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THE FUTURE OF ROTHELOWMAN ARCHITECTS 远见卓识

Kim Lowman

Founding Principal – Director of Rothelowman Architects

Rothelowman Architects 创始人 – 董事

After working briefly in Hong Kong, Rothelowman Architects’ founding principal and Director, Kim Lowman returned to Australia in 1991 to conquer Australia’s architecture world. With over 155 employees across offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney as well as international clients from China; Rothelowman Architects is a prominent name that has often been referred to as a paragon of the Australian architecture industry. 

Kim believes that the secrets to Rothelowman’s success is a clear business development strategy, flexibility and employing talented and trustworthy employees.

“Our edge comes from the fact that we have repeat clients, a state-of-the-art design process, a thorough understanding of the factors that impact the wider property industry, a willingness to innovate design solutions and a commitment to staff and research”, said Mr Lowman.  

As architectural and design studios generally require a suite of compatible skills across all aspects of a project’s delivery, Mr Lowman stresses the importance of impeccable communication skills and nurturing learning environment that is embedded into Rothelowman’s graduate programme. 

With a diverse range of projects varying from $5 million to $600 million AUD and a fully integrated design studio led by international designer Matthew Dalby; Rothelowman is fully equipped to maintain an exemplary standard of quality for every project. 

“We strongly encourage clients to discuss a site prior to acquisition. It’s generally a partnership approach that converts feasibilities into realities. The notion of an inspirational idea responding to a site that is viable, responsible, and timeless excites us.” 

When asked about the challenges Rothelowman faces, Mr Lowman said,” Embracing change is everyone’s challenge. As economic conditions change we make it our business to explore new building typologies to suit a market”.

Mr Lowman strongly emphasised the importance of working with all stakeholders towards achieving a satisfactory outcome for each party and praised the merits of institutions that reward innovation.

“We strongly encourage clients to discuss a site prior to acquisition. It’s generally a partnership approach that converts feasibilities into realities. The notion of an inspirational idea responding to a site that is viable, responsible, and timeless excites us,” said Mr Lowman.

Despite it not being a large project, Rothelowman is most proud of their award-winning work on the “Pillar of Hawthorn” – a respectful interpretation of the rich heritage and timeless nobility that defines Hawthorn. Sandwiched between a heritage church and sensitive interfaces with neighbouring residents; this project resolves all constraints with clarity and lifts the experiences of neighbours, pedestrians and future inhabitants of Hawthorn.

Mr Lowman is excited about the future and believes the best part of his career lies in a journey of constant learning, joy and passion for one’s craft.  

1991年,Rothelowman Architects的创始负责人兼总监Kim Lowman在香港短暂工作后重返澳大利亚,征服澳大利亚的建筑世界。在墨尔本、布里斯班、悉尼等地拥有超过155名员工,并获得包括来自中国的国际客户的赞赏。Rothelowman Architects除了响当当的名气,也被誉为澳大利亚建筑业的典范。

Kim Lowman确认Rothelowman成功秘诀在于清晰高效的业务发展战略、具备灵活性和雇佣了精明能干和值得信赖的员工。 “我们的优势在于拥有众多回头客户、最先进的设计流程,针对影响房产行业更广泛因素理解透彻、创新跟进解决方案的强烈意愿,还有为员工和研究承担更多义务。”

“我们强烈建议客户在收购前分析讨论建筑项目的地点,这通常是一种将可行性转化为现实的合作方式。一个启发人心的概念造就了一个可行、负责任、永恒的建筑项目的地点让我们激动不已。”

由于建筑与设计工作室需要在项目交付各方面提供一系列流畅兼容的技能,他强调无懈可击的沟通技巧和培训学习环境之重要性,而上述技能都嵌入到Rothelowman的毕业生计划中。

各种项目规模从500万到6亿澳元不等,由国际设计师Matthew Dalby领导整合集成的设计工作室,Rothelowman配置齐全,具备为每个项目保持卓越质量标准的绝对实力。

而关于面临的挑战,Kim Lowman 认为拥抱变革是每个人的挑战。“随着经济风向条件的变化,我们的任务是探索全新建筑类型,以适应市场”。

他相当认同与所有利益相关者积极合作,让各方取得满意成果的重要性,且表扬了奖励创新机构的优点。“我们强烈建议客户在收购前分析讨论建筑项目的地点,这通常是一种将可行性转化为现实的合作方式。一个启发人心的概念造就了一个可行、负责任、永恒的建筑项目的地点让我们激动不已。”

尽管并非大型项目,Rothelowman最自豪的是他们的获奖作品“Pillar of Hawthorn”,尊重且诠释了丰富的文化古迹和永恒的高贵,定义了项目的成功。而即使夹在传统教堂与邻近居民,该项目成功地和周围环境和谐地融合为一体,提升了Hawthorn区所有邻居、行人和未来居住者的体验感受。

Kim Lowman对未来饱含激情,他认为自己职业生涯中最精彩的部分在于不断学习、享受和热爱自己的专业。

Despite it not being a large project, Kim is proud of one of their award-winning works “Pillar of Hawthorn” – a respectful interpretation of the rich heritage and timeless nobility that define Hawthorn. Ardently adamant and meticulous in design, the penthouses of Pillar provide a warm array of designs that fully maximise the ability of natural light to complement its apartment’s features.

A complex projection on many levels, the height and proportions compliment the contours of the street podium to allow inhabitants to enjoy spectacular views towards the city over its heritage roofs. The eastern laneway is activated by careful consideration which addresses this intimate frontage. Landscape and pavement improvements, further lift the pedestrian experience, continuing Melbourne’s fascination with laneways.

Inside the Pillar awaits generous, luxurious living spaces one would be proud to call home. This project, by Miura Group, certainly has considered the well being of its residents and will create a development which has the community in mind.

For Enquiries: pillarofhawthorn.com.au

对于KimLowman来说,尽管并非大型项目,但他却对公司获奖作品之一“Pillarof Hawthorn”感到骄傲与自豪-这是因为丰富文化遗产和尊重永恒的诠释定义了Hawthorn。 至于Pillar公寓楼顶坚固而细致的设计,非常温暖且充分发挥自然采光的设计,切合公寓的本质特色。

历经多层次的复杂投影,高度比例与街道平台的等值线相得益彰,让居民可以透过古老传统的楼顶上欣赏城市的壮观景色。贴近前方的东部小巷经过仔细衡量而激活,而景观和人行道的改善,也进一步提升了行人的体验,延续墨尔本巷道的迷人风采。

至于Pillar内部讲究宽敞奢华的舒适生活空间,人们可以自豪地称之为家园。Miura Group这个项目慎重考虑居民的福祉,并将创造一个以社区为中心的居住环境。

更多信息请查询: pillarofhawthorn.com.au

Southern Star 南方之星

Mazita Marzuki

Consul General of Malaysia in Melbourne, Australia

马来西亚驻澳大利亚墨尔本总领事

Malaysians in Melbourne are in for a treat.  There is a new sheriff in town, and she is the epitome of the intelligent, progressive and charismatic leader that every nation should be proud of.

The new Consul General Mazita Marzuki took her chair at the Consulate General of Malaysia in Melbourne just two months ago and she’s already riding on the crest of the waves she created. “I’m lucky to be assigned here. Melbourne has a lot of soul, diversity, culture and she’s a vibrant city that holds so much potential and importance for Malaysia.” 

Prior to Melbourne, Mazita was the Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor of the Embassy of Malaysia in Abu Dhabi, UAE. “Abu Dhabi is such a luxurious cosmopolitan city.  One can get totally immersed in it.”  

I love being in the public service. It is where one can effect change.

However, she did leave a bit of her heart in San Francisco where she spent four years working and attaining her master’s in Human Resources Management and Development at the Golden Gate University. She picked up an Outstanding Student Award and was the recipient a Leadership Award while doing her Diploma in Public Administration prior to the beginning of her career as a public and administrative officer. “I love San Francisco. I have many good friends there.”

Promoting the highest level of political, economic and social relations between Malaysia and the state of Victoria, this true-blue Malaysian is responsible for trade and investment exchange, dissemination of Malaysian government policies, providing protocol, immigration and consular services. 

Mistakes are the best guru in life.

She was also the Deputy Director General of the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT). In 2018 SEARCCT’s military operations saw to the mass territorial defeat of jihadist militant group Daesh in Syria and Iraq. “While Southeast Asia is seen as an emerging hotspot for terrorism, Malaysia remains steadfast in her commitment to counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism.  Realising the impact of the Internet and social media platforms, SEARCCT aims to create awareness before indoctrination in order to prevent radicalisation.” With the recent change of government, Mazita believes that Malaysia is in good hands. “Change takes time. Give this new team a chance to prove themselves,” she urges.

On the home front this powerhouse is a loving wife and doting mother to two teenage sons, Iman and Ammar Mirza. “I have a rare gem of a husband, known as Mr Zack to many, who is fully supportive of my career and the empowerment of women. And I’m proud of my two sons who are equally adept at handling our diplomatic lifestyle.”

Not one to dwell on the past or the negative, this career diplomat sees only opportunities and advantages. “Mistakes are the best guru in life. Don’t be afraid to make and learn from them.”

Well, if Malaysia is looking for future prime ministerial candidacies, Mazita Marzuki would certainly earn many Ayes! 

墨尔本的马来西亚人正在享受款待中,因为这个城市来了一位新任领事官,不仅聪慧过人、积极热情,也是深具魅力的领导者,每位国民都会为她的服务奉献感到骄傲。

Mazita Marzuki 刚上任马来西亚驻墨尔本总领事两个月期间,她已经驾轻就熟的乘风破浪。“我很幸运被分派到墨尔本,这里具有灵魂精髓、多样性和文化,是一座充满活力的城市,对于马来西亚来说拥有巨大潜力和重要性。”

在驻扎墨尔本前,Mazita是马来西亚驻阿联酋阿布扎比大使馆的特派团副团长兼参赞。 “阿布扎比是奢华耀眼的国际化城市,轻易让人沉浸其中。”

“错误是人生最佳导师。”

然而,她对美国旧金山也有深刻留恋,长达四年的光景,她在工作之余也在金门大学 (Golden Gate University) 取得人力资源管理与发展的硕士学位。她除了荣获优秀学生奖,且在攻读公共行政文凭期间获得了一项领袖奖,这些都是她作为行政官员开始职业生涯之前的事迹。“我爱旧金山。那里有着我的许多好朋友。”

推进马来西亚和维多利亚州之间最高水平的政治、经济和社会关系,这名真正热爱和平的马来西亚人肩负着贸易和投资交流,传递马来西亚政府的政策,提供礼宾、移民和领事服务。另外,她还是东南亚区域反恐中心 (SEARCCT) 的副总监。2018年,SEARCCT 的军事行动成功击溃了叙利亚和伊拉克境内的圣战组织“伊斯兰国” (Daesh)。“尽管东南亚被视为一个新兴的恐怖主义热点,马来西亚仍然坚定地致力于反恐和防止暴力极端主义。由于认识到互联网和社交媒体平台的影响力,SEARCCT 的目标是在之前灌输觉醒警惕意识,以防止激进主义。而随着近期新政府的更迭,我认为马来西亚处于有利地位。改变是需要时间的,给这个新团队一个证明自身的机会。” Mazita 敦促。

我喜欢在公共服务领域工作,
这是可以令人有效应转变的地方。

在家庭方面,这名强大的女性也是温柔的妻子和慈爱的母亲,育有2名孩子Iman与Ammar Mirza。“我珍爱的丈夫-大家都称呼他Zack先生,他完全支持我的事业,尊重并赋予女性权利。我也为两个儿子感到骄傲,他们同样擅长应对我们的外交生活方式。”

专业的外交家不会沉溺于过去或态度消极,通常只看到机会和优势。“错误是人生最佳导师,要勇于从他们身上学习。”

好吧,如果马来西亚正在寻找未来的首相候选人,Mazita Marzuki肯定会赢得许多赞成票!

by  Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik     

Flight of the Phoenix 凤凰涅槃

Ping Chng 庄雪冰
CEO of CHTNetwork Australia
CHTNetwork 澳大利亚首席执行官

Recently calling Melbourne home, Ping Chng first arrived here in 1997 to study law in Monash University. Falling in love with Melbourne at first sight, she enjoyed her Australian university life but went back to Malaysia to build her legal career.

“Everything starts from the first step.”

Her first six years were spent in litigation before moving on to corporate law and eventually settling in conveyancing. With 20 years of law practice in Malaysia, she is still attending to Malaysian clients in the areas of conveyancing and corporate law. 

January 2018 marked her milestone move to Melbourne. Malaysia’s loss is Australia’s gain. With a heavy heart Ping left behind family, friends and a successful career in Malaysia to embark upon her new journey in life. Equipped with top class legal expertise and a wealth of experience and wisdom, it wasn’t long before she was admitted as a lawyer in the state of Victoria. “Everything starts from the first step. This new chapter of my life is not going to be easy, but my mind is set, and I’m determined to make this crucial journey a successful one.”

Putting her legal career on the back burner and re-inventing herself, Ping added dimension and diversity to her portfolio. Diving into the world of publishing, this multi-talented individual took up the position of chief executive officer with CHTNetwork, a publishing company set up by her brother Ch’ng Huck Theng in Melbourne, Victoria. Championing and celebrating the good things in life, Ping is now heading EZ Australia magazine with extensive online and hardcopy subscriptions. She is also managing the CHTNetwork office, promoting the company’s art gallery and art/event space in Collins Street. Running CHTNetwork, producing the EZ Australia magazines and immersing herself in the art industry and the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the worthy and the artistic, has propelled Ping into the upper echelons of Melbourne high society. Modestly she claims that, “Every day is a learning process for me.”

“Always let go of the past and live in the now.”

In retrospect the move did not come without challenges. Juggling between her business, social duties and family life in a new country can be trying and demanding, at best. Always a trooper, Ping remains optimistic and persistent in achieving her goals. Born into a family which has been in the food manufacturing and retail business for 165 years, she has always believed in credibility, being fair and genuine in life. Her stronghold on values have won her many acquaintances, school mates and clients who have evolved to become good friends and business partners even. 

One will always know where one stands with Ping as she is honest to a fault, principled and shares her views and comments sincerely. Commanding respect and admiration, she has always strived for the best in all her endeavours. A compassionate and loving personality, she firmly believes in friends and family, and is extremely grateful for all their support and love. “Always let go of the past and live in the now.”

Ping also holds a fascination in property investment. Coupled with her legal background and a keen eye for interior design, Ping has displayed quite a good track record in property investment for the last 10 years. One of her goals in this new chapter of her life is to become a successful property developer in the beautiful and bountiful land down under. 

从最近定居墨尔本,Ping Chng 犹记得1997年首次来到墨尔本,是在莫纳什大学攻读法律。而当时她第一眼就爱上墨尔本,享受了几年的澳大利亚大学生活,直至后来返回马来西亚发展律政事业。

她的前6年是在诉讼案件中度过的,直至转到企业法且最终承接处理财产或权益转让方面的法律事务。她在马来西亚具备20年的执业律师经验,目前仍为马来西亚客户进行财产权益转让法律服务。

2018年1月是她从马来西亚迁移到墨尔本的人生分水岭。当然,挥别马来西亚就是拥抱澳大利亚,她带着沉重的心情向家人、朋友和成功的事业告别,开始生活新旅程。凭借日积月累的法律专业知识和丰富的经验,不久前她在墨尔本维多利亚州被录取为律师。“一切从踏上的第一步开始,我人生的新篇章并不容易,但我已经下定决心,打通这个关键时刻达致成功。”

“放下过去,活在当下”

她目前选择把律师职业搁在次要位置,积极重新塑造自己,为她的投资组合增加多维度和多样性。而她也尝试踏入出版业,发挥自己的多项潜能,一肩挑起了CHTNetwork首席执行官的职位。CHTNetwork是她的兄长庄学腾在墨尔本维多利亚州创办的一家出版公司。这家以倡导并迎接生活中一切的美好事物理念所设的企业,Ping现在身为《御智澳大利亚》杂志的主编,拥有大量的电子和实体杂志订阅用户。她同时管理CHTNetwork的属下办公室产业,推动位于柯林斯街的艺术画廊与活动空间。从运营CHTNetwork,主导制作杂志,沉浸在艺术行业,还有与富人名人,有价值的人们共处于艺术感生活方式中,让Ping跻身墨尔本上流社会的高层。她谦虚的说:“对我来说,每一天都是一个学习的过程。”

其实再回望,这项决定充满挑战性。在一个全新的国度,她必须在工作、社会责任和家庭生活之间游刃有余,充其量只能是一种努力的尝试和要求。作为一名战士,Ping在实现自己的目标时保持着乐观和执着。她出生在一个从事食品制造和零售业长达165年历史的家庭,在生活中一直信奉诚信、公平和率真。她的良好价值观虏获了许多熟人、同学和客户,并且进一步发展成为她的好朋友和商业伙伴。

人始终清楚本身的立场,她诚实面对错误、有原则,真挚的分享观点和评论。她赢得了人们的尊敬和钦佩,她总是力争做到最好。她是一个富有同情心和爱心的人,信任朋友和家人,并对他们的支持和爱充满感激。“永远放手过去,活在当下。”

另外,由于对房地产投资有着浓厚兴趣,加上她的法律背景和对室内设计方面的敏锐眼光,过去10年里,她在相关投资方面表现可圈可点。在她人生的新篇章中,目标之一就是在这块富饶的土地上成为一名成功的房地产开发商。

Photography by David Liao & text by  Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik