ABOUT

OVERVIEW

Founded on the philosophy of innovation through collaboration, Fender Katsalidis has evolved from a Melbourne-centric architectural practice, to a highly awarded, multi-disciplinary international design firm whose work now influences built environment thinking across the globe.

Specialists in multi-residential, cultural, commercial, aged care and hotel typologies, we seek and deliver holistic solutions in architecture, masterplanning, urban design and interiors—solutions notable not only for their design quality, but also their civic contribution and economic mindfulness.

To ensure such outcomes remain our hallmark—and expose the practice to new and different ways of thinking—we frequently bring together local and international consultant teams to work side-by-side with our own.

The quest for holistic solutions has also driven us to extend our expertise far beyond the expected. Fender Katsalidis was a pioneer, and remains a leader, in 3D virtual modelling and building information systems, while the Unitised Building system invented by practice co-founder, Nonda Katsalidis, continues to revolutionise construction timeframes and costs.

Perhaps best known for our definitive tall building and public realm design, we are equally proud of our lesser profile achievements: the documentation and quality assurance processes, for example, regarded as the gold standard throughout the construction industry.

As sophisticated as our technology may be, and as reliable as our processes have proven themselves, we know that ultimately it’s experience that ensures the original design vision is realised. Our directors thus remain ‘hands on’ with every project from inception to completion.

LEADERSHIP

Karl Fender OAM
Founding Director MD
Nonda Katsalidis
Founding Director
Craig Baudin
Director of Architecture
David Sutherland
Director of Planning and Design
James Pearce
Director of Architecture
Nicky Drobis
Director of Design
Mark Murphy
Director of Practice
Roland Catalani
Director of Architecture
Chris Johnson
Associate Director
Falk Peuser
Associate Director
James Mills
Associate Director
Jessica Lee
Associate Director
Joe Venuto
Associate Director
Lucien Fender
Associate Director
Shem Kelder
Associate Director
Peta Michaelides
Marketing and Client Relations
Karl Fender OAM
Founding Director MD
Nonda Katsalidis
Founding Director
Craig Baudin
Director of Architecture
David Sutherland
Director of Planning and Design
James Pearce
Director of Architecture
Nicky Drobis
Director of Design
Mark Murphy
Director of Practice
Roland Catalani
Director of Architecture
Chris Johnson
Associate Director
Falk Peuser
Associate Director
James Mills
Associate Director
Jessica Lee
Associate Director
Joe Venuto
Associate Director
Lucien Fender
Associate Director
Shem Kelder
Associate Director
Peta Michaelides
Marketing and Client Relations

NEWS

S P Setia’s Sapphire By The Gardens 70% taken up over weekend launch
19 - Jun - 2017
Nylex clock closer to return with launch of first stage of Richmond Malt District apartment project
19 - Jun - 2017
Apartment development Yarra One will add a fresh green element to South Yarra
17 - Jun - 2017
Celtic Club site: Buyers snap up apartments in Queen Street tower project
17 - Jun - 2017
JAQUES RICHMOND BY RIVERLEE GROUP
14 - Jun - 2017
S P SETIA'S 308 EXHIBITION STREET APPROVED: SHANGRI-LA HOTELS & RESORTS CONFIRMED AS OPERATOR
14 - Jun - 2017
Hotel Group Proposes Melbourne As Location For Shangri-La
14 - Jun - 2017
Malaysian developers push ahead with Melbourne apartment developments
14 - Jun - 2017
SP Setia ties up with Shangri-La Down Under
14 - Jun - 2017
Architects and designers recognized in 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours
12 - Jun - 2017
Prominent Australian architects honoured in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours
14 - Jun - 2017
Luxury project for CBD as city leans towards towers
13 - Jun - 2017
Malaysian developer launches South Yarra tower
14 - Jun - 2017
Richmond penthouse on street named for Jack Dyer roars to record price of about $4.8m
09 - Jun - 2017
Buying into South Yarra, Melbourne’s prestigious inner-city
31 - May - 2017
Mona and Riverlee reveal plans for cultural and entertainment precinct
30 - May - 2017
Reimagining an Australian icon for apartment living
27 - May - 2017
How Melbourne turned into an apartment epicentre in just 20 years
27 - May - 2017
East Central, the spirit of the east in Box Hill
24 - May - 2017
S P Setia’s Sapphire By The Gardens 70% taken up over weekend launch
19 - Jun - 2017
Nylex clock closer to return with launch of first stage of Richmond Malt District apartment project
19 - Jun - 2017
Apartment development Yarra One will add a fresh green element to South Yarra
17 - Jun - 2017
Celtic Club site: Buyers snap up apartments in Queen Street tower project
17 - Jun - 2017
JAQUES RICHMOND BY RIVERLEE GROUP
14 - Jun - 2017
S P SETIA'S 308 EXHIBITION STREET APPROVED: SHANGRI-LA HOTELS & RESORTS CONFIRMED AS OPERATOR
14 - Jun - 2017
Hotel Group Proposes Melbourne As Location For Shangri-La
14 - Jun - 2017
Malaysian developers push ahead with Melbourne apartment developments
14 - Jun - 2017
SP Setia ties up with Shangri-La Down Under
14 - Jun - 2017
Architects and designers recognized in 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours
12 - Jun - 2017
Prominent Australian architects honoured in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours
14 - Jun - 2017
Luxury project for CBD as city leans towards towers
13 - Jun - 2017
Malaysian developer launches South Yarra tower
14 - Jun - 2017
Richmond penthouse on street named for Jack Dyer roars to record price of about $4.8m
09 - Jun - 2017

AWARDS

2-4 National Circuit
Canberra
NewActon Precinct
Canberra
Garangula Gallery
New South Wales
NewActon Nishi
Canberra
NewActon Pavilion Reconstruction
Canberra
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
Tasmania
Robert Marsden Hope Building
Canberra
NewActon South
Canberra
Trio Apartments
Camperdown
Edgewater
Geelong
NewActon East Penthouse
Canberra
NewActon East
Canberra
The Esplanade Apartments
St Kilda
Ice - Plot 9H
Dubai
2-4 National Circuit
Canberra
NewActon Precinct
Canberra
Garangula Gallery
New South Wales
NewActon Nishi
Canberra
NewActon Pavilion Reconstruction
Canberra
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art
Tasmania
Robert Marsden Hope Building
Canberra
NewActon South
Canberra
Trio Apartments
Camperdown
Edgewater
Geelong
NewActon East Penthouse
Canberra
NewActon East
Canberra
The Esplanade Apartments
St Kilda
Ice - Plot 9H
Dubai

CULTURE

The emergence of Fender Katsalidis as a global, design-led practice is as much a measure of our culture, as it is our creativity.

A true design studio, we solve problems collaboratively: one team, comprising many points of view, approaches, levels of experience and areas of specialist knowledge — augmented where required by best-of-breed consultants — all focused on realising the best possible client outcome.

That teamwork and interplay of roles, ideas and contributions continues throughout the life of the many and varied projects we undertake, ensuring each team member is continually challenged, and continually growing in expertise.

Mentoring plays a key role in this development. We strive not only to attract the best and brightest design professionals from around the world, but also to help them realise their full potential by sharing the accumulated wisdom of the firm’s senior personnel.

EMPLOYMENT

STUDIO ADMINISTRATOR MELBOURNE

Our Melbourne Studio is seeking the support of an experienced and well-rounded Studio Administrator to ensure the efficient running of the day to day operations of the studio.

Our ideal candidate will have a personable nature and an enthusiastic approach to supporting project teams and the studio generally.  They will be professionally presented and have a proactive attitude. This role requires strong communication skills, the ability to prioritise tasks and problem solve.  The preferred candidate should demonstrate experience in initiating and maintaining processes across a range of administrative functions and take a holistic approach to the maintenance and improvement of the office environment.   

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Day to day administration of the studio;
  • Overseeing front-of-house operation, reception and admin support;
  • Office supply management and procurement;
  • General office expense control;
  • Coordination of staff project travel and assisting accounts team with disbursement process;
  • Records management;
  • Company email management; and
  • Managing studio presentation, security, safety and hygiene.   

As the central contact for staff and general office matters, this role liaises with the IT, HR and accounts teams and provides direct operational and administrative support to the Directors through travel and diary management. 

The preferred candidate will have strong PC and Microsoft office skills and all-rounder knowledge and interest in areas of business administration. 

This position is well-suited to an individual with experience in a design based professional services environment.  Office hours are 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday which requires you to be reliable, punctual and have a reasonably flexible attitude towards working hours from time to time.  

Salary packages and general terms are negotiable in accordance with experience and market rates. 


To apply:

  • Submit your application including cover letter and CV via email to [email protected]
  • Include subject line reference: 'ADMIN MEL'
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.
  • Interested applicants are encouraged to apply in a timely manner.  

PROJECT ARCHITECTS MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) is renowned for producing buildings which are cutting edge in design and incorporate fine technical detail. The firm is experiencing an exciting period of growth and is now looking for talented and experienced Project Architects in both our Melbourne and Sydney studios.

FKA's Project Architects perform senior roles on projects and are generally regarded as being on a pathway to leadership positions within the practice.

To be effective in the role a practitioner must be a competent, organised and a charismatic influence upon their team, committed to being "hands-on" in the production of deliverables to satisfy the requirements of our clients, their stakeholders, planning authorities, the consultant team and the contractor. 

Working together with a Director or Associate Director, Project Architects have close involvement in resourcing and key decisions influencing the delivery process.  Leading a project team within scope, budget, QA protocols and program while taking an active hands-on approach with CAD production, consultant team and site related matters. 

Successful applicants will have experience in the leadership of a project team and broad experience on medium to large-scale projects from town planning through to completion.

Salary packages and general terms are negotiable in accordance with experience and market rates.   Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply in a timely manner.


 To apply: 

  • Submit your application including cover letter, CV and sample portfolio via email to [email protected]
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.

ARCHITECTS & EXPERIENCED GRADUATES OF ARCHITECTURE MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Operating from a new studio fit-out in Southbank, FK Architects is offering a number of positions as we expand our architecture and interior design teams. With a strong pipeline of work we are seeking a range of versatile design professionals.

Architects and experienced Graduates of Architecture with experience across a variety of project typologies including; high rise residential, multi-residential, hotel, commercial towers, retirement living and aged care facilities are invited to submit applications. Strength in areas of design development, documentation, consultant coordination and project leadership are all of significant interest. Suitable candidates must be a competent, organised and committed to being "hands-on" in the production of deliverables to satisfy the requirements of our clients, their stakeholders, planning authorities, the consultant team and the contractor.

Salary packages and general terms are negotiable in accordance with experience and market rates. Secure full-time positions or flexible working arrangements will be considered to secure ideal candidates.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Successful candidates will be:

  • Experienced practitioners in the delivery of medium to large-scale projects;
  • Skilled in the use of BIM (ArchiCAD); and
  • Knowledgeable in relevant building codes and regulations.

To apply:

  • Submit your application including cover letter, CV and sample portfolio via email to [email protected]
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.

SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN MELBOURNE

Operating from our new studio fit-out in Southbank, FK Architects is offering a number of positions as we expand our architecture and interior design teams. With a strong pipeline of work, we are currently seeking a Senior Architectural Technician to join our team. 

Architectural Technicians or Technical Architects, skilled in the use of ArchiCAD are invited to submit applications.  The preferred candidate will have expertise in the preparation of façade details for design development and construction.  Relevant industry experience to be presented in a compelling portfolio of work and ideally includes medium density, high-rise residential and tall commercial development sectors, however in-depth exposure on other building types of suitable scale and complexity would certainly be considered.  Experience with BIM and the ability to produce construction details using ArchiCAD is highly regarded.     

Salary packages and general terms are negotiable. 

Secure full-time positions or flexible working arrangements will be considered to secure ideal candidate. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


To apply: 

  • Submit your application including cover letter, CV and sample portfolio to [email protected] (max. 9MB)
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis

INTERIOR DESIGNERS MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) is offering a number of positions as we expand our architecture and interior design teams. With a strong pipeline of work we are seeking a range of versatile design professionals.

Interior designers with experience in the development and delivery of interior schemes on multi-unit and high-rise residential, commercial, gallery and/or hospitality projects are invited to submit applications.    

The successful candidate will be experienced and versatile, with the ability to be actively involved in design, documentation and construction phases of projects.  The role offers excellent scope and opportunity for direct client and consultant contact and exposure to site related works.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Production of concept designs and presentation drawings;
  • Materials selection;
  • Interior space planning;
  • Client and consultant presentations;
  • Services coordination; and
  • Site and defect inspections. 

Salary packages and general terms are negotiable in accordance with experience.  Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis. 


 To apply:

  • Submit your application including cover letter, CV and sample portfolio via email to [email protected]
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.