Don’t panic

As regular Panfilo readers will know, Mihaly Slocombe is the small architecture business I run with my wife. Erica and I also share the parenting of our two young children, who are in grade two and kinder this year. At the best of times this is a daily juggling act of epic proportions. Every day... Continue Reading →

Update on Covid-19 support

A month and a lifetime have passed since my first article examining the various Covid-19 support packages on offer for architects. It feels like the world is a much calmer place now than the chaos, empty supermarkets and general panic of March. So it's time for an update on the support packages, and a summary... Continue Reading →

Downtime activities

A few weeks ago, ArchiTeam initiated a weekly series of virtual gatherings via Zoom. The aim of these is to provide a safe space in which to discuss the Covid-19 induced challenges we're all facing, and stay connected during the coming months of isolation. You can find out more information on the series, including details of... Continue Reading →

More business support during Covid-19

The Australian federal government has announced a further $130b economic stimulus package in response to Covid-19, bringing the total federal stimulus to $319b (or around $24,700 per working Australian). To put this staggering sum into context, the total stimulus provided by the government during the Global Financial Crisis was just $52b or $4,800 per working Australian. Which... Continue Reading →

Business support during Covid-19

The Australian federal government has announced a $189b economic stimulus package in response to Covid-19, which includes a number of support measures for small to medium businesses. State and territory governments have also announced stimulus packages. What follows is a summary of the main support initiatives that will flow the way of architecture practices over coming... Continue Reading →

From CAD to BIM

Earlier this year I shared a list of ten rules for exceptional documentation. The rules were codified following years of experience working with AutoCAD and one or two of its brethren, beginning in my university days and persisting across practices and decades. During that time, I perfected all the fiddly things that a well-rounded drawing set... Continue Reading →

Progress payments by stage

Most of the time, the construction of an architect-designed project proceeds according to plan. Construction unfolds on time. The construction documentation is clear and free of ambiguity. The trades perform their work skilfully and conscientiously. There are few surprises, be they physical or financial. The builder, owner and architect maintain a positive working relationship. Sometimes... Continue Reading →

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