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semester one 2016…complete!

So semester one is finished [at Curtin University anyway] with exams rounding it all up.  As many of my clients and colleagues know, I began a part-time gig at Curtin University architecture school as a unit coordinator, lecturer, tutor and then quickly becoming a supervisor to four dissertation students as well.  This whole ‘being an educator’ thing was as much as a surprise to me as it is to many!  I mean, who would have thunk it…Gerry a lecturer??  Donald Trump running for President?  What the f@#k is going on around here??  Frankly, it wasn’t something that I planned on doing and it just landed on my lap suddenly and like how I treat many things in life – I just gave it a go.  What was more surprising was that [yes, I’m going to say this] I actually enjoy teaching!  And for those of you who are still in shock, yes it is true and here is my staff profile as evidence:

http://oasisapps.curtin.edu.au/staff/profile/view/Gerry.Kho

So do you believe me now?  Anyway, it has been a blast so far.  And I’m locked in for next semester.  I’m forming up a super innovative outline for the Professional Practice unit so if you’re one of my students in that class this coming semester – GET EXCITED!!  I can’t reveal anything yet but I can say that it’ll be interesting, very very educational and if everything is given the stamp of approval by the ‘higher ups’, no other universities have anything that comes close to this teaching method and/or outcome.

Also, I’d like to congratulate my students who managed to survive the semester so far, especially the final year Master students.  Rest well…because you may not get the chance again in semester two! muahaha muahahahaha *strokes invisible white cat*

wa architecture awards 2016

Just a reminder to everyone that the results for this year’s WA Architecture Awards will be released in early July so keep an eye out for media coverage.

Also, the exhibition of entries for public viewing will be from Monday 27th June to Friday 8th July 2016 at the Central Park Lobby [152-158 St Georges Tce].  Viewing times will be between 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  Take a look at our submissions while you’re there :)

The awards presentation evening will be on the 1st of July!

‘ratlux’ project

I originally bought this truck a few weeks ago [for less than a pair of women’s Louboutins!…but I get a truck, not just a pair of heels that you still have to walk your own ass around in!] with the practical application of using it to move my furniture and motorcycle projects on the flat bed. However, this is quickly becoming a project in itself so I thought I’d begin recording the progress.  It all started with just a minor thing that I intended to replace [as the usual case with me] which was the instrument cluster that had a faulty fuel gauge.  I began innocently by removing some bits and pieces to remove the existing cluster [which involved removing the entire dashboard on these older models] but before you know it, I’ve stripped the entire interior!

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The vehicle is a 1988 RN85 Toyota Hilux.  The body is in a ‘rustic’ state with a lot of ‘character’ but the chassis and especially the motor was what I paid for in essence.  The legendary bulletproof 22R motor was reconditioned a while back by one of the previous owners so mechanically, it was great.  The motor has a reputation for being so hardcore that there are regular stories about it running past 1,000,000km on the odometer.  It is also a truck that was and still is highly prized by Africans for the vehicle’s durability in their harsh conditions.  Anyway, this truck is as bare bones as you can get with very little electronics other than the usual radio, dials, lights etc.  I’ve opted to remove the sound system that the previous owner haphazardly installed.  Speaking of comforts in life, this vehicle is definitely not one for soft bums!

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Much like my bobber project, eBay will most probably be my best friend.  I’ve already sourced the instrument cluster.  Next is to clean up the interior to see what surprises lie underneath all that gunk.  I’ve vacuumed up nearly 3 decades worth of sand and dirt from the floor [including the inevitable coins here and there].  I’m presently going through and cleaning up the steel cockpit of residue and carpet glue with paint thinner and acetone.  I’ve already uncovered a couple of horrifying rust areas including one that corroded straight through the floor so the passenger will be able to see the road while I’m driving around – definitely some welding required.

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I’ve decided to call the truck a ‘Ratlux’ because the approach I have in mind will be inspired by the Rat bike and Rat rod movement.  Much like the bobber project, I’d like to see how ‘cost effective’ I can be to achieve something custom.  More about the bobber project here http://gkarchitects.com.au/blog/bobber-project.

I’ll post more progress as it happens.

builder’s choice magazine march 2016

Check out the articles on our profile and the new Ronald McDonald House on this quarter’s issue of Builder’s Choice magazine – March 2016.  A copy on our media’s section here:

http://gkarchitects.com.au/media/architects-profile-on-builders-choice-march-2016

http://gkarchitects.com.au/media/rmh-in-builders-choice-march-2016

 

If you’re going away or on the road this Easter long weekend – be safe, drink responsibly and take care of each other.

 

Cheerio!

national architecture awards 2016

The new Ronald McDonald House is up for the National Architecture Awards this year.  Due to the multifaceted nature of the building, we’ve managed to get the project into 3 categories and 2 other secondary categories.

We’ve presented the project to the juries on Saturday 19th March 2016 and it was well received by the panel members.  It appears that we’re the underdog contesting with heavyweights like Kerry Hill, Hassell, Buchan, Cameron Chishom Nicol, Hames Sharley, Woods Bagot and Donaldson + Warn.  But we should be used to this by now!  Anyway, it was a great event organised by the WA Chapter and I ran into some colleagues whom I’ve not seen for years.  The coffee truck was a good idea – nothing like being jacked up on caffeine in preparation for my presentations!

The next stage in the judging process is a visit to the building by each of the panels in April.  We’ll be playing tour guide to show them around.

In the meantime, keep an eye out in the media and on this website for further development on this prestigious event where we celebrate the-best-of-the-best of Western Australia and nationally.  The state results will be announced in early July 2016 while the national awards will be announced in November 2016.

LEED silver rating…official announcement!

http://wge.com.au/wge-integral-achieving-first-leed-certification-new-construction-project

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biccari dr residence update

After many months of waiting, this project is finally getting off the ground.  Footings are in and slab will be poured next week.

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ronald mcdonald house achieved LEED silver rating!

We received excellent news this morning!  The new Ronald McDonald House Perth achieved a LEED Silver rating.  To put this into perspective, there are only 5 buildings in Australia to achieve this rating and the first in Western Australia.  It is also the only building typology of this kind to achieve a LEED rating in Australia!!

We’d like to thank our consultants and builder for the collaborative approach to achieving this international recognition and certification.  It was a pain in the ‘wazoo’ to deal with in terms of the stringent criteria we had to comply with but it was well worth it!  This is history in the making stuff for the state and hopefully, it’ll be a benchmark and model for other buildings, not only in Western Australia but nationwide.