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INGRID BAKKER

Hassell Studio

SAY IT LOUD - Naarm Melbourne Exhibitor​
MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

While I was studying I was definitely inspired by the modernist architects and particularly Alvar Aalto. I also love the work of herzog and de meuren, Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma. I am inspired by the people who work with us at Hassell.

INGRID BAKKER

Bio:

Ingrid has worked in architecture and interior design for more than 25 years, and for more than half that time she’s been helping turn Hassell into the competitive, international design practice it is today. One of her greatest talents is the ability to pull together a talented team. Ingrid is also a vocal advocate for diversity in design and a brilliant relationship builder. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and currently the chair of their awards committee.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

When I was 16, I interviewed four Melbourne architects as part of a school art history project. They included Peter McIntyre and Peter Elliot who were both so inspiring that I knew from that moment that I wanted to be an architect.

What do you do?

I have worked in architecture and interior design for more than 25 years, and for more than half that time at Hassell. I am a Principal and one of the co-leaders of our Commercial & Workplace sector.

What excites you in the work you do? Who or what inspires you professionally?

I enjoy working with people so working as an architect allows me to do that with my collegues, clients, collaborators and consultants. I also love the fact that at the end of most projects there is a built outcome that contributes to the city.

Who or what inspires you professionally? What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

While I was studying I was definitely inspired by the modernist architects and particularly Alvar Aalto. I also love the work of herzog and de meuren, Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma. I am inspired by the people who work with us at Hassell.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I have been fortunate to have many moments through out my career that I feel proud about but I suppose recently being made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects is definitely something I am proud of.

Featured Project Name: 

SEEK HQ

Featured Project Location: 

Cremorne, Australia

Featured Project Completion Date: 

June 2021

Role in Featured Project: 

Principal in Charge / Design Review

Featured Project Description:

The new global headquarters of online employment marketplace SEEK single-mindedly places their people first, with a workplace embodying their unique culture and visually connecting the whole organisation. The ‘Contemporary Warehouse’ concept informed the design, driven by the client’s desire to create an atypical office building and its urban context. The building is designed to accommodate SEEK’s brief of flexible, ‘hackable’ large open plan workspace.

 

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