The recent appointment of Stuart Marsland to the position of ROTHELOWMAN Principal coincides with a fresh wave of projects to be submitted to town planning over the coming months.
Following eight years with the South Melbourne-based firm, Marsland has now assumed a pivotal role within the practice. In a climate of changing perceptions around higher density living, he has assisted ROTHELOWMAN in gaining a reputation for their expert delivery of apartment developments. Urban Melbourne spoke with Marsland about his expertise.
Growing up in Britain, Marsland attended the Metropolitan University of Manchester before establishing his architectural career in London. Working for local firm Child Graddon Lewis, Marsland gained experience working across warehouse conversions, apartment developments and infrastructure projects including various projects for the London Underground.
After making the choice to immigrate to Australia, 2016 will mark Marsland’s ninth year working with ROTHELOWMAN. Over that period, Marsland’s project catalogue has included all facets of residential design, master planning and urban design.
Marsland has been heavily involved in advising the Stonnington City Council with their Chapel Revision Structure Plan. This advisory role saw Stuart provide a planning guideline framework for design factors such as development, land use, movement, public realm, strategic opportunities, sustainability and economic and social planning.
Marsland explains that a principal's role within ROTHELOWMAN is to lead the vision of the practice. The firm currently has seven principals, while associates are entrusted with day-to-day management of projects.
Marsland takes a keen interest in current issues facing the development industry, including the ongoing debate of apartment design guidelines. He is focused on collaborating closely with industry and government to achieve world-class and commercially viably project outcomes.
Design direction within ROTHELOWMAN is described as organic and site-responsive, best known for creating appealing, contemporary and enduring architecture. Marsland echoes this approach, believing in a level of simplicity and purity in design, while striving to find new ways to innovate.
The appointment of Marsland as principal has coincided with a surge in the practice’s work nationally. In Melbourne alone, no less than 20 notable projects are slated to reach town planning in the coming months. Encompassing everything from high-rise projects, mixed-use and master planned developments, the number of upcoming projects reinforces ROTHELOWMAN's position as one of Australia's most prolific firms. Melbourne office staff numbers have surpassed 75, with the Brisbane and Sydney offices totalling 52 personnel.
The strategy of geographic diversification has paid dividends, with ROTHELOWMAN content in solidifying their Sydney and Brisbane offices.
In an increasingly crowded global marketplace, the design excellence of ROTHELOWMAN is pertinent as we strive to help our clients differentiate their product offering,
Our focus is to effectively service a national client base from our Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne studios, delivering world class projects working with each client within the time frame they require it, no matter where they are located.Stuart Marsland, ROTHELOWMAN