POWE Architects is seeking a recent Graduate with a Masters of Architecture or equivalent to work on our clients’ diverse range of projects, including medium density and high-rise residential, commercial, mixed-use and retail.

The role will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to work in all aspects of our profession including project procurement, client liaison, design, documentation, quality control and project management.

Build Your Story with us!

POWE Architects is seeking an enthusiastic & motivated Architectural Graduate with proficient knowledge of ArchiCAD or Revit who is targeting registration and eager to be involved in the many aspects of the practice of architecture.  Good drawing and communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team are essential.

Our Values

– We embrace a ‘one team’ culture; we connect & work with our clients.
– We remain curious & embrace change.
– We build solutions that work; we drive results from start to finish.
– We add value; we keep trust and integrity at the heart of everything we do.

We offer

– Long-term career & professional development
– A diverse portfolio of project work
– An inclusive, creative, busy, fun, social team environment
– A vibrant office in Fortitude Valley, easily accessible via public transport

Our clients value our services; we compete on value not price & benefit from our use of the best technology available to the industry, including the latest 3D virtual computer model software & our commitment to BIM.

The continued success of our practice is made possible by the efforts of our team members, who provide a personal and friendly service and are committed to high professional and design standards.

The Position

– You will be a valued member of our talented team that values diversity, agility & variety; no rock stars or pigeonholes here.
– You will access career opportunities; we offer responsibility, seek accountability & acknowledge performance.
– We encourage & support our graduates in their journey to register as architects.
– You will be included in a team culture that values regular open communication.

You will be part of a busy and creative studio environment in Fortitude Valley – a vibrant location that accommodates our ever-increasing project and client commitments and is easily accessible via public transport.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate:

– Proficient skills in ArchiCAD or Revit
– An eagerness to be involved in the many aspects of the practice of architecture, including business development.
– Strong client management skills and communication skills
– A commitment to the pursuit of quality design and architectural outcomes

Apply now: send your CV & cover letter to enquiries@powearchitects.com

A Development Application has been lodged with Fraser Coast Regional Council for Hervey Bay Homemaker Centre, situated on the busy intersection of Main Street and Stirling Drive in Pialba, Hervey Bay.

At a glance:

  • – 32,500m2 site
  • – Over 13,000m2 of showroom warehouses
  • – 300 car parks.

In addition, a combined fast-food drive-thru and fuel outlet are located on the prominent corner site. The concept provides for a variety of large format tenancy sizes which follow the falls of the natural ground levels.

A particular challenge for the design was maintaining a significant stormwater and overload flow path through the site.

The Powe Team designed a variety of facade and roof forms to articulate the building, provide eye-catching signage opportunities and reduce the visual bulk of the building.

Brisbane City Council recently approved the redevelopment of the iconic Eagers Car Showroom site for Griffith Group at the intersection of Newmarket Road and Silvester Street in Windsor. The Development Approval continues the response to ongoing market demand and redevelopment of the vibrant Newmarket area to provide a commercially yet demand-based development. Through careful analysis of the existing uses and future development, POWE Architects worked closely with Griffith Group and Place Design Group to provide a new mixed-use retail offering of service station, fast food and warehousing development, to provide amenity to the surrounding Brisbane inner-north.

The service station and fast food offering positioning reinforces the use of a strong arterial and high volume traffic intersection and provides a much higher amenity to local surrounding business. It is this ongoing transition of Brisbane from the light industrial base to a more defined mixed business and retail area, which underpins the development strategy. The provision of warehousing, alongside the traffic-based service station development, to a vibrant and inviting urban inner northern suburb corner, adds another level of amenity for both locals and visitors to the area. The careful design and identification of the best vehicular and pedestrian movements into and across the site adds to the design and placement of canopy heights and building signage elements. Carefully detailed high-level perforated screening and signage provides a cohesive and recognisable Architectural backdrop to the site, promoting trade and activity to the area.

This mixed-use development, with a the clarity of vehicular and pedestrian access to the site, promotes and supports trade and retail to the local area and more broadly the continuing growth of the Inner North of Brisbane.

Similar projects the POWE team has delivered include:

Servico on Olsen
Travel Centre 34, Eagleby
Coomera Service Centre
The Lakes Centre

By Len Powe

There was no time to make it perfect but architectural practices were generally united in the view, “How good was JobKeeper!” to paraphrase our Prime Minister. It’s not a question, it’s more a fact. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, the federal government’s $90 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme has apparently helped about 500,000 businesses and more than 3.6 million workers to keep their heads above water. Most architectural practices were businesses where “workers” benefited from this government initiative. JobKeeper was a quick and dirty response at a time when fast and assertive action was required. Rather than stress about financial security, JobKeeper allowed practices to focus on their clients, business relationships and how to respond to the post-COVID world, the new normal.

Many practices still had to make difficult decisions about their staff but, at the same time, others were able to retain and support their people in their remote working situations. Most importantly, this minimised the loss of experienced team members and it seems this outcome was generally replicated across many Australian businesses. While other industries weren’t so fortunate, the key objective of the JobKeeper scheme achieved its aim to plug the hole in business revenue and prevent business owners from having their backs to the wall. 

Simply put, it was no-one’s fault. Most clients eventually succumbed to the economic uncertainty through 2020 and inevitably chose to park their projects and wait. The trouble was, what were we all waiting for, and for how long? Retail and commercial clients found prospective tenants reluctant to commit to leases because they were nervously in lockdown and wouldn’t travel. The economic implications were unpredictable and not for the risk-averse. Residential clients, particularly in the build to rent space, stopped any further work on new projects to commendably focus on supporting their existing tenants who were suffering rent stress. There was a general acceptance that nothing new would happen until there was a vaccine. Whether it was a self-fulfilling prophecy or not, that proved to be the case. 

Unfortunately, the vaccine rollout has become party political and we’ve lost perspective on how fortunate we are as a nation envied by the rest of the world. There is no question some businesses thrived during the pandemic and others are still struggling. As a country, we are bouncing back and it is encouraging to observe that architects are amongst the fortunate ones to see our businesses experiencing renewed activity, growth and resurgence. But when we reflect on the past year, we inevitably conclude “How good was JobKeeper!”.

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Should I stay or should I go?

Stages 5 and 6 of Richlands Square Marketplace which includes restaurants, cafes, fresh food outlets and other convenience shopping as part of a vibrant retail and commercial precinct on Garden Road, Richlands, 16km southwest of Brisbane CBD.

The POWE Architects design for Richlands Square Marketplace responds to Pod Developments vision for the site; the same developers who are also the driving force behind the Richlands Square Home centre directly opposite. The Stage 1 GYG fast food outlet opened recently to great local support and Stage 2 is soon to commence construction.

Model image of Richlands Square Marketplace

Coloured vertical blades are incorporated into the gateway corner feature of Richlands Square Marketplace, addressing the high volume traffic to the roundabout intersection and anchoring the high point of the site.  This corner feature provides variation to the façade treatment and introduces a dynamic light and shade effect during the day which becomes an attractive light feature at night. In addition, glazing elements and more domestic scale materials and colours have been introduced into the main building forms, providing a backdrop for the centre signage.

The scale of this corner feature deliberately contrasts with the finer-grained, lower entry statements, located further along both primary frontages. These two main entries to the centre provide a human scale sense of arrival with full accessibility and, in the case of Garden Road, direct access from the bus stop. This approach to site access is considered essential to the primary retail function of the centre and to pedestrian customer convenience. The use of more residential forms, fine grain battening and the choice of tactile elements of brick and timber introduce an intimate quality to these spaces, reinforcing them as entry statements and enticing customers to extend their stay.

Similar projects the POWE Team have delivered include:

To DA: Narangba Heights Retail Centre

To completion: Horizon Retail Centre, Wellington Point