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Transport sector design team welcomes new appointments

Architectus today announced significant new appointments within the Transport sector design team, enhancing the practice’s expertise in the sector as it undertakes work on some of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects.

Mena Kubba has joined Architectus as a Senior Associate in Melbourne. She has commenced as the Linewide Lead for Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop project, Victoria’s largest ever rail project.

Mena is known for her excellent design skills and passion for creating accessible, safe and enjoyable experiences at public transport stations for all. She previously held senior roles at Hassell working across a variety of transport infrastructure projects in Australia. Mena is also a member of The Property Council’s 2020 500 Women in Property, and currently teaches both Interior Architecture and Architecture to students at several Melbourne universities.

Mena Kubba, Architectus

Principal, Andrew Shields has been appointed to lead the Suburban Rail Loop project for Architectus in Melbourne. He relocates from Architectus’ Sydney Studio where he was Project Principal on the detail design of Sydney Metro’s Barangaroo Station, the first new station in a ground-breaking metro project for the city.

Andrew has over 35 years of international experience, leading design teams globally on highly technical projects from infrastructure and rail to large-scale commercial developments.

Andrew Shields, Architectus

Architectus Principal and National Sector Leader for Transport, Robert Ousey said: “We’ve focussed on strategically growing and establishing a market leading transport design team over the past few years. Andrew’s relocation to Melbourne and the recent appointment of Mena to the team has further strengthened our capabilities and builds on our very strong team in Victoria led by Mark van den Enden.

“This comes as we execute design roles on some of the nation’s most significant transport infrastructure projects, and look ahead to future growth in the sector as infrastructure projects are prioritised as part of economic recovery post-COVID-19.”

Architectus is working with the Aurecon, Jacobs and Mott MacDonald (AJM) Consortium as part of the Architectural, Urban Design and BIM Team on the Suburban Rail Loop project. This project marks the first stage of a major expansion and reshaping of Melbourne’s suburban public transport network.

The Architectus team is also undertaking work on Melbourne Airport Rail, supporting the Technical Advisor AJM on the flagship rail project for both the Victorian and Australian governments, who have committed up to $5 billion each to deliver the new infrastructure.

Architectus Senior Associate, Mena Kubba said: “I’m delighted to join a leading practice and to work with a driven and talented cohort of designers that are shaping the way we connect with and move around our cities.

Public transport impacts the daily lives of many Australians, so it’s imperative it’s designed to the highest quality and in a way that’s enjoyable, user-friendly and safe for all.”