New director at SJB
SJB Architects has appointed Oliver Mayger as a director in its Melbourne office. Originally from Britain, Mr Mayger joined SJB in 2006 and became an associate in 2007. Since joining SJB, he has been integral to big projects, including the RACV Healesville Country Club and the residential apartment projects, A Place to Live in Richmond, and Green Square in Abbotsford, for Salta Properties. Before joining SJB, Mr Mayger worked in Britain and Western Australia. He joins SJB Architects' existing directors, Michael Bialek, Tony Battersby, Owen Chow and Alfred de Bruyne. The appointment coincides with the retirement of SJB founder and director Charles Justin, who began the practice in 1976 with Mr Bialek and Alan Synman.
BVN won the 2012 Sulman Architecture Award at the Australian Institute of Architects Awards, becoming the first architecture practice to win seven Sulman awards since the award was first presented in 1932. It is 22 years since BVN received its first Sulman award, with the latest award given for the Ravenswood School for Girls' Mabel Fidler building, which contains a library and resource hub, in Gordon, Sydney. The jury noted the "elegant planning, the sheer delight of the library space and strong sculptural presence", terming it "a fine model for a school of the future".
Real estate firm CBRE has expanded its valuation and advisory services with the launch of a national rating and taxing division. Kate Adams has joined CBRE to establish the division after five years with m3property and three years with Valuer-General Victoria. CBRE Rating and Taxing will assist owners and tenants in reviewing valuation-based statutory assessments that are utilised to levy rates and land tax.