Indij Architectural

Andrew is registered with the Board of Architects Queensland (#3718) having graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997 and completed the Architectural Practice Exam in 2005. We believe that a key part of every project is the consultation process. Andrew’s personality, diplomacy and sensitivity enables clients and other stakeholders to express their views openly and frankly. Andrew has consultation experience across a diverse range of clients including Indigenous communities and organisations, State and Commonwealth government departments and private sector organisations. In addition to his architectural design skills, Andrew has extensive experience with Federal Government Capital Works Program in his role as program manager with Arup for over 8 years.

Andrew has technical skills and experience in the following areas;

  • Architectural Design
  • Master Planning
  • Indigenous Community Housing
  • Project Management
  • Site Superintendent Role
  • Community Engagement

Mornington Island Media Building

Media Building and Youth Centre Redevelopment

The Media Centre is located at the Youth Hub on Mornington Island. The Centre contains a recording studio, BRACs studio, music room, computer room and chill room. The Youth Hub provides a valuable resource to the community in providing programs that support the young people on Morningtion Island. The colour scheme was inspired by the artwork produced in the Queensland Arts Council’s Big Ones Little Ones Workshop held at the Primary School in 2013. We have fondly named the Media Centre entry/built in seating wall as the “Blue Lego Wall”. To view the Media Centre in use just click on the link

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Mornington Island Youth Centre

Mornington Island Media and Youth Centre Redevelopment

Indij Design was engaged to provide architectural services for the refurbishment of the existing youth centre. The existing youth centre building was an experimental kit building brought to the community by a Melbourne architect some years ago. The plan generally works okay in the open areas but the Caretaker’s Unit became a cluster of small irregular shapes creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. Not changing the parts that worked, Indij Design re-designed the caretaker’s unit creating a light and airy open plan one bedroom apartment. With stylish interior design and material choices, the Youth Centre Manager commented it was one of the best units he had ever been in. The colour scheme for the project was inspired by the creative artwork produced by the Island primary schoolchildren at an Arts Council Big Ones Little Ones workshop in 2013 The joinery design to the Youth Centre is dynamic and colourful to fit with the youth programs run from the centre. Graffiti artwork was produced by the youth during graffiti art workshops.

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Mornington Island Rural Transaction Centre

Rural Transaction Centre (RTC) Addition

Indij Design was engaged by Mornington Shire Council to design an addition to the existing RTC building which is an ‘L’ shaped building next to the community store. The addition is to be used as a base for fly in government service providers to work and includes an additional office for lease to either a community based organisation or entrepreneurial community member was also provided. The design features a detailed covered veranda overhang with inbuilt seating where people can meet. Included in the building are two office space work areas, a meeting room, toilet and kitchenette.

Although the opportunity existed to design a structure that was different to the buildings in the area, it seemed appropriate to follow the design intent of the existing RTC but with changes that came out of consultation with the client. The buildings now create a central courtyard area that has plans for landscaping. The RTC addition was completed in early 2014.

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James Cook University

Douglas Campus - Outdoor Learning Centre (OLC)

The JCU Indigenous Outdoor Learning Centre was completed in 2014. Indij Design worked in consultation with a Project Control Group and User Groups that included indigenous lecturers and students.

One aim of the design was to reflect indigenous learning styles through a contemporary interpretation of traditional outdoor learning settings. The design includes inbuilt seating to hold 40-50 students, a performance space, a storage utility wall housing audio visual and I.T. equipment, a kup murri area, four break out spaces and design principles around passive energy and sustainable design solutions.

At all times we were cognisant that the OLC was just one part of a bigger picture that included connected walkways and indigenous bush foods/medicine tours. Traditional owners will be involved in the design and landscaping of an educational signal /medicinal/bush tucker garden around the OLC. This will be tied into the Augmented Reality Application software within JCU. Reflections on the local fauna are also captured with footprints of the local brolga making an appearance across the ceiling of the OLC.

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