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TONYA HINDE

Billard Leece Partnership (BLP)

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

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My colleagues, both young and older motivate me professionally. Our design workshops are filled with perspectives, insight, and talent since the studio is so diverse, with different interests and team members with experiences from all over the world.

TONYA HINDE

Bio:

Tonya Hinde has 30 years of experience in the Australian architecture industry. She has a genuine passion for designing with empathy for the people who will use the space and contributed significantly to groundbreaking BLP projects such as The Royal Children's Hospital, Perth Children's Hospital, and Orygen Development for Youth Mental Health. She is known for her high-level technical abilities in delivering creative design results and her ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders.

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

I was first interested in Theatre Set Design and studied for an Interior Design Degree at RMIT. After initially working in Film Production Design and upon graduating I got a job in an Architecture firm and this has kept my interest.

What do you do?

When I was 10, I went to the NGV and gazed up at the kaleidoscopic stained glass ceiling. I was fascinated by how diverse spatial atmosphere could transport you in contrast to the noisy city. That motivated me to get a Degree in design.

What excites you in the work you do?

My primary role is in the BLP National Executive team. I am Executive Design Lead and I seek to raise the Quality of Design and Research across our projects along with a personal aim to ‘humanise’ spaces that make a difference to the community.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My colleagues, both young and older motivate me professionally. Our design workshops are filled with perspectives, insight, and talent since the studio is so diverse, with different interests and team members with experiences from all over the world.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

It gives me great pleasure to see the designs I've created have a positive impact on people at their most vulnerable. Hearing the gratitude of young people at Orygen for being offered a place where they feel comfortable, welcome, and safe.

Featured Project Name: 

Orygen Youth Health

Featured Project Location: 

35 Poplar Rd, Parkville VIC 3052

Featured Project Completion Date: 

17 November 2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Interior Design Lead

Featured Project Description:

Orygen is a global leader in youth mental health has three primary components: a specialised youth mental health clinical service, an internationally renowned research centre, and an integrated training and communications program. Orygen champions inclusive and universal design where everyone feels safe and welcome and young people are empowered with choice. Innovative spatial planning, warm materiality, and home-like spaces challenge perceptions about what mental health care looks like.

Photography Credit:

Ian Ten Seldam Photography