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Sandra Furtado
Niall Durney

A new focus on smaller-scale public works such as museums and community precincts has reaped rewards for Crone Architects, with benefits including employee satisfaction and industry recognition.

Crone’s Sandra Furtado and Niall Durney were interviewed recently by on-line publication, The Fifth Estate, specialist reporters on the built environment.

Mr Durney commented, “Crone had always done big-scale commercial, residential, hotels, anything that was in the hundreds of millions,” he said. “So I started to target smaller projects, like public works – museums, community precincts – anything we thought we could experiment with architecturally and try and do something differently.

“And also just get ourselves out in the market and be seen as somebody who does beautiful bespoke projects just as much as we do really large-scale work.”

Ms Furtado said these smaller notable projects were helpful for staff retention and employee satisfaction.

“When you are working on larger projects you have endure a process which sometimes takes three to five years for it to become realised and, when we are working as a team, sometimes – and quite often it happens – the team transitions once or twice until the building is realised.

“With small projects you can see it from concept to completion looking at maybe two to three years – so it’s a much faster turnaround,” she said. “It gives the young architects an opportunity to follow a building from the design to delivery and it’s also an opportunity for us to showcase some of skills faster than if we were waiting for a large project to be completed.

The full article is available here:

Crone adds bespoke and beautiful to its large scale works

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