Michael Rowlands

Michael Rowlands
Studio Director
PERTH
B.L.Arch (Hons), University of Western Australia
BCom, University of Western Australia

Michael is a Studio Director of ASPECT Studios, Perth. Michael has established a reputation for delivering unique and memorable places grounded in best practice contemporary design — places that enrich people’s lives and are sustainable across all aspects of urban life.

Michael’s interest is in designing public realm projects with an emphasis on elevating the individual and collective experience of the communities they serve. Creating places that excite and inspire in a contextually meaningful way, while also addressing the complex strategic and functional imperatives that successful contemporary cities demand.

Prior to joining ASPECT Studios, Michael’s experience includes being a founding member of PLACE Laboratory from its inception in 2010, as well as being a design leader for 8 years.

During his time at PLACE Laboratory, Michael was responsible for the design direction,
management, detailing and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects such as Curtin’s Creative Quarter, Medical School and Bus Interchange, Lakelands Town Centre and Yanchep Estate Masterplan & public realm delivery.

Michael has also played a key role on a number of successful international design competitions and high-profile projects in Australia and overseas, working in London at Martha Schwartz Partners and with Richard Weller & Room 4.1.3 in Australia.

International project experience includes collaboration with Architectural practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour (Wood Wharf, London), Studio Libeskind (Yongsan Masterplan, Seoul Korea), Albert Wimmer (Hospital North, Vienna Austria).

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

Recent Professional History

Institutional: Academic & Hospitals

  • Curtin Medical School, Bentley
  • Curtin Creative Quarter, Bentley
  • Curtin Bus Interchange, Bentley
  • Curtin John Curtin Court, Bentley
  • United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain with Cox Architects
  • Krankenhaus Nord (Hospital North), Vienna with Albert Wimmer Architects

Multi-Residential

  • The Springs Hotel & Office Development, Rivervale
  • Cottesloe Beach House, Cottesloe with Kerry Hill Architects
  • Donnybrook House, Donnybrook with Kerry Hill Architects
  • Knutsford Development, Fremantle
  • Leighton Apartments “Beach Garden” with Room 4.1.3 & Multiplex

Streetscape and Urban Centres

  • Marina Village, Port Coogee
  • Lakelands Town Centre, Mandurah
  • Cecil Avenue West, Canning
  • Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen Scotland

Commercial

  • Qatar Petroleum Headquarters, Qatar with SOM Architects
  • Parc1 Commercial Tower, Seoul with Rogers Stirk Harbour

Masterplanning

  • Wood Wharf, London with Rogers Stirk Harbour
  • Brookdale Suburban Masterplan, Brookdale with Richard Weller & UWA Research team
  • Midland Redevelopment with Tract Landscape Architects
  • Blaxland Common “Newparkscape”, Sydney competition finalist with Room 4.1.3
  • Yanchep Golf Estate Masterplan & Stage delivery, Yanchep
  • Yongsan Masterplan, Seoul with Studio Libeskind
  • Parliamentary Precinct Masterplan, Perth with HASSELL for Office of Government Architects
  • Tsunami Memorial Competition, Kao Lak Thailand, finalist with Richard Weller
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