News / October 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Introducing: Ed Mitchell

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Ed Mitchell believes working in a multi-disciplinary way is key to the success of every project.

“Having studied both architecture and landscape architecture, my first project was the Adelaide Zoo. This project was a great way to finesse my skills and develop a range of experience contributing to both the internal and external elements of the project,” Ed said.

Ed has been an influential part of HASSELL for 11 years, starting his career in the Adelaide studio before joining the Melbourne team. His fine-tuned communication skills across verbal, written, and graphic, has positioned him as a team leader of choice for projects with regular presentations, as well as seeing his recent promotion as Melbourne’s Practice Leader for architecture.

Holding a Masters of Architecture and a Degree in Landscape Architecture, Ed brings a well-rounded understanding of complex, and usually trans-disciplinary development issues to all his projects. This is underpinned by a strong commercial understanding and a pragmatic approach to issues of project delivery that draws on excellent construction knowledge.

“Growing up and studying architecture in Adelaide, HASSELL was a name synonymous with the architectural evolution of Adelaide. So many of my favourite buildings I had grown up loving and studying were designed by HASSELL. Buildings such as the Festival Centre, the Colonel Light Centre, and the 1930’s Bank of NSW Building were among my favourites and still are,” he said.

“On my first day I was welcomed to HASSELL by ‘Mr. Hassell’ himself - David Hassell, who was the son of the original founder Colin Hassell, and was still working in the Adelaide studio. Gaining this experience from someone I looked up to was invaluable at that stage of my career,” Ed said.

Ed has been Project Leader for many large scale city shaping master planning projects such as Bowden Urban Village for Renewal S.A., the Prahran Housing Project for DHS, and Caulfield Racecourse for Melbourne Racing Club.

He has also worked on a broad mix of architecture projects, such as the Melbourne Town Hall Refurbishment Project, ‘The Ribbon’ Commercial development in Darling Harbour, Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, and George and Otter Street Residential developments, successfully driving complex and significant city making projects.

HASSELL Principal Ingrid Bakker said that Ed’s attention to detail and drive to exceed client’s expectations was noticed early on.

“Ed’s multi-disciplinary approach makes him invaluable to the projects, but his ability to foster meaningful relationships with clients and staff has made him a significant and trusted figure in the studio. We’re looking forward to seeing Ed take on this new role and not only continuing in the development of his own career, but also others he leads across the practice,” Ingrid said.

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