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Meet our newly appointed Principals

06 March 2018

Authored by Hayball

In a time of measured growth, and expansion that has seen Hayball branching into new markets and locations around Australia and beyond, we are thrilled and excited to announce the elevation of two senior staff members to the position of Principal.

Harry Nicholas

“I tend to think of myself as a facilitator of excellent design. I’m a firm believer in surrounding myself with talented people to harness the energy that collaborative creativity generates.”

An appetite for good architecture runs through Harry’s veins. He was only four years old when he drew his first floor-plan and elevation, and by seven he was helping his architect father build project models, back when balsa wood and cardboard were as close to virtual building modelling as one could get…

Harry has been an enthusiastic member of the Architectural industry for more than two decades, and has worked on both sides of the construction contract; project managing built work for contractors as well as leading large architectural teams in design, documentation and administration of landmark projects across residential and educational sectors. Harnessing the practice’s large-scale delivery expertise and combining it with a refined knowledge of contemporary education design, Harry is instrumental in leading major programs and multiple-site projects.

Generosity of knowledge and managing professional development is something Harry believes is paramount to a healthy practice and fostering strong relationships. He provides leadership across strategic resourcing and facilitates our professional mentoring strategy to support and promote excellence in project management and delivery to achieve exemplary design.

David Jessup

“I’m always contemplating the lived human experience and bringing it to the forefront of architectural and urban design. It inspires what I call ‘creativity with purpose’.”

David’s design talent and management potential were recognised since he first joined Hayball as a graduate. After several years honing his skills overseas, he returned to take up a leadership role in Melbourne prior to his current appointment at the helm of our Brisbane office. With expertise in large scale multi-residential, hospitality and mixed-use projects, he skillfully manages design teams and complex stakeholder interests to provide outcomes that are creative, intuitive and value conscious.

David designs projects that respond to their context, taking inspiration from and responding to their climate, surroundings, history, and site conditions. He is also excited by design thinking that enables a project to reach beyond its immediate location and influence its surroundings and the architectural conversation in a broader context.

When it comes to Hayball’s design ethos, David is an enthusiastic advocate and contributor. His holistic leadership style is key to achieving the truly collaborative conversation that exists between studios and within project teams. Whether it’s a design workshop, special project or competition, David works closely with design leaders to strategically drive and promote initiatives across Hayball’s design processes and culture.

“There’s an energy generated between colleagues when we’re drawing and resolving a design. Crafting beautiful forms and spaces, exploring new technologies, and bringing unknown possibilities to the design is always very exciting.”