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francis-jones morehen thorp, Sydney, Australia

Friday 08 Apr 2011

Myths of the near future

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A practice committed to design excellence, innovation and the enhancement of the public domain 

francis-jones morehen thorp (fjmt) is a multi-disciplinary design studio who explore the evolution of architectural form by synthesising place and programme.

Their work focuses on the spatial and organic interconnection of built form and site to embody values and aspirations. They strive to make buildings that are uncompromisingly modern, but also, in a sense, ancient.

fjmt is recognised as one of Australia's foremost architectural practices having received numerous national and international awards. Recent projects have received public acclaim and industry recognition, including Australia's highest Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

"Truly one of the most progressive, emerging firms in Australia" (Kenneth Frampton).

"fjmt's reputation is that of a highly successful, ideas-driven practice with an agenda for strong public engagement and the masterful resolution of tectonics within tight urban settings." (Architectural Design Magazine 2010).

"Richard Francis-Jones/fjmt has the... ability to combine practical and workable solutions in lyrically beautiful shapes that capture and sustain our interest and demand we look with care at what they have to tell us.
"It is rare to encounter an architect who is an effective and articulate communicator and thinker, whose architecture possesses at the same time imagination, sculptural verve and excitement, who manages, at the same time, to solve the complex planning, civic and environmental responsibilities as part of many current architectural programmes. His work is distinguished by the holistic coherent solution to complexity that is simultaneously resolved with technically arresting forms that are accessible and inspiring." Philip Drew, Architectural Historian, Architectural Review Magazine.

Projects presented here are Surry Hills Library and Community Centre (2009); Faculty of Law, University of Sydney (2009): New Business School, University of Auckland (2007), and Historic Houses Trust Head Office, The Mint (2004).

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