ARM Architecture has announced the promotion of Philippe Naudin to the role of Principal, as the practice looks to boost it’s operations in Adelaide.

Currently leading ARM’s Adelaide studio, Naudin brings eight years of experience in the realms of architecture and urban design. An Adelaide local, the architect is passionate about his home city,  and how design thinking and architecture can offer social and cultural expression to shape places and the people in them is front of mind for the new Principal.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Adelaide. A place that has historically been an outlier, Adelaide has always been a little bit different, though it embraces its individuality through architecture, festivals, food and wine cultures. The key to ARM’s ongoing architectural success in Adelaide will be to forget trying to replicate the old models and previous successes of other states and build on what makes Adelaide distinct,” he says.

Naudin has spent six years leading the ARM Adelaide studio, working at Hames Sharley initially after graduating with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Adelaide nearly a decade ago. Naudin is positioning ARM to radically transition the practice of Architecture in state.

“Philippe Naudin has been pivotal in the delivery of ground-breaking work for ARM in South Australia, leading the Adelaide Festival Plaza precinct masterplan. He is skillfully delivering critical adaptive reuse education projects and will play a major part in the delivery of upcoming key performance arts projects in South Australia,” says ARM Director Jesse Judd.

Naudin holds interest and expertise in stakeholder engagement, where he has a unique ability to understand the traditions and context of projects to offer an appropriate and meaningful blend of experimentation and innovation.

“It’s important our work is contextual and culturally responsive to the site, the client, and the stories we want to tell together”, says Naudin.

Combined with business development, Naudin’s promotion to Principal will allow the practice to expand its already educational project expertise to the state of South Australia, and will allow for the expansion of public realm cultural civic works in the pipeline.