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Rothelowman defies COVID-19 to promote 15 staff

Rothelowman defies COVID-19 to promote 15 staff


National architecture practice Rothelowman has recognised the innovation of its team, promoting 15 staff nationally, including new Melbourne principal Chris Exner.

In announcing the promotions, Nigel Hobart, Rothelowman’s managing principal, recognised the ongoing efforts of the firm’s staff in adapting to the operational challenges presented by COVID-19.

“As our clients face growing pressures incurred by the pandemic, it’s been incredibly rewarding to watch staff across all three studios become even more determined to identify solutions to ensure the feasibility of their projects in this challenging climate, while adding inherent value.

“Chris Exner is a prime embodiment of this mindset, which is why the senior leadership team decided unanimously that it was the appropriate time for him to be appointed as a principal with a national focus, working with our design teams to seamlessly deliver our projects,” says Hobart.

Rothelowman’s Melbourne principal Chris Exner. Photo courtesy of Rothelowman.

Exner has been with Rothelowman for 15 years, joining as a registered architect and project leader in April 2005. During his tenure, Exner has carved out a niche leading teams to deliver large and complex projects from inception to delivery, particularly in the multi-residential and commercial space.

Deague Groups’ 101 Moray Street. Render courtesy of Rothelowman.

These have included the Deague Groups’ ambitious 101 Moray Street and Far East Corporations’ towering 640 Bourke Street project, though Exner always describes his favourite project as “the next one.”

“It’s a privilege to create a built environment that generates delight for people, and I relish the moment of genesis and finding a project, considering and delivering what the potential may be.

“There’s no point in being concerned with aesthetics at the commencement of the project, it’s critical to instead to find a way of working through that potential of the proposal with the team, solving the right problems in the right order and create the best solution for the project.

“Being able to solve problems practically is key to making a difference. There are a lot of problems to solve, particularly with the state of the world right now, so I’m looking forward to this next phase and being part of an awesome and dedicated team that genuinely wants to make a positive difference,” Exner concluded.

Pragmatic positivity has become the central theme across Rothelowman’s Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne studios. This approach has been the foundation for the firm’s ability to successfully navigate all market conditions and come out stronger as a result.

The full list of promotions at Rothelowman is as follows:

Chris Exner, Principal
Rebecca Frossinos (Arch), Senior Project Leader
Frances Hall (Arch), Senior Associate       

Sam Massey (Arch), Associate

Melanie Adler (Interior Design), Associate  
Olivia Bancroft (Arch), Project Leader
Alexander Burridge (Arch), Project Leader
Greg Foll (Arch), Senior Architect 
Jim Hampson (Arch), Associate  
Catherine Lye (Arch), Senior Architect 
Justin Sargeant (Arch), Senior Project Leader 
Megan Schulte (Arch), Project Leader
Paola Stocco (Interior Design), Senior Project Leader 
Josh Tait (Design), Associate         
Chau Truong, Senior Interior Designer

Earlier this year, architecture and interior design studio Carr also announced new appointments to their Melbourne-based team.


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