ARM Architecture (Ashton Raggatt McDougall)

ARM Architecture or Ashton Raggatt McDougall is an architectural firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide, Australia. The firm was founded in 1988 and has completed internationally renowned design work. ARM's founding directors were Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt, Ian McDougall.

ARM Architecture
Practice information
Founded1988 (1988)
LocationMelbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Australia
Significant works and honors

Notable projects include the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Southbank Theatre in Melbourne, Perth Arena and the Marion Cultural Centre in Adelaide.

Architectural style

ARM is known for "architectural outspokenness".[1] ARM is highly regarded for its heritage and renewal projects including the refurbishment of Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, the redevelopment of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, RMIT Storey Hall and the redevelopment of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre. ARM was also commissioned to prepare the masterplans for Melbourne Docklands, the Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct and Elizabeth Quay in Perth. Recent projects include the Perth Arena and Wanangkura Stadium in Port Hedland.

A national survey of 600 architects conducted by the Architectural Review Australia found ARM to be considered the most influential architectural office in Australia in the period 1982-2007.[2] ARM is the only Australian firm to win the Australian Institute of Architects' Premier State Award five times, most recently for the Perth Arena in Western Australia.[3] Their design work has been featured on two Australian postage stamps.[1]

Notable projects

ARM has designed some of Australia's landmark buildings including the following major architectural projects:

CompletedProject nameLocationAwardNotes
1994St Kilda LibraryMelbourne, Victoria[4]
1995RMIT Storey HallMelbourne, Victoria
  • RAIA Interior Architecture Award (1996)
2000National Museum of AustraliaCanberra[4]
2001Marion Cultural CentreAdelaide, South Australia[4]
2005Melbourne Central Shopping CentreMelbourne, Victoria
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2006)
2006Shrine of Remembrance Visitor CentreMelbourne, Victoria
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2004)
2007Albury Library MuseumAlbury, New South Wales
  • RAIA Public Architecture Award (2008)
2008Melbourne Recital CentreMelbourne, Victoria
2008Southbank TheatreMelbourne, Victoria
2012Hamer HallMelbourne, Victoria
  • RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture (2013)
  • RAIA The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage (2013)
2012Perth ArenaPerth, Western Australia
  • RAIA The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture (2013)
  • RAIA The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture (2013)
2012Wanangkura StadiumPort Hedland, Western Australia
2013Administration building, National Museum of AustraliaCanberra
2015Geelong Library and Heritage CentreGeelong, Victoria

See also


  1. Rattenbury, Kester; Bevan, Rob; Long, Kiernan (2004). Architects of Today. Laurence King Publishing. pp. 20–21.
  2. "special edition ar100". Architectural Review Australia. Melbourne. 2007.
  3. Anderson, Alyesha (5 July 2013). "Perth Arena architects claim top prize at WA Architecture Awards". PerthNow. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  4. "ARM Architecture". australian-architects. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  5. "Walter Burley Griffin Award". Architecture Australia. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  6. "Interior Architecture, National Awards for Interior Architecture". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  7. "News & media, The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  8. "Public Architecture, The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
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