Thirteen years ago, Ignite Architects’ Sydney office consisted of two staff and a handful of projects. Today, it can count some of Australia’s biggest retail and residential developers as clients. Ignite Director, Peter Harrison, has played an integral role in Ignite’s success story.
On the back of this achievement, it is a fitting time for Peter to announce his transition away from leading the firm’s day-to-day operations. While still being involved in key projects in the months ahead, leadership of the Ignite Sydney office will be passed to newly appointed Director, Jason Marriott.
“We want to acknowledge the profound contribution that Peter has made to Ignite. He has played a pivotal role in the success of our Sydney office, growing it substantially throughout the 13 years that he has been at the helm. Peter’s client-centric nature and strength in leadership has built a strong foundation for the practice moving forward,” said Jeremy Whelan, Managing Director at Ignite Architects.
During his tenure, Peter has overseen an extensive portfolio of projects, of many and varied typologies. These range from garden mausoleums and burial crypts in two of Sydney’s largest cemeteries, to complex landmark retail and entertainment developments.
A key project under Peter’s leadership includes the redevelopment and rejuvenation of Birkenhead Point in Sydney. Appointed by Jen Retail Properties Limited, it was the first major project for Ignite Sydney. The design transformed what was a jumble of heritage buildings into a bustling, highly successful retail destination. Having changed ownership twice since the initial redesign, Peter has continued to oversee additional developments at Birkenhead Point working now with the current owner, Mirvac.
The design of places for people, where the needs of the user guide the design process, has been a particular focus for Peter and the Sydney office over the past decade. This has resulted in projects which include extensive retail, dining and urban spaces. The successful Oracle Boulevarde development on the Gold Coast is high on the list of achievements, and the recently approved mixed use project at 88 O Connell Street in Adelaide is another example of which Peter and his team are justly proud.
“After 13 years of hard work I believe we now have a very solid platform to help grow Ignite into a significant player in Australasia and elsewhere,” says Peter. “This is what gives me the greatest satisfaction of all as I move forward to my ‘Third Act’, as the saying goes. I look forward to still being involved with projects in the months ahead, though at reduced and flexible hours.”
“I get a great buzz every day when I walk into the office seeing how it has grown to include a list of notable clients, good projects under our belt, good prospects, a good culture and great people.”
Peter will work closely with Jason in the coming months to ensure a seamless transition in leadership.