Buchan announces suite of promotions

Buchan has made five new appointments to its global design team with leadership promotions announced across its Perth, Auckland and Christchurch studios.

Bojana Hynes and Rhys Maxwell have been promoted to senior associates, while Alessandro Paladin, Arno Pieters and Bradley Hunting have been appointed as associates.

Buchan CEO Stephen Auld says the announcement is a reflection of the practice’s ongoing evolution as an internationally acclaimed architectural, interior and brand experience firm of 130 years.

“These promotions recognise the significant contributions of these individuals, but also our confidence in them as potential future leaders in the business,” he says.

Buchan’s talent pool consists of more than 250 staff across studios throughout Australia, New Zealand and China.

“Our sector strategy brings our best people to our clients, irrespective of geography. This enables our teams to actively draw on the expertise of our global talent to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients.”

Auld brings a renewed focus to the design studio’s 130-year legacy since his appointment to the helm in January.

“Our emphasis on designing places and spaces that enrich the lives and experience of the individual and the community, is at the heart of what we do at Buchan,” he says.

“Core to this is bringing together and amplifying the diverse expertise of our design visionaries, across borders and sectors, including architecture, masterplanning, interiors and brand experience.”

Auld is focused on unifying and expanding Buchan’s global presence through integrated alliances, including with Nikken Sekkei and CallisonRTKL, to provide clients with access to unprecedented experience and strategic guidance of the world’s leading architects and urban designers.

Rhys Maxwell – Senior Associate, Christchurch

Maxwell is an enthusiastic and collaborative design leader with international experience working on a wide range of projects from rail terminals to boutique residential terrace houses, in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Fiji. His interests lie in masterplanning, placemaking, sustainability, and community centric and cultural design.

Bojana Hynes – Senior Associate, Auckland

Hynes’ input as a senior architect spans nearly a decade at Buchan. Her portfolio includes an array of projects across New Zealand in retail, mixed-use and commercial developments.

Hynes brings an enviable breadth of skill and a collaborative spirit in working with developers, contractors and stakeholders to ensure a consistently high level of design quality and delivery is achieved.

Alessandro Paladin – Associate, Perth

Paladin is an experienced project designer who has worked on a range of projects across Italy, China and Australia. His skillset lies in multi-residential, retail, mixed-use, education and civic buildings of various scales, from masterplanning to interior design.

Arno Pieters – Associate, Auckland

Pieters has extensive experience with conceptual design and specialises in early stage design development, facilitating the high-level decision-making process. He is a lateral thinker and likes to challenge conventions. He has a passion for detail design resolution and ensuring that the conceptual thinking is effectuated throughout the design process, resulting in a well-rounded and polished final product.

Bradley Hunting – Associate, Christchurch

Hunting’s career spans 23 years in architecture, working across many sectors including mixed-use, education, retail and commercial. He brings to Buchan an invaluable area of expertise and knowledge in BIM software.

About Buchan

Buchan is an acclaimed architectural, interior and brand-experience practice, operating across studios in Australia, New Zealand, and China. For 130 years, Buchan has designed engaging buildings that are effective in their function, appropriate to their context, successful for their owners and beautiful in their form.