Oh what a night!

MERGE was at the WA State Architecture Awards on Thursday 3rd July filming guests interacting with the installation in the Crown Grand Ballroom foyer. For a second year, the Australian Institute of Architects Western Australian Chapter has run an installation competition. This year’s installation by was modelled on architect and engineer Richard Buckminster Fuller’s 1960s ‘Tensegrity’ geodesic domes. The team constructed a series of sculptural units for the Crown Grand Ballroom foyer, along with miniatures for each table.


Australian presenter Fenella Kernebone was also present to host the Awards. You may recognize her from ABC’s Artscape and Triple J’s Sunday night eclectic mix The Soundlab. I couldn’t resist getting a fan girl photo!


Congratulations Roxby Architects on winning the George Temple Poole Award/hand crafted crystal for the Toyota WA Head Office in Kewdale! Well done to all award winners and finalists!

Click here for the entry and winners catalogues.>

Inspiration Indo

Been going through recent travel snaps to tropical island paradise – here’s a summary of design inspiration I stumbled upon while on holiday.


A little project I’ve been working on with the very talented Kerry Edwards for the Australian Institute of Architects 2014 National Conference.

secret perth’ self-guided tours

roffen-profilePerth CBD
by Richard Offen
Perth heritage walk: 185 years
of history in 55 minutes

Click here for map and audio tour.


jchindarsi-profileMount Lawley by Joe Chindarsi
Rolling down Highgate Hill: coffee, scotch and jazz

Click here for map and audio tour.



by Kieran Wong
From dawn to dusk:
a day in Freo

Click here for map and audio tour.


by Carly Barrett
Artful Shenanigans:
culture and kebabs oh my!

Click here for map and audio tour.

More information at http://wp.architecture.com.au/making/events/self-guided-tours/




I’ve taken a leap to put myself out “there” (the World Wide Web) more via society6.com/MimiCho At the moment, I have (framed) art prints and stretched canvases available to buyers across the globe. The next step is to expand my portfolio to some of the other products available on this artists’ promo site.

The best place in Australia

Hot off the press today: Perth’s Forrest Place wins Australia’s Great Place Award! This excites me for two main reasons: (a) I live in Perth (b) I work at the architecture firm that “architected” said Place. This national recognition is another affirmation that Perth is AWESOMETOWN!

Read the Architecture & Design article here.

Toy or Tool?

Just purchased my first iPad. For someone who’s never owned a tablet of any sort, picking one was a difficult decision. As a heavy Adobe Suite and Autodesk user I have become spoilt by my custom built PC with 23 inch monitor at home and my dual screen set up at the office that allow me to work in multiple windows at once at a comfortable processing speed. So why would even consider a 9.7 inch tablet? After an average ten hours a day sitting at a desk, that’s the last thing I want to do when I get home. So I started searching for an option for after hours emails, light photo editing and perhaps some digital sketching. Continue reading “Toy or Tool?”

Stop Motion Time Travel

Last night we celebrated the closing of ‘Go Away and Come Back: an exhibition of architecture, travel, research, experience‘. It’s been a pleasure to work with this talented bunch. For those who didn’t make it, here’s what I exhibited. Continue reading “Stop Motion Time Travel”

Architecture Week 2013

WA Architecture Week 2013 kicks off this weekend with events in Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth.

Below are my picks. For the complete program, visit the Institute’s WA Chapter website. Continue reading “Architecture Week 2013”