News / June 2018
Thursday 1 March 2018
Introducing Fiona Nixon

Recently appointed Principal Fiona Nixon believes good design needs to be affective, as well as effective.

“Good design matters because of its impact on physical and mental well-being. More and more people are moving to cities where the built, rather than natural, environment becomes the setting for all their activities and memories. Buildings must be designed not only for utility, safety and sustainability, but also to support a richness of human experience.” 

Having run her own successful design practices in both Australia and Singapore over a career spanning 25 years, Fiona will be based in the Singapore studio but will work globally to strengthen our hospitality, education, and workplace expertise.

With a passion for architecture that is “evocative to all who encounter it”, Fiona has worked on an impressive portfolio of projects including the Lalu Hotel at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, Beachside Leighton Condominium in Perth and the Du Shu Hu Academy in Suzhou, China.

“I particularly enjoy working on projects where enhanced experience is an explicit goal; functionally complex projects that must feel effortless and delightful,” said Fiona.

“One of the reasons I was drawn to HASSELL is that all the disciplines are under one roof, and there’s immediate access to expertise across the international network. Hospitality, residential and workplace design in particular, demand profound connection between interior, building and context.”

HASSELL Principal Paul Semple says Fiona’s reputation for collaboration and initiating broad conversations brings out the best possible ideas.

“Fiona’s expertise both in Singapore and Australia, as well as internationally, adds valuable depth to our global team,” said Paul.

“She has a unique way of looking at how people experience architecture, which is core to the HASSELL design approach incorporated into all our projects,” he said.

Fiona said she continues to be excited by innovations in design, especially augmented reality, which is just reaching commercial viability.

“Augmented reality will enable better engagement and more extensive prototyping with less risk. With the proviso, of course, that it only simulates inputs to a few of the senses. Experience of the real place through time will, and should, be surprising.”

Project images:
_DBS HQ Singapore by Woodhead Singapore (photograph by Owen Raggett)
_Australian Wildlife Health Centre by Minifie Nixon (photograph by Peter Bennetts)

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