UTS Blackfriars Design Competition

08 December 2017

KIRK recently submitted their design for the invitation-only UTS Blackfriars Precinct Research Building (BPRB)FF design competition.

Our vision for the BPRB...

Purple Jade Construction Continues

29 August 2017

In 2013, Kirk was appointed as Design Architect for Purple Jade Stage 2, a series of luxury villas and apartments within the prestigious Beijing development....

West End House published on ArchDaily

22 August 2017

“Recycled structural timber joists and hangers are expressed, defining the intimacy of living areas…” See the full post about KIRK’s 2015 West End House...

KIRK welcomes Michael Croft to the Team

20 July 2017

We are pleased to welcome Michael Croft to the KIRK team. Michael is an architectural graduate with diverse experience in Residential, Education and Transport...

KIRK welcomes Caryn Streeter to the Team

12 July 2017

KIRK are delighted to welcome Caryn Streeter to our Brisbane Studio. Caryn is a recent University of Queensland Master of Architecture graduate with previous...

Kirk attends A'17

08 June 2017

Richard Kirk recently traveled to Orlando for A’17 – the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2017 Conference on Architecture. At the conference, Thomas Vonier...

Kirk Talks Sustainability in Myanmar

05 June 2017

Recently, Richard Kirk was invited by Austrade to be one of the keynote speakers at the Green Building & Water Technologies Seminar in Yangon, Myanmar.


KIRK is hiring

26 May 2017

We are currently looking for passionate graduates and architects to join our award-winning Brisbane studio.

Successful applications must have strong REVIT and documentation skills. Please...

From the National President

23 May 2017

‘At the National Architecture Conference, PRAXIS, earlier this month, there was a particularly poignant moment when the energetic Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra observed, ‘As...

KIRK are hiring in KL

04 May 2017

KIRK are currently on the lookout for Architectural Graduates to join our Kuala Lumpur studio.

The successful applicants will have: – strong REVIT...

NTU Learning Hub North Spine Site Vist

11 April 2017

Richard Kirk visited our NTU Learning Hub North Spine construction site in Singapore last week to inspect progress and view the facade sample panel...

KIRK welcomes David Gowty to the team

07 December 2016

We are very pleased to welcome David Gowty to the KIRK team. David’s extensive international experience in hotels and residential work further enhances our...

We are Hiring in KL

02 November 2016

KIRK are currently on the lookout for Architectural Graduates in our KL studio.

The successful applicants will have: – strong REVIT and documentation...

Kirk has moved to 11 Logan Road

31 August 2016

KIRK has moved into their new studio at 11 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, 4102. With only one former renovation undertaken in 1933 by architect Atkinson...

Positions Vacant

24 June 2016

KIRK is currently seeking applicants for the following positions in our award winning studio in Brisbane.

The successful applicants will have:...

11 Logan Rd Nearing Completion

17 May 2016

The refurbishment of 11 Logan Rd Woolloongabba is nearing completion. Recycled Blackbutt timber floors are now installed, sanded and sealed.

Dr Andrew Magub joins KIRK

17 February 2016

We are pleased to announce Dr Andrew Magub has joined KIRK as a Principal.

With a focus on the commercial and office management, Andrew will...

NTU North Spine Learning Hub Under Construction

02 February 2016

Construction has commenced on KIRK’s next international project – the North Spine Learning Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

KIRK, in association...

KIRK Kuala Lumpur Office Opening party

12 October 2015

KIRK recently celebrated the relocation of our Kuala Lumpur studio. This event was an opportunity for us to celebrate the establishment of our first...

KIRK's First Malaysian Project Underway

17 June 2015

Construction of KIRK’s first Malaysian project is underway with the retaining works complete and podium carpark structure in progress. The podium is expected to be...

Kuala Lumpur Studio Relocation

22 May 2015

We are excited to announce that we have finalised our Kuala Lumpur studio relocation. The address for the new location is as follows:

The Troika, B-8-3,...

KIRK Kuala Lumpur Studio Relocation

23 April 2015

Our studio in Kuala Lumpur will be relocating in the next few weeks. The new studio location will be updated on our website once the...

Bramston Residence Under Construction

10 April 2015

The Bramston Residence is currently under construction. Richard and the team went on site with the clients to see the blockwork wall starting to take...

Granville Residence nears completion

17 March 2015

Our Granville Residence project in West End is nearing completion. This project occupies a rare fragment of previously undeveloped land in the historically dense inner-city...

2014 National Architecture Awards Success

12 November 2014

The Richard Kirk Architect + Hassell flagship Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at the University of Queensland has received three prestigious awards at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) 2014 National Architecture Awards presented in Darwin on Thursday 6 November.

The Global Cafe 2014

10 November 2014

75 international experts will be presenting at the Brisbane Global Café 2014, a world-first global thought-leadership event held at Brisbane City Hall this week, prior...

AEB - 10 of the Best Universities in the World

24 September 2014

Times Higher Education Twitter followers have nominated The Advanced Engineering Building, The University of Queensland as one of 10 Best university buildings of the World.


Positions at KIRK

18 February 2014

KIRK is currently seeking a GRADUATE ARCHITECT and recently REGISTERED ARCHITECT (up to 5 years) to join our award winning...

AEB Review in Architecture Australia

14 February 2014

The Advanced Engineering Building at the University of Queensland has been featured in a review by Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper in the January/February 2014 issue of Architecture Australia magazine.

ABC Steel Fins Featured on BlueScope

18 December 2013

The ABC Building has recently been featured in the article ‘ABC Brisbane Accommodation Project’ on BlueScope Steel’s website in November, 2013.

AEB Featured On Wallpaper* Website

24 October 2013

AEB has been included as a feature project on Wallpaper* as a part of the Architecture News: Letter From Australia. The article highlights the new wave of architecture sweeping Australian cities, showcasing projects from around the country.

Timber – The Greener Alternative

23 October 2013

Richard Kirk has featured in Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times, highlighting opportunities to leverage timber use in sustainable building design.

The article entitled ‘Timber –...

World Architecture Day At AEB

23 September 2013

The Advanced Engineering Building at UQ will host Revealing Architecture: The Clients’ Exposé as part of World Architecture Day on Monday 7 October.

The evening event will feature a panel discussion and audience Q&A expressly considering the client’s perspective on the role of architecture in a changing world. Panellists to the discussion include Dr Catherin Bull, Renaye Peters, Professor Graham Schaffer, Steven Wilson, with Janne Ryan as Master of Ceremonies.

RKA’s Alice St Bridge Proposal on Nine News Tonight

17 September 2013

RKA’s proposal for the Alice Street Pedestrian Bridge will feature tonight on Nine News as a part of the launch for Brisbane City Council’s new City Centre Master Plan (CCMP).

The pedestrian bridge is one of six priority projects to be selected to kick-start the transformation of Brisbane’s city centre. These projects will commence during the next five years to revitalise city streets and riverfront precincts, and better connect inner-city neighbourhoods by providing a green ‘gateway’ into the CBD.

AEB begins life at UQ

21 August 2013

Student and academic life has started at the University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building with the commencement of Semester 2, 2013.
The early stages of the building’s occupation has been captured in new photography, with spaces now populated by students, researchers and academic staff. All evidence suggests the AEB has reached the University’s vision of creating a building to celebrate, collaborate, create, learn, innovate & sustain within an integrated engineering landscape.

Richard Kirk to speak as part of the 2013 PAM Lecture Series

20 August 2013

Dates have now been released for the 2013 PAM Lecture Series with Richard Kirk listed amongst speakers from France, Singapore and Malaysia. The lecture Buildings That Breathe… will cover recent work completed by the practice in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, with a particular focus on the practice’s approach to creating buildings and places fine-tuned to their environment and place.

RKA Wins New NTU Singapore Project

08 August 2013

Richard Kirk Architect, in association with DCA Architects, has been awarded the new Learning Hub facility at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) through a limited design competition.

With a foregrounding of sustainability initiatives, the new facility will transform the delivery of higher education and create a vibrant campus heart at NTU through cutting-edge spaces that promote active social learning, and a building that opens and embraces a revitalised landscape setting.

Atlas of the Unbuilt World Exhibition

06 June 2013

Richard Kirk Architect was one of three Australian architecture practices invited to exhibit in the Atlas of the Unbuilt World exhibition at the Bartlett School...

AEB Featured In Timber+Design

30 April 2013

The University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) has featured in the most recent issue of Timber+Design. The article explores the some of the strategies employed in the AEB which have contributed to its status as a benchmark for sustainable architecture.

The article features an interview with RKA Director, Richard Kirk, who discusses the aesthetic, environmental and structural strengths of using timber in a building with one of Australia’s largest timber-framed auditoriums.

First Call for the QSO

01 March 2013

The ‘First Call’ rehearsal for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) took place on 5 February 2013 in the purpose built Media Production Studio in RKA’s new ABC Headquarters at South Bank.

RKA and Arup were present for several days of rehearsals, testing and fine tuning the rehearsal space acoustics. The fine tuning occurs by adjusting the operable acoustic elements in the MPS such as the side wall acoustic banners, cyclorama drape and the overhead acoustic canopy panels. Numerous design modes were set utilising these operable elements to cater for a diverse range of orchestral music, and radio and television production. These automated modes (with corresponding air conditioning delivery systems) facilitate soloist rehearsal, chamber orchestra, full symphony orchestra (with or without choir), television and radio recording (with or without audience) and rock group rehearsal.

Site: Installation of AEB Terracotta Façade Tiles

14 February 2013

The much anticipated terracotta façade tiles are currently being installed at AEB. Vertical members are craned into place individually to form a fenestrated façade which will moderate heat load on the Northern elevation, whilst retaining day-light and external views from the workspaces inside. The terracotta product is manufactured in Lower Bavaria using natural clay materials sourced adjacent or in close proximity to the site. The AEB is scheduled for completion mid 2013.

Site: AEB Terracotta Façade Tiles

01 December 2012

RKA recently visited Moeding the German manufacturer of the Terracotta façade elements to be installed at the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB). The trip, which was used to review and refine final prototypes, also afforded the opportunity to study the sophisticated systems used in their manufacture. Whilst the Terracotta elements are typically used as façade tiles, the AEB will use a proprietary system.

Site: ABC’s Media Production Studio Nears Completion

30 November 2012

The 600m2, 250-seat Media Production Studio (MPS) at the ABC Headquarters is nearing completion, with final fitout work underway. This unique space will be the primary residence of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) as they move from their Ferry Road Studios in West End. The new MPS has been purpose built with specific acoustic requirements for the QSO and ABC TV and Radio production. Virtual acoustic modelling allowed various acoustic panelling (absorbers, and reflective and diffusing elements) to be designed and finetuned by RKA and the acoustic engineer (Arup) in an iterative process. Auralisation and sound visualisation sessions were held with RKA, the ABC and QSO in Arup’s virtual studio in Melbourne. The MPS will hold its first public event in December.

RKA featured on the Design Dividend

30 November 2012

The Sir Llew Edwards Building by Richard Kirk Architect has featured as a case study in compelling architecture for tertiary education on new archi-blog the Design Dividend. The blog, an advocate for Queensland architecture, cites the building as transformative in the experience it generates for university staff, students and visitors and credits the building with creating a new landmark for UQ.

“Experience + Image: Authenticity in Architecture”

13 November 2012

The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University was recently visited by Richard Kirk, Director of Richard Kirk Architect from Brisbane, Australia.

In a lecture organised by the studio of Professor Hu, Richard’s talk entitled “Experience + Image: Authenticity in Architecture” discussed themes that have informed his practice over the past 15 years and commented on current trends in the approach to architectural thinking, design and procurement.

Building projects boom at The University of Queensland

30 September 2012

More than $740 million worth of building projects are in progress across the campuses and properties of The University of Queensland (UQ), with some completion dates set from early 2013. Among these is the prestigious $135 million Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at UQ, St Lucia Campus, due to be completed in April 2013 and fully operational by semester 2, 2013.

AEB roof truss lift

06 June 2012

On 5 June 2012 the timber trussed auditorium roof for the University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) was successfully lifted into place.

RKA tweets the National Conference

14 May 2012

The RKA team were active on Twitter during the National Conference in Brisbane over the weekend. A selection of tweets recording the team’s experience of the conference are embedded below.

RKA Bilingual Website 双语网站

12 April 2012

The Richard Kirk Architect website is now bilingual. RKA的官方网站现已更新为中英文双语。

Information for all projects is available in both English and Chinese. Please use the control at the...

Trade Mission to China, April 2012

25 March 2012

In April 2012, Richard Kirk will join a Queensland Government Trade Mission to western China and Hong Kong. This 10 day trip will focus on...

Lecture on Sustainable Universities

22 March 2012

On 26 March 2012, Richard Kirk will deliver a guest lecture on ‘Creating Sustainable Universities’ for the Queensland University of Technology.

The lecture will focus on...

National Architecture Conference

29 February 2012

RKA is excited to announce that Richard has been selected as a key speaker for the 2012 National Architecture Conference to be held in...

Travel: Japan, February 2012

24 February 2012

In February 2012, Luke Hayward briefly travelled to Japan, where he spent most time in and around Osaka.

A highlight of the trip was visiting the...

Travel: Vietnam, February 2012

17 February 2012

RKA’s most recent graduate, Jonathan Ward, recently undertook a two week intrepid journey through Vietnam to celebrate the successful completion of his Master of Architecture....

Site: LIB precast blades

03 February 2012

Precast concrete sun-shading panels have been installed on the North and South facades of the Learning Innovation Building at the University of Queensland.

Travel: Japan, December 2011

22 December 2011

In December 2011, Mitch Reed enjoyed a brief tour of Japan, where he visited Kyoto and Tokyo.

Highlights included The Golden Pavillion, Ryoan-ji Temple, traditional...

Happy Holidays from RKA

15 December 2011

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2012 from Richard Kirk Architect.

The office will be closed between Monday 19 December 2011 and Friday 6 January 2012.

Graduation: Jonathan Ward

10 December 2011

December saw some success within the office with Jonathan Ward receiving the Karl and Gertrude Langer Memorial Design Prize and the John Simpson Book Prize...

Site: AEB Superlab Slab Pour

06 December 2011

Construction of the University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building reached a major milestone in December 2011 with the pouring of a feature floor plate for...

Team RKA ride: Brisbane to Gold Coast

09 October 2011

On Sunday October 9 2011, Team RKA participated in the Wilson HTM Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.

Perfect, warm weather set the scene...

Site: ABC Blade Installation

04 October 2011

The 10mm thick 350 grade mild steel folded metal blades were installed on the NW and SW facades of the ABC building over...

Green Building Week 2011 Singapore

17 September 2011

During the Singapore Green Building Week in 2011 Richard Kirk presented papers on sustainability imperatives in the University sector at the International Green Building Conference...

Travel: China, April 2011

05 May 2011

In April 2011, Mitch Reed enjoyed a brief tour of China.

Highlights included shuffling through the bustling streets of Hong Kong, exerperiencing the natural and...

Site: ABC Blade Prototype

08 April 2011

RKA visited the Aclad factory in Wakerley, Brisbane to inspect a full-scale prototype of the folded metal blades that feature on the NW and...