With the weeks and months flying by and lots of exciting projects on the go, we thought it was about time for another BASE update!

As usual, the entire team have been working and playing hard, with some recent highlights including the first BASE Architecture Seminar, a team entry in the Boral Design Awards (to be judged in November), and the establishment of a BASE netball team, just to name a few.

The BASE Architecture Seminar ‘Houses: Renovations & New Builds’ in August was a great success — thanks especially goes to Josh Neale of Westera Partners, and Ben Lewis of Norris Clark and O’Brien for contributing as guest speakers on the night. There was an unprecedented amount of interest sparked from the seminar which has encouraged us to continue the seminar series and present a new topic early in the new year.

The Boral Design Competition entry was a long time in the making and was a great opportunity for us to push the envelope on medium density residential living.

As for the netball team — although we’d love to say BASE is dominating and at the top of the ladder this is sadly not the case — we are, however, having a lot of fun!


We are pleased to announce that the BASE team is expanding again — with the addition of Hannah Waring and Clint Mackay to our team. Hannah is a second year architecture student at QUT and we look forward to seeing her develop her passion for design and form an integral part of our office. Clint, a Graduate of Architecture, will be starting later this month and looks forward to expanding his design skills to smaller-scale residential projects at BASE.

Last but not least, we are also counting down the days until the arrival of another new member of the BASE “family” — Giova’s baby girl Mia is due in early November and we can’t wait to meet her! We wish Giova and her family the best of luck and look forward to welcoming Giova back into the office in May next year.


In the second half of 2010, we have seen a number of projects through to the final stages of construction, including:

  • Audiology Fit Out
  • Mark Street
  • McLachlan Street Commercial
  • Braeside Street


This half of the year has seen a surge in BASE projects under construction. It’s been a very busy time of the year in the lead up to these projects starting on site, but we are already beginning to see some great results!


In the last few months a number of BASE team members have received acknowledgment in a range of arenas, including:

Shawn Godwin announced as a finalist for the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards in the category of Young Business Person of the Year. Shawn was nominated secretly by the BASE staff as a way of showing our respect and appreciation.

The overall winner of the award will be announced at a black tie event later this month! Thanks to Josh Neale of Westera Partners, and Peter Meland of Maicon Construction for your statements of support.

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Shawn and Nat’s house, Stonehawke, was further acknowledged at the AIA Queensland State Architecture Awards, receiving a Commendation.

Jessica Graham has been listed as a finalist in the Designer Rugs Evolve Awards. If you like, you can vote for Jess by clicking here. Voting puts you in the running to win a $1000 Design Rugs gift certificate, along with supporting Jess to win a trip to Milan and a limited edition of her “Tailfeather” rug valued at $4000!


Since our last update, we have been lucky enough to receive some significant coverage in local and international media, some of the highlights include:


Projects we are expecting to begin construction in the coming weeks and months include:

  • Island (Coffs Harbour)
  • Lucy Street
  • Palmer Street
  • Campbell Terrace
  • Willmington Street
  • Watson Street
  • Bellevue Apartments
  • Cameron Street
  • Carroll Crescent
  • Rydges Hotel
  • Howard Street


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Jess Graham from BASE is organising a school building project in Railaco Kraik, East Timor. In conjunction with Comunidade Edmund Rice, the school will be built by volunteers from Terrace Timor Network, UQ Timor Association, and Railaco locals. With only 6 weeks until they set off, the team still needs to raise additional funds to cover construction costs. They would greatly appreciate your assistance for this worthy cause. Donations are tax deductible and whether large or small — they all make a difference. In acknowledgement of their generosity, all individual or company names will be inscribed in the slab of the school. Email Jess for info.

Christmas is rapidly approaching and with so many projects at various stages of completion, these final months of the year are sure to be an exciting time for all involved.

Thanks from all of us for your ongoing support and involvement with BASE Architecture in our endeavour to create inspiring architecture.

Best wishes for a safe and productive end to 2010,

Shawn Godwin and the BASE Architecture Team