Alain de Botton is a modern day philosopher with a knack for revealing extraordinary truths often concealed by their ordinariness. One of these is that a significant source of our happiness and misery is as a result of the environment we’re surrounded by. Dreary surroundings can feel soul-shattering, while beautiful, vital settings are “an eloquent reminder of our full potential.” De Botton wrote an entire book on this subject, The Happiness of Architecture, which I highly recommend for its approachable, thought-provoking central thesis: Where we are heavily influences who we can be.
If you’ve read any of my previous musings, you’ll know that this sounds a lot like the philosophy that guides the Frasers Property Australia approach to design and sustainability. Our touchstone is always: “Life’s best experiences are created by people connecting in memorable places.” Which for us means making places that transcend the sterility and sameness of the average cookie-cutter retail centre, and instead actively drive the design of healthy, living spaces that foster enjoyment, familiarity, togetherness and dare I say...happiness.
We believe that life’s best experiences are created by people connecting in memorable places. Our leasing team makes this happen, right across Australia.
Scott West holds a BA of Arts (Architecture) and a BA of Architecture. He has over 20 years experience in the industry and is a Green Star Accredited Professional. Scott has been involved in numerous high profile projects with a sustainability focus, delivering Australia's first retail centre to receive a 6 Star Green Star — Retail Centre Design v1 rating at The Ponds and working alongside the Burwood Brickworks team to deliver 'The World's Most Sustainable Retail Centre'.
Jack Davis is a Development Manager responsible for new retail and mixed use development opportunities, having worked on projects in VIC and WA at Frasers Property Australia. With an interest in destination and experienced based retail centres and a desire for innovation in design and sustainability, Jack is currently leading a team striving for the title of 'The World's Most Sustainable Retail Centre' on the Burwood Brickworks development. Jack holds a BA Property & Construction and a BA Commerce, majoring in Finance and has a strong background in development, delivery and stakeholder management on large and medium scale projects within the retail and commercial sectors.
Living Building Challenge Manager
Stephen Choi holds Masters degrees in both architecture and sustainability. He concurrently acts as Frasers Property Australia's Living Building Challenge Manager and the Living Future Institute of Australia's Executive Director. Stephen has unique experience in both single buildings and environmentally-driven masterplanning, with several of his projects achieving industry recognition for progressing green building. His work has included the development of environmental assessment methods, ultra-low consumption retrofits and writing sustainable development into educational curriculum.