Category: Awards

Ryder Alliance WIN Build New York Live 2015

Over the 48hr period, teams competed against each other to redesign the western side of the world famous Hudson Yards, Manhattan, New York.

The timetable of the event is designed to allow the teams to contribute during or after work. At each event, a major site is announced, with a brief for a significant multi-use development. Teams were free to exploit any interoperable technology and encouraged to update a public collaboration site. All observers of the competition were also free to comment and view each team’s workspace.

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i2C rank 11th in BRW’s Best Place to Work Study under 100 employees category!

i2C has been named as one of the top ranking architecture firms in Australia in BRW’s Best Place to Work Study 2015. The list, published today in The Australian Financial Review, ranked i2C as the 11th Best Place to Work in the Under 100 Employees Category.


The recognition is a testament to the willpower and innovation of a company to fostering committed and engaged employees. i2C’s leadership duo and founding Managing Directors, Brian Jende and Anthony Merlin, cite their longstanding friendship as the fundamental platform for i2C’s workplace culture.

“We wholeheartedly believe that any company is only as good as its people and we want all of our employees to feel that their contribution is valued and that coming to work is about more than just doing a job,” said Merlin.

“We’re proud to have created an encouraging environment where everyone is confident in expressing themselves and are supported by a loyal team,” he said. “We recognise that our employees deserve to enjoy work/life symmetry and we’ve adopted a fun-loving, whole-of-life perspective to reflect this.”


Anthony Merlin (MD) & Brian Jende (MD)

i2C employees enjoy a range of advantages including flexible work hours, breakout rooms to accommodate employee’s children, monthly team events and a working beer keg in each state’s office. Behind the fun and games, i2C actively promotes individual and team development with a rigorous hiring process based on cultural fit and capability, celebration of achievements and a reward and profit share scheme.

Team members are provided with career planning, professional development and on-going education as well as practical support/mentoring, networking and volunteering opportunities to enable personal and professional growth.

Anthony and Brian are delighted with the recognition and encourage other businesses to invest in staff and workplace culture, “We are proud of our workplace model, it makes for a great place for all of us to work and it makes good business sense” they cite.

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Zrinka Lovrencic, Managing Director of Great Place to Work Australia, said that the 2015 Best Place to Work research shows that the companies recognised consistently outperform their competitors.

Over the last few years i2C has consistently ranked in the top 100 Best Places to Work. For more information on working with our team at i2C please visit our Careers page.

i2C, Ryder & BIM Academy Collaboration win “Build Earth Live” Award!

Well done to the NE1forBIM team for taking out a major award at the recent Build Earth Live competition. With over 40 people, from 14 different companies, 11 disciplines across four different cities the Teams submission won the “Best Multi-Disciplinary BIM & use of Interoperability” Award.

i2C collaborated alongside fellow members of the Ryder Alliance (Ryder Architecture & BIM Academy) to join the competition in a team with others around the globe.

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Build Earth Live is a 48 hour design collaboration competition which aims to showcase the use of BIM across the construction disciplines. At midday (GMT) on the 16th of March we received the brief and then had 48 hours to enter our submission.

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Roxburgh Park – 2014 Finalist in Prestigious Shopping Centre Awards

One of Melbourne’s biggest urban growth corridors is home to an innovative new retail heart. The Roxburgh Park Shopping Centre has performed outstandingly well in the year of 2014 reaching Finalist status in two prestigious awards.

Finalist – Design and Development; Renovation and Expansion in the Asia Pacific Shopping Centre Awards

Finalist – Australia’s Best Shopping Centre Development in the Property Council of Australia Awards for Innovation and Excellence

roxburgh_park_1The redevelopment sees a vibrant, bustling retail centre that delivers sustainable urban outcomes and integrates cleverly into the local community. The shopping centre falls under the large umbrella of CFS Retail Property Trust Group.

Managing Director of i2C, Brian Jende said the firm wanted to create a place that is sensitive to the local landscape and could provide an appealing focal point and revitalise the local aesthetics.

“We wanted a place the community could be proud of, and we are delighted with the local response to special elements of the design. This includes consideration of local cultural diversity and a focus on creating places for community connection”.
Brian Jende – Managing Director i2C

Property manager and developer CFS Retail Property Trust Group say that the design was informed by extensive community consultation, which took place in the years leading up to the redevelopment.

“The community wanted the centre to be accessible, convenient, and be a special place they could identify with as ‘their own’. We believe that this has been achieved by i2C and the centre has been embraced by the community.” Don Smith, Development Manager, CFS Retail Property Trust Group.

The design of the centre includes innovative environmental features including natural air ventilation, natural light, water recycling, as well as access to public transport and cyclists facilities for the centre’s staff.

The retail mix includes three supermarkets, fresh food, speciality stores and restaurants ensuring a high visitation rate, with integration of inside and outside space including the preservation of an historic Red River Gum tree as a focal point. Surrounding trees were also retained and are lit for night time which has proven popular with shoppers.

Another outstanding feature of the new development is the large piece of street art created by well known street artists under the direction of Melbourne art director Duro Cubrilo.

Retailers are reaping the benefits of the rejuvenation; owner of Green Apple and Coco Nuts, Zoheer expanded both stores and says they are very happy with the new development as their business has been busier than ever.

The $40m town centre redevelopment Roxburgh Park opened in 2012 and was a collaboration with i2C, Colonial First State Global Asset Management and Probuild.

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i2C – Winners of 2013 Solatube ICE Award for Inspired Design

We are proud to announce that i2C has won the 2013 Solatube ICE Award for Inspired Design. The Solatube ICE awards are in recognition of excellence in daylighting design with Solatube products.

The Solartubes are certainly the main topic of conversation for all visitors to the office. Everyone is amazed with the quality and amount of light that each tube puts out.

 Read about the Awards here



Architectural Firm – Best Places to Work

One of Australia’s most successful architectural firms credits its emphasis on the recreational interests of their team as being paramount to being named in the BRW Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2012.

Anthony Merlin, managing director of i2C, epitomises the modern-day boss that everyone wants, with his keen work-life balance focused approach leading him to purchase an old pub in Sydney and turn it into an office. When the new multimillion dollar renovations took place, it seemed only natural to include a beer tap on the ground floor and include one in the design of the Melbourne offices as well.

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