Kim Crestani is passionate about bringing architecture to the people, creating beautiful, sustainable and affordable design solutions that transform homes, public spaces and communities.
Crestani has more than 30 years’ experience as an architect and has built a solid reputation as an innovator and a leader in her field, recognised by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2006 with the prestigious Marion Mahony Griffin Award.
She established award-winning architectural practice Order Architects in 1984. The company is responsible for some of Sydney’s most celebrated architectural projects, among them the Sydney Olympic Village and Parramatta’s Barrack Lane and Bakers Mews.
Ten years ago, Crestani invented The Pod System, an innovative, sustainable renovation solution that allows homeowners to add value and space to their existing home in half the time of a traditional renovation – and with far less stress, waste, inconvenience and expense.
"No matter how large the project, it is quintessentially the public who will use and connect with these projects; they should make people’s lives more enjoyable"
“The Pod System makes renovation affordable,” she explains. “It’s the same size as a two-bedroom apartment, for approximately half the cost.”
As a senior executive for Transport for NSW, for five years she led master planning to deliver world best-practice land use and transport outcomes for a broad range of projects, including the North West Rail Link, Wynyard Precinct and the Inner West Light Rail extension.
Crestani is regularly called upon by state and local governments as a leader in design excellence and a strong advocate for appropriate development and ethical stewardship of the built environment, and is City Architect for the City of Parramatta. She is also currently advising on the design of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct redevelopment, the Sydney Metro rail project, and the urban design components of the monumental WestConnex development.
“No matter how large the project, it is quintessentially the public who will use and connect with these projects; they should make people’s lives more enjoyable.”
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