Hayball Opens Canberra Office and Welcomes Ella Masters as the Studio Lead

03 April 2023

Authored by Hayball

Hayball is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Canberra. It’s our fourth studio on the eastern seaboard and will support its growing client and project base in the ACT.

Following the completion of several projects in Canberra and with new prospects underway, Hayball has appointed Ella Masters as the Studio Lead. She will oversee the practice’s regional strategy across a wide range of sectors, including education, multi-residential and commercial.

Sarah Buckeridge, Co-Managing Principal said, “Hayball has significant experience working within ACT, however, the establishment of a local practice is an opportunity to further develop partnerships that promote rigorous design solutions and directly deliver high-quality projects. A local team will allow us to better service the Canberra market, but also build connections with people and communities in the surrounding region.”

Tom Jordan, Co-Managing Principal adds, “Ella brings a breadth of local knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable to her leadership role in strengthening and steering Hayball’s studio’s presence in 2023 and beyond.”

Masters is a highly experienced sector leader, having previously led her own design consultancy firm in the ACT. Masters’ experience in complex education and placemaking projects will complement Hayball’s expertise in innovative learning environments and sustainable communities, providing further value to clients in these growing sectors.

Ella Masters, ACT Studio Lead, said: “Hayball’s commitment to authentic engagement is critical to its design approach and having partnered with Hayball previously, I recognised a strong alignment with my personal approach to design. I look forward to bringing a local presence to the ACT and cementing Hayball’s reputation in Canberra and the region as an exceptional design practice.”

Prior to Hayball, Masters held senior positions in a number of local design practices and most recently led her own education design consultancy Howff Design. She is currently undertaking a PhD in education and innovation policy through the University of Melbourne and is closely aligned with the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). She is the current Chair of the Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) ACT Chapter.