Highly-renowned interior architect and education expert Simone Oliver has been appointed as a principal by Architectus.

According to the firm, Oliver brings 25 years of experience working primarily across the design of education, workplace, retail and hospitality environments for some of Australia’s foremost companies and institutions, including Westpac, Rio Tinto, Qantas and Group of Eight Universities.

She will be tasked with co-leading Architectus’ overall strategy, business development and project delivery of workplace and interior architecture projects, with a focus on education, according to a statement from the firm.

Architectus went further on the record to say that Oliver “creates smart and beautiful signature environments that are characterised by an approach that celebrate the human condition, and support transformational change in the way people think, feel and act.”

Architectus managing director Ray Brown says that, “Simone brings vast experience in strategy and design following her 23 years with Geyer and will strengthen our workplace and education expertise.”

“Our collaborative and people focussed culture proved to be a perfect fit for Simone and we are delighted to have her join us.”

For her part, Oliver says that she will “look forward to strengthening Architectus’ positioning as a leading firm in both workplace and education through the creation of high quality human-centred environments.”

“Workplace design is constantly evolving – the challenge is to design for a people oriented realm, ensuring collaboration, flexibility and wellness are prioritised,” she says.

“In the education sector schools and universities are preparing students for jobs for a digital, globalised and largely automated world,” says Oliver, adding that, “Our role as learning space designers is to have a deep appreciation, research and evidence-based design response that support the institutions strategic objectives in providing a world class teaching and learning landscape.”