Close to gender parity

Announcing nineteen new appointments, Mr James Grose, CEO, BVN noted “These appointments reflect the continuing commitment and move to gender parity in staffing structure.”

The nineteen appointments, are made up of eleven males and eight females and as Mr Grose pointed out “the most senior appointment, a Senior Practice Director has been given to Laurie Aznavoorian. She has an extensive career as a designer and workplace strategist.”

The breadth of BVN work is also reflected in the appointments with the new Practice Directors and Associates being involved in projects ranging from designing Australia’s first high rise high school through to major hospitals such as the soon to be completed Northern Beaches Hospital and workplace projects like CSIRO Synergy that recently won four awards in both the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter Awards and the INDESIGNLIVE Asia Pacific INDE.Awards.

Five new Practice Directors have been appointed including: Kirstie Irwin, Lucas Leo, Tim Crawshaw, Conor Larkins and Paul Quang.

There are three new Senior Associates, Vinay Bhat, Belinda McGrath and Phil Rowden leaving the largest number of appointments amongst the younger members of the practice with ten new Associates being elevated in the studio.

“The larger number of younger appointments reflects the deep pool of talented people working in the BVN studios,” said Mr. Grose.


The new Associates are: Brian Wong, Rebecca Buffington, Mitchell Reed, Louise Barbour, Abbie Lewis, Jess Dixon, Nick Souksamarane, Marc Hine, Hector Barrientos and Felix Saw.


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