Leadership change is underway at Spowers


Spowers has announced a management change, with Robert Pahor, Annie Robinson and Scott Allardyce now handling day-to-day operations of the firm.

Former chief executive Ros Magee has moved into a consulting role, with the expertise of the new management trio ensuring a smooth transition. Pahor, Robinson and Allardyce have all worked at Spowers for over two decades and have complementary skills.

“Annie has strengths in all areas – of course she is a very talented interior designer, but she also brings strong technical and financial skills to the table,” says Allardyce.

“In the meantime, Robert’s commercial experience is highly regarded in the industry, he is an exceptional technician and he fully understands the real estate market.”

Pahor thinks Allardyce completes the trio with deft stakeholder management.

“I consider Scott to be a brilliant designer, able to identify relevant issues early on in a project, then work cohesively with all stakeholders to find the best solutions.”

Pahor and Allardyce are both architects by trade while Robinson is an interior designer. The practice hopes that everyone’s collective talents will guide them to future success.

“We all have a great working relationship and from a design perspective, rather than approaching interiors and architecture in isolation, we make it an integrated and holistic exercise,” says Robinson.

“For a project to succeed, it must be functional for its users and that involves a myriad of considerations that go beyond a single mindset or methodology.”

Pahor says that the information and intelligence acquired in a number of sectors helps each particular department in its evolution.

“A good example is bringing a degree of commerciality to education projects. After all, universities do need to serve their customers and those customers are, of course, their students,” he says.

“And vice versa, the design of the commercial sector can benefit from the experience of the education sector, as workplaces welcome graduates into their commercial spaces.”

Allardyce was involved in creating one of Spowers’ first forays into the education sector, which saw the firm design a five-story academic building for RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh. Robinson has elevated aged care design through a transformative approach to interiors, creating a new industry benchmark. During this time, Pahor helped the firm survive the global financial crisis by opening commercial design work in progress for one of the country’s “big four” banks.

Ros Magee says he has huge respect for new GMs.

“They are obviously all very capable designers, but more importantly, they are also very good communicators, technically competent and able to lead at all levels of the company,” says Ros.

“I never liked the idea of ​​the ‘rockstar’ architect. It’s just not my personality and it’s not a person trait at Spowers.

Magee’s 40-year tenure has seen him oversee the design of a number of notable projects in Melbourne, including the 60L Green Building and the Como Hotel. Ros’ other notable projects include Williamstown High School, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Thomas Embling Hospital and Malmsbury Juvenile Justice Centre.

Internationally, Ros led the work of Spowers in the Middle East, including the design of racecourses and hotels. He was also a founding member of the Victorian Division of the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainability Committee.

For more information, visit www.spowers.com.au.


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