2016

Michael Ellis provides his thoughts on improving workplace productivity and shares some techniques discovered from reading "Smart Work" by Dermot Crowley.

August 27, 2015

During a recent holiday at a beachside apartment far, far away (about an hour’s drive north of Brisbane), one of the books I read was titled “Real Estate Uncovered” by Peter O’Malley. This book was given to me by Leo Gurney, a good friend and well known Brisbane real estate professional. Peter O’Malley entered the real estate business in 1997 at a very young age and within seven years he bought the estate agency in which he worked. This very...

June 23, 2015

Len recently attended the inaugural ArchiCON – ArchiCAD User Conference in Brisbane and shares his thoughts on the need for BIM from a Director's perspective.

May 21, 2015

As design professionals embrace the benefits of BIM technology within their practices, it becomes critical that designers develop methods for digital collaboration to share OPENBIM data. This paper from RTC Australasia draws on 15 years of developing strategies for sharing information rich model data with team members at all levels of the BIM spectrum.

August 4, 2014

As residential developments in Brisbane begin the long process of emerging from the impacts of the Global Financial Crisis what are the true casualties going to be? Len Powe examines the impact that marketing driven perception is already having in the world of apartment design and the challenges that lie ahead for property development as we run out of larger stock.

May 27, 2014

On Monday 26th May 2014, Matthew presented to the Brisbane ArchiCAD User Group on Coordination Techniques for Collaborative Design. The topic focused on the variety of coordination techniques used by POWE Architects to not only coordinate documentation but to drive collaboration in their design, documentation and delivery teams. The presentation was well received on the night and we have been able to include the visuals from the show here for those who weren’t able to make it. POWE Architects consider that...